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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Rurouni Kenshin Casting news: Misao Makimachi cast!

With all the Rurouni Kenshin casting news here and there and the excitement brought forth as a result of which, a lot of fans may have been wondering - I know I have - Who will be playing Misao? 

I think that Misao's role is a crucial one since aside from Kaoru she is one of the few fan favorite female protagonists. Well we need not wait any further since it has been confirmed that new comer 18 year old Tao Tsuchiya will play the loud and proud female ninja. This is her first action role and she will be appearing in the two live-action Rurouni Kenshin films to be released next Summer. 

Tsuchiya was very impressed with the first Rurouni Kenshin film, she says she would not get out of her seat in the theater. She was so overwhelmed with the first film that is why she auditioned for the sequels. 

Tsuchiya's earlier works include Tokyo Sonata (2008) and the historical action television series Ryomaden. Lead actor Takeru Satoh who will be reprising his role as Kenshin Himura and Yusuke Iseya who will be playing Aoshi Shinamori (Misao's love interest of sorts) also had roles in Ryomaden. Ryomaden was directed by Keishi Otomo, he also directed the first Rurouni Kenshin film and will continue with the helm for the next two sequels. 

Tsuchiya has already started filming mid-July and is doing her own action sequences. She will be back in September to shoot more scenes until the end of 2013. 

She spends time doing laps in the swimming pool, running everyday and doing pilates to train her body and to keep in shape and if you have watched the original series you would know that she would need the training since Misao's role is also a physically demanding one. 

By Ica Cheng

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