Juni Taisen Novel Gets Stage Play Next May

posted on by Karen Ressler
Cast unveiled for play showing in Kobe, Tokyo

Nisioisin and Hikaru Nakamura's Juni Taisen - Zodiac War novel will get a stage play adaptation that will run at Kobe's Shin Kobe Oriental Theater from May 5-6 and Tokyo's Theater 1010 from May 9-13.

Naohiro Ise is directing the play and writing the script and Gō Shiina is composing the music.

The cast includes:

Ryō Kitamura as Rat

Kōdai Takikawa as Ox

Miho Imamura as Tiger

Kōji Saikawa as Rabbit

Shōhei Hoshimoto as Dragon

Shinya Hasegawa as Snake

Masafumi Yokoyama as Horse

Yūya Hara as Ram

Yume Takeuchi as Monkey

Yui Umemura as Rooster

Tatsuya Isaka as Dog

Asana Mamoru as Boar

Shūhei Izumi as Duedecuple

Nisioisin (Monogatari Series, Medaka Box) and Nakamura (Saint Young Men, Arakawa Under the Bridge) published the original novel in May 2015. Graphinica adapted the series into an anime, and Crunchyroll streamed the "first 12-episode season" as it aired in Japan.

Viz Media released the original novel, and describes the story:

Twelve warriors enter a death match, but only one can survive to win the ultimate prize.

Rampage. Weep. Kill. Every 12 years, the 12 signs of the Chinese zodiac take the form of warriors and engage in the ultimate battle royal. They face one another in battles to the death, using all the powers of their star signs, and the sole survivor is granted the ultimate prize—a wish. Any wish.

A manga adaptation by Akira Akatsuki (Medaka Box, Luger Code 1951) launched on Shueisha's Shōnen Jump+ app and website on September 23. Viz Media is publishing the manga for free on its website.

A sequel novel titled Juni Taisen Tai Juni Taisen (Zodiac War Versus Zodiac War) shipped in Japan on December 12.

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