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Naruto Kabuki Play Previews Madara Actors in Costume

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Play premieres in August in Tokyo

This year's 20th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed two more costumed images on Monday for the kabuki play adaptation of Masashi Kishimoto's Naruto manga.

Ichikawa Ennosuke IV (Luffy, Hancock, Shanks in One Piece's kabuki adaption) as Madara Uchiha

Ainosuke Kataoka (Eiga Yo-kai Watch: Tanjō no Himitsu da Nyan! film guest voice actor) as Madara Uchiha

The rest of the cast so far includes:

Minosuke Bandō (live-action Tokyo Ghoul's Uta) as Naruto Uzumaki

Hayato Nakamura will play Sasuke Uchiha

The play will premiere in August and will run at the Shinbashi Enbujō theater in Tokyo. G2 is writing and directing the play.

Kishimoto launched Naruto in Weekly Shonen Jump in 1999, and ended the series in November 2014. The manga has 140 million copies printed in Japan, and 80 million copies printed outside of Japan.

The series has spawned multiple anime, anime film, OVA, and game adaptations. The Naruto Shippūden anime series ended in March 2017. The manga is inspiring a live-action Hollywood film at Lionsgate.

Ukyō Kodachi and Mikie Ikemoto launched the Boruto sequel manga in Weekly Shonen Jump in May 2016. The manga inspired a television anime series titled Boruto: Naruto Next Generations that premiered in April 2017, and is ongoing.

Eiichiro Oda's One Piece manga has also inspired a kabuki play. The play first ran from October-November 2015 at the Shinbashi Enbujō theater. The play then ran in Osaka in March 2016, and then in Fukuoka in April 2016. Theatrical screenings of the play across Japan premiered in October 2016. The new run of the kabuki play ran from October 6-November 25 at the Shinbashi Enbujō theater, with a current run in Osaka this month and a planned run in Nagoya in May.

Images via Comic Natalie

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