2nd Live-Action Assassination Classroom Film Casts Hiroki Narimiya as Yanagisawa

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Gokusen/NANA actor & Aguri Yukimura's Mirei Kiritani shown in visuals

The staff of Ansatsu Kyōshitsu ~Sotsugyō-hen~ (Assassination Classroom ~Graduation Edition~), the second live-action Assassination Classroom (Ansatsu Kyōshitsu) film, announced on Thursday that it has cast Hiroki Narimiya (live-action Gokusen, NANA) for the role of Kōtarō Yanagisawa. The staff unveiled a visual of Narimiya (seen below, bottom photograph) in costume as his character, and Mirei Kiritani (top photograph) in costume as her character Aguri Yukimura.

Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine announced Kiritani's casting in September, along with the original "God of Death." [highlight white text to read spoilers] Arashi band member Kazunari Ninomiya, who is voicing Koro-sensei for the live-action films, will play the God of Death. Narimiya and Kiritani will play their characters in a flashback scene that shows how the the God of Death turned into Koro-sensei.

The film will open in Japan on March 25. Advance tickets will go on sale on Saturday, and the first 50,000 people to purchase them will receive an exclusive clear file.

The first live-action film adaptation opened in Japan on March 21. The Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal hosted the film's international premiere on July 17. The Fantastic Fest film festival, held in Austin, Texas from September 24 to October 1, screened the film's US premiere.

Eiichirō Hasumi (Umizaru films, Wild 7) directed the film, and Tatsuya Kanazawa (Saru Lock The Movie, Lucky Seven) wrote the script.

Viz Media is publishing Yusei Matsui's original manga in North America, and it describes the story:

A humorous and action-packed story about a class of misfits who are trying to kill their new teacher – an alien octopus with bizarre powers and super strength! The teacher has just destroyed the moon and is threatening to destroy the earth – unless his students can destroy him first. What makes things more complicated is that he's the best teacher they've ever had!

The television anime series premiered in Japan on January 9, and Funimation streamed the series as it aired. A second series will premiere on January 7.

Source: Comic Natalie

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