Anime Characters Come To Life With This Japanese Actor

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This is Ryunosuke Kamiki. Besides being a terrific actor, he’s also excellent at live-action versions of anime and manga characters.

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The 23 year-old has an impressive list of acting credits, and he’s often appeared big screen adaptations of popular manga and anime, such as 2015's wonderful Bakuman movie.

Kamiki is also starring in the upcoming live-action March Comes in Like a Lion as Rei Kiriyama and in the JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure movie as Koichi Hirose

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Via Twicolle and Twitter user kamikki555, here are comparisons between Kamiki and the characters he’s brought to life. 

[Image via Twicolle | kamikki555]
[Image via Twicolle | kamikki555]
[Image via Twicolle | kamikki555]
[Image via Twicolle | kamikki555]
[Image via Twicolle | kamikki555]
[Image via Twicolle | kamikki555]
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[Image via Twicolle | kamikki555]
[Image via Twicolle | kamikki555]

As well as the March Comes in Like a Lion manga, anime and live-action comparison via kamikilittledj:

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[Image  via kamikilittledj]
[Image via kamikilittledj]

Fun fact: Kamiki’s voice acting credits are also impressive. He began working while still a child, voicing Boh in Spirited Away and Markl in Howl’s Moving Castle. He’s also voiced Kenji in Summer Wars, Sho in Arrietty, and most recently, Taki in the smash hit Your Name.

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Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

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He was amazing in the Rurouni Kenshin Trilogy.

Everyone was amazing in the Rurouni Kenshin Trilogy.
It was the first time I truly felt like I was watching a big, epic adaption of a manga/anime, without thinking “Hey, this is an adaption of a manga, and these actors playing said characters.”

I was totally engrossed. Yep, that’s Kenshin. Yep, that’s Soujiro.
I can only recommend these films to anyone that likes a good samurai and martial arts film. Or just a good action films, really.

They’re available subtitled, I believe, both in North America, Australia and the UK by Funimation, Madman and Warner Bros. UK respectively. I got the German limited edition box set from Splendid Film.

Really, you’re missing out.
Don’t believe me? Believe Richard from Kotaku.