Toei Animation, Production I.G Collaborate on Relic ~tale of the last ninja~ Stage Recital

posted on 2016-03-09 01:30 EST by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Romi Park, Yūichi Nakamura, more star in I.G & Bun-oh Fujisawa's 2nd collaboration

Toei Animation and Production I.G are collaborating to produce the Relic ~tale of the last ninja~ "stage recital." The production is part of Production I.G's "new stage recital theatrical live" project, which also includes its stage adaptation of Machiko Kyō's Mitsuami no Kami-sama (Braided Pig-tail Deity) manga last October.

Romi Park will play the sixth Fūma Kotarō, an orphan who never saw his parents' faces. Yūichi Nakamura will play Tobizawa Jinnai, a former Fūma-clan ninja reduced to banditry by night, and a luxurious life by day. Shouta Aoi will play Shōji Jinnai, formerly the Fūma ninja Ranmaru, who now plies his trade in the Yoshiwara pleasure quarter. Kazuhiko Inoue will play Kōsaka Jinnai, a ninja of the Kōshū school, but raised by the Fūma clan.

The recital will have an original story set in an alternate modern world where, 400 years after the end of the Sengoku era, Japan is still in the Edo period, with the Tokugawa shogunate wresting power from the emperor and establishing the capital in Edo. In a world without conflict, many ninja face trouble leading their lives, and many have resorted to banditry. The shogunate government has trouble dealing with the bandits, and hire three former Fūma-clan ninja as "ninja killers," who will head the efforts to eradicate banditry in Japan. The plot will center around Fūma Kotarō, the historical head of the Fūma-clan ninja, and will tell the story of his capture. The Fūma Kotarō featured in the play is the sixth-generation one. (The clan's leaders assumed the same name once they lead the clan.)

The play is slated for four performances from May 28-29 at the Shinagawa Stellar Ball in Takanawa, Minato in Tokyo. Tickets are already available, and can be pre-ordered until March 28.

Katsuyuki Motohiro (Space Travelers, Psycho-Pass) is serving as overall producer of the project. Bun-oh Fujisawa is returning from the Mitsuami no Kami-sama production as stage producer and script writer, and is credited as the original creator. Ryōichirō Yoshida, the older brother in the Yoshida Brothers musical duo, will handle the production's music as part of the musical group Wasabi. Fujisawa and Yoshida last worked together in Fujisawa's MURAKUMO production in 2012, which was set in a fictional Sengoku period with blog and social media culture.

The production is part of Fujisawa's Sound Theatre Project, which combines multiple disciplines and elements of rakugo (traditional Japanese comic storytelling) and gidayū (puppet theater reciting) alongside traditional stage play elements. Fujisawa first used the method in his 2005 production Hypnagogia, which also used scents.

Source: Anime! Anime!

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