Fuji TV Hosts 'Sazae-san Week' With Combined Anime & Drama Special

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Sazae-san creator Hasegawa's live-action bio special to also air as part of anime's 45th anniversary

Fuji TV began streaming three live-action videos on Sunday advertising the "Sazae-san Anime & Drama 2.5-hour Special" that will air on December 1 at 6:30 p.m. The special will air as a part of Fuji TV's "Sazae-san Week" to commemorate the 45th anniversary of the Sazae-san anime. Arisa Mizuki will star in the special as the titular Sazae.

The first video introduces the set for the Isono houshold, including the children's room, the older sister's room, the veranda, and the living room.

The second video features messages from the guest performers for the drama, including Viking comedy duo member Eiji Kotōge, Mickey Curtis, manga creator and author Yoshikazu Ebisu, Tanpopop comedy duo member Kumiko Shiratori, Kyaeen comedy duo member Udo Suzuki, and Tomoaki Ogura.

The third video asks the cast to describe the highlights of the drama.

"Sazae-san Week" will kick off on November 26 at 7:00 p.m. with a "Sazae-san no Himitsu Tettei Kaimei SP" (Sazae-san's Secret Complete Explanation) variety show special. The special will highlight the way the fashion and the electronics in the Isono household has changed in 45 years, and will feature rare characters and famous scenes.

The week continues with the airing of the Hasegawa Machiko Monogatari ~Sazae-san ga Umareta Hi~ (The Story of Machiko Hasegawa ~The Day Sazae-san Was Born) live-action special starring actress Machiko Ono as Sazae-san manga creator Machiko Hasegawa.

The essay manga Sazae-san Uchiake Banashi (Confidential Talk on Sazae-san) is being used as the main reference for the special. The special will tell the story of the passing of Hasegawa's beloved father, her mother's decision to move from Fukuoka to Tokyo, her apprenticeship as a 15-year-old under artist Suihō Tagawa, her brother-in-law's death during World War II, and her lonely path before, during, and after the war. The special will air on November 29 at 9:00 p.m.

The Sazae-san television anime premiered in Japan on October 5, 1969. The Guinness World Records committee recognized the anime as the longest-running animated television series in the world in September. The anime has aired approximately 2,200 episodes featuring about 6,763 short stories.

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