Haikyu!! Manga Gets New Stage Play in 5 Japanese Cities This Fall

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Volleyball franchise's 4th play begins run in Tokyo in September

This year's 26th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that Haruichi Furudate's Haikyu!! volleyball manga will get a new stage play in five cities in Japan this fall. The new play, titled Hyper-Projection Engeki Haikyu!! "Shinka no Natsu" (Hyper-Projection Stage Play Haikyu!! "Summer of Evolution"), will first run in Tokyo from September 8-10, before running in Osaka from September 15-18, in Hyōgo from September 22-24, in Miyagi from September 29 to October 1, in Fukuoka from October 14-15, and then back in Tokyo from October 20-29.

In the play's story, Karasuno High evolves as a team while preparing for the Spring High Preliminary at a training camp in Tokyo. Like the last three stage plays, this new play is billed as a "hyper-projection play," with video projections that allow for manga-styled speech bubbles, as well as views of the stage floor, and a revolving stage.

"Worry Kinoshita" is returning from the previous three Haikyu!! stage play adaptations to direct and write the script.

Hyper-Projection Engeki Haikyu!! The Exhibition is the stage plays' first exhibition, and it ran in Tokyo until Sunday. The exhibition opened at Tokyo Dome City Gallery AaMo on April 25.

The third stage play (seen right), titled Hyper-Projection Engeki Haikyu!! "Shōsha to Haisha" (Hyper-Projection Stage Play Haikyu!! "Winners and Losers"), began its run in Tokyo on March 24. The play ran in Miyagi, Osaka, and Fukuoka before ending its run in Tokyo on May 7. The second stage play ran in Tokyo, Iwaki, Fukuoka, and Osaka in November-December 2016. The first stage play ran in Tokyo, Osaka, and Miyagi in November-December 2015.

Production I.G's anime adaptation of Furudate's volleyball manga premiered in April 2014. Crunchyroll streamed the series as it aired and Sentai Filmworks licensed and released the series on DVD and Blu-ray Disc last June and August. The second season of the anime premiered in October 2015. Crunchyroll streamed the series as it aired in Japan, and Sentai Filmworks licensed the series for North America.

The third season premiered last October. Crunchyroll streamed the series as it aired in Japan, and Sentai Filmworks has licensed the series.

The special edition of the manga's 27th volume will bundle an anime DVD when it ships on August 4. The anime franchise also received two compilation anime films in July and September 2015, and will get two new compilation films this fall.

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