AKB49 Stage Musical Based on Manga Gets New Run This Month

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
SKE48 members will comprise cast

Nelke Planning announced on Friday that its stage musical adaptation of Reiji Miyajima and Motoazabu Factory's AKB49 ~Renai Kinshi Jōrei~ (AKB49 ~Love Ban Ordinance~) manga will run again at Aichi's Chūnichi Theatre from April 21-26 with a new cast. Like the March 2015 run, the cast will consist entirely of members of SKE48. The original run in 2014 starred members of SKE48, AKB48, HKT48, and NMB48.

Akari Suda and Rion Azuma are double cast for the role of Minoru Urayama/Minori Urakawa. Yuna Ego and Sarina Sōda are double cast for the role of Hiroko Yoshinaga. Sumire Satō will play Ai Okabe. Other cast members include Mina Ōba, Kanon Kimoto, Ruka Kitano, Nao Fukushi, Masano Ōya, Kaori Matsumura, Suzuran Yamauchi, Sana Takatera, Marika Tani, Reona Ida, Natsuki Kamata, Chikako Matsumoto, Ayaka Ōta, and Yōjin Hino.

Isamu Kayano is directing the musical while Chūji Makasano is penning the script.

The original manga's story follows a male high school student who dresses as a girl to help his classmate, a girl he has a crush on, pass an audition for the popular idol group AKB48. The result is that they both pass the audition, and he must join the group without revealing his true identity. Real-life members of the group appear in the manga. Hisashi Takahashi collaborated on the story.

Miyashima began drawing the series in Kodansha's Weekly Shonen Magazine in August 2010, and ended it on January 20. Kodansha published the manga's 29th and final compiled book volume on March 17.

Source: Comic Natalie

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