Sazae-san is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a 3.5-hour TV special which will include an anime portion, as well as a live-action portion. And now, the staff have finally revealed the live-action portion’s cast:

Top row, left to right in the image above:

  • Hidetoshi Nishijima as Masuo
  • Yuuki Amami as Sazae
  • Gaku Hamada as Katsuo

Bottom row, left to right in the image above:

  • Ryou Narita as Tarao
  • Mayu Matsuoka as Wakame
  • Masatou Ibu as Namihei
  • Yoshie Ichige as Fune

The live-action portion will be a sequel to the live-action stage play. It will take a look at the family from 20 years in the future. Meanwhile, 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.

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: Mantan Web