Since its first announcement, the news on Gintama’s live-action adaptation seems to be a hot topic for otakus. The high-quality character visuals of Gin-san (Shun Oguri), Shinpachi (Masaki Suda), Kagura (Kanna Hashimoto), and Katsura (Masaki Okada) have previously been revealed, and Gintama fans seem to be very happy about the movie casting.
We have two more character visuals: Shinpachi’s older sister Tae Shimura played by Masami Nagasawa, and the inventor Gengai Hiraga played by Tsuyoshi Muro. They highly resemble the character visuals from the original comic series, and the fans are getting even more excited about the movie!
The story of Gintama takes place in a parallel world that resembles the Edo period. Although it is late Edo, there are skyscrapers in the city and spaceships flying everywhere. In this mixed-up world of science-fiction and history, the story switches between warm moments, comedy, and extreme action scenes.
The total number of views of Gintama’s news flash movie on Twitter reached 1.5 million in a single day, and its New Year’s greeting movie ‘Gintama Ondo Shougatsu Hen (Gintama Dance: New Year’s Version)’ reached five million views in five days.
In the revealed character visual, Masami Nagasawa as Tae Shimura has a ponytail, is wearing a pink kimono, and is holding a grocery bag. With a big smile on her face, she looks very kind and gentle. However, in the original story, Tae is sometimes very violent and even has the power to knock out strong characters such as Gin-san. In the movie, Nagasawa will show some extremely funny faces that she has never shown before.
Gengai Hiraga played by Muro Tsuyoshi is the shopkeeper of Karakuri-Do (Mechanical Shop) and is Edo’s No. 1 inventor and strongly trusted by Gintoki. In the original story, Gengai is a very old man and is called jiisan (Old Man).’ However, Muro was told by the director to ‘act in the way he always does’! When his character visual was revealed, Muro commented, ‘When we started the rehearsal, I realized that I look pretty good with a bald head and a beard, so I think I would like to have this look when I get older [laugh].’
There are still many characters whose movie visuals have not yet been revealed. Who will come up next? Keep on checking our anime news section for all the latest info!
Live Action Movie ‘Gintama’
To be released on July 14, 2017
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