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Ikemen Sengoku Franchise to Replace Voice Actor Yoshimasa Hosoya

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Ikemen Sengoku anime premieres on TV on July 12

The official website of CYBIRD's Ikemen Sengoku game revealed on May 1 that the franchise is replacing Yoshimasa Hosoya in the game releases, anime, drama CDs, and other releases. Hosoya played the character Sanada Yukimura.

The site did not yet announce who will replace Hosoya, but revealed that Hosoya's voice will remain in the original game app until the end of June, after which his voice in the game will be replaced.

The official website for the anime also revealed on Wednesday that the anime will air on television, and will be titled Ikemen Sengoku: Toki o Kakeru Koi (Hot Guy Sengoku: Love That Jumps Through Time), similar to the game. It will premiere on July 12 on Tokyo MX at 10:10 p.m.

Hosoya's staff reported in April that he is going on hiatus from work to undergo treatment for his throat after a doctor's diagnosis. He plans to return to work before the end of this year. He has already been replaced in Happy Elements K.K's Ensemble Stars! multimedia franchise.

CYBIRD launched the Ikemen Sengoku: Toki o Kakeru Koi (Hot Guy Sengoku: Love That Jumps Through Time) iOS and Android game in June 2015. The game is free-to-play, and is part of the "Ikemen Series" of historical romance games for female players. The games take place in different eras of history. The game is inspiring a port for the PS Vita titled Ikemen Sengoku: Toki o Kakeru Koi ~Arata Naru Deai~ (New Meeting) by Idea Factory's Otomate brand. The game was originally slated for fall 2016, but is now scheduled for a 2017 release.

In the original mobile game's story, the protagonist is sent back in time to the Sengoku (Warring States) period, where she meets notable historical figures such as Oda Nobunaga (voiced by Tomokazu Sugita), Date Masamune (Kazuki Katou), and Sanada Yukimura (Yoshimasa Hosoya).

The franchise also has a manga adaptation that launched in Akita Shoten's Monthly Princess magazine on January 6. Mika Kajiyama (Neo Angelique, Ayahatori Shōkanjō, Ore to Atashi no Kareshi-sama) is drawing the manga. A stage play adaptation ran in April.

CYBIRD has released Midnight Cinderella: Ikémen Royal Romances and Destined to Love: Ikémen Samurai Romances in English.

Source: MoCa News

Update: The anime's press release lists Kenshō Ono as the new voice of Sanada Yukimura for the app.

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