Hetalia Gets 2nd Stage Musical, Adds Takeshi James Yamada as Spain
posted on by Karen Ressler
The staff and cast of the stage musical adaptation of Hidekaz Himaruya's Hetalia - Axis Powers manga announced during a Niconico live broadcast on Tuesday that a second stage musical adaptation is slated for this November. Yūsuke Ueda will replace Yūichirō Ōmi in the cast as Germany and Takeshi James Yamada will join the cast as Spain.
Takeshi James Yamada (Jigoku Sensei Nube TV drama) as Spain
The following cast members, shown in their costumes from the first musical, are returning for the second musical:
Ryūko Isogai as America
Daisuke Hirose as England
Juri Aikawa as France
Yūki Yamaoki as Russia
Taishi Sugie as China
The previous stage play also starred Takuya Kikuchi as Austria.
The musical will run from November 10-20 in Tokyo's Theatre 1010 and November 26-27 in Osaka's Morinomiya Piloti Hall.
Yūsei Naruse (Yowamushi Pedal, Diabolik Lovers stage plays) is again writing the script for the musical, and Kōtarō Yoshitani (Sengoku Musou, Amnesia, Bakumatsu Rock stage plays, Alice in the Country of Hearts musical, La Corda d'Oro Blue Sky musical) is returning to direct. tak is composing the music and MAMORU is handling choreography.
The first stage musical, Hetalia ~Singin' in the World~, ran at the Zepp Blue Theater Roppongi from December 24 to December 29.
Himaruya's original manga takes the archetypal characteristics of countries and regions throughout the world, and anthropomorphizes them as (mostly) bishōnen characters. Right Stuf has been releasing the manga in North America in collaboration with its former English-language publisher, Tokyopop, and its Japanese publisher Gentosha Comics.
The previous anime season, Hetalia The Beautiful World, premiered in Japan in January 2013. Funimation has released all the previous anime seasons and the Hetalia Axis Powers: Paint it, White! film in North America.
Source: Comic Natalie