Tannishō o Hiraku Religious Anime Film Reveals More Cast, Staff Members
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
The official website for the anime film of Kentetsu Takamori's Buddhist book Tannishō o Hiraku (Opening the Tannishō) revealed additional cast members and staff for the film on Friday. The new cast members include:
- Yoshimasa Hosoya as Sōken, Yuien's childhood friend
- Rina Honnizumi as Asa
- Mitsuhiro Ichiki as Gonpachi, Asa's brother
- Shinichiro Miki as Keishinbō, Shinran's pupil
- Yusuke Shirai as Tōnen
- Kentaro Ito as Meihōbō
The film centers on Yuien, a troubled young man. He meets the Buddhist monk Shinran, and listens to his teachings. Shinran takes him on as his disciple, and they travel together, with experiences both joyous and heartbreaking awaiting them on the road.
The film stars Kōji Ishizaka as Shinran (in his first anime film role as the lead), and Toshiki Masuda as Yuien. The film is second in a series after Naze Ikiru: Rennyo Shōnin to Yoshizaki Enjō, Studio DEEN's 2016 film that is similarly based on a Buddhist text by Takamori.
The film will open on May 24.
Takamori and Ichimannendo published the Tannishō o Hiraku book in 2008, and the publisher also published the book in English with the title Unlocking TANNISHO: Shinran's Words on the Pure Land Path by Kentetsu Takamori.
Takamori is the founder of Jōdoshinshū Shinran-kai, one of the Japanese new religions such as Happy Science and others.