Arashi's Kazunari Ninomiya Voices Live-Action Assassination Classroom's Koro-sensei
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Arashi band member Kazunari Ninomiya (Gantz, Tekkonkinkreet, Letters from Iwo Jima) is voicing Koro-sensei in the live-action film adaptation of Yusei Matsui 's Assassination Classroom manga. The surprise announcement was made by the cast at their opening-day stage greetings for the film on Saturday.
Viz Media published the first volume of the manga in North America in December. The company describes the story:
A humorous and action-packed story about a class of misfits who are trying to kill their new teacher – an alien octopus with bizarre powers and super strength! The teacher has just destroyed the moon and is threatening to destroy the earth – unless his students can destroy him first. What makes things more complicated is that he's the best teacher they've ever had!
The group Sensa-tions is performing the theme song "Koro-sensa-tions" to the film. The song includes vocals by Ninomiya.
Eiichirō Hasumi (Umizaru films, Wild 7) directed the film, and Tatsuya Kanazawa (Saru Lock The Movie, Lucky Seven) wrote the script. Filming began on site at an abandoned elementary school in the suburbs in Japan's Kanto district on August 31, and wrapped up in mid-October. The film's Twitter account began posting on-set photographs since filming started.
The cast for the film includes:
- Ryōsuke Yamada as Nagisa Shiota
- Masaki Suda as Karma Akabane
- Kippei Shiina as Tadaomi Karasuma
- Maika Yamamoto as Kaede Kayano
- Seika Taketomi as Rio Nakamura
- Mio Yūki as Yukiko Kanzaki
- Miku Uehara as Manami Okuda
- Masanobu Takashima as Takaoka
- Seishirō Katō as Itona
- Kang Jiyoung as Irina Jelavic
- Kanna Hashimoto as Ritsu
Matsui launched Assassination Classroom in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in 2012, and Shueisha published the 13th volume on Wednesday, March 4. The series ranked number seven in Japan's top-selling manga for 2013, and currently has more than 11 million copies in print. The series already inspired an event anime in 2013, and also inspired a television anime series that premiered in January. Funimation is streaming the show as it airs in Japan.