Kis-My-Ft2's Fujigaya, Kitayama join Karina in "Misaki No. 1!!"

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2010-11-26 - More cast members have been revealed for the drama series "Misaki No. 1!!" that was announced last week. In particular, two members of the Johnny's Jr. group Kis-My-Ft2 will play major roles: Taisuke Fujigaya (23) and Hiromitsu Kitayama (25).

Based on a manga series by Masato Fujisaki, the drama features Karina as a top Roppongi hostess who winds up as a temporary teacher for a class of problematic high school students. The show's staff includes several members of the team behind the similar "Gokusen" drama series.

Misaki Tennoji's (Karina) students are members of the second-year "Z Class." Fujigaya plays the part of Kazuma Kujo, who holds the status of leader within the class, while Kitayama plays Kujo's accomplice Ryosuke Minato, who serves as a "mood maker" for the class.

This is Fujigaya's first drama role since the 2007 special "Byakkotai," and the first ever for Kitayama. Fujigaya remarked that he is looking forward to the part very much, since it is his first school drama and his first drama with another member of Kis-My-Ft2.

Other cast members that have been revealed include Tomohiro Ichikawa (19), Kei Tanaka (26), Asami Usuda (26), Yuichi Tsuchiya (31), Yuu Tejima (26), Yumi Kobayashi (22), Ayaka Komatsu (24), Muga Tsukaji (39), Keiko Toda (53), Naomi Zaizen (44), and Akio Kaneda (56).

The drama will air on Wednesday nights on NTV, starting in January.

Related news:
2010-11-29 "Misaki No. 1!!" adds Aya Oomasa
2010-11-17 Karina turns from hostess to teacher in "Misaki No. 1!!" drama
2010-11-23 Karina, Kei Tanaka dating?
2010-07-16 Karina stars in romantic comedy
2011-03-04 Fukada Kyoko added to "Kochikame" movie cast

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