Touken Ranbu Musical Actors Bring Their Swords to Baseball Stadium
posted on by Lynzee Loveridge
The stars of the stage musical adaptations of the Touken Ranbu franchise brought their blades from the stage to the baseball diamond on Tuesday. The actors appeared on the pitcher's mound at the Tokyo Dome for the Yomiuri Giants game against the Tokyo Yakult Swallows. The actors put on a stage-worthy performance that delighted sports and Touken Ranbu fans alike.
Japanese model and actor Mario Kuroba, who plays Munechika Mikazuki, appeared for the game's opening pitch. He was handed the ball and a glove by Izuminokami Kanesada (actor: Shōtarō Arisawa), took his place to pitch, and threw the ball with determination. Giants catcher Takumi Ohshiro caught the pitch to huge applause and cheers from the crowd.
You can see Kuroba and the rest of the actors practicing their game before the big night in the video below, along with another shot of the starting pitch and some of the entire group's musical performance during the game.
The official Yomiuri Giant's Twitter account shared more fun photos from the game.
All and all the game looked like a blast for attendees and the actors, too.
刀ミュジャイアンツコラボナイター— 黒羽麻璃央 (@vithmic_mario) September 11, 2018
The actor wrote that it was his dream to throw the starting pitch at a baseball game.
Daichi Saeki (Iwatooshi)
Saeki wrote that he was happy to be able to swing his naginata in the very spacious stadium.
Shunya Ōhira (Imanotsurugi)
さいっこうにかんどうしました!!— 大平峻也 (@trampshunya) September 11, 2018
Ohira shared pictures of goofing around before the big day.
Hiroki Miura (Higekiri)
日本ユニシスpresents— 三浦宏規 (@hirokimiura0324) September 11, 2018
Miura said the opening performance was "awesome".
Akira Takano (Hizamaru)
日本ユニシスpresents ミュージカル「刀剣乱舞」読売ジャイアンツコラボナイター— 高野洸 (@AKIRAT_official) September 11, 2018
Takano wrote that he was proud to be able to perform in the Tokyo Dome and that Kuroba's opening pitch was the "coolest."
Shōtarō Arisawa (Izuminokami Kanesada)
Ryo Kitazono (Kogitsunemaru)
Kitazono shared footage of Kuroba's amazing pitch on Instagram.
Finally, Nitro+ producer Digitarou shared his own pictures of Kuroba practicing his pitch.
ブルペンで投球練習中の三日月宗近さん。かなり鋭い球を投げ込んでいました。始球式で野球ファンの方々からの驚きの歓声が印象的でした。。 pic.twitter.com/NEawVakpvs— でじたろう@ニトロプラス (@digitarou) September 11, 2018
Touken Ranbu's fifth stage musical debuted on March 24, with its final performance in Tokyo on May 6. The musicals are also receiving a "Kashū Kiyomitsu Solo Performance" event and a third "Shinken Ranbu Sai" event. The franchise is also inspiring a separate series of stage plays. The fifth stage play ran from June 2 to July 29. The group's first European performance took place in Paris in July. The musical then returned to Tokyo for a performance that ran from August 3 to August 19.