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Yuuki Kaji, Minori Chihara, Tomokazu Sugita Join Kawamori's Nobunaga The Fool Cast

posted on by Egan Loo
Mamoru Miyano, Yōko Hikasa, Takahiro Sakurai also in "historical sci-fi" play

Anime creator Shōji Kawamori (Macross, Escaflowne, Aquarion) and the rest of the production team behind The Fool "multi-dimensional" project announced more of the voice cast in August. The project will host three stage productions between this December and next summer, starting with the Nobunaga The Fool play on December 8. Advance ticket sales will begin on the project's website on October 12.

The play will combine original animation produced by the anime studio Satelight with live stage performances produced by Avex Live Creative. The project will have both onstage actors and a voice cast to embody characters.

Yūki Kaji will play Toyotomi Hideyoshi, Oda Nobunaga's vassal. He is always cheerful and friendly with unmatched prowess in both womanizing and in battles.

Minori Chihara will play Ichihime, a princess in Oda's clan who is known as the Beauty of the Eastern Planet. She possesses a beautiful singing voice that can bring peace to people's hearts.

Tomokazu Sugita will play Leonardo da Vinci, the brilliant scientist of the Western Planet. He is a leading figure in the Renaissance that revived the legacy of the prehistoric civilizations such as the Ikusa Yoroi (Battle Armor).

The following cast members were previously announced in July:

Mamoru Miyano will voice Oda Nobunaga, a character loosely inspired by the real-life Japanese warlord of the same name. Oda is the legitimate heir of the country of Owari on the Eastern Planet.

Yōko Hikasa will voice Jeanne Kaguya d'Arc, a girl raised in the country of Donremi on the Western Planet.

Takahiro Sakurai will play Akechi Mitsuhide, a captain who handles strategy for the Oda clan.

Popular artist Yone Kazuki (Hakuōki, Hiiro no Kakera - The Tamayori Princess Saga) is designing the characters, and Thomas Romain (AKB0048, Basquash!, Senki Zesshō Symphogear) is contributing image art. Ryō Yoshimata is scoring the music after working on the live-action television period dramas Gō: Himetachi no Sengoku and Atsuhime.

In addition, the play held auditions for three kunoichi (female ninja) in Mitsuhide's ninja forces: Karin Nanami as Chacha (center in above image), Yui Umemura as Hatsu (right), and Saki Takahashi as Gō (left).

The staff describes the story:

The Western Planet and the Eastern Planet.

Once upon a time, the two sides were bound by the "Dragon Pulse" spanning the heavens.

The civilization that once had prospered has now turned to a tale of dreams, as the inextinguishable flames of war tear the realm asunder. The two planets remain engulfed in endless battles.

The return of the super technology known as "sacred treasures" could revolutionize the world order, but no one knows of them but one person — a "heretical girl."

A girl from the Western Planet, Jeanne Kaguya d'Arc, saw heavenly visions of the birth of a "Star Messiah" who will save the world. She embarks on a journey to the Eastern Planet With Leonardo da Vinci, "the one who observes the world." They come across the heretic of the Eastern Planet and "the greatest fool of the day," Oda Nobunaga.

Images © Shōji Kawamori, Satelight/ALC/GP

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