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'Tomodachi Game' gets 2nd TV drama adaptation starring idol units Bishounen×HiHi Jets

The members of idol units Bishounen & HiHi Jets will play the characters of Groups C and K. The drama show starts airing in July.

By: Nicole S. Castro on June 21, 2022 at 10:10 PHT

Mikoto Yamaguchi and Yuki Sato's psychological thriller series Tomodachi Game is getting a second TV drama adaptation in Japan this 2022.

Starting July 23, 2022, it will broadcast every Saturday on TV Asahi under the title Tomodachi Game R4. The male characters will be played by the members of idol units HiHi Jets and Bishounen (美 少年), who are both from Johnny's Jr., a sub-unit of talent agency Johnny & Associates that focuses on training younger males to debut in future idol groups.

©Tomodachi Game R4 PROJECT

Tomodachi Game (Japanese: トモダチゲーム) originated as a Japanese manga series conceptualized by Mikoto Yamaguchi and written and illustrated by Yuki Sato. It has been serialized in Kodansha's Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine since December 2013. Two live-action films premiered in 2017 as well as the first TV drama directed by Jiro Nagae. The first TV drama aired from April 3, 2017 to April 24, 2017 with a total of four episodes. The TV anime adaptation by studio Okuruto Noboru is currently airing this Spring 2022.

For Tomodachi Game R4, the cast is as follows:

Group C

  • Hidaka Ukisho (Bishounen) as Yūichi Katagiri

  • Ryuga Sato (Bishounen) as Tenji Mikasa

  • Mizuki Inoue (HiHi Jets) as Makoto Shibe

Group K

  • Fujii Naoki (Bishounen) as Kei Shinomiya

  • Taisho Iwasaki (Bishounen) as Jūzō Kadokura

  • Soya Igari (HiHi Jets) as Hyakutarō Onigawara

  • Issei Kanasashi (Bishounen) as Chisato Hashiratani

  • Yuto Nasu (Bishounen) as Banri Niwa

Note: No information so far about the female cast members.

Staff (Tomodachi Game R4)

  • Original idea: Mikoto Yamaguchi and Yuki Sato's "Tomodachi Game" (serialized in Kodansha's Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine)

  • Screenplay: Takuji Higuchi, Shinya Hokimoto

  • Music: Yoshinori Nakamura

  • Directors: Takuro Oikawa, Hajime Takezono (TV Asahi), Toshiaki Kamada


Yūichi Katagiri was taught the value of friendship when he was young, and it is thanks to his group of four friends that he is able to enjoy high school life today. When their class's school trip funds are stolen, the five are dragged into the mysterious Tomodachi Game as a result of someone's debt. The friendship of the five will be put to the ultimate test against the promise of wealth there. (from Wikipedia)

Source: Tomodachi Game R4 official Twitter, official website, Comic Natalie




Nicole is based in the Philippines and works as a freelance Japanese Translator/Interpreter and copywriter (English). She is a JLPT N2 passer who watches anime to "study" for N1. She has a long career history on LinkedIn (with primary focus on media and translation), but her anime watchlist is much, much longer.