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Patalliro! Comedy Manga Gets Stage Play in December

posted on by Jennifer Sherman
Long-running series about mischievous prince already inspired anime

Mineo Maya's Patalliro! comedy manga is receiving a stage play adaptation this winter. The play will run in Tokyo's Kinokuniya Hall on December 8-25.

Actor Tetsuhiro Ikeda ("Kochikame" stage play) is writing the script. Kensaku Kobayashi (Wansa-kun stage musical) of the Condors dance company is directing the adaptation.

The original manga's story follows Patalliro, the crown prince of Malynera. The bodyguard Bancoran protects the prince from assassination amidst misadventures and mischief. One of the many bishōnen assassins, Maraich, falls in love with Bancoran.

Maya launched the manga in Hakusensha's Hana to Yume magazine in 1978. The series later switched to Hakusensha's Bessatsu Hana to Yume and Melody magazines. The manga began serializing on Hakusensha's Hana LaLa Online website in May. Hakusensha released the 96th compiled book volume in April. The series claims to be Japan's longest-running gag manga.

The manga has inspired various spinoff manga, a television anime adaptation in 1982, and the Patalliro! Stardust Project anime film in 1983. The Patalliro Saiyuki! spinoff manga also inspired a television anime series in 2005.

Source: Comic Natalie

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