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Rurouni Kenshin Gets All-Female Takarazuka Stage Musical

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
1st stage musical of Nobuhiro Watsuki's Meiji-era manga runs from February to May 2016

The famous all-female musical theater troupe Takarazuka Revue will hold the first stage musical adaptation of Nobuhiro Watsuki's Rurouni Kenshin manga. Seina Sagiri, the top star of the revue's Yukigumi group, and Miyu Sakihi, the revue's top performer of female roles, will star in the musical.

Shūichirō Koike will direct the musical and write the script. The stage musical will open in the Takarazuka Grand Theater in Hyōgo from February 5 to March 14 of next year, before also opening in the Tokyo Takarazuka Theater from April 1 to May 8.

Watsuki first launched his Rurouni Kenshin manga in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in 1994. The manga centers around Kenshin Himura, once a deadly assassin during the Meiji Restoration, who is trying to find a new life beyond violence. It has since been adapted into a 95-episode TV anime series, an anime film, three original video anime, and three live-action films.

The Takarazuka Revue already performed stage versions of Legend of the Galactic Heroes, Sengoku Basara, Jin, The Rose of Versailles, and more. The troupe recently opened its stage musical adaptation of Monkey Punch's Lupin III manga in February, which also starred Sagiri and Sakihi.

Source: Comic Natalie


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