Space Battleship Yamato 2199 Anime Adds Cast Members

posted on by Jennifer Sherman
Houchu Ohtsuka, Mugihito, Kenji Akabane, Masato Kokubun, Yuuki Chiba

The official website for the Space Battleship Yamato 2199 television anime series and film revealed additional cast on Monday. The new project is based on the classic 1974-1975 space opera anime series.

New roles include:

  • Houchu Ohtsuka as Shirō Sanada (chief technology officer, second-in-command)
  • Mugihito as Hikozaemon Tokugawa (chief engineer)
  • Kenji Akabane as Yasuo Nanbu (chief weapons officer)
  • Masato Kokubun as Giichi Aihara (chief communications officer)
  • Yuuki Chiba as Kenjirō Ōta (chief meteorological officer)

Takayuki Sugo will play Jūzō Okita, the captain of the titular battleship in the original. Daisuke Ono will be Susumu Kodai, the main character in the original, while Kenichi Suzumura will play Kodai's best friend Daisuke Shima. Houko Kuwashima will be the heroine Yuki Mori.

Yutaka Izubuchi (RahXephon), the 53-year-old animator who worked on mechanical designs and science-fiction concepts on some of the earlier projects in the franchise, is serving as chief director. Yoshinobu Nishizaki, the late producer of the franchise, is credited with the original story. Nobuteru Yuki (Escaflowne, Record of Lodoss War) is designing the characters, and the anime studios XEBEC and AIC are producing the anime. Mechanical designer Makoto Kobayashi (Giant Robo, Last Exile, Space Battleship Yamato Resurrection) revealed at Anime Expo in July that he is working on a Yamato remake for this year.

The first two episodes in the new television series will have preview screenings in 10 theaters in Japan on April 7.

[Via Moe Ota-News Sokuhō, Tower Records Anime]

Image © Space Battleship Yamato 2199 Production Committee

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