Warner Brothers began streaming a “setting version” television commercial for the live-action film of Hideaki Sorachi‘s Gintama manga on Thursday. Rie Kugimiya, who voices Kagura in the Gintama anime, narrates the video to provide a 15-second introductory lecture to the characters and story in the upcoming film.
Warner Brothers also began streaming a “sworn friend version” making of video for the live-action film on Thursday. The video highlights Gintoki, Kotarō, and Shinsuke, who were childhood friends.
The film will open in Japan on July 14.
Masaki Suda as Shinpachi Shimura, who works at Yorozuya
Kanna Hashimoto as Kagura, another Yorozuya employee
Masaki Okada as Kotarō Katsura, Gintoki’s longtime sworn friend, alongside Elizabeth
Masami Nagasawa as Tae Shimura, a physically strong girl and sister of Shinpachi
Tsuyoshi Muro as Gengai Hiraga, the proprietor of Karakuri-dō
Jiro Sato as Henpeita Takechi
Nanao as Matako Kijima
Tsuyoshi Domoto as Shinsuke Takasugi (left), Hirofumi Arai as Nizō Okada (right)
Ken Yasuda as Tetsuya Murata
Akari Hayami as Tetsuko Murata
Kankurō Nakamura VI as Isao Kondo, a Shinsengumi commander
Yuuya Yagira as Toshiro Hijikata, a Shinsengumi member who is most popular with girls
Ryo Yoshizawa as Sougo Okita, a sharp-tounged Shinsengumi member
The film is also inspiring a live-action net show that will debut on Docomo’s dTV streaming service on July 15, one day after the film’s opening in Japan. The show will feature the same cast and staff as the film, and will adapt the original manga’s “Mitsuba Arc.” Kii Kitano will play Mitsuba.
Sorachi began the manga in 2004 and it continues to be ranked among the top-selling manga in Japan. The manga has more than 51 million copies in print in Japan. Shueisha published the manga’s 69th volume in Japan on July 4. The manga entered its final arc last July. Viz Media published the first 23 volumes in English.
The manga inspired a television anime that premiered in 2006 and continued (with several extended hiatuses) until 2013. The fifth and latest Gintama television anime series premiered on January 8, the show began airing reruns in April. Crunchyroll streamed the most recent series as it aired in Japan, and is also streaming English-dubbed episodes. The television anime’s official website is listing that the anime will return in October on Tokyo TV with a “Porori Arc.”
The manga also inspired two anime films, including the “final” Gekijōban Gintama Kanketsu-hen: Yorozuya yo Eien Nare film that opened in 2013, and various OVAs and event anime.
Source: Anime! Anime! (Kōsuke Obana)