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Junichi Suwabe, Yuuki Kaji Join Barakamon Cast

posted on by Lynzee Loveridge
Slice-of-life comedy manga centering around the handsome calligrapher slated for this year

The May issue of Square Enix's Shonen Gangan magazine is announcing on Saturday that voice actors Junichi Suwabe and Yuuki Kaji will join the cast of the anime adaptation of Satsuki Yoshino's Barakamon manga.

Suwabe (Space Dandy, Fate/Stay night, Kuroko's Basketball) will star as Takasei Kawafuji



Kaji (Magi - The Kingdom of Magic, Blood Lad, Accel World) will star as Kosuke Kanzaki


The first promotional video for the anime began streaming last month:

The slice-of-life comedy manga centers around the ikemen (handsome) 23-year-old calligrapher Seishū Handa, who moves to the remote Gotō Islands off the western coast of Kyushu. Seishū grew up in the city, and the manga chronicles Seishu's interactions with the people of the island, who drive tractors on public roads and don't enter through his front door when they visit. On top of that, Seishū's house becomes a hangout for the island's children.

Daisuke Ono (Noragami, Magi - The Kingdom of Magic, Attack on Titan) will play the series' lead Seishū Handa.

Kinema Citrus (Yuyushiki, Code:Breaker) will produce the animation for Nippon TV. Masaki Tachibana (Tokyo Magnitude 8.0, The Legend of Heroes: Trails in The Sky) is directing the series off of Pierre Sugiura's (Yuyushiki, Bottom Biting Bug) scripts. Majiro (Nagareboshi Lens) is handling the character designs, and Kenji Kawai (Moribito - Guardian of the Spirit, Patlabor 2: The Movie) is handling the music.

Other staff members are as follows:

Art Director: Hiroshi Kato
Director of Photography: Yu Wakabayashi
Color Key: Hiromi Miyawaki
Sound Director: Kazuhiro Wakabayashi
Sound Effects: Eiko Morikawa (Chura Sound)
Calligraphy: Ungai Hara

The series will premiere this year.

Yoshino launched the manga in Square Enix's Gangan Online magazine in 2009. Square Enix released the eighth compiled volume in September. Yoshino launched a spinoff manga, titled Handa-kun, in Monthly Shonen Gangan magazine starting in October. Yen Press announced in February that it has licensed the series.

Source: Comic Natalie


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