On August 14th, the additional cast for the current on-air drama, “Meitantei Conan Kudou Shinichi e no Chousenjou”, has just been named!
It was revealed that Matsuzaka Tori will play ‘Hattori Heiji‘, the rival to main lead Mizobata Junpei; meanwhile, Okamoto Rei will play ‘Toyama Kazuha‘, Hattori’s love interest. Matsuzaka, who is originally from Kanagawa, expressed his anxiety over the role: “I need to do something about my Kansai dialect…”
Matsuzaka, who made his first drama appearance in 2009 with “Samurai Sentai Shinkenger”, will now be playing as Kudou Shinichi’s rival, one of the most popular characters from this series. Since he did not participate in the series’ special drama in the past, he joyfully commented, “I was extremely happy when I was picked to act as Heiji.
To fit his role as best he can, Matsuzaka said that when he “received the script, [he] repeatedly listened to dialect CDs and talked to people from Osaka” to practice. Mizobata, who is originally from Wakayama Prefecture in the Kansai region, praised his progress: “I believe he nearly got the accent down. I think I would rate it over 90 percent.”
Okamoto, who is also from Wakayama Prefecture, expressed her gratitude for her new role with: “I am thankful from the bottom of my heart that I am from Kansai.” Commenting on Matsuzaka’s dialect, she said, “I also thought ‘It’s amazing, really’. I would say it’s about 95 percent.” After receiving such compliments, Matsuzaka seemed to have become embarrassed, and muttered, “It’s going to be hard to film drama scenes after this.”
This drama is already broadcasting on air, and it was created to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the “Detective Conan” series, focusing on Edogawa Conan’s teen self, Kudou Shinichi. It’s also been announced that Matsuzaka and Okamoto will guest star on episode 9.