Captain Tsubasa Soccer Manga Gets Stage Play in August

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"Super Experience" stage play will blend digital technology with dancing, martial arts, illusion techniques

The official website for the stage play adaptation of Yōichi Takahashi's Captain Tsubasa soccer manga revealed the play's main cast on Monday. The Super Experience Stage Captain Tsubasa play will run for 23 performances at the Zepp Blue Theater Roppongi in Tokyo from August 18 through September 3.

The play stars (from left to right in above image):

  • Seiya Motoki as Tsubasa Ōzora
  • Ryūsuke Nakamura as Genzō Wakabayashi
  • Yūho Matsui as Kojirō Hyūga
  • Kō Kanegae as Tarō Misaki
  • Shūto Washio as Jun Misugi
  • Sōichirō Sorihashi as Hikaru Matsuyama
  • Kazumi Doi as Makoto Sōda
  • Mao Katō as Jun Nitta
  • Kōki as Hiroshi Jitō

News website Comic Natalie has posted an image of some of the main cast in costume from the cast announcement presentation on Monday. Oricon also began streaming a video from the presentation on Monday.

Shueisha had originally announced the stage play on March 3.

Dancer, producer, and choreographer EBIKEN (Kenichi Ebina) is serving as executive producer for the play. Tsuyoshi Kaseda is writing the script and serving as production adviser, and Kazuya Matsunaga is the choreographer. The play will incorporate the latest digital technology with dancing, martial arts, and illusion techniques.

The original soccer manga revolves around 11-year old Tsubasa Ōzora, a boy who loves soccer and is recognized by his coach Roberto due to his skill of the sport. Tsubasa goes with his coach to Brazil in order to train for the World Cup.

Takahashi's original 37-volume Captain Tsubasa manga ran in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine from 1981 to 1988, and it inspired three television anime series, four anime films, several OVAs, and several spinoff manga. A new oneshot for the series was later published in Shonen Jump in 2008.

Takahashi launched the ongoing Captain Tsubasa: Rising Sun manga (pictured at right) in December 2013. The manga revolves around Tsubasa as he aims to participate in the Olympics as a representative from Japan. Shueisha will ship the sixth compiled volume in Japan on June 2.

Source: Comic Natalie

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