Live-Action Sazae-san TV Special Brings Back 8th Family Member After 65 Years

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Hiyori Sakurada cast as Hitode, Sazae's daughter seen only once in manga

The official Twitter account for the 50th anniversary special of the family television anime Sazae-san revealed on Monday that Hiyori Sakurada (seen below) will play the character Hitode Fuguta in the special's live-action segment. In the manga, Hitode is Sazae's daughter and Tarao's younger sister, who only appeared in one chapter of the manga (when each chapter was only one panel in length) in 1954. That manga panel showed the family 10 years in the future.

The live-action segment's cast members (including Sakurada) include (from left to right in image above):

The special will premiere on November 24, and will air for three and a half hours on Fuji TV. Masayuki Suzuki is directing the live-action segment, and Tomoko Akutsu is penning the script.

The live-action segment will depict the family 20 years into the future. This segment serves as a follow-up to the September 2018 sequel stage play that imagines the family 10 years into the future.

The anime segment of the special will bring in fantasy elements as it depicts the past of Sazae's family, as well as a family trip. Earlier this year, the staff chose 28 families from Tokyo's Asahigaoka district (the setting of the Sazae-san story) to be animated into the series, and this anniversary special's anime segment will feature three of those families. These families' names will even appear in the anime segment.

Source: Sazae-san 50th anniversary special's Twitter account, Comic Natalie

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