Tōken Ranbu Stage Play Unveils Cast, Visual for New Run

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Most cast members return; Yūsuke Seto, Kento replace Teruma, Toshiyuki Someya

The official website for Marvelous' Tōken Ranbu stage play unveiled a visual and the cast for the stage play's new run on Sunday.

Most of the cast for the new run is returning, but Yusuke Seto is replacing Teruma as Kōsetsu Samonji and Kento is replacing Toshiyuki Someya as Tsurumaru Kuninaga. The full cast includes:

Hiroki Suzuki as Mikazuki Munechika

Yoshihide Sasaki as Sōza Samonji

Taishi Sugie as Namazuo Tōshirō

Yusuke Seto as Kōsetsu Samonji

Takeru Naya as Sayo Samonji

Yoshihiko Aramaki as Yamanbagiri Kunihiro

Ryō Kitamura as Yagen Tōshirō

Masanari Wada as Heshikiri Hasebe

Daisuke Hirose as Ichigo Hitofuri

Kento as Tsurumaru Kuninaga

Keisuke Higashi as Shokudaikiri Mitsutada

Taizō Shiina as Fudō Yukimitsu

The new run will premiere this winter. Kenichi Suemitsu will again direct the play and pen the script.

The Butai Tōken Ranbu Kyoden Moeyuru Honnōji play opened at Tokyo's Theater 1010 on May 3, with an additional performance on May 14, before moving on to Osaka's Mielparque on May 17. Every performance of the play's original run was sold out. The play held live viewing events of its concluding festivities in 60 theaters across Japan as well as in theaters in Taiwan and Hong Kong on May 20. Although the performance was a weekday, more than 40,000 people attended the live viewing events. The Blu-ray Disc release of the play ranked #1 on Oricon's overall Blu-ray Disc chart in its first week after shipping on September 7.

The franchise is also had a musical adaptation that debuted on May 27 in Tokyo and in Kyoto on June 23. Marvelous (Yowamushi Pedal stage play) adapted the game into a "straight play," while Nelke Planning (The Prince of Tennis, Vampire Knight musicals) adapted it into a stage musical.

The Tōken Ranbu "sword personification training game" takes famous swords from Japanese history and interprets them as bishōnen. Nitroplus designed the characters and scenario. The game launched in Japan last year, and it has more than 1 million users. The game has acquired a large female fanbase and inspired a wide range of merchandise, as well as several manga. Two anime adaptations have been greenlit.

Source: Animate Times

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