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Vampire Knight Manga Gets New Chapter in February

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Also: More stage play cast revealed in costume

The January issue of Hakusensha's LaLa magazine is announcing on Saturday that Matsuri Hino will draw an all-new chapter of her Vampire Knight manga in the March 2015 issue of LaLaDX on February 10. The "Vampire Knight Special Edition" chapter will be 40 pages long.

The issue is also revealing more cast of the Night Class in costume for the stage play adaptation of the manga. Ai Matsumoto will play Senri Shiki, Riichi Amato will play Takuma Ichijo, Chiaki Kyan will play Hanabusa Aido, and oni will play Akatsuki Kain.

Root, a female model of "boys-style" clothing, will play Zero Kiryū. Nogizaka46 idol group member Yumi Wakatsuki will play Yūki Cross. "Boys-style" model Akira will play Kaname Kuran. Other cast members include Karin Ogino as Maria Kurenai, Michie Kakimaru as Kaien Cross, and Mai Watanabe as Shizuka Hio.

Advance tickets will go on sale on December 6 at 10:00 a.m. and tickets will cost 6,800 yen (about US$57). Niconico will host a six-hour live show on December 7 from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. in Japan featuring Root and other cast members.

Nelke Planning and Be-Honest are holding the stage play from January 21 to January 25 at Tokyo's Hakuhinkan Theater. Nelke Planning has produced the stage plays of other manga such as Sailor Moon and Kodocha.

Kōji Tokuo is writing the script and Shinnosuke Motoyama (choreographer on The Prince of Tennis and Macross the Musicalture musicals) is directing.

The manga revolves around Yūki, a high school girl whose unique school features a "day class" of normal kids and a "night class" of vampires. She works with her adopted father and headmaster to prove that vampires can coexist with humans peacefully, but the school — and the vampires — hide many secrets.

Hino launched the manga in LaLa in 2004, and the manga ended last year. Hakusensha published the 19th and final compiled book volume last November, and Viz Media published the final volume last month in North America. Viz also released the 2008 Vampire Knight anime series and its Vampire Knight Guilty followup.

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