Japanese voice actor Yuki Kaji has joined the cast of the ongoing Urusei Yatsura anime series as Tobimaro. The announcement came after the 13th episode aired. Tobimaro is the heir to the Mizunokoji Family and a childhood rival of Shutaro Mendo. His personality is described as charming and honest, as well as sometimes menacing.
Some of his more recent roles include Pina in Beastars, Daida in Ranking of Kings, Chris Floret in Science Fell in Love, So I Tried to Prove It r=1-sinθ, Goro Shinozaki in the upcoming Junji Ito Maniac: Japanese Tales of the Macabre, and Saigiku Jono in the fourth season of Bungo Stray Dogs.
Kaji is married to voice actress Ayana Taketatsu, and in November 2022, the couple announced the birth of their first child.
Studio David Production is animating the new adaptation of the iconic manga. The series is set to have a total of 46 episodes; the first 23 will air in two consecutive cours. HIDIVE is streaming the anime. The staff for the anime includes:
- Director: Takahiro Kamei, Yasuhiro Kimura, and Takahashi Hideya
- Character designer: Naoyuki Asano
- Series composition: Yuki Kakihara
- Music: Masaru Yokoyama
- Art design: Kaoru Aoki
- Art director: Masanobu Nomura
- Photography director: Yuichiro Osada
- Editing: Kiyoshi Hirose
Urusei Yatsura is based on a romantic comedy manga by Rumiko Takahashi, serialized from September 1978 until February 1987. The first anime adaptation had 195 episodes and aired from October 1981 to March 1986. It was animated by Studio DEEN and Pierrot.
Viz Media is publishing the Urusei Yatsura manga in English and describes the plot as:
In a high-stakes game of tag, Ataru must touch Lum’s horns in ten days—or aliens will take over the earth! The fact that Lum can fly doesn’t make Ataru’s job any easier. As it turns out, the game of tag is only the beginning of Ataru’s troubles, as he continues to attract strange encounters with otherworldly beings like beautiful snow spirit Oyuki and the sexy crow goblin Princess Kurama!
Source: Comic Natalie
©Rumiko Takahashi, Shogakukan / “Urusei Yatsura” Animation Production Committee