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Idol Group 9nine's Kanae Yoshii Stars in Macross Musical

posted on by Egan Loo
Stage musical marks anime's 30th year with story revolving around Miss Macross Contest

9nine idol group member Kanae Yoshii will make her stage musical debut in the Macross the Musicalture this October. Yoshii will play a young girl named Sakura Crawford in this musical that celebrates the 30th anniversary of the science-fiction romance anime franchise Macross.

The story is set in 2062, five decades after the Space War I conflict seen in the first Macross story. Macross 29 is the 29th New Macross Class colonization fleet to leave Earth in the aftermath of that devastating war. People who were once scarred by war now live a tranquil, oasis-like existence.

However, the fleet has hardly any military strength due to pacifism, and its economy is on the brink of collapse. Due to the high unemployment rate in the urban areas, a Neo Zentran movement that advocates a renewed military has been gaining steam, especially among the young alien Zentradi.

A "Miss Macross Contest" has been launched as part of the economic recovery plan among Macross 29 citizens. Lives converge at the event when two youths named Ash and Sakura spot Vigo, a young Neo Zentran leader, in the distance.


Takuya Kikuchi as Vigo Walgria

Shion Tsuchiya as Ash Anderson

Kanae Yoshii as Sakura Crawford

Risa Uesugi as Daryl Walgira

Ayumi Hinata as el

Ai Hasegawa as Sonia Dosel

Sayaka Kanda as Charlotte Marion-Glass

The musical will run at Tokyo Dome City Hall from October 3 to October 9. Isamu Kayano (Air Gear musical) is directing with assistant Yoshiko Iseki (Rock Musical Bleach, The Prince of Tennis musical, Hunter x Hunter, Naruto) and Chūji Mikasano (Leiji Matsumoto's Stanley no Majo play) is writing the script. Shinnosuke Motoyama (The Prince of Tennis musical) is serving as choreographer, and Hidari (Natsu-iro Kiseki, Fractale) designed the characters.

As part of the 30th anniversary of Macross, there will be a real-life "Miss Macross 30" contest, and a 1/1-scale, life-size model of a VF-25F Messiah Valkyrie variable fighter (in the intermediate GERWALK mode) is appearing at the "30th Anniversary Macross Super Dimension Exhibition ~Valkyrie de Sasotte!~" event this year.

Source: Mainichi Shimbun's Mantan Web

Images © 2012 Big West/The Musicalture Project

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