Keiji Fujiwara, Yui Makino's Characters Revealed for Ushio & Tora TV Anime
posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
The combined 22nd/23rd issue of Shogakukan's Shonen Sunday magazine will reveal on Tuesday the characters that Keiji Fujiwara and Yui Makino will play in the television anime of Kazuhiro Fujita's supernatural battle manga Ushio & Tora (Ushio to Tora). The official website had previously announced that Fujiwara and Makino were in the cast, but did not reveal their characters.
Fujiwara will play Ushio's father Shigure Aotsuki (pictured at top in above image), and Makino will play Reiko Hanyū (pictured at bottom) a mysterious student who is seemingly surrounded by misfortune.
The main voice cast includes:
Tasuku Hatanaka as Ushio
Rikiya Koyama as Tora
Mikako Komatsu as Asako
Kiyono Yasuno as Mayuko
The rest of the cast (without announced character roles) includes:
- Ai Kayano
- Maaya Sakamoto
- Ayahi Takagaki
- Aki Toyosaki
- Yuuka Nanri
- Kana Hanazawa
- Nana Mizuki
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?
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) and Fujita himself are in charge of the series scripts, and Tomoko Mori (guest character designer on Garo: Honoo no Kokuin, Juden Chan) is designing the characters.
The television anime will premiere in July.
Fujita ran the manga in Weekly Shonen Sunday two decades ago from 1990 to 1996, and the manga's 33 compiled book volumes have 25 million copies in circulation. (The smaller bunko edition of the manga and other publications raise the total to 30 million.) He has since drawn a two-chapter Ushio & Tora short in 2012 to raise funds for areas devastated by the March 2011 earthquake. Shogakukan is reprinting the original manga series in a complete edition starting this spring.