Peace Maker Kurogane Anime Film Series Reveals More Cast

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Yumiko Kobayashi, Jouji Nakata, Kappei Yamaguchi, more reprise roles from previous TV series

The official website for the new anime film series based on Nanae Chrono's Peace Maker Kurogane manga revealed additional cast members for the films on Friday.

The additional cast members include:

  • Yumiko Kobayashi as Tetsunosuke Ichimura (as a child)
  • Jouji Nakata as Toshizō Hijikata
  • Mitsuki Saiga as Sōji Okita
  • Yūji Ueda as Tatsunosuke Ichimura
  • Kappei Yamaguchi as Shinpachi Nagakura
  • Kousuke Toriumi as Heisuke Tōdō
  • Kenji Nomura as Sanosuke Harada
  • Takashi Matsuyama as Hajime Saitō
  • Masami Iwasaki as Kai Shimada
  • Takaya Hashi as Isami Kondō
  • Mikako Takahashi as Saya
  • Shinnosuke Tachibana as Suzu Yamatoya

All the cast members except Masami Iwasaki and Shinnosuke Tachibana are reprising their roles from the previous television anime series. While Yuka Imai played Suzu (under the character name Suzu Kitamura) in the television anime series, Tachibana played Suzu in a previous drama CD series.

Yuuki Kaji will reprise his role from the previous drama CD series as the adolescent Tetsunosuke Ichimura, and Takahiro Sakurai will reprise his role from the Peacemaker anime as Susumu Yamazaki.

White Fox will animate the film series. Hiroshi Takeuchi is directing, and Eiji Umehara is writing. Sayaka Koiso is designing the characters. The staff haven't specified how many films will be in the series, but the kanji used to describe the first film is used to describe at least a two-part film series. The first film will premiere in Japan this year.

The manga's story began with protagonist Tetsunosuke Ichimura as he works under the Shinsengumi's Hijikata Toshizō right before the Meiji Restoration. He seeks strength in order to avenge his parents' after their death by a Chōshū rebel.

Chrono had begun the story under the title Shinsengumi Imon Peace Maker in Square Enix's Monthly Shonen Gangan magazine in 1999. Chrono switched publishers to Mag Garden in 2001 and resumed the story under the title Peace Maker Kurogane in the Monthly Comic Blade magazine, before moving to various publications in the intervening years. The manga then began publication in Monthly Comic Garden in 2014, and Mag Garden also publishes the manga digitally on its Magicomi manga website. Mag Garden published the manga's 12th volume (pictured at left) on Friday.

ADV Manga published the first volumes of this sequel manga in 2004-2005, and ADV Films also released the television anime adaptation. After ADV Manga stopped publishing the series, Tokyopop licensed and released the original five-volume series, and re-released four volumes in the sequel series before the company shut down its North American publishing division in 2011. JManga then licensed both series for digital release and released all the volumes Tokyopop had released, but similarly shut down in 2013.

The manga previously inspired a 24-episode television anime adaptation in 2003. Funimation re-released the anime series on DVD under its "Anime Classics" line in 2011, and re-released it again in September 2015. The Jisen S40 television channel in Japan, which specializes in airing historical content, will rebroadcast the series starting on May 24.

The manga also inspired a live-action television series in 2010, and has also inspired a series of stage plays.

Source: Animate Times

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