Latest Visual and Cast List for Hayao Miyazaki's "The Wind Rises"

Former idol Miori Takimoto now revealed as the female lead

Kaze Tachinu (The Wind is Rising), the first anime movie directed by Hayao Miyazaki since 2008's Ponyo, opens in Japanese theaters on July 20th. Miyazaki previously created a Kaze Tachinu manga, and the upcoming movie will work off that and Tatsuo Hori's like-named novel in exploring the life of historic World War II Zero fighter designer Jirō Horikoshi's life. Evangelion creator Hideaki Anno voices Horikoshi in the anime, with former idol Miori Takimoto now revealed as the female lead.

 

From the updated website, cast includes:

 

 

Jiro Horikoshi  - Hideaki Anno

 

Naoko Satomi - Miori Takimoto (former SweetS idol)

 

With producer Toshio Suzuki

 

Kastrup - Steven Alpert ( Walt Disney Studios  exec)

 

Satomi - Morio Kazama (Urabe  in the Akagi anime)

 

Jiro's Mother - Keiko Takeshita (From Up on Poppy Hill's Hana Matsuzaki, Arriety's Sadako)

 

Honjo - Hidetoshi Nishijima (the live-action adaptation of manga Freesia)

 

Horikoshi Kayo - Mirai Shida (Arrietty)

 

Hattori -Jun Kunimura (about a million different gangster roles)

 

 

Kurokawa -  Masahiko Nishimura (Radio no Jikan, Kohroku in Princess Mononoke)

 

 

Mrs. Kurokawa- Shinobu Ōtake (Homily in Arrietty)

 

Caproni - Mansai Nomura (Abe no seimei in Onmyoji)

 

 

 

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Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.

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