A couple of familiar faces are making their way back to Edo!
Earlier today, the official website for the live-action Gintama movies unveiled two returning cast members for the second film. The following will roles were confirmed:
- Shinpachi Shimura: Masaki Suda
- Kagura: Kanna Hashimoto
Three new visuals featuring Gintoki, Kagura, and Shinpachi were also revealed. You can check these out below:
Gintama returns to Japanese theaters on August 17.
Yūichi Fukuda will return to the director’s chair on the project and, like the first film, will write the script. Shun Oguri, meanwhile, will reprise his role as Gintoki in the feature. Jiro Sato, who played Takechi Henpeita in the first movie, will also appear in the sequel. The actor teased that he’ll have a different role in the upcoming feature.
The first Gintama movie opened in Japanese theaters on July 14, 2017. In its first six weeks, the movie managed to bring in 3.48 billion yen ($31,796,794.80 USD).
The Gintama films are based on Hideaki Sorachi’s manga of the same name. Sorachi’s original manga kicked off in the pages of Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump on December 8, 2003. The title’s final chapter will run in Weekly Shonen Jump on February 5. Ultimately, the title will span 73 collected volumes.
Several anime adaptations were produced, including four TV series, five OVAs, and three films.
Viz Media currently holds the license for the Gintama manga. Funimation will release the third anime season on Blu-Ray and DVD starting in March, and Well Go USA will ship the first live-action film on March 6.