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Vampire Knight Stage Play Replaces Akatsuki Kain's Actress

posted on by Sarah Nelkin
Nogizaka46's Yumi Wakatsuki, Root, Akira return to play Yūki, Zero, Kaname in July

Production company Nelke Planning announced on Friday that its stage play of Matsuri Hino's Vampire Knight manga is returning in July, but with one cast member replaced. Vampire Knight -Revive- will run from July 1 to 5 at the Owl Spot theater in Tokyo's Ikebukuro district. Ayana replaces oni as Akatsuki Kain.

Root, a female model of "Boys-style" clothing, Nogizaka46 idol group member Yumi Wakatsuki, and "Boys-style" model Akira will return to reprise their roles as Zero, Yūki, and Kaname, respectively. The play features an all-female cast.

Kōji Tokuo wrote the script, and Shinnosuke Motoyama (choreographer on The Prince of Tennis and Macross the Musicalture musicals) is returning to direct. ALGONQUINS provided assistance for the costumes. The first musical adapting the manga premiered this past January.

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.

Nelke Planning has produced the stage plays of other manga such as Sailor Moon, and will also produce one of Kodocha (Kodomo no Omocha).

Hino launched the manga in LaLa in 2004, and the manga ended in 2013. Hakusensha published the 19th and final compiled book volume in November 2013, and Viz Media published the last volume in October in North America. Viz also released the 2008 Vampire Knight anime series and its Vampire Knight Guilty followup.

Source: Comic Natalie

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