‘Trillion Game,’ a Japanese drama series from TBS, will air on Netflix

‘Trillion Game,’ a Japanese drama series from TBS, will air on Netflix

Netflix has acquired the rights to the Japanese financial drama series “Trillion Game” from Tokyo Broadcasting System (TBS), a prominent local broadcaster, and is set to begin streaming it from Saturday.

The series revolves around two young men: one is a computer programming whiz, while the other is a self-absorbed yet charismatic entrepreneur. Their early career aspirations are thwarted by Dragon Bank, compelling them to embark on their own entrepreneurial journey with the audacious goal of creating a trillion-dollar company.

Lacking a concrete business plan and capital, they must devise innovative strategies to raise funds and forge ahead.

The storyline is based on a manga originally authored by Inagaki Riichiro and illustrated by Ikegami Ryoichi, which was serialized in Shogakukan’s Big Comic Superior magazine starting in 2020.

The TBS series, directed by Murao Yoshiaki and written by Habara Daisuke, was produced by Matsumoto Akiko, Matsushita Hiromi, and Kato Shoichi. It aired as weekly episodes in prime-time evening slots from July 14 to Sept. 15.

Meguro Ren, a member of the J-pop idol group Snowman, plays Haru Tennoji, the charming but cunning protagonist. Sano Hayato, known for his role in the TBS and Disney+ series “Tokyo MER,” portrays Gaku, his geeky companion. Imada Mio, recognized for her work in “Tokyo Revengers” and “As Long as We Both Shall Live,” plays Kokuryu Kirika, the beautiful heiress of Dragon Bank’s chief who seeks to recruit Haru and Gaku after witnessing their potential.

Veteran film actor Kunimura Jun, known for his roles in “Kill Bill,” “Minamata,” and “Audition,” also plays a pivotal role as the head of the bank.

TBS initially entered a program supply agreement with Netflix in October 2021. The initial titles provided under the deal included the drama series “Japan Sinks: People of Hope,” the reality show “The Future Diary,” and another drama series titled “Let’s Get Divorced.”

TBS’s DX Business Division president, Yayoi Nakatani, stated, “TBS has set a goal to expand into global markets. We are looking forward to delivering our content to people around the world and strengthening our position in the global content market.”

Netflix has been gaining traction with Japanese content, both originals and acquired series, in addition to its substantial presence in the Korean TV production market. The streaming service recently renewed the dystopian thriller series “Alice in Borderland” for a third season, extending the storyline beyond the source material from the manga.

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