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Fushigi Yugi Gets Stage Play Starring Golden Bomber's Kyan

posted on by Egan Loo
Play to retell Yuu Watase's fantasy manga through Tamahome's eyes in March

Golden Bomber band member Yutaka Kyan will act in his first starring role in the stage play adaptation of Yuu Watase's Fushigi Yûgi manga. The play will run from March 19 to 29 at the Shinagawa Prince Hotel Club eX venue.

Kyan will play Tamahome, the young man who meets the manga's female lead Miaka after she is transported through a book to another realm. This play will depict a new version of Fushigi Yûgi through the eyes of Tamahome.

Viz Media publishes the original manga in North America, and it describes the story:

Miaka is a junior high school student studying for entrance exams for Johan High School, the top school in the city. Not academically inclined, Miaka would rather forget studying and spend more time eating snacks--her favorite pastime--but she's cramming for the exam to please her mother. While studying at the library with her best friend Yui, she finds an old book called The Universe of the Four Gods. Upon reading the book, the girls are transported to a land resembling ancient China. Immediately on their arrival, a pair of bandits attempts to abduct Yui! A mysterious young man with the kanji for "demon" on his forehead comes to their rescue, but now he wants to be paid for his act of heroism!

The other cast members include Risako Itō as Miaka, Ikkei Yamamoto as Hotohori, Toshiyuki Someya as Nuriko, Masato Saki as Tasuki, Yūta Kogawa as Chichiri, Mirai as Chiriko, Yūsuke Hirose as Mitsukake, Namiko Itō as Yui, Reo Sawada as Amiboshi, Makoto Endō, Tatsuya Ogasawara, Takuya Tachibana, Tomoaki Maedō, Masayasu Yuasa, Daiki Watanabe, and Yū Yoshioka as Nakago. Keiko Ueno wrote the script, and Naoyoshi Okumura (BQMAP) is directing.

Tickets cost 9,000 yen (about US$76) for first-floor arena seats with premium bonuses, while first-floor bench seats and second-floor balcony seats cost 7,000 yen (US$59). The bonus extras include a premium clear file folder (with a picture of Kyan) and premium postcard set of four (including one with Kyan).

Watase ran the manga in Shogakukan's Shōjo Comic (Sho-Comi) magazine from 1992 to 1996, and Shogakukan published 18 compiled book volumes. She then drew Fushigi Yûgi: Genbu Kaiden from 2003 to 2013. Viz also publishes Fushigi Yûgi: Genbu Kaiden in North America. The original manga inspired a television anime and several original video anime titles. Both Geneon Entertainment and Media Blasters licensed the television anime in North America.

Source: NetLab via 0takomu, Comic Natalie

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