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Atsuko Tanaka, who voiced the original Major Motoko Kusanagi in the 1995 anime is returning to voice Scarlett Johansson’s character, The Major. The actress also voiced the lead character in the sequels “Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence” (2004) and “Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex” (2005).
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Akio Otsuka will voice Batou as he did in the original anime and its sequels. The actor is also known for voicing Snake in the action/adventure video game series “Metal Gear.” Koichi Yamadera is joinning Tanaka and Otsuka as the voice of Togusa.
“It’s been a while since they’ve played these characters,
The news comes from the Japanese site Natalie, and they reveal that Akio Otsuka will be back in the role of Batou, a role he played in the 1995 Ghost in the Shell anime feature, as well as its 2004 sequel Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence and Stand Alone Complex. They are also bringing back Koichi Yamadera who will be providing the voice of Togusa, while Atsuko Tanaka will be back in the role of Motoko Kusanagi a.k.a. The Major, who is played by Scarlett Johansson in the live-action film.
The director of the 1995 anime film, Mamoru Oshii, had this to say in a statement regarding the casting
Itoh (aka Satoshi Ito) burst upon Japan’s science fiction scene with “Genocide Organ” and “Harmony,” but regrettably died of cancer at the age of 34. His last, unfinished novel “The Empire of Corpses” was completed by his friend and peer To Enjo. Produced by Wit Studio, which boasts
As the artist who brings Snake to life in Konami’s native country of Japan, Otsunka’s comments, while unconfirmed, do hold a degree of weight. Couple this with the fact that the final boxed version of The Phantom Pain strips Hideo Kojima’s name from the picture and it’s not exactly outside the realm of possibility. While there are still a lot of grey areas surrounding the esteemed developer’s imminent exit, it’s understood that his contract will expire under Konami by the year’s end, long after the upcoming stealth sequel has shipper to the public.
In a loosely translated interview picked up by Livedoor News (via Kotaku), Ostunka notes that the reputable
Burke, who has worked under Hideo Kojima for last year’s Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, caused quite the kerfuffle after posting the following message on her personal Twitter account.
Yes don’t throw away the Kojima teams work over the last 5 years because upper management fired a genius
— Donna Burke (@db_singer_actor) April 9, 2015
As this saga has unfolded, it’s
That was "Metal Gear" series director Hideo Kojima addressing why actor/screenwriter David Hatyer wasn't invited back to voice Big Boss in "Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain," a move that's sure the rankle some fans out their who've grown attached to his gravelly voiced performances as Snake through three console generations of games.
Fans learned that Hayter wouldn't be voicing Big Boss when the English language trailer for "The Phantom Pain" made its debut this week. Kojima confirmed that he and Kojima Productions wanted to go in what they'd call in the business "a different direction" this time out, although at this time he wouldn't divulge the name of the actor voicing the character in the game.
Starring: Hiro Shimono, Alexis Tipton, Hitomi Harada, Josh Grelle, Akio Ohtsuka, Anthony Bowling, Avana Taketatsu, Brina Palencia Emiri Kato,
Running Time: 325 minutes
Extras: Episode 13 commentary, textless opening & closing, music videos, Baka Test animated shorts, trailers
Baka & Test: Summon The Beasts sees a group of high school kids in a world where they are able to summon little avatars of themselves. These avatars are used to battle and settle disputes, and their strength is surmised by scores which represent how well they do in certain classes. But that in no way captures the show’s true essence. It is really just used as a fun little gimmick which is sometimes employed in order to add a bit of spice to the show. This is really a school based sitcom all about growing up.
If you’re arriving to the show for the first time, you may be
Also, Yūichi Nakamura, Ayana Taketatsu and Akio Ohtsuka are joining the existing voice cast of the Berserk film trilogy for the final installment. All three are playing characters from Kentarou Miura’s original manga.
Nakamura will play Silat, the leader of the Baakiraka assassin clan taking on the Band of the Hawk.
Taketatsu will play Erica, the girl who lives with the blacksmith Godo, and last, but not the least, Ohtsuka will play the Skull Knight who holds the key to the story. Oh, you might remember him as Captain Shunsui Kyouraku from Bleach, Batou from Ghost in the Shell series, Blackbeard from One Piece, Chiriko from Naruto: Shippūden, Kokuou from Howl’s Moving Castle… should I continue?
Vocal Talent (Japanese): Atsuko Tanaka, Akio Ohtsuka, Koichi Yamadera | Vocal Talent (English): Mary McGlynn, Richard Epcar, Crispin Freeman | Written by Masamune Shirow, Kenji Kamiyama, Shotaro Suga, Yoshiki Sakurai | Directed by Kenji Kamiyama
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex Solid State Society has got to be one of the longest anime titles going, but fitting as this is the final part of the Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex series based on Masamune Shirow’s manga.
Ghost in the Shell is a cyberpunk police thriller, whose main protagonist is Major Motoko Kusanagi, a cyborg and member of Section 9, a covert ops section of the Japanese National Public Safety Commission, whose remit is technology-related crime. Originally a manga by Masamune Shirow, Ghost in the Shell was made into an animated film that rates in
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