Space Brothers Creator to Make Cameo in Anime
posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Space Brothers manga creator Chūya Koyama will make his voice acting debut in an upcoming episode of the television anime adaptation. Koyama will play Tarō, a member of the "Tissue Tarō-zu" comedy duo featured in the series. Koyama was observing a recording session late last year, and as he was providing guidance about the character, the director decided to use him to play the character. Koyama's performance will be featured in the episode airing on Sunday, February 17.
The Space Brothers television anime series has previously featured cameo by two real life astronauts. Sōichi Noguchi played himself in a guest role in the 13th episode of the series, where he and gave a speech about the "three-dimensional" ant. The speech was one Koyama heard Noguchi himself give when Koyama visited NASA's Johnson Space Center as part of his research.
Additionally, Akihiko Hoshide voiced himself in the 31st episode of the series. Hoshide recorded his dialogue while aboard the International Space Station (ISS), which marked the first time that voice acting lines have been recorded in space. The anime staff conducted the recording at the Tsukuba Space Center in mid-September.
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