Ushio & Tora TV Anime Casts Yoshimasa Hosoya as Nagare Akiba
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The official website and Twitter account for the television anime of Kazuhiro Fujita's supernatural battle manga Ushio & Tora (Ushio to Tora) unveiled the character design for the character Nagare Akiba on Monday. Yoshimasa Hosoya will voice the character.
Both the website and the official Twitter account have been revealing a new character and the respective voice cast member for the anime every day since June 10. The website will reveal the character visual and voice cast member for Satoru Moritsuna on Monday.
The official website streamed the anime's first promotional video on Thursday.
Tasuku Hatanaka as Ushio
Rikiya Koyama as Tora
Mikako Komatsu as Asako
Keiji Fujiwara as Aotsuki
Yui Makino as Hanyū
Daisuke Namikawa as Hyō
Yūichi Nakamura as Kenichi Masaki
Aki Toyosaki as Yū Hiyama
Masaki Terasoma as Kyōji Atsuzawa
Shinichirō Miki as Raishin
Yūki Kaji as Jūrō
Risa Shimizu as Kagari
Yuuka Nanri as Saya Takatori
Ai Kayano as Omamori-sama
Maaya Sakamoto as Sumako Aotsuki
Additionally, Fumiko Orikasa will voice the character Mikado Hizaki, but the staff has not yet revealed a character design.
ADV Films released the 1992 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 series will premiere on July 3.
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.