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Laughing Under the Clouds Prequel Manga Gets Stage Play

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Hiroki Suzuki, Tsubasa Sakiyama, Ami Maeshima star in August play of Rengoku ni Warau

A stage play adaptation of Rengoku ni Warau (Laughing in Purgatory), Kemuri Karakara's prequel manga to Donten ni Warau (Laughing Under the Clouds), has been green-lit. The play will debut in August at the Sunshine Theater in Tokyo and at the Morinomiya Piloti Hall in Osaka.

Hiroki Suzuki plays Ishida Sakichi, who would later be known as the historical warlord Ishida Mitsunari. Tsubasa Sakiyama plays Baren Kumo, the eighth head of the Kumo Jinja (Cloud Shrine) who has a connection to the Orochi threat. Ami Maeshima plays Okuni Kumo, Baren's twin sister who holds the position of eighth head alongside him. Daisuke Nishida is writing and directing the play.

The manga serves as a prequel to Laughing Under the Clouds, and it is set during Japan's Warring States period, 300 years before the main manga's story. The story centers on the Orochi at Lake Biwa.

Karakara launched the ongoing manga in Monthly Comic Garden in January 2014. The manga's sixth compiled book volume shipped on Tuesday.

The original Laughing Under the Clouds manga inspired a 12-episode television anime in 2014. Funimation streamed the series as it aired with both English subtitles and an English broadcast dub, one of two shows that debuted its broadcast dubbing strategy. The manga has also inspired several stage plays and an upcoming live-action film opening in February 2018.

Karakara launched the Donten ni Warau Gaiden side-story manga on Mag Garden's "Beat's" manga site in 2014 after running the original Donten ni Warau manga in Mag Garden's Monthly Comic Avarus magazine from 2011-2013. It ended on February 3. The manga's third and final volume shipped on Tuesday. It is inspiring an anime film later this year from WIT Studio.

Source: Comic Natalie


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