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Tasuku Hatanaka, Rikiya Koyama Star in Ushio & Tora TV Anime in Summer

posted on by Sarah Nelkin

The cast of the anime of Kazuhiro Fujita's Ushio to Tora (Ushio & Tora) manga was announced on Sunday at the Sunday Fes 2015 event at the Pacifico Yokohama venue.

Tasuku Hatanaka will play Ushio, while Rikiya Koyama will play Tora. Mikako Komatsu will play Asako, and Kiyono Yasuno will play MAYUKO. In addition, Nana Mizuki and Maaya Sakamoto are among the cast in unannounced roles.

In addition, the anime's July premiere date was also revealed.

Satoshi Nishimura (Trigun, Hajime no Ippo) is directing the anime at MAPPA (Rage of Bahamut Genesis) and a relatively new company, Studio VOLN. Toshiki Inoue (Chaos;HEAd, Death Note, Ranma ½) is in charge of the series scripts, and Tomoko Mori (guest character designer on Garo: Honoo no Kokuin, Juden Chan) is designing the characters.

ADV Films released the earlier original video anime project, and it describes the story:

Ushio thinks that his father's talk of an ancient ancestor impaling a demon on a temple altar stone with the legendary Beast Spear is nuts, but when he finds the monster in his own basement, Ushio has to take another look at the family legend! To save his friends and family from the invading spirits, Ushio is forced to release Tora from his captivity. But will the creature prove to be worse than the curse?

Fujita ran the manga in Weekly Shonen Sunday two decades ago from 1990 to 1996, and the manga's 33 compiled book volumes have 30 million copies in circulation. He has since drawn a two-chapter Ushio & Tora short in 2012 to raise funds for areas devastated by the March 2011 earthquake. Shogakukan will begin reprinting the original manga series in a complete edition this spring.

This article has a follow-up: Ushio & Tora Casts Ai Kayano, Ayahi Takagaki, Kana Hanazawa (2015-03-29 07:30)
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