Now that the release date of A Bad Boy Drinks Tea is near, we’ll cover everything you need to know before watching the series. This upcoming Japanese drama is an adaptation of the manga series of the same title. The Japanese name of the manga is “Ocha Nigosu”, and the original story and illustrations were provided by Hiroyuki Nishimori. The manga was serialized in Weekly Shonen Sunday of Shogakukan and released 109 chapters in 11 volumes from April 4, 2007 to July 29, 2009. In December 2020, TV Tokyo announced a manga adaptation of a 12-episode Japanese television drama that will air in 2021.
The series centers on Masaya Funabashi, a high school boy known as the “Ma-Kun Devil”. He always had a fierce expression and was the most bullying bad boy in junior high school. However, now that he is in middle school, he wants to change for the better and lead a peaceful life. This comedy series tells the story of when he tries to change his image by joining a Japanese tea ceremony club. He makes new friends within the club, and with their influence, he slowly begins to change as he learns about the tea ceremony. The manga has a decent fan base ranking 7.35 on My Anime List. Also, on April 20, 2013, the manga series was added to My Anime List out of 10 underrated / unpopular manga that people should read.
Cast and Crew:
Takeshi Furusawa and Koji Takashi direct all the episodes. Takuya Kato and Shuji Yuki wrote the screenplay for the series. Yusuke Hayashi provided the soundtrack for the series. Naofumi Takiyama and Yuki Nakazato are the executive producers of the series.
Main Cast Member
Nobuyuki Suzuki plays the main protagonist, Masaya Funabashi. Masaya was labeled a bad boy in junior high school because of his tough looks. This resulted in him getting into many fights. He decided to join the tea ceremony club because it was the only club whose representatives weren’t afraid of him and asked him to join regardless of his appearance.
Toshiki Seto played the role of Yamada Wataru. Yamada has been Masaya’s friend since elementary school and they both have a reputation for being troublemakers. Yamada is also Masaya’s crime partner.
Minori Hagiwara acting as Asakawa Kaho. Masaya calls Asakawa a “mad dog” because they don’t get along. Kaho suspects Masaya is trying to damage the club president and is not serious about participating in the activity. She initially tries to get rid of Masaya, but later has a crush on him. However, after he realized Masaya’s feelings for Naomi, he began to help her meet Naomi.
Rinka Kumada played the role of Naomi Anesaki. Naomi is the president of the tea ceremony club and she needs more members to keep the club going. He was the first to ask Masaya to join the club. Even though he acted coldly as he offered her tea and begged her to join in, her legs were shaking at Masaya’s vicious gaze. However, even though he had heard of Masaya’s reputation, he was sure that he would not harm anyone and the club.
Other supporting actors include Tomoka Iikura played by Seira Nagashima, Tamami Shindaji played by Karin Nishina, Tamiko Okunuma played by Yuzuki Hirakawa, Kouki Kashizawa played by Naohiro Yamamoto, Kitanuma played by Shogo Hama, and Yo Tatejima played by Toru Nomaguchi.
A Bad Boy’s Tea Launch Date and Where To Watch?
The series will premiere on March 5, 2021. TV Tokyo will air the series every Friday at 8 pm according to Japanese Standard Time (JST). However, the network is only available in Japan. For other countries, Amazon Prime video will start streaming the show on March 5, 2021 as well. Currently, only these two are the official networks where the show will be available. However, after the broadcast throughout the season, the show will be available on many other websites.
Also, here is the episode schedule for the series:
- A Bad Boy Drinks Tea Episode 1: March 5, 2021
- A Bad Boy Drinks Tea Episode 2: March 12, 2021
- A Bad Boy Drinks Tea Episode 3: March 19, 2021
- A Bad Boy Drinks Tea Episode 4: March 26, 2021
- A Bad Boy Drinks Tea Episode 5: April 2, 2021
- A Bad Boy Drinks Tea Episode 6: April 9, 2021
- A Bad Boy Drinks Tea Episode 7: April 16, 2021
- A Bad Boy Drinks Tea Episode 8: April 23, 2021
- A Bad Boy Drinks Tea Episode 9: 30 April 2021
- A Bad Boy Drinks Tea Episode 10: May 7, 2021
- A Bad Boy Drinks Tea Episode 11: May 14, 2021
- A Bad Boy Drinks Tea Episode 12: 21 May 2021