Liden Films-produced mystery series is now simulcast on Crunchyroll
It has been confirmed that 74-year-old visual artist/writer Sakumi Hagiwara will make a guest voice appearance as the owner of Kugutsukan in the next sixth episode of the ongoing TV anime adaptation of Kei Ii's mystery novel Kitsutsuki Tantei-dokoro / Woodpecker Detective's Office. He is a real grandson of one of the anime's main characters, Sakutaro Hagiwara voiced by Yuichiro Umehara. In real history, Sakutaro was a well-known poet of the free-style verse in the Taisho period of Japan.
Sakumi has also had a career as an underground stage play actor since the 1960s, but this is the first time that he has voiced an anime character. He says, "I, who played the role of Akihiro Miwa-san's son in 'Marie the Furry' created by Shuji Terayama 50 years ago, is going to be a voice actor in an anime. Life is so interesting. And I will play a barker of a freak show. I remember the catchphrase of the theatrical troupe 50 years ago was 'Restoration of the Freak Show' (laugh). 'Marie the Furry' was a big hit, and I feel the same atmosphere from this 'Woodpecker Detective's Office'!"
The next sixth episode of the TV anime Woodpecker Detective's Office is scheduled to be aired in Japan on May 18.
＜啄木鳥探偵處＞テレビアニメで萩原朔太郎の孫・萩原朔美が声優初挑戦 「人生面白い」（MANTANWEB） - Yahoo!ニュース https://t.co/cowdtNJCl4— アニメ「啄木鳥探偵處」公式 (@kitsutsuki_DO) May 12, 2020
Scene shots from teh sixth episode:
The Crunchyroll co-production TV anime Woodpecker Detective's Office premiered in Japan on April 13, 2020, and has been available on Crunchyroll to its members in North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East, and CIS.
It is the end of the Meiji Era. The genius poet Ishikawa Takuboku, who’s struggling financially, starts a detective business out of his lodging in response to a certain murder case. He calls it the Woodpecker Detective’s Office. "The ghosts of the Twelve-Story Tower in Asakusa," "the man-eating figure who wanders the streets on snowy nights"... Takuboku involves himself in one bizarre case after another with his hometown acquaintance, Kindaichi Kyosuke, as his assistant.
Source: Mantan Web
© 2020 Kei Ii, Tokyo Sougensha, "Woodpecker Detective's Office" Production Committee