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Yuuka Nanri Joins ‘Ushio & Tora’ Anime

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Ushio & Tora HeaderThe anime adaptation for Ushio & Tora is almost here with its July 3rd, 2015 premiere at 10:30pm and we continue to get new casting announcements every day through the official site and Twitter account. The latest to be announced for the project is that of Yuuka Nanri, who signed on to play Saya Takatori. Nanri has a decent list of credits that goes back awhile, though she’s spent more of her time in the music world. She’s currently appearing in Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches in a limited role as Rin Sasaki. We also recently learned that the group Kinniku Shojo Tai will be handling the opening theme song for the series while Sonar Pocket is handling the ending theme. The anime adaptation is directed by Satoshi Nishimura with animation done by MAPPA and studio Voln. They’ll be working off of scripts by Toshiki Inoue and character designs by Tomoko Mori.

The announced cast now includes:

  • Tasuku Hatanaka as Ushio
  • Rikiya Koyama as Tora
  • Mikako Komatsu as Asako
  • Kiyono Yasuno as Mayuko
  • Keiji Fujiwara as Shigure Aotsuki
  • Yui Makino as Reiko Hanyu
  • Daisukie Namikawa as Hyo
  • Yuichi Nakamura as Kenichi Masaki
  • Aki Toyosaki as Yu Hiayama
  • Masaki Terasoma as Kyoji Atsuzawa
  • Miki Shinichiro as Raishin
  • Yuuki Kaji as Juro
  • Risa Shimizuo as Kagari
  • Yuuka Nanri as Saya Takatori

Also announced but not connected to any roles yet are Ayahi Takagaki, Ai Kayano, Maaya Sakamoto, Yuuka Nanri, Kana Hanazawa and Nana Mizuki.

Ushio & Tora comes from the manga by Kazuhiro Fujita, which had an anime OVA adaptation was done back in the early 90′s that ADV Films licensed and released years ago on VHS and DVD. The manga originally ran for 33 volumes between 1990 and 1996 and Fujita has done a couple of little things with it since there, largely for charity.

Plot concept: Ushio thinks that his father’s talk of an ancient ancestor impaling a demon on a temple altar stone with the legendary Beast Spear is nuts, but when he finds the monster in his own basement, Ushio has to take another look at the family legend! To save his friends and family from the invading spirits, Ushio is forced to release Tora from his captivity. But will the creature prove to be worse than the curse?

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