Santa Inoue's Tokyo Tribe 2 Manga Gets Stage Play

posted on 2017-04-20 00:00 EDT
Play debuts in late September

A stage play adaptation of Santa Inoue's Tokyo Tribe 2 manga has been green-lit. It will debut at the Shibuya O-East in late September under the title Tokyo Tribe. Imagine Itō is directing the stage play, and Hiroyuki Yashiro is credited for composition.

Itō will also perform in the play himself alongside fellow Umebou dance group performers Shōji Tōyama, Makoto Endō, Takuya Shiono, Tatsuhiko Sakurai, Kazuya Naraki, and Hirotaka Noda. Other actors include Beat Buddy Boi dance and vocal group members SHUN, Toyotaka, RYO, and SHINSUKE, as well as Gō Ueki, Sae Miyazawa, Mirei Tōyama, and rappers ACE, DOTAMA, and KEN THE 390.

Inoue began publishing his 12-volume Tokyo Tribe 2 sequel manga in 1998, and ended it in 2006. Inoue also launched another sequel manga titled Tokyo Tribe 3 in 2008, and ended it on February 2012.

Tokyopop acquired the Tokyo Tribe 2 manga and published seven English volumes with the title Tokyo Tribes, before the company shuttered its North American publishing operations in 2011.

Inoue drew three new chapters for the original Tokyo Tribe manga Akita Shoten's Bessatsu Young Champion magazine last year.

The studio MADHOUSE adapted Tokyo Tribe into a 13-episode television anime series in 2006. Director Shion Sono (Suicide Club, Shinjuku Swan) adapted the manga into a live-action film. North American film distributor XLrator Media released the film in North America via select theaters, video on demand, and iTunes in October 2015.

Inoue also confirmed in May 2015 that producer Patrick S. Cunningham (Starlet, The Room) and screenwriter Darryl Wharton-Rigby (Homicide: Life on the Street, Obon) licensed the rights to adapt Tokyo Tribes as a television series.

Source: Comic Natalie

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