Ninja girl joins cast of adaptation of Kyoto Arc scheduled for next summer
The latest issue of the Sports Hochi newspapers revealed that actress Tao Tsuchiya (Ultraman Zero, Tokyo Sonata) will play the role of ninja girl Misao Makimachi in the upcoming Rurouni Kenshin movie sequels. Tsuchiya says she became interested in the series after seeing the first movie, and is going through a physical training regiment to prepare for the role.
Sequels Rurouni Kenshin - The Kyoto Fire and The Legend's Conclusion, covering the samurai manga's popular Kyoto Arc, are planned for next summer.
Actor Tatsuya Fujiwara (Death Note's Light Yagami) was previously introduced as the political assassin/revolutionary villain Shishio Makoto. Keishi Otomo returns to direct the movies.
Yusuke Iseya (live action Casshern, live-action Ashita no Joe's Rikishi, 13 Assassin's Kiga Koyata) will play strength obsessed Oniwabanshū ninja Aoshi Shinomori and Ryunosuke Kamiki (Kazoku Game, Summer Wars' Kenji Koiso, Howl's Moving Castle's Markl) will play cheerful, deadly young swordaman Sōjirō Seta.
Kaito Oyagi (Abacus and Sword) will replace Taketo Tanaka for the role of Yahiko Myojin in the sequel
Ryosuke Miura (Kamen Rider OOO) will play the role of Cho Sawagejo.
Maryjun Takahashi (Fashion Story - Model) will play the role of Shishio's lover, Yumi Komagata.
Min Tanaka (The Twilight Samurai) will play the role of former Oniwabanshū leader Nenji "Okina" Kashiwazaki.
THE BOOM's Kazufumi Miyazawa will play the role of Okubo Toshimichi, a statesman and one of the three great nobles who led the Meiji Restoration.
Yukinoshi Ozawa (Hayabusa: The Long Voyage Home) will play the role of Japan's first Prime Minister, Ito Hirobumi, a historic figure who didn't factor into the original manga.