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'KochiKame' Stage Play Cast Visuals Reveal 5 Original Characters

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Ruito Aoyagi, Ryōsuke Mikata, Shōhei, Ryō Kitazono, Yū Fukuzawa join stage play

The staff of the stage play adaptation of Osamu Akimoto's Kochira Katsushika-ku Kamearikouen-mae Hashutsujo ("Kochikame") police comedy manga unveiled visuals of the play's main cast in costume on Monday. The visuals reveal five new characters original to the stage play. In addition, the staff also announced the rest of the play's cast.

The main cast includes:

Lasar Ishii as protagonist Kankichi Ryōtsu (reprising his role from the 1996-2004 television anime series and two anime films)

Yūji as Keiichi Nakagawa

Mikie Hara as Reiko Katherine Akimoto

Tetsuhiro Ikeda as Sanshirō Mukōjima, a character original to the stage play who will team up with Ryōtsu

The newly revealed original characters include:

Ruito Aoyagi as Ryo

Ryōsuke Mikata as Wake

Shōhei as Makoto

Ryō Kitazono as Hiroshi

Yū Fukuzawa as Satoshi

The rest of the cast includes:

  • Yoshika Kobayashi as Ai Asato
  • Tōta Tawaragi as Daijirō Ōhara
  • Meiken Itō as Detective Kaipan
  • Nao Ayaki as Big Mama
  • Etsuko Niira as Pinch
  • Mayu Musha as Punch
  • Akihiro Kawamoto as God, fish dealer, others
  • Saori Kōzuki as policewoman, others
  • Sumiko Tani as policewoman, others
  • Keiko Nakamura as policewoman, others
  • Akira Sakamoto as Old Man Okuyama

Ishii also played the role of Kankichi Ryōtsu in earlier stage play adaptations. These plays had four performance seasons, the most recent of which was in 2006. Ishii is also directing and writing the script for the new play.

The play will run from September 9-19 at Tokyo's AiiA 2.5 Theater Tokyo, and from September 23-25 at Osaka's Sankei Hall Breeze.

The play celebrates the 40th anniversary of Akimoto's manga. Akimoto debuted Kochira Katsushika-ku Kamearikouen-mae Hashutsujo in 1976, and it has become Weekly Shonen Jump's longest-running manga series. Shueisha published the 199th compiled book volume on Friday.

In addition to the television anime adaptation, the manga inspired an anime special in 1985, live-action films in 1977 and 2011, and a live-action drama adaptation in 2009.

Source: Comic Natalie


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