In addition to playing Naoyuki Ando in the live-action film, Hongo will also provide the character's voice in the anime
Hiroya Oku's dark science fiction manga, Inuyashiki, is being adapted into both a live-action film and an animated TV series, and actor Kanata Hongo is pulling double duty by starring as the same character in both versions.
In both the film and the TV anime, Hongo plays Naoyuki Ando, an ordinary high school student who gets caught up in the conflict between his childhood friend, the villainous Hiro Shishigami, and the heroic middle-aged cyborg Ichiro Inuyashiki.
The live-action Inuyashiki film is directed by Shinsuke Sato, and it will be released in Japan in 2018. The Inuyashiki TV anime is directed by Keiichi Sato and Shuhei Yabuta and features animation by MAPPA. The series will join Fuji TV's "noitaminA" animation block beginning on October 12, 2017, and it will also be digitally distributed in Japan and in other markets worldwide by Amazon Prime.
The original Inuyashiki manga was serialized from 2014 - 2017 in Kodansha's Evening seinen manga magazine. An English language version is available in print from Kodansha Comics and digitally via Crunchyroll. Crunchyroll describes the story of Inuyashiki as follows:
Ichiro Inuyashiki is down on his luck. While only 58 years old, his geriatric looks often have him written off as a pathetic old man by the world around him and he’s constantly ignored and disrespected by his family despite all that he’s done to support them. On top of everything else, his doctor has revealed that he has cancer and it appears that he has little time left in this world. But just when it seems things couldn’t get any worse, a blinding light in the night sky strikes the earth where Ichiro stands. He later wakes up to find himself unscathed, but he soon starts to notice that there’s something…different about himself.
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