Mix Baseball Anime Casts Ryusei Nakao
posted on by Jennifer Sherman
The official Twitter account for the television anime adaptation of Mitsuru Adachi's Mix baseball manga announced on Tuesday that Ryusei Nakao will reprise his role as Isami Nishimura from the Touch anime. Nakao commented that he began playing the character about 34 years ago, and he has never been so happy in his career as he is now in reprising the role.
The previously announced cast includes:
Yūma Uchida as Sōichirō Tachibana
Maaya Uchida as Otomi Tachibana
In addition, Kana Hanazawa will play Haruka Ōyama, Wataru Takagi will play Eisuke Tachibana, and Kikuko Inoue will play Mayumi Tachibana. Noriko Hidaka will also reprise her role as Minami Asakura from the Touch anime.
Odahiro Watanabe (Soul Buster, Tokyo Ghoul:re) is directing the anime at OLM. Atsuhiro Tomioka (Ace Attorney both seasons, Inazuma Eleven, Pokémon XY & Z) is overseeing the series scripts, and scriptwriters include Tatsuto Higuchi, Kenichi Yamada, Yoshifumi Fukushima, and Chinatsu Houjou. Takao Maki (Basilisk: The Ouka Ninja Scrolls, Laughing Under the Clouds) is designing the characters, and Norihito Sumitomo (Dragon Ball Super, Dragon Ball Z Kai) is composing the music.
The manga's story is set in Meisei Academy about 30 years after the events in Adachi's Touch manga. The story centers on two step brothers who are aiming to compete in the national Kōshien baseball tournament.
Adachi launched the series in Shogakukan's Monthly Shonen Sunday magazine in 2012, and the 14th compiled book volume shipped on February 12. The series has more than 7.5 million copies in print (including digital sales).
The Touch baseball manga ran in Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday from 1981 to 1986. The series inspired a television anime in 1985, which received several television special and film sequels. The manga also inspired a live-action film in 2005.
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