It’s hard to believe, but Sazae-san is celebrating its 50th anniversary. And now, the TV anime is celebrating with a bang. This is because the classic anime will be having a three-and-a-half-hour anime and live-action special!

The special will have both animated and live-action segments, both of which will feature the lovable housewife, Sazae herself. The anime portion will feature some fantasy elements, as well as take a look at the past of Sazae’s family, as they go on a family trip. It will also feature 28 real-life families from the anime’s setting of Shigaoka. They were chosen specifically to appear in the special, and the anime portion will even show their names.

As for the live-action portion, it will be a sequel to the live-action stage play. It will take a look at the family 20 years in the future.

The episode itself will also mark the end of an era for the anime, as this will be the last time Hideyuki Tanaka will be voicing Masuo Fuguta. He has voiced the character since June 1978 and is now retiring from the role after the special airs.

source: Comic Natalie