Live-Action Sazae-san TV Special Casts Taiki Nakabayashi as Wakame's Boyfriend
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
The official Twitter account for the 50th anniversary special of the family television anime Sazae-san revealed on Tuesday that Taiki Nakabayashi (seen below) will play Wakame's boyfriend Takeshi Kaizuka in the special's live-action segment. The character is a new original character for the special.
In the sequel story set 20 years later, Takeshi works in the same clothing company that Wakame works at, but in a customer-facing role. He is three years older than Wakame, and fell in love with her at first sight. Wakame also liked his earnest attitude, and they have been dating for a year. When Takeshi is called overseas for a job, and Takeshi wants her to come with him, Wakame has to choose between her relationship and her career.
The live-action segment's cast members 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.