Seiyuu Masakazu Morita is known for his role as Ichigo Kurosaki in the Bleach TV anime and films. And now, he has returned to the franchise which helped build his career! However, he only returned as the narrator for the latest trailer for the upcoming Bleach live-action film.
As previously revealed, the film will star Souta Fukushi as Ichigo, as well as actress Hana Sigisaki as Rukia. Aside from acting as Rin in Blade of the Immortal, actress Hana Sugisaki also happens to be a seiyuu as well. This is because she also voiced Mary in Mary and The Witch’s Flower. But her seiyuu roles don’t just end there, as she also voiced Sayaka in Ghibli’s When Marnie Was There. Meanwhile, Ichigo Kurosaki’s actor, Souta Fukushi, previously played live-action Strobe Edge‘s Ren Ichinose and live-action Kami-sama no Iu Toori‘s Shun Takahata.
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Other cast members include Ryou Yoshizawa, who recently appeared as Sougo Okita in the hilarious live-action Gintama film. Now, he’s playing the Quincy, Uryuu Ishida for the live-action Bleach film. Meanwhile, Taichi Saotome will be playing Rukia’s childhood friend, Renji Abarai. Saotome previously starred as Ryouhei Kagami in the CROWS Explode film. And speaking of Rukia, renowned Japanese musician, MIYAVI, will be playing her big brother, Byakuya Kuchiki.
Shinsuke Sato, who will be directing the film, is certainly no stranger to manga with connections to the afterlife. This is because he previously directed the two live-action Gantz films. The film’s story will follow the manga’s first major arc, which is the “Substitute Shinigami” arc. It will premiere on 20 July 2018.