Meiji Tokyo Renka TV Anime Reveals 11 More Cast Members

posted on by Jennifer Sherman

The official website for the television anime adaptation of Broccoli's Meiji Tokyo Renka romance visual novel revealed 11 additional cast members on Wednesday. The voice actors are playing guest characters who are historical figures. The characters began to debut in the anime's second episode on Wednesday.

The new cast members are (left to right in image above):

(top row)

  • Shouta Aoi
  • Yuichiro Umehara
  • Yusuke Shirai
  • Kenjiro Tsuda
  • Sho Hayami
  • Yui Horie

(bottom row)

  • Tomoaki Maeno
  • Suzuko Mimori
  • Hiroki Yasumoto
  • Makoto Yasumura
  • Koji Yusa

The voice actors are playing the characters Okakura Kakuzō, Ozaki Kōyō, Shibusawa Eiichi, Rentarō Taki, Tatsuno Kingo, Ichiyō Higuchi, Fukuzawa Yukichi, Masaoka Shiki, Yokoyama Taikan, Yosano Akiko, and one secret character. The website did not confirm the roles for the voice actors.

The anime premiered on Tokyo MX on January 9 at 11:00 p.m., and it is also airing on Sun TV, KBS Kyoto, and BS Fuji. U-NEXT and other services are streaming the series in Japan. Crunchyroll is streaming the series as it airs in Japan.

Akitarō Daichi (Kamisama Kiss, Ninja Girl & Samurai Master) is directing the television anime at TMS Entertainment, and Junko Yamanaka (Kamisama Kiss, Ninja Girl & Samurai Master) is serving as both character designer and chief animation director. The anime will feature three ending theme songs: "Hoshikuzu no Yomibito" by KENN and Daisuke Namikawa, "Mellow na Yoru ni Odorimashō" by Shinnosuke Tachibana and Nobuhiko Okamoto, and "Yoiya Yoiya" by Kousuke Toriumi and Jun Fukuyama.

Most of the anime's cast is returning from the game, while Yoshimasa Hosoya is returning to voice the character Tōsuke Iwasaki, an original character from the previous anime film. Sumire Morohoshi is also returning from the film to voice the heroine Mei Ayazuki.

The main cast includes:

  • Sumire Morohoshi as Mei Ayazuki
  • Daisuke Namikawa as Ōgai Mori
  • KENN as Shunsō Hishida
  • Kousuke Toriumi as Otojirō Kawakami
  • Nobuhiko Okamoto as Kyōka Izumi
  • Jun Fukuyama as Gorō Fujita
  • Shinnosuke Tachibana as Yakumo Koizumi
  • Yoshimasa Hosoya as Tōsuke Iwasaki
  • Toshiyuki Morikawa as Charlie

Broccoli's Meiji Tokyo Renka visual novel romance franchise began with a 2011 mobile game, which was ported to PlayStation Portable in 2013. A live-action series and film have also been green-lit, and will premiere in 2019. A new iOS and Android game titled Meiji Tokyo Renka Haikara Date was originally slated for this summer, but has not yet launched.

The anime film adaptation of the game opened in Japan in 2015. The film's website describes the story's prologue: On an evening lit by a crimson full moon, an ordinary high school girl named Mei Ayazuki meets a self-proclaimed magician named Charlie at a festival. Through Charlie's magic, she time-travels to the Meiji era in Tokyo, where she meets and falls in love with various great historical figures from that time period.

Sources: Tokyo Meiji Renka anime's website, Comic Natalie

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