Is Majisuka Gakuen 3 On It’s Way?

29 02 2012

Were you one of those people that was disappointed by the rather lame ending to Majisuka Gakuen 2? I know I was and to think that the whole build up to the final episode ended in a love fest sucked big time. Last month somebody asked Aki-P if he was filming Maji 3 around August and October. His response was only if he had a completely new cast. Well that’s easily sorted out. I think the storyline with the original cast is dead and buried anyway so to bring new faces would be great. So out with AKB48 and SKE48 and in would come NMB48, HKT48 and Nogizaka46 perhaps as a rival school. It would be a chance for Aki-P to vindicate himself after Maji 2 as many criticised him for that and give us a fresh new story for us to enjoy. Perhaps he could ask the fans through Google+ what they would like to see in the story?

I expect an announcement to be made in the next couple of months. Fans have clamoured for a new season and I fully expect Aki-P to give us one so hopefully before the Summer they’ll be good news on that front. Stay tuned.





Majisuka Gakuen 2 CM

5 04 2011

Don’t forget that Majisuka Gakuen 2 kicks off on April 15th and just to whet your appetite here’s a 30 second CM showing some clips from the new series. It looks like the main theme judging from looking at the CM is going to be Acchan vs Jurina which was hinted strongly right at the end of the first series. I cannot wait for Maji 2 to start.





Yes, There Is A God – Majisuka Gakuen 2 Coming Soon!

24 01 2011

My prayers have finally been answered and for the fans that enjoyed Majisuka Gakuen so much. There will be another series coming in April on the TV Tokyo channel. The only other information that was given out is that even more members than the 60 that had roles in the first series will appear in the drama. No word on the storyline as of yet but we can guess that it’s going to be about Jurina plotting to usurp Maeda as the top dog at Maji High.

I seriously can’t wait to see this and please can we have more Gekikara!!!

 





AKB48 – Majijo Teppen Blues PV

24 05 2010

For those of you that can’t get enough of Majisuka Gakuen can rejoice as there’s a new song and PV on the newly released special DVD version of the series. The quality of the PV below isn’t fantastic but it’s the best I can find right now but I’m looking for a better one.

The storyline for the PV is like a recap of the series of sorts and it finds Miichan as the school president being mercilessly bullied by Team Hormone for playing Majisuka Rock n Roll on the school PA system before they take out a CD and play Majijo Teppen Blues. Is this PV like a little preview for another season or SP for the series? It’s hard to say but it would be great to revisit the school to see if Jurina actually does go ahead with her threat to challenge Acchan for total supremacy of the school.

Enjoy the 8 minute treat:





Majisuka Gakuen Episode 12 (FINAL) – Summary

10 04 2010

Well here it is, the final episode of the dorama series. How will this series finally end?

Sado and Maeda are rushing to the hospital after they hear of Yuko’s worsening condition. Sado tries to force herself into where Yuko is being trated but is pulled away by the nurses. In the waiting room afterwards, we hear that Yuko has lost consciousness and chances of her recovering are very low. Sado recounts Yuko’s life to Maeda that she lost her parents whilst very young and was raised by her grandmother until she graduated from middle school. When her grandmother also passed away, Yuko looked after herself. Sado vows that Yuko will be at her high school’s graduation ceremony. She’ll be with her. Yuko will definitely open her eyes soon. After Maeda has left, Sado is tearfully singing Sakura no Shiori to herself and thinking of Yuko.

Back at Maji High, Team Hormone speculate that now Maeda has defeated Sado she’ll have to square up to the legendary yankii – Yuko Oshima. Rumours of this possible fight has sent waves of excitement around other yankii schools. Rappappa members look solemn at the school, unsure of their future should Yuko die. Overhearing 3 students making fun of Yuko, Maeda gives them one of her evil stares! Both Maeda and Sado are thinking about their situation as Yuko’s life hangs in the balance.

Graduation Day arrives although usually nobody seems bothered to go but today many have come including all of Maeda’s allies. As Sashi explains to Daruma, the reason being is that everybody wants to know who’s the strongest one in the school. They want Yuko to come. It certainly doesn’t look like that’s going to happen as Yuko’s condition goes critical. As the ceremony begins, Sado is seen rushing to Yuko’s bedside but is it too late?

Miichan as School President makes her speech but breaks down halfway through it. Not that it matters as nobody is taking any real notice of what she is saying. The school pervert doctor helps Miichan away from the stage back to her seat. The diploma awards are ready to be given but none of the graduates are there……..until the 4 Rappappa Queens arrive with Sado bringing Yuko in by wheelchair. She apologises for being late. Though very weak and assisted by Sado and Shibuya, Yuko steps up to the school stage to graciously accept her diploma from the school Principal.

Yuko takes a microphone and addresses Maeda direct. She wants her to come closer to her as she wants to settle everything now. Maeda doesn’t back down and starts to walk down to Yuko. Yuko herself starts stumbling over to Maeda and collapses into some chairs. Shibuya wants to help but Sado stops her. Tears are falling in Sado and the 4 Queens eyes at the bravery of their fallen leader. Yuko gets up and we see a tear falling down her cheek. She tells Maeda not to act all cocky as Rappappa still has her here. She punches Maeda in the chest but it barely has any strength. Yuko relinquishes control of the school over to Maeda. The torch of leadership and the balance of power has now changed. Yuko tells everybody to follow Maeda or they’ll have to deal with her.

Maeda tearfully congratulates Yuko on her graduation. Yuko sits back in her wheelchair and as the new leader Maeda has to take Yuko out of the school hall. As she’s about to start taking Yuko out she looks at Erena and the ghostly form of Minami who’s smiling at her. Maeda takes the two wrist bracelets and uses it to form a ponytail in her hair. As the final journey starts for Yuko out of the school, she tells Maeda how happy she is that somebody has taken over her position. A guard of honor is made for Yuko. One final advice for Maeda from Yuko is she has nothing to be afraid if she has real friends. As Maeda stops, turns around and looks at the 4 Queens and Sado, Yuko’s life ebbs away and she dies peacefully in her wheelchair. Sakura petals are blowing in the hall over Yuko’s lifeless body and around Maeda.

For the final scene of the dorama, Maeda is seen sitting outside on one of the school benches. How many days have passed since the graduation ceremony is unknown but we see that Jurina is sitting close by reading a book. She comes over to Maeda and tries to punch Maeda in the face but it is blocked. Jurina though has a warning to her saying that Maeda’s generation will be replaced soon. Maeda’s reply is “bring it on 1st year”. As Jurina walks away, we see that Nezumi has aligned herself with her. The fight for power at the school is far from over and is set to continue…….

I thought the final episode was a bit of an anti-climax so I was  rather disappointed. No fights or anything dramatic. Sure, the death of Yuko was expected and sad but I expected Nezumi to have sprung a surprise of sorts in the graduation ceremony and maybe a chance for Yuko to die in a blaze of glory in a final fight against a rival school. Still, I did like the final twist with Jurina challenging Maeda. Considering that Jurina has only appeared for about a minute in a previous episode and fans though she was a ghost of some sort it was great in my view to see her as a yankii.

As for the acting of the whole cast – Maeda hasn’t been the best as her character has been like an emotionless cyborg for 90% of the time – saying very little except when necessary and only coming alive when she’s pushed to fight. Daruma as her sidekick though a little annoying at first I did come to like her in the end. Yuko and Mariko have been excellent in their roles and as for the best Queen – it would have to be the sadistic, maniacal and twisted Gekikara for me. Rena Matsui was convincing enough as the nutcase Queen. Nezumi has been a rather intriguing fringe character for me – the puppet master manipulating people and events for her own selfish gain so full marks to Mayuyu for playing her so well with a devilish grin on her face. All of the girls deserve praise for their acting in the dorama.

Overall, I really loved Majisuka Gakuen as a whole. It improved each week as I was a bit unsure after the first episode or two if it would get any better. Thankfully it did and by episode 5 the series had really gotten into it’s stride and hit top form. Now with the ending does this mean that we have a 2nd season or just an SP? I would prefer to see another season but my guess is we’ll just see a special one-off episode.

Thanks for reading these summaries and hopefully it won’t be too long before AKB48 appear in another dorama.





Majisuka Gakuen Episode 11 – Summary

9 04 2010

OK, I’m back and there’s going to be a lot of posts coming up including those about my holiday but I wanted to take a look first at the final 2 episodes of the drama series once I got home which I did. So even though most of you know the final outcome from the last 2 episodes I still feel I should continue and finish what I started with these summaries so here’s episode 11:

A brief recap from episode 10 to start us off with Maeda confronting Yuko in her hospital room now that she knows Yuko’s real identity and where she stands in the grand scheme of things at Maji High. Yuko tells her she heard about Maeda and Sado beating Yakubune and knew she could do it but insists that Sado will be next for her. But Maeda doesn’t want to fight her as she’s looking ahead to the future. Yuko says the way ahead is where Sado is now. Sado and herself may be stupid and only live through fighting but there’s still honor so she tells Maeda to go and face Sado. Yuko doesn’t know what happened in Maeda’s past but she got transferred to Maji High. She’s gotten this far in overcoming obstacles that she shouldn’t stop now but continue to go up the stairs. As Yuko ushers Maeda to go get her a blanket she admits that she wanted to have a one-on-one fight with her. As Yuko wipes her nose with her hand it gets covered in blood. This doesn’t look good.

The scheming Nezumi is cursing her luck about Yabakune’s defeat but her grand plan is still on nevertheless. She thinks that both Maeda and Sado will be weak and helpless after they fight. A perfect opportunity to make her move and take over or so she thinks. In fact so happy and confident she is by her plan she breaks out some party poppers to celebrate!!

The students at school are speculating about the outcome of the fight – some thinking that Maeda will be beaten. Erena is contemplating about what Daruma said to her about Maeda also being in pain after Minami’s death. She starts to look at Minami’s book that she was studying to become a nurse with a flashback to the past between the two sisters. Erena notices the friendship messages between Maeda and Minami in the book.

In class, Team Hormone and Daruma are also talking about the upcoming fight with Team Hormone thinking it’ll be a no contest. Even the Principal is thinking about it. At the hospital, Sado tells Yuko that shewill destroy Maeda! Yuko tells her to crush Maeda! Maeda returns home to find her father has made a tasty dish full of tonkatsu cutlets. He reverts back to yankii mode for a moment with some choice words for his daughter which she seems to appreciate.

The next day dawns with the big fight on. Maeda’s supporters including those who she defeated before but are now her allies join her on the long walk up the location of the battle. Erena stops Maeda on the way to say she hates her. Maeda though seems to understand her feelings and says she won’t lose as she doesn’t want Minami to laugh at her.

As they progress up the floors they come across 4 Rappappa members who insist that from this point upwards only Maeda can go. Despite Daruma’s protests, Maeda stops her and goes it alone – passing the 4 Rappappa Queens before reaching Sado. A special room has been prepared for the scrap. Sado orders Maeda to take off her glasses. As the silver ball from Sado’s kendama rolls off a table the fight begins in earnest. It’s long and brutal with Maeda a little surprised at Sado’s strength. The initial outcome points to a defeat to Maeda as Sado pummels her. Maeda gets her shots in on Sado but this just makes her more mad. Everybody on the outside from Nezumi to Yuko to the Rappappa Queens to Maeda’s friends is anxious to know what’s happening. As Maeda is lying on the floor after a vicious punch she starts to think about the people close to her and their encouraging words for her. This fires Maeda up with a burst of energy that swings the fight in her favor by utilising and copying moves from her friends. With both combatants visibly tired and bloodied from their bruising encounter it is Maeda that finally wins the contest. But it was close, so very close to Sado beating her.

As Sado lies crying on the floor thinking about Yuko, Maeda with a new found respect for Sado sportingly offers her hand. A long shrill cry from Sado echoes throughout the school corridors. Both Maeda and Sado emerge from the combat den together. Sado collapses in the arms of the 4 Queens whilst Maeda goes back downstairs to her jubiliant friends. Nezumi looks disgruntled at Maeda’s victory but carries on her merry way with a grin. Even Erena is close to tears with Maeda, thinking about her late sister.

As the episode comes to an end, things are looking grim for Yuko as we see her rushed on a hospital gurney in obvious pain. Is she about to die?

What a brilliant episode this was and the fight between Sado and Maeda though not the best scrap in the series was fairly good and long. I thought Mariko’s acting as Sado really shone out in this episode going through the whole gamut of emotions from being tough to crying her eyes out. It was also great to see the awesome Gekikara once more even though it was only brief. I would have loved to have seen another fight between her and Maeda. I’m still not sure how the final episode will pan out but I can’t wait to see how it finishes and if all loose ends will be tied up or do we have more surprises in store?

I’ll be back with the final episode summary tomorrow night.





Majisuka Gakuen Episode 10 – Summary

17 03 2010

We begin at Rappappa HQ where we see the return of Shibuya and Black along with Torigoya. 4 underlings are asking that Rappappa should do something to which Shibuya replies “what do you mean by that”. They also ask when is Yuko returning but they have no answer. Torigoya says Sado has gone to “that place” to focus on destroying Maeda herself.

Team Hormone are eating as usual in their classroom. Sashi’s nose still hasn’t healed properly but Kitahara has gotten over her trauma from last week and is eating meat again with Daruma contemplating on the rooftop. Erena is in the process of putting thumbtacks in Maeda’s shoes  when Nezumi scares her making Erena drop the tacks. She tells her that if she wants to beat Maeda she has to follow her rules.

As Maeda is washing her hands outside and thinking they’re covered in blood, Daruma comes along and gives her a big hug insisting she’s not alone. It falls on deaf ears with Maeda pushing her away before walking off.  Sado gets a call to say that Yuko has collaped at the hospital and goes to visit her. As Maeda enters her classroom, Erena is there to issue a one-on-one challenge to her. She wants to resolve everything concerning her big sister. Maeda is wondering who her big sister could be? Then it hits her that Erena is Takamina’s little sister. As Maeda is about to follow Erena out of the classroom, the whole of Team Hormone after a pep talk by Sashi wants to accompany her. Maeda wants to do this alone but you can see that she’s thankful of their support.

Yuko wakes up to a tearful Sado at her bedside. She grabs Sado and tells her not to be hesitant as it makes her look weak. Maeda arrives at the location of her fight with Erena only to walk into a trap by rival school Yabakune. They surround her and get ready to strike. Erena is on the school rooftop when Daruma comes up asking what’s Maeda ever done to her. Erena tells her everything about Takamina, her sister and how Maeda killed her.

As Yabakune begin their assault on Maeda, we see flashbacks on Maeda and Takamina’s friendship and how they took care of one gang together. However Takamina insisted that they should stop fighting. She wanted to become a nurse (at least we know why Maeda is working at the hospital – probably repenting for Takamina’s death by following her chosen career). Also we finally know the significance of the wrist bracelets that Maeda’s carrying. They were a sign of an oath between herself and Takamina to stop fighting, study together and get serious.

Yabakune is getting the upper hand on Maeda and she looks a beaten girl. Nezumi enjoying every second of it. The full background to Takamina’s death is played out – she was trying to protect Maeda and she got destroyed by the gang that she had defeated with Maeda before. Daruma tries to tell Erena that Maeda is suffering Takamina’s death as much as she is but Erena explains that she is now experiencing the same punishment that her sister did. Daruma calls her an idiot before storming off.

More flashbacks as Maeda looks on Takamina’s lifeless body at the hospital. She thinks her death is all her fault. As we come back to the present and the final blow is about to be struck on Maeda by Yabakune, an unexpected ally comes to her rescue…….Sado!!! Sado’s words reminds Maeda of the same ones that Takamina had told her previously. It fires her up and both Sado and Maeda clean house on Yabakune with a lot of them fleeing except the President. Maeda delivers a crushing KO on her.

The aftermath sees Daruma arriving and Maeda is now ready to accept her and the others as her friends. She’s put her past troubles behind her and is now free. As Sado is leaving, she tells Maeda that she’s going to be her next opponent. She’s doing it for her sick president who’s in hospital fighting a disease. The penny drops for Maeda who she’s referring to – Yuko. The final scene sees Maeda visiting Yuko at hospital.

What a great episode. Good to see what went down with Maeda and Takamina in the past and how close they were. It seems to me that it was Takamina that was calling the shots in their friendship with Maeda hanging on to her every word.  It’s just a shame that she’s dead. What a bunch of wimps Yabakune were – all tough when ganging up on one person but as soon as Sado and Maeda starting banging heads they’re running away like cowards. Some hammy acting to be had by the Yabakune President.

Next episode: Sado vs Maeda and the return of Gekikara – YES!!!