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Kenji Sakuragi is a poor lawyer and ex-motorcycle gang member looking for an opportunity to boost his career. His chance finally comes with the nearly bankrupt and notorious Ryuuzan High School, referred to as "baka gakkou" (stupid school) by some. There, he sets up a special class that aims to prepare students to take and pass the entrance exam of Toudai.


Related Series
Angel Bank (Sequel)

Associated Names
Dragon Zakura

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Latest Release(s)
v.7 c.67 by Titania (350d ago)
v.7 c.66 by Titania (409d ago)
v.7 c.65 by Titania (540d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
21 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

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User Rating
Average: 7.8 / 10.0 (37 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.38 / 10.0
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Last Updated
November 20th 2012, 1:08pm PST

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Morning (Kodansha)

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A school-life manga about studying? I must be dreaming!   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by calstine
August 25th, 2011, 7:49am
In most works of fiction with school-life settings, the place will often function as a stage for romantic melodrama, violent gang fights, rape, bullying, suicide, sports, fun, laughter, friendship, zombie invasions, large-scale conspiracies, apocalyptic wars... In other words: anything but studying! laugh

Dragon Zakura takes the unusual route. Ryuuzan is an ordinary (albeit rather sub-par) school with inattentive, underachieving students and less-than-devoted teachers. It's interesting to follow the protagonist's attempts to produce Tokyo University graduates from this miserable excuse for a high school. I do find his motive a tad unrealistic -- and as of yet not much has been explained about why he'd choose that particular route -- but hopefully this'll be cleared up with time.

The study methodologies outlined here are actually quite effective, and will work well regardless of subject or standard of exam. I really approve of the realistic views on the role of education in everyday life that are being put forth here -- it's something most people don't seem to have realized even in today's digital era.

The only major drawback is that the art isn't very effective at conveying emotion. The nature of this manga is such that it requires skillful illustration of facial expressions to provide an appropriate mood to the story. Still, it'd be a shame to pass up on the series for that reason.

... Last updated on December 19th, 2013, 1:59am
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Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by dieend
January 7th, 2011, 11:10pm
It's good for people who have been slacking off. I read the scanlated chapter (19 ch), I know the picture isn't drawn to good, but it's good enough to motivate your daily work. I really recommend it. smile
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Good, but Jdorama is better   
Rating: N/A
by recca_cool
December 1st, 2010, 5:49am
The live-action done by Abe Hiroshi has more impact than the manga.
The manga does provide more details, but I think the mangaka lacks ways of drawing facial emotions and his art is rather simple... sadly weakening the impact of the manga.

I recommend this read, but I highly recommend anyone to watch the live-action which you can easily find on d-addicts website (just google d-addicts).

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Good stuff   
Rating: N/A
by aagcnet
June 9th, 2010, 5:27pm
I didnt know this stuff was a manga i watched the DRAMA long ago and really loved it. The tech stuff they use to learn is pretty cool and works in real life. I Will come back once i start reading the manga to give a nice comment biggrin.

... Last updated on June 9th, 2010, 5:29pm
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