Prison School (監獄学園 (プリズンスクール) Purizun Sukūru) is the live-action television drama adaptation of the Akira Hiramoto manga Prison School, by production studio ROBOT in cooperation with MBS.[1] The main setting of the live-action series is Hachimitsu Academy, a formerly female boarding school on the outskirts of Tokyo that admits five boys into its student cohort.[2] The story focuses on the imprisonment of the boys in the school's Prison Block and their struggle to stay enrolled despite resistance from its schoolgirls & the Underground Student Council.[2] The series aired for nine episodes on MBS and TBS on late-night drama timeslots, premiering on October 26th, 2015 until December 21th, 2015.[3]

Series[edit | edit source]

The live-action adaptation of Prison School by production studio ROBOT with MBS and directed by Noboru Iguchi,[1] is nine episodes in length, airing from October 26th, 2015 to December 21st 2015.[4] The first episode premiered on MBS in Japan at 24:50 JST on July 10th, 2015 & underwent airing on TBS, YTS, TBC and BSS subsequently. In the North American region, Funimation have licenced uncensored simulcasting of the live-action adaptation in subtitled form.[5] The season has been licensed for uncensored simulcasting in Japan online by Niconico.[2] The season will be released in three DVD and Blu-ray three-episode volumes and in boxset form on December 25th, 2015.[4] The boxset is a limited "director's cut" edition of the series including bonus content - not limited to a behind-the-scenes commentary, a production interview booklet and themed merchandise.

Episodes[edit | edit source]

Episode Screenplay Air Date
Episode 1
Noboru Iguchi
October 26, 2015
Episode 2 November 2, 2015
Episode 3
Ayako Kitagawa
November 9, 2015
Episode 4
Noboru Iguchi
November 16, 2015
Episode 5
Ayako Kitagawa
November 23, 2015
Episode 6 November 30, 2015
Episode 7
Noboru Iguchi
December 7, 2015
Episode 8 December 14, 2015
Episode 9
Ayako Kitagawa
December 21, 2015

Staff[edit | edit source]

The live-action drama adaptation is the copyright of "Prison School Production Committee" (監獄学園 (プリズンスクール) 製作委員会).

  • Production Studio: ROBOT
  • Distribution: Stardust Pictures
  • Production Management: MBS

Management[edit | edit source]

  • Chief Director: Noboru Iguchi
  • Assistant Director: Ryouichi Ito
  • Series Composition:
    • Ayako Kitagawa
    • Noboru Iguchi
  • Production Director: Hiroyuki Ito
  • Music Producer: Hirohiko Fukuda
  • Managing Producer: Tatsuya Iwakura

Production Crew[edit | edit source]

The staff of the live-action production crew are listed here.[6]

  • Casting Direction: Keiichi Anda
  • Cinematographer: Yasutaka Nagano (JSC)
  • Lighting Technician: Atsushi Kodama
  • Sound Technician: Mitsuhiro Yamaguchi
  • Production Designer: Masanao Ikeda
  • Set Decoratior: Daigo Kaneko
  • Video Editor: Tsuyoshi Wada
  • VFX Supervisor: Tsuyoshi Kazuno
  • Action Choreographer: Isao Karasawa
  • Makeup Artists: Ryouta Takakuwa & Kei Sato
  • Costume Designer: Miho Yoshida

Cast[edit | edit source]

This live-action cast list is correct as of 13th November, 2015.[7][8]

Music[edit | edit source]

The opening theme of the live-action adaptation is "Urge" (衝動 Shōdō) by Japanese rock band HaKU,[8] released on 18th November, 2015 to Universal Music Japan.[9] The theme song of the live-action adaptation is "Searchlight" (サーチライト Sāchiraito) by Japanese rock band Good On The Reel, released on 2nd December, 2015 to Universal Music Japan.[10] The opening theme was featured in all three promotional videos and the theme song was also featured in the TV commercial for the live-action series.

  • Opening Theme: "Urge" by HaKU
    • (Yuuki Tsujimura, Hiroshige Fujuki, Miyoshi Haruna & Shinya Hasegawa)
    • Vocals: Yuuki Tsujimura & Miyoshi Haruna
    • Music Lyrics & Composition: Yuuki Tsujimura
  • Theme Song: "Searchlight" by Good On The Reel
    • (Takashihiro Chino, Ryouta Imaruoka, Okazaki Kohei, Tomohiro Usami, Makoto Takahashi)
    • Vocals: Takashihiro Chino & Ryouta Imaruoka
    • Music Lyrics & Composition: Takashihiro Chino

Video[edit | edit source]




HaKU - 衝動 (「監獄学園 -プリズンスクール-」オープニングテーマ) 15秒特報Teaser


ドラマ「監獄学園」“尻”と“胸”の究極の選択がテーマ 特報第2弾は“尻問答”


HaKU - 衝動 (「監獄学園 -プリズンスクール-」オープニングテーマ) 30秒Teaser




Prison School Live-Action - Official English PV1 (US)

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Promotional Art[edit | edit source]

Promo Titlecards[edit | edit source]

Cast[edit | edit source]

The promotional content for the full cast is listed here.[7]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • When film & live-action director Noboru Iguchi was informed of the planned Prison School series, he expressed enthusiasm for the opportunity to adapt the manga series.[1]
  • The live-action adaptation was promoted by gravure posters of the main female cast in Weekly Young Magazine 2015 Issue No.47.[11]
  • The live-action series was promoted by prison-themed restuarant "The Lockup" in Shibuya, Tokyo to serve a special drink selection inspired by the Underground Student Council actors.[12]
  • The actors portraying Hana and Kiyoshi of the cast are from Stardust Promotion, who are affiliated with the film distribution company of the live-action series.[13][14]
  • The theme song was used as the ending of the live-action series from the second episode.[15]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Prison School Manga Gets Live-Action Show by Machine Girl's Iguchi" | Anime News Network. Retrieved 05-09-2015.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Prison School (Purizun Sukūru) Live-Action Drama Channel | Niconico (Japanese). Retrieved 03-08-2015.
  3. "Prison School" Anime Followed By TV Drama Series Directed by Iguchi Noboru | Oricon. (Japanese) Retrieved 05-08-2015
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Prison School Live-Action Drama BD & DVD Boxset" | Prison School Drama. Retrieved 25-11-2015.
  5. "FUNimation Acquires Rights to Prison School Live-Action Drama" | Funimation Blog. Retrieved 26-10-2015.
  6. Staff & Cast | Prison School Drama official website. (Japanese) Retrieved 03/10/2015.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Live-Action Prison School Show Unveils Cast in Costume" | Anime News Network. Retrieved 05-09-2015.
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Live-Action Prison School Show Reveals Joe's Actor, Song, New Visual" | Anime News Network. Retrieved 18-09-2015.
  9. HaKU - "Urge" | Universal Music Japan. (Japanese) Retrieved 02-11-2015.
  10. "Prison School First Drama Theme Song" | Universal Music Japan. (Japanese) Retrieved 03-10-2015.
  11. Weekly Young Magazine 2015 Issue No.47 | Yanmaga Kodansha. (Japanese) Retrieved 08-08-2015.
  12. "Ladies of Live-Action Prison School TV Show Collab with Prison-Themed Restaurant Planned" | Anime News Network. Retrieved 24-11-2015.
  13. "Taishi Nakagawa" Actor Profile | Stardust Promotion (Japanese). Retrieved 02-11-2015.
  14. "Aoi Morikawa" Actor Profile | Stardust Promotion (Japanese). Retrieved 02-11-2015.
  15. Prison School Live-Action Drama Episode 2

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