"Parasyte" Anime Staff and Cast Announced

Nobunaga Shimazaki, Aya Hirano and Kana Hanazawa voice leads

Yahoo! Japan and Mantab Entertainment have revealed the principal cast and staff for this fall's adaptation of Hitoshi Iwaaki's sci-fi manga Parasyte. Nobunaga Shimazaki is 17-year-old Shinichi Izumi. Aya Hirano voices Migi, the alien parasite that attempts to bore into his brain, but, thwarted by headphones, winds up in his right hand. Kana Hanazawa is his close friend Satomi Murano.


Kenichi Shimizu (primarily an animator, who previously directed Avengers Confidential: Black Widow & Punisher) helms the Madhouse production with Shoji Yonemura (Kamen Rider Kabuto, Smile Precure) handling composition. Gainax vet Tadashi Hiramatsu (His and Her Circumstances) is on character design with Toshiyuki Komaru as chief animation director.


The series is also being adapted into a pair of live-action movies. The first part is scheduled to be released in Japan on November 29, 2014, then the second part, tentatively titled as "The Final Chapter," will follow sometime in 2015.



The cast:

Shota Sometani as Shinichi Izumi

Eri Fukatsu as Ryoko Tamiya

Ai Hashimoto as Satomi Murano

Masahito Higashide as Hideo Shimada

Nao Omori as Kuramori

Kazuki Kitamura as Takeshi Hirokawa

Kimiko Yo as Nobuko Izumi

Pierre Taki as Miki

Hirofumi Arai as Uragami

Jun Kunimura as Detective Hirama

Tadanobu Asano as Goto





Shota Sometani as the protagonist Shinichi Izumi


via Yahoo! Japan

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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