Haikyu!! 5th Stage Play's New Cast, Visual, Debut Dates Revealed

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Stage play running April-June introduces characters from Jōzenji, Wakutani

The official website for the stage play adaptations of Haruichi Furudate's Haikyu!! volleyball manga revealed the cast, performance dates, and a new visual on Monday for Hyper-Projection Engeki Haikyu!! "Hajimari no Kyojin" (Hyper-Projection Stage Play Haikyu!! "The Giant of Beginnings"), the fifth stage play of the series.

The new cast members for Jōzenji High School include:

  • Masahide Funaki as Yūji Terushima
  • Ayato Morinaga as Kazuma Hobata
  • Yōta Suzuki as Takeharu Futamata
  • Shihō Arata as Rintarō Numajiri
  • Aiji Yasukawa as Nobuyoshi Iizaka
  • Rin Matsubara as Arata Tsuchiyu

The new cast members for Wakutani South High School include:

  • Rin Yanagihara as Takeru Nakashima
  • Naohiro Masada as Shunki Kawatabi
  • Masataka Kimura as Yūki Shiroishi
  • Goku as Kazumasa Hatayama
  • Shōta Motokawa as Teppei Naruko
  • Yūma Hasui as Kazuteru Akiu

In addition, Kenji Arita will play Kawatoshi Ushijima.

The new cast members who are replacing previous cast members include:

  • Naoki Tanaka as Kōshi Sugawara (replacing Hiroki Ino)
  • Shungo Takasaki as Keiji Akaashi (replacing Kōsei Yūki)
  • Keita Tanaka as Daichi Sawamura (replacing Kentaro Akisawa)

The rest of the cast for Karasuno (including coaches, managers, and alumni), Nekoma, and Furukodani Gakuen are returning from previous stage plays.

The play will run from April 28 to May 6 in Tokyo, May 12 to 13 in Hyōgo, May 18 to 20 in Fukuoka, May 25 to 27 in Miyagi, June 1 to 3 in Osaka, and a final run in Tokyo on June 8 to 17.

"Worry Kinoshita" is returning from the previous four Haikyu!! stage play adaptations to direct and write the script. Oropa Irie is also collaborating on the script, and Shunsuke Wada is composing the music. Hidali is in charge of choreography.

The new stage play will focus on Hinata and Kageyama developing their new attack, as well as portraying the stories of other members on the Karasuno team. Like the last four 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.

The fourth stage play, titled Hyper-Projection Engeki Haikyu!! "Shinka no Natsu" (Hyper-Projection Stage Play Haikyu!! "Summer of Evolution"), ran in Tokyo from September 8-10, and also ran in Osaka, Hyōgo, Miyagi, and Fukuoka before returning to Tokyo for its final October 20-29 run. The third stage play ran in Tokyo, Miyagi, Osaka, and Fukuoka, and back to Tokyo from March 24 to 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. The second season of the anime premiered in October 2015, and third season premiered last October. Crunchyroll streamed all three seasons as they aired in Japan, and Sentai Filmworks has licensed all three seasons. The company released the first season in Japanese with English subtitles on DVD and Blu-ray Disc in 2015.

The Haikyu!! Sainō to Sense compilation film opened in Japan on September 15, followed by the Haikyu!! Concept no Tatakai compilation film on September 29.

Source: Comic Natalie

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