Live-Action Sazae-san TV Special Casts Keiko Horiuchi as Cousin-in-Law Taiko

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Taiko worries about her son Ikura in segment set 20 years later

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

In the live-action segment set 20 years after the anime, Taiko worries about her son Ikura, despite him earning praise for starting his own business. In between housework, Taiko often rests at a cafe with Sazae and offers advice to Sazae's son Tarao, who has been having trouble finding work.

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

Shinya Kote will also play Masuo's co-worker Anago in the live-action segment. Norito Yashima will play Sazae's cousin Norisuke Namino, and Taiki Nakabayashi will play Wakame's boyfriend Takeshi Kaizuka. Yū Inaba will play Norisuke's son Ikura Namino. Kazuyuki Asano will play Sazae-san's neighbor Nanbutsu Isasaka.

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

Update: Nanbutsu Isasaka's name spelling corrected. Thanks, shosakukan

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