The official Tumblr page for the upcoming live-action BLEACH film has now updated, and it has revealed more cast members. However, the announcement only revealed three of them in costume as their respective characters.
The new costume reveals include Masami Nagasawa as Ichigo’s mother Masaki, Yosuke Eguchi as Ichigo’s father Isshin, and Seiichi Tanabe as Kisuke Urahara. And while they didn’t reveal them in costume yet, the website also revealed the actors for Chad and Orihime. Erina Mano, who played Akira Izumino in The Next Generation -Patlabor- live-action series, will play Orihime Inoue. Meanwhile, Yu Konagi will be playing the half-Brazilian powergouse, Yasutora “Chad” Sado. But better expect the staff to reveal their visuals soon.
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.
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.