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“KochiKame” TV Special PV Hits the Web, KochiKame Manga To End


Kankichi Ryōtsu is going to celebrate his final day on duty in a huge way!

Earlier today, Fuji TV started streaming a new promotional video for their upcoming KochiKame TV special. The minute-long teaser offers a first glimpse of the show, titled Kochira Katsushika-ku Kamearikouen-mae Hashutsujo THE FINAL: Ryōtsu Kankichi Saigo no Hi (Kochikame The Final: Kankichi Ryōtsu’s Last Day), in action.

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x4rnx77_kochikame-40th-anniversary-anime-special-pv_tv

The teaser also confirms several guest roles, who previously played prominent parts in other Weekly Shonen Jump adaptations. The confirmed guest roles include:

  • Sabrina: Junko Takeuchi (Sakura in Naruto)
  • Lead Kidnapper: Akira Kamiya (Kinnikuman in Kinnikuman)
  • Kidnapper: Masakazu Morita (Sakuragi Hanamichi in Slam Dunk)
  • Kidnapper: Ryotaro Okiayu (Toriko in Toriko)
  • Kidnapper: Takeshi Kusao (Ichigo in Bleach)

KochiKame Visual 001 - 20160620The hour-long special is currently slated to air on September 18. The project is a celebration of KochiKame‘s 40-year run in Weekly Shonen Jump.

Osamu Akimoto also announced today that he will end the KochiKame manga on September 17. The long-running series’s 200th and final volume will hit Japanese bookstores on the same day as the Weekly Shonen Jump issue with the final chapter.

Kochira Katsushika-ku Kamearikouen-mae Hashutsujo THE FINAL: Ryōtsu Kankichi Saigo no Hi will be directed by Akira Shigeno (Crayon Shin-chan) at Studio Gallop, with Tomoko Takahashi (Futari wa Pretty Cure, Sgt. Frog) listed as a producer. Takashi Yamada is writing the title’s scenario, while Makoto Seino takes charge of planning.

The confirmed voice cast includes:

  • Ryōtsu Kankichi: LaSalle Ishii
  • Neruo Higurashi: Atsushi Imai
  • Remon Giboshi: Ayaka Saito
  • Kanbee Ryōtsu: Bunmei Tobayama
  • Daijirō Ōhara: Haruki Sayama
  • Hayato Honda: Hiroshi Yanaka
  • Detective Umipan: Makoto Arakawa
  • Keiichi Nakagawa: Mitsuru Miyamoto
  • Detective Dolphin: Shoichiro Akaboshi
  • Geparuto Giboshi: Takayasu Komiya
  • Matoi Giboshi: Yuko Doi
  • Reiko Akimoto: Yumi Morio

LaSalle Ishii, Yumi Morio, Mitsuru Miyamoto, and Haruki Sayama are reprising their roles from the long-running anime TV series, which aired from 1996 through 2004.

Source: Twitter (pKjd), Hachima Kikou, Twitter (Fuji TV)

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