2nd Ajin Film Casts Jun Fukuyama, Set to Open Next May
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The official website for the anime adaptation of Gamon Sakurai's Ajin - Demi-Human manga announced on Friday that Jun Fukuyama is joining the cast as the boy Kō Nakano (pictured below). It also announced that the second film will open next May with the full title of Ajin -Shōtotsu- (Ajin - Demi-Human: Collision). To commemorate the opening of the first film, the cast member Mamoru Miyano, Mikako Komatsu, and Fukuyama will appear at a stage greeting accompanying a showing at Toho Cinemas Nihonbashi in Tokyo on December 5.
The first film in the planned trilogy, Ajin: Shōdō (Ajin: Demi-Human - Compel), opened in Japan on Friday for a two-week limited engagement. It held its world premiere at the Tokyo International Film Festival on October 28.
In the manga's story, an immortal first appeared on an African battlefield 17 years ago. Later, rare, unknown new immortal lifeforms began appearing among humans, and they became known as "Ajin" (demi-humans). Just before summer vacation, a Japanese high school student named Kei Nagai is instantly killed in a traffic accident on his way home from school. However, he is revived, and a price is placed on his head. Thus begins a boy's life on the run from all of humankind.
The project will also receive a television anime, which will premiere on MBS, TBS, and CBC on January. Netflix will stream episodes in Japan three days after airing on Japanese television, and then in other Netflix territories in mid-2016. The television series will go deeper into the story and provide more details on the story's world.
The manga's eighth volume will also bundle an anime on DVD when it ships on May 6.
The film's cast is as follows:
Mamoru Miyano (Death Note's Light, Free!'s Rin) as Kei Nagai
Yoshimasa Hosoya (Kuroko's Basketball's Hyūga, Attack on Titan's Reiner) as Kaito
Houchu Ohtsuka (Naruto's Jiraiya, Zeta Gundam's Yazan Gable) as Satō
Takahiro Sakurai (Code Geass' Suzaku, Mononoke's Medicine Seller) as Tosaki
Mikako Komatsu (Bodacious Space Pirates' Marika Kato, Nisekoi's Tsugumi) as Izumi Shimomura
Daisuke Hirakawa (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders' Kakyoin, Free!'s Rei) as Kōji Tanaka
Additionally, Aya Suzaki (Aikatsu!'s Mikuru Natsuki, Knights of Sidonia's Shizuka Hoshijiro) will play Eriko Nagai, and Hiroyuki Kinoshita (Jin-Roh's Atsushi Henmi, Robotics;Notes' Hiromu Hidaka) will play Ikuya Ogura.
Hiroyuki Seshita (Knights of Sidonia, Knights of Sidonia: Battle for Planet Nine) is serving as chief director, and Hiroaki Ando (Five Numbers!, Gambo, episode director on Knights of Sidonia) is directing the films at Polygon Pictures (Knights of Sidonia, Ronja the Robber's Daughter, Transformers Prime). Hiroshi Seko (Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign, scripts on Attack on Titan) is supervising the scripts, Yuki Moriyama (Knights of Sidonia) is the character designer, and Yuugo Kanno (Psycho-Pass, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders) is composing the music.
Sakurai launched the manga in Kodansha's good! Afternoon magazine in 2012, and Kodansha published the seventh compiled book volume in Japan on November 6. The seven volumes have 3.9 million copies in print. Vertical published the sixth volume in North America on August 25. Crunchyroll is posting new chapters as Kodansha publishes them in Japan.
The manga ranked as a top manga series on the Nationwide Bookstore Employees' Recommended Comics of 2014 list and in the 2014 edition of the Kono Manga ga Sugoi! guidebook. The series also received a nomination for the 18th Annual Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize "Reader Award" last year.
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