Live-Action Urayasu Tekkin Kazoku Series Reveals Lead Actor, Staff, April Debut
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The official website for the live-action series adaptation of Kenji Hamaoka's Urayasu Tekkin Kazoku (Super Radical Gag Family) manga revealed the lead cast member, the main staff, and the premiere date for the show on Monday. Jiro Sato (live-action Gintama films, Mary and the Witch's Flower) stars as Daitetsu Ōsawagi, the father of the titular family. (In the original manga, the protagonist is Daitetsu's son, Kotetsu Ōsawagi.) Sato joked that he did not have to prepare at all for the role of the terrible father figure, since he is a "50-year-old child with the mental age of 8." Creator Hamaoka commented that Sato is picture-perfect as Daitetsu.
Tōichirō Rutō (Ossan's Love franchise) is directing the show, with scripts by Makoto Ueda (The Tatami Galaxy, Night is Short, Walk on Girl, Penguin Highway). Erika Fujita and Akiko Kamiyama are credited as producers, while Shinji Abe is credited as chief producer.
The show will premiere in April on TV Tokyo, TV Hokkaido, TV Aichi, TV Osaka, TV Setouchi, TVQ Broadcasting Kyushu, and will have new episodes every Friday, except for TV Osaka, which will air a new episode the following week every Monday.
Hamaoka launched the original Urayasu Tekkin Kazoku (Super Radical Gag Family) manga in Weekly Shonen Champion in 1993. The 31-volume manga spawned three sequels: the 28-volume Ganso! Urayasu Tekkin Kazoku from 2002 to 2010, and Maido! Urayasu Tekkin Kazoku, which began in 2010, and ended in March 2018 with 24 volumes. The currently-running Appare! Urayasu Tekkin Kazoku series launched in March 2018.
The original Super Radical Gag Family manga inspired a 33-episode television anime two decades ago in 1998. Akitaro Daichi (Fruits Basket, Kodocha, Now and Then, Here and There) directed the anime at Studio DEEN. Maido! Urayasu Tekkin Kazoku also inspired a television anime in 2014, and Daichi again directed the series.