Nozomi Mino’s Yakuza Lover live-action TV show drama adaptation announced for shoujo manga series

The cover of the first vol. of the manga Yakuza Lover, featuring Yuri and Toshiomi.
The cover of the first vol. of the manga Yakuza Lover. Pic credit: Viz Media

On June 23, 2022, in the latest issue of Shogakukan’s Cheese! magazine it was announced that the romance, shoujo Yazkua Lover manga by Nozomi Mino would be getting a live-action drama adaptation that will air in Japan on MBS channel’s Drama Tokku programming block on Thursday nights.

In August, the manga will also be getting a special epilogue chapter in the magazine’s October issue. Yakuza Lover’s story ended in the most recent issue of Cheese! magazine (the August issue), but fans were happy to learn about the upcoming live-action adaptation and upcoming special epilogue to keep them going.

The cover of the latest issue of Shogakukuan’s Cheese features an announcement that Yakuza Lover will be getting a live-action adaptation and also features an announcement about the beginning of a new manga serialization. Ookawa Kippu’s Kimi ni Tsuite Breathless (I Can’t Breathe Because You’re Blowing Me Away) has begun serialization within the magazine.

The cover of the latest issue of Shogakukan's Cheese magazine, featuring announcement about Yakuza Love and Kimi ni Tsuite Breathless.
The cover of the latest issue of Shogakukan’s Cheese magazine. Pic credit: @natalie.mu

What is the plot of Yakuza Lover?

The story centers on a female college student named Yuri. One day, while at a rowdy party she is attacked, but is saved by Toshiomi Oya, who happens to be the underboss of a yakuza syndicate. Even though she is instantly attracted to him due to his good looks, she decides she’s not in the market for a “bad boy” type and that it’s probably better to just stay away from him.

The cover of the first vol. of the manga Yakuza Lover, featuring Yuri and Toshiomi.
The cover of the first vol. of the manga Yakuza Lover. Pic credit: Viz Media

Yuri decides that it would be rude not to thank him for saving her, however, and goes to see him. Upon meeting him again, she finds herself unable to resist this pull to him and decides to give him a chance. Even though Toshiomi is covered in tattoos and wears black leather, Yuri is able to see the kindness in him.

Together, they begin a steamy, dangerous love affair that threatens to consume Yuri body and soul. Later, when tragedy strikes, Yuri tries to distance herself from Oya in order to protect herself from his dangerous lifestyle for good, but will their bond prove too powerful to break?

The cover of the latest manga vol. of Yakuza Lover, featuring Yuri and Toshiomi.
The cover of the latest manga vol. of Yakuza Lover. Pic credit: @natalie.mu

Where can I read Yakuza Lover?

In March 2018, Mino launched the manga in Shogakukan’s Premium Cheese! magazine under the title Koi to Dangan Special Bullet. In April 2019, the series was moved to its sister magazine Cheese! On May 26, Shogakukan shipped the manga’s 11th compiled volume. The English version of the manga has been licensed by Viz Media, which published the manga’s 5th volume on June 14, 2022.

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