Live-Action Sazae-san TV Special Brings Back 8th Family Member After 65 Years
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
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):
- Yoshie Ichige as Fune
- Masatō Ibu as Namihei
- Gaku Hamada as Katsuo
- Yūki Amami as Sazae
- Hidetoshi Nishijima as Masuo
- Mayu Matsuoka as Wakame
- Ryō Narita as Tarao
- Hiyori Sakurada as Hitode Fuguta
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.