It has been decided that the TV anime “Ikebukuro West Gate Park” will start from July, and its teaser visual has been released.
In addition to the announcement, the main staff and the main cast members has been revealed; it has been announced that Kumagai Kentarou, Uchiyama Kouki, and Tsuchida Reou will participate as the main casts.
“Ikebukuro West Gate Park” is the youth mystery by Ishida Ira, which is currently being serialized in “Bungeishunju”.
The protagonist Mashima Makoto (Makoto) is the son of the fruits store near the park in the west side of Ikebukuro, Tokyo called “Ikebukuro West Gate Park”, and the story depicts him being active as a “troubleshooter of Ikebukuro” that solves the difficult cases that even the police cannot handle.
The TV anime which has been decided to start from July will be directed by Koshida Tomoaki (known for “Touken Ranbu-Hanamaru-” 2nd season and “The Helpful Fox Senko‑san”), Shimo Fumihiko will be the story editor, and Taniguchi Junichiro will be in charge of the character design.
As the main casts, Kumagai Kentarou will play Mashima Makoto (Makoto), Uchiyama Kouki will play Andou Takashi (Takashi), and Tsuchida Reu will play Ozaki Kyouchi (Kyouichi).
The official website for the TV anime has been opened as well, and the excitement for the further information will surely increase.
TV anime “Ikebukuro West Gate Park” will start its broadcast from Jul. 2020.
<Full comments are listed below>
【Mashima Makoto (Makoto): Kumagai Kentarou】
My name is Kumagai Kentarou, and I will be playing Mashima Makoto in this anime.
In “Ikebukuro West Gate Park”, which many people love, I feel a great happiness for being able to play Makoto in the anime, and at the same time, I keep in mind that I will do my best doing my job.
As a member of the anime, and to support Makoto, I will do my best at the recording sessions!
【Andou Takashi (Takashi): Uchiyama Kouki】
I remember clearly that I had watched the TV drama version of “Ikebukuro West Gate Park” when I was a child. Therefore, I cannot wait to see how the TV anime version will turn out.
I believe many people have their own image through the various type of media, so I will do my best in expressing Ando Takashi (Takashi).
【Ozaki Kyouichi (Kyouichi): Tsuchida Reou】
When my manager smoothly told me that I had passed the audition, I surprised my manager by a fiction reaction while saying things like “Whaaaaaat?!”, and it was quite shocking…
I am very happy to be able to participate in “Ikebukuro West Gate Park”, the work which has been loved for years. Of course, I feel a lot of pressure, but I will do my best to not damage the features from the original work, such as charisma of Ozaki Kyouichi (Kyouichi). I’m looking forward to it.
(C) Ishida Ira/ Bungeishunju/IWGP Production Committee