With only a few weeks until the episodes actually air, we’ve been curious about who would actually be taking on the role of Miyamoto Usagi during the Usagi Yojimbo/TMNT crossover episodes. At first, IMDb had listed John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) as the voice of this rabbit ronin, but this actually wasn’t the case. Someone close to the development of the show informed us that this information was not correct, but they didn’t mention who the actual voice actor would be. Thankfully, that was recently revealed by the actor himself on Twitter!
The voice behind Miyamoto Usagi will be none other than Yuki Matsuzaki. He is perhaps best known for roles in films such as Letters From Iwo Jima and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. Perhaps ironically, he also had a part in a short film known as Mr. Rabbit (or Usagi-san). Based on his body of work, I’d have to say that he’s perfect for the role. Although it would have been interesting to hear a version of this character from John Boyega, something tells me that we’ll be far better off with Matsuzaki.
We don’t know for sure, but it wouldn’t surprise me if he made an appearance at SDCC 2017. Whatever happens, I’m sure they’ll at least discuss this casting decision at some point during that event. Fans have been waiting a long time to see Miyamoto Usagi meet up with his turtle friends once more, so it wouldn’t shock me if most shellheads were just happy that this is finally happening. Either way, it’s nice to see that they found a professional actor to perform the role of Usagi Yojimbo in this awesome crossover.