The second feature film hits Japanese theaters December 20, 2019
The official website for the upcoming anime feature film My Hero Academia THE MOVIE Heroes: Rising has announced the voice cast for its two original villain characters: 40-year-old musical actor Yoshio Inoue as "the most evil villain" Nine and 22-year-old actress Mio Imada as his attendant Slice. Both characters are newly designed by the My Hero Academia manga author Kohei Horikoshi, who also serves as general supervisor.
Inoue is often called "The Prince of Musical," and this is the second voice acting work for a Japanese film, following Eiji Nochizawa in the 2017 film Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale. He says, "I have hardly ever played a villain on a stage such as musicals, so I am very excited to voice the most evil enemy 'Nine' that was offered to me this time. I would like to play boldly more than ever!"
Meanwhile, Imada has no experience of playing an anime character in a feature film. As her only voice-dubbing work, she recently voiced Agent M (Tessa Thompson) in the Japanese dub for the 2019 film Men in Black: International. She is excited for this opportunity: "This is my first time to try voice acting for an animation film, and I will do my best to express the coolness and beauty of the role of Slice, which doesn't appear in the original manga. I am looking forward to seeing the completion of this exciting film, and I hope you feel the same!"
Nine / Slice:
Yoshio Inoue, Deku, Mio Imada:
The highly-anticipated second feature film from the My Hero Academia anime franchise, My Hero Academia THE MOVIE Heroes: Rising is scheduled to be released in Japan on December 22, 2019.
Teaser poster visual:
(c)2019 "My Hero Academia THE MOVIE" Production Committee (c)Kohei Horikoshi/SHUEISHA