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[JAPAN] SHUN OGURI VOICES LEAD IN RAINBOW ANIME

Popular young actor Shun Oguri (27), who just made his directorial debut with the movie “Surely Someday,” will next be working on a voice acting role in an animated series. He has been chosen as the lead in NTV’s “RAINBOW – Nisha Rokubo no Shichinin,” set to start on April 6.

“RAINBOW” is an adaptation of the acclaimed manga of the same name, written by George Abe and illustrated by Masasumi Kakizaki. Serialized over a period of eight years, the comic ended last month. Its first 21 volumes have sold more than 3 million copies, and the final volume comes out this weekend.

The story depicts the lives of six young delinquents at a special reform school in 1955. Oguri plays the protagonist Mario, while actress Shihori Kanjiya (24) plays the main female role. Other characters are being voiced by Rikiya Koyama, Romi Paku, Takaya Kuroda, Keiji Fujiwara, and Tatsuya Hasome. Megumi Hayashibara will serve as a narrator.

Oguri has done voice acting before, including the main character in “Wangan Midnight,” but this will be his first lead voice role in an anime on terrestrial television.

“RAINBOW” premieres on April 6.

Source: Mantan Web (via Anime News Network) + tokyograph.com

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