Live-Action Sazae-san TV Special Casts Norito Yashima as Norisuke

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
50th anniversary special with live-action segment premieres on November 24

The official Twitter account for the 50th anniversary special of the family television anime Sazae-san revealed on Friday that Norito Yashima (seen below) will play Sazae's cousin Norisuke Namino in the special's live-action segment.

In the sequel story set 20 years later, Norisuke is now 46. He had since moved from his publishing company's editing department to human resources, but he was still handling the works of Nanbutsu Isasaka, the novelist who lives next door to Sazae.

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

Shinya Kote will also play Anago in the live-action segment.

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.

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

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