More Barakamon Anime Cast Members, Summer Date Unveiled
posted on by Andre Pappas
The June issue of Gakken's Animedia magazine is announcing additional cast members for the television anime adaptation of Satsuki Yoshino's Barakamon manga on Saturday. Child voice actress Suzuko Hara will play the role of the 7-year-old co-star Naru Kotoishi. In addition, the June issue of Square Enix's Shonen Gangan is confirming on Monday that the anime will premiere this summer.
The other new cast members (including those pictured above) include:
Kouki Uchiyama as Hiroshi Kido (bottom center)
Nozomi Furuki as Miwa Yamamura (top center)
Rumi Ookubo as Tamako Arai (Tama) (top left)
Rina Endō as Hina Kubota (top right)
Seiya Kimura as Kentarō Ōhama (Kenta) (bottom right)
Tanuki Sugino as Yūjirō Kido (Village Chief) (bottom left)
Fumihiko Tachiki as Vice Principal (bottom right in picture below)
Megumi Han as Akki (third from bottom left in picture below)
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 his 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.
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:
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.