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Monday, May 05, 2008

ROOKIES ルーキーズ EP.1 Screen Shots

The drama opens with a flashback to a baseball game, it’s the ninth inning 2 outs and 1 strike away from a win, when the batter hit by a ball strikes the apologizing pitcher with his bat,which causes a riot involving both teams and even the spectators. Sato Ryuta (Utahime, Bambino!) as Kawato Koichi runs and talks on his phone, Asano Kazuyuki (Attention Please, Ganbatte Ikimasshoi) as Ikebe Shunsaku the head teacher complains to the principal played by Ibu Masato (Detective Conan 2, Hataraki Man). The principal responds that he’d hired the teacher implying it was his responsibility. Koichi arrives at the Futagotamagawa High School to begin his first day. There’s a fight going on in the hallway that he tries to intervene in but is stopped by another teacher when a motorcycle roars through the hall knocking down a student. The teacher yells at the motorcyclist that he’s trash from the baseball club. The baseball club members enter the club room to find their captain Aniya Keiichi played by Ichihara Hayato (Long Love Letter) on the couch with a half naked girl. Shirota Yu (Hanazakari no Kimitachi e, Seito Shokun!) as Shinjo Kei arrives in time to see Koichi’s first encounter with the head teacher, then all the club members head for the assembly to see the new teacher.

As I said many times in the past I’m not a sports fan but I do enjoy sport dramas and anime. That said so far in the 1:40 minute opening episode they only had about 1 minute of baseball. So far this drama seems more similar to GTO then to Ace Wo Nerae or Ganbatte Ikimasshoi. In addition to the actors I already mentioned two of the club members are Koide Keisuke (Nodame Cantabile, Gokusen 2) as Mikoshiba Toru and Sato Takeru (Kamen Rider Den-O, Shinigami no Ballad) as Okada Yuya and playing a teacher is Fukiishi Kazue (Bambino!, Yamada Taro Monogatari) as Mayumi Rie. I liked the first episode a lot, and from what I’ve read the series is going to cover the entire manga so it’ll have more episodes then a traditional Japanese drama. After the first episode I’d recommend this to fans of GTO or Gokusen even if they don’t care for sports.

Download the first episode RAW video bit torrent file here, soft subs by Skewed and Timeless are here.

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