It wouldn’t be Gintama without Katsura and Elizabeth!
Earlier today, the live-action Gintama film franchise’s website updated with three new cast reveals. The film will add the following:
- Tae Shimura: Masami Nagasawa
- Kotaro Katsura: Masaki Okada
Okada is reprising his role from the first film. A visual, which features Nagasawa and Okada in costume, as well as Gintoki, Kagura, Shinpachi, and Elizabeth, was revealed to promote the news. You can check it out below:
Gintama 2 hits Japanese theaters on August 17. A new cast member will be revealed every day through May 26.
Yūichi Fukuda will return to the director’s chair on the project and, like the first film, will write the script.
The confirmed cast members include:
- Gintoki: Shun Oguri
- Shinpachi Shimura: Masaki Suda
- Kagura: Kanna Hashimoto
Jiro Sato is returning as a cast member as well, though he will not be reprising his role as Henpeita Takechi.
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.