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Gackt Stars in Shiki, Noitamina Anime Details Confirmed

posted on by Egan Loo

The Japanese entertainment figure Gackt has announced on Sunday that he will play the role of Seishirō Kirishiki in the Shiki anime series. Gackt appeared in a pre-recorded video message during the Sunday press conference for Fuji TV's Noitamina late-night timeslot's lineup in 2010. The Shiki role will be Gackt's first role in the regular cast of a television anime series. The 22-episode anime adaptation of Fuyumi Ono and Ryū Fujisaki's manga will premiere in July.

The same press conference also provided more details of the previously announced titles that will run during the expanded Noitamina timeslot. (The timeslot is expanding from a half-hour to one hour this year.)

The anime adaptation of Natsume Ono's House of Five Leaves (Sarai-ya Goyou) manga will premiere on April 15 during the last half (25:15 Thursday or 1:15 a.m. Friday) of the expanded Noitamina timeslot. The artist immi is singing the opening theme song "Sign of Love" while rake is performing the ending theme song "All I Need Is…." The cast members Daisuke Namikawa and Takahiro Sakurai made personal appearances at the press conference to introduce the anime and present a promotional video.

The 11-episode anime adaptation of Tomihiko Morimi's Yojō-Han Shinwa Taikei novel will premiere on April 22 during the first half (24:45 Thursday or 12:45 a.m. Friday) of Noitamina. Shintaro Asunuma will play the unnamed protagonist "Watashi" ("I"), and Maaya Sakamoto, Hiroyuki Yoshino, Keiji Fujiwara, Junichi Suwabe, and Yūko Kaida fill out the rest of the main cast.

Since the anime adaptation of Akiko Higashimura's Kuragehime women's manga will not premiere until October at 24:45 on Thursdays, the press conference did not announce Kuragehime's voice cast. It did confirm that Takahiro Ōmori is directing the animators at Brains Base. Jukki Hanada is supervising the series scripts, and Kenji Hayama is designing the characters.

Fuji TV ended the press conference by confirming the staff and cast of the live-action drama adaptation of Masayuki Ishikawa's Moyashimon manga. Akira Iwamoto is directing off scripts that are being supervised by Natsuko Takahashi. Shirogumi is handling production and visual effects, including Moyashimon's signature super-deformed germs. (As part of the press conference's "AR" theme, the conference used augmented-reality technology to give live, albeit short, demonstrations of Shirogumi's special effects.)

Yūichi Nakamura will star in the Moyashimon drama when it premieres in July at 24:45 on Thursday, and Chisun, Koji Nishida, Akihiro Kimura, Natsuki Katō, Yuri Hane, and Toshio Kurosawa round out the cast. All of the actors except Hane and Kurosawa appeared at the press conference to introduce their characters and the drama's promotional video.

Update: In an unrelated "Sengoku Basara Fes. 2010" event on Sunday, the Sengoku Basara anime's second season premiere was confirmed for this July. Source: Presepe News

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