Gintama Anime Voice Actor Fumihiko Tachiki Reprises Madao Role in Live-Action Gintama 2 Net Series

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Net series debuts on August 18, film opens in Japan on August 17

This year's 32nd issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that voice actor Fumihiko Tachiki will reprise his role as Taizō Hasegawa (Madao) for the accompanying live-action Gintama 2: Yo ni mo Kimyō na Gintama-chan show on Docomo's dTV streaming service.

In addition, Warner Bros. Japan began streaming an interview video with actor Jiro Sato regarding his role in the sequel film. While he was earlier announced as a cast member for the film, his role has not yet been revealed. The video below similarly does not reveal his role, but is the first part in a four-part video reveal, with each subsequent part debuting after episodes of the currently-airing Gintama: Gin no Tamashii Hen (Gintama: Silver Soul Arc) anime every week.

Returning from the first live-action show are Shun Oguri as Gintoki Sakata, Kankurō Nakamura as Isao Kondou, Yuuya Yagira as Toushirou Hijikata, and Ryō Yoshizawa as Sougo Okita. Joining them in the second live-action show is Kanna Hashimoto as Kagura. Yūichi Fukuda is writing and directing the new live-action show, just as he has done for both films and for the first live-action show. The show will premiere on August 18.

Gintama 2: Okite wa Yaburu Tame ni Koso Aru (The Law is Surely There to be Broken), the second live-action film based on Hideaki Sorachi's Gintama manga, opens in Japan on August 17. The story will cover both the "Shinsengumi Crisis" and the "Shogun Reception" arcs, the latter of which features the introduction of the Shogun.

The film stars:

Rock band back number will perform the film's theme song "Daifuseikai."

The first film opened in Japan last July, and it earned 980 million yen (US$8.9 million) in its first four days. The film also inspired a live-action net show that debuted on Docomo's dTV streaming service one day after the film's opening. The film had its Canadian premiere at the Fantasia International Film Festival last July, and Azoland Pictures screened the film in the United States and Canada starting on January 19.

Well Go USA released the first film on DVD, Blu-ray Disc and DVD combo pack, and Digital HD on March 6.

Sources: Weekly Shonen Jump issue 32, Comic Natalie

Update: Added video and information on reveal of Jiro Sato's role.

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