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Juni Taisen Stage Play Unveils 3 Cast Members in Costume

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Rat, Rabbit, Dragon characters previewed for May stage play

The official website for the stage play adaptation of NisiOisin and Hikaru Nakamura's Juni Taisen - Zodiac War novel revealed new visuals for three cast members in costume on Friday.

The three new visuals include:

Ryō Kitamura as Rat


Kōji Saikawa as Rabbit


Shōhei Hashimoto as Dragon


The play 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 rest of the cast includes:

Kōdai Takikawa as Ox


Miho Imamura as Tiger


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 Shonen Jump+ app and website on September 23. Viz Media is publishing the manga for free on its website.

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


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