One Piece Anime Casts Tohru Furuya in Pivotal Role
posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
The staff of the One Piece television anime series announced on Friday that Tohru Furuya (Mobile Suit Gundam's Amuro Ray, Sailor Moon's Tuxedo Mask) will play the adult version of Sabo in the show. The character will make his full debut in the next episode on September 28. One Piece manga creator Eiichiro Oda had teased in his comment in Monday's issue of Weekly Shonen Jump that he had listened to the audition tapes for the role. He commented on the announcement that "Sabo could only be Furuya-san."
The character had made his debut in the two-hour "One Piece "3D2Y" Ace no Shi wo Koete! Luffy Nakama to no Chikai" (One Piece '3D2Y' Overcome Ace's Death! The Oath With Luffy's Crewmates) special on August 30, although the role was not voiced. Oda had said that "a must-see surprise for fans is waiting" at the end of the special.
The staff also released a design for the character dressed as Luffy's disguised alter-ego "Lucy."
Junko Takeuchi (Naruto's titular character) had voiced the role for the child version of the character.