Nintama Rantaro Casts Akio Ohtsuka After Father's Passing
posted on by Egan Loo
The Nintama Rantaro television anime has cast Akio Ohtsuka as the ninja instructor Denzō Yamada, succeeding his late father Chikao Ohtsuka. Akio Ohtsuka will begin playing the role in the episode "Maigo no Yoshū no Dan" on May 4.
Nintama Rantaro premiered in 1993, and it now runs every weekday from 6:10 p.m. to 6:20 p.m. Chikao Ohtsuka played Yamada from the anime's premiere until his passing in January.
The younger Ohtsuka described playing the role as a memento more precious than anything in the world, as it makes him feel closer to his father. He said that he will play the role with utmost care, so as to not tarnish his father's work.
Chikao Ohtsuka played many roles in anime throughout his life, including One Piece's Gold Roger, Mobile Suit Gundam 00's Aeolia Schenberg, Lupin the 3rd's Goemon Ishikawa, Gegege no Kitarō's Nezumi Otoko and Hakusanbo, as well as Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan's Nurarihyon.
In video games, the actor played Maxwell in Tales of Xillia and its sequel, Eggman in the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise. He played Big Boss in Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots alongside his son, who also plays Solid Snake in the Metal Gear Solid franchise.