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Utena Gets Stage Musical Supervised by Anime's Director Ikuhara

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Hetalia musical's Kōtarō Yoshitani writes, directs March 8-18 play

A website opened on Thursday to announce that La fillette révolutionaire Utena ~Shiroki Bara no Tsubomi~ (A White Rosebud), a stage musical adaptation of the Revolutionary Girl Utena (Shōjo Kakumei Utena) anime, has been green-lit for next March. The musical will run from March 8 to 18.

The anime's director Kunihiko Ikuhara is supervising the production, and Kōtarō Yoshitani (Dansui!, Hetalia ~in the new world~ musical) is writing and directing. The stage musical will cover the titular girl Utena's battle with Tōga Kiryū, Kyōichi Saionji, and other student council members for the Rose Bride.

Be-PaPas — a group of industry professionals including Chiho Saitō, Yoji Enokido (Bungo Stray Dogs, Star Driver), Shinya Hasegawa (Golden Time, Taboo Tattoo), Ikuhara (Sailor Moon, Yuri Kuma Arashi), and Yūichirō Oguro (Revolutionary Girl Utena: The Movie) — developed the Revolutionary Girl Utena manga and anime at the same time. Saito's manga debuted in Shogakukan's Ciao magazine beginning in 1996, and Shogakukan published the series in five compiled volumes. Viz Media licensed and sold the manga in North America, and recently released a collector's edition.

The 39-episode television anime adaptation from director Ikuhara originally aired in 1997. Central Park Media and later Nozomi Entertainment released the television series on DVD in North America, and Nozomi Entertainment is releasing the series on Blu-ray Disc. Nozomi Entertainment's YouTube channel is streaming the series in Japanese with English subtitles. Central Park Media also once released the 1999 film retelling, and the film is now streaming on Tubi TV with the English dub.

Source: Comic Natalie

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