Kabuki actor Matsuya Onoe II to star in time travel sequel set in modern times
Kodonani.com – On Wednesday, TV Tokyo announced that it is producing a live-action series Mattari! Akado Suzunosuke Based on the manga of the same name by Tsunayoshi Takeuchi. The series stars kabuki actor Matsuya Onoe II as the protagonist Suzunosuke, and it will premiere on BS TV Tokyo and TV Osaka on January 8.
The series will depict what happens after the story in Takeuchi’s original manga, and will feature a completely original story. Suzunosuke, now an adult swordsman, is transported by time from the Edo period to the present day.
Onoe will also make her singing debut with the series’ theme song “RED.” Aimi will perform “Ganbare! Akado Suzunosuke”, the opening theme song of the 1972 anime adaptation of the manga, as the ending theme song of the live-action series.
Takeuchi’s original manga ran in Shonengahosha’s Shonen Gaho magazine from 1954 to 1960. Anime adaptations of the manga were made from 1972 to 1973. Both Isao Takahata and Hayao Miyazaki of Studio Ghibli fame worked on the manga. series, who was previously acting director. Miyazaki storyboarded three episodes of the anime, and Disney released those episodes as part of the “Hayao Miyazaki” Blu-ray box set.