Not-So-Daily Link of the Day: Junichirō Koizumi, the charismatic former prime minister who was the last Japanese head to serve more than two years in office, will be making his voice-acting debut in Daikaijū Battle: Ultra Ginga Densetsu The Movie (Giant Monster Battle: Ultra Galactic Legend The Movie). Koizumi will play Ultraman King, an ancient Legendary Hero in the Ultra family. The live-action special-effects film will open in Japan on December 12.
Due to his high visibility during his 2001-2006 tenure, Koizumi has appeared in both anime and manga, although Koizumi has never performed as a voice actor until now. Hideki Ohwada's Mudazumo Naki Kaikaku "politics x mahjong action" manga (pictured at left) will be adapted into an anime. In this political parody, Koizumi plays a special form of "mahjong diplomacy" against foreign adversaries such as George W. Bush, Kim Jong-il, Vladimir Putin, Margaret Thatcher, and others.