Holy batshit. Akiha is being played by a girl in the J-drama. This baffles me and I'm wondering if she's going to -be- girl Akiha or if she's going to crossdress as a male. This is interesting. (If they turn Umeda straight, I will be VERY disappointed.) She was in Takarzuka, however she played female roles, so once again the jury is out on this.
Also looking at the picture of the Umeda actor, I can't feel it.. but then I couldn't feel the actor for Mei Tian -before- I saw him in action and saw how perfect he was for the role.
When it comes down to it, it's going to be one of those instances where I may very well be disappointed.. after all I like all of the casting for the HanaKimi T-drama... and it has the ability to make me laugh hysterically. I hope that the J-drama exceeds my expectations, but once again I'm not holding my breath.