MF Ghost Anime's 3rd Video Unveils Cast, More Staff, Initial D Cameos
The official website for the television anime of Shuuichi Shigeno's MF Ghost manga posted the anime's third promotional video and main visual on Wednesday. The video announces the cast and more staff members, and it also teases character cameos from its predecessor, Initial D.
The cast members are:
- Yūma Uchida as Kanata Katagiri (Kanata Livington)
- Ayane Sakura as Ren Saionji
- Daisuke Ono as Shun Aiba
- Hiroshi Kamiya as Michael Beckenbauer
- Daisuke Namikawa as Daigo Ōishi
- Junichi Suwabe as Kaito Akaba
- Hiroki Yasumoto as Fūjin Ishigami
- Ryota Ohsaka as Kōki Sawatari
- Kohsuke Tanabe as Kakeru Yashiro
- Yū Serizawa as Nozomi Kitahara
- Tooru Sakurai as Yūdai Sakamoto
- Kaito Ishikawa as Yōsuke Ōtani
- Yūichi Nakamura as Jackson Taylor
- Takumu Miyazono as Kazuhiro Maezono
- Shogo Sakata as Takuya Yanagida
- Kenta Miyake as E. Hanninen
- Tasuku Hatanaka as Ogata
- Taku Yashiro as Sena Moroboshi
- Takehito Koyasu as Ryō Takahashi
- Tomokazu Seki as Keisuke Takahashi
- Osamu Hosoi as Fumihiro Jōyū
- Yasunori Matsumoto as Wataru Akiyama
- Mitsuo Iwata Itsuki Takeuchi
- Kazuki Yao as Kōichirō Iketani
- Wataru Takagi as Kenji
- Shuuhei Sakaguchi Hiroya Okuyama
- Nobutoshi Canna as Kai Kogashiwa
- Tatsuki Kobe as Yōji Tanaka
- Yuko Iida as Kyōko Kurihara
- Coco Hayashi as Mami Satō
The newly announced staff members are:
- Prop Design: Mahiru Shinya
- Art Director/Setting: Seiko Akashi
- Color Key Artist: Chiharu Tanaka
- Compositing Director of Photography: Kouji Hayashi (Color & Smile)
- Editor: Kiyoshi Hirose (editz)
- Sound Effects: Kenji Koyama (Sound Box)
- Sound Production: Techno Sound
- CG Animation Production: Felix Film/directrain
Tomohito Naka (Initial D Legend 2: Racer, Initial D Legend 3: Dream, Sword Gai: The Animation) is directing the anime at his studio Felix Film. Kenichi Yamashita (Ketsuekigata-kun!, Actually, I Am…) is in charge of the series scripts, and writing them with Akihiko Inari. Naoyuki Onda (Mobile Suit Gundam Hathaway, Psycho-Pass 3) is designing the characters and serving as one of the chief animation directors with Chiyoko Sakamoto. Hiroki Uchida is the 3D director. Masafumi Mima is directing the sound, and Akio Dobashi (Initial D: Legend films, Sisters of Wellber, Dance in the Vampire Bund) is composing the music.
The anime's visual above features protagonist Kanata Livington's red Toyota 86, as well as rival cars Alpine A110S and Nissan GT-R.
The series takes place in the 2020s, when self-driving cars are ubiquitous in Japan. The manga centers on Kanata Livington, a Japanese driver who goes back to Japan after graduating at the top of his class at a racing school in England. The series also focuses on the MFG, a racing circuit on public roads that has garnered attention worldwide.
The anime will premiere in 2023.
Shuuichi Shigeno (Initial D) launched the MF Ghost manga in Kodansha's Young Magazine in September 2017. The 15th compiled volume shipped in Japan on September 6. Kodansha Comics and Comixology are publishing the manga in English. Young Magazine announced in November that the manga is on an indefinite hiatus due to Shigeno's poor health.
Shigeno ended his Initial D manga in Young Magazine in July 2013, and Tokyopop published the beginning of that manga in North America, and Kodansha Comics and Comixology are offering the complete manga in English. The manga inspired several television anime series, a live-action film, several original video anime projects, and a successful game line. The manga recently inspired a trilogy of anime films, the third of which opened in February 2016.
Sources: MF Ghost anime's website, Mantan Web