'Kimi no Na wa.' cast: Makoto Shinkai film casts Masami Nagasawa, Etsuko Ichihara ahead of August release


The upcoming animated film project from universally acclaimed storyteller and animator Makoto Shinkai has announced the addition of two more vocal talents, making the cast roster for “Kimi no Na wa.” even larger.

According to the Anime News Network, the film’s staff and crew announced that voice actresses Masami Nagasawa and Etsuko Ichihara have been included in the film’s list of voiceover artists.

Both actresses will voice older characters that could possibly mentor each of the film’s main characters. Nagasawa will voice the character of Miki, an older schoolmate that male protagonist Taki Tachibana admires. Meanwhile, Ichihara will lend her voice to Hitoha, an elder lady slated to be the female protagonist Mitsuha’s grandmother.

“Kimi no Na wa.” will mark the first time both actresses will work with each other, despite both being veterans in the Japanese entertainment industry with credits in both live action acting and voiceover work in the field of animation.

Nagasawa’s voice work credits include Yuri from “Detroit Metal City” and Umi of “From Up on Poppy Hill;” while her live action work includes the likes of Hirokazu Koreeda’s critically acclaimed “Our Little Sister” where she played Yoshino Koda and the recent live action film adaptation of Kengo Hanazawa’s horror manga “I Am a Hero” which had her play Yabu/Tsugumi Oda.

For Ichihara, her voiceover history includes playing Hilda in “Horus, Prince of the Sun” and the Granny in “Miyori no Mori.” Ichihara has also appeared in last year’s “An,” known as “Sweet Bean” in United States, as well as the award-winning and critically acclaimed film from 1997 “The Eel.”

Translated and stylized in English as “your name.,” “Kimi no Na wa” will be Makoto Shinkai’s latest animated work after 2013’s “Garden of Words.” Aside from Nagasawa’s and Ichihara’s characters, the film’s official website also announced some new characters for the film and their voice cast.

“Kimi no Na wa.” premieres in Japan on Aug. 26.