The Original GHOST IN THE SHELL Anime Voice Actors Will Dub the Live-Action Film in Japan
I've got some pretty cool news for the Ghost in the Shell anime purists out there. The original voice actors from the original anime will be reprising their roles once again for the Japanese language dub of the live action film.
The news comes from the Japanese site Natalie, and they reveal that Akio Otsuka will be back in the role of Batou, a role he played in the 1995 Ghost in the Shell anime feature, as well as its 2004 sequel Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence and Stand Alone Complex. They are also bringing back Koichi Yamadera who will be providing the voice of Togusa, while Atsuko Tanaka will be back in the role of Motoko Kusanagi a.k.a. The Major, who is played by Scarlett Johansson in the live-action film.
The director of the 1995 anime film, Mamoru Oshii, had this to say in a statement regarding the casting news:
“It’s been a while since they’ve played these characters. I definitely want them to deliver performances they see fit. They’re all pros, so there’s nothing to worry about, and I can only say that this is something to look forward to.”
I'd actually love to see the Japanese dubbed version of the film, especially with all these voice actors from the original coming back to reprise their roles. I watched that original anime film countless times when I was growing up. In a way, merging the original voice actors with the upcoming live-action film will bring a certain kind of purity to it.
What do you all think of the original Ghost in the Shell voice actors coming back to dub the new movie?