The live-action adaptations of “Arakawa Under the Bridge” have had their cast gradually revealed over the last few weeks, and the final announcement was delivered today. Oguri Shun (28) and Yamada Takayuki (27) have been chosen to play the Village Chief (Soncho) and Hoshi, respectively.
The Village Chief and Hoshi are two major characters in the story. The chief is most familiar in his kappa costume, claiming to be a centuries-old kappa (a type of legendary water sprite). Hoshi, on the other hand, is a self-proclaimed rock star who is in love with the main female character Nino (played by Kiritani Mirei).
It is said that the special makeup used for Oguri and Yamada’s characters requires more than 2 hours to apply.
TBS will begin airing the “Arakawa Under the Bridge” drama series on July 26 in a Tuesday night 12:55am-1:25am time slot. The affiliated MBS (in Osaka) will air the show on Saturday nights at 12:30am-12:58am, starting on July 30.
The movie version is still scheduled for release in February 2012.