Key roles recast due to recent deaths of original actors in 2018
During the "Chihayafuru week in Awara 2019" event in Awara City, Fukui Prefecture held on Sunday in Japan, the cast members for the anime adaptation announced cast changes ahead of the October premiere of the long-awaited third season of the series, which was made possible due to the fervent fandom around the franchise.
Yoshino Ohtori replaces Toshiko Fujita as Taeko Miyauchi, while Kenta Miyake replaces Unshō Ishizuka as Dr. Harada. Both Fujita and Ishizuka passed away in 2018. The three main cast members in previous seasons will also reprise their roles, including Asami Seto as Chihaya Ayase, Mamoru Miyano as Taichi Mashima, and Yoshimasa Hosoya as Arata Wataya.
The third season of Chihayafuru will run for two consecutive quarters beginning in October, after originally being delayed from its originally scheduled April 2019 premiere as a part of Japanese TV network NTV's Anichu programming block. The series is currently licensed in the US by Sentai Filmworks and both seasons can also be seen on Crunchyroll. Click below to watch.
via Comic Natalie