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One Piece Oto Utage Stage Production's Ad Previews Luffy, Band

posted on 2018-05-14 10:00 EDT by Jennifer Sherman
Production adapts East Blue arc with brass band music

The official website for One Piece Oto Utage - Episode of East Blue, the stage production for Eiichiro Oda's One Piece manga and anime franchise, began streaming a commercial on Monday. The video previews Tsukasa Matsuura in action as Luffy, as well as the production's brass and percussion band.

The production will run at the Tokyo International Forum Hall C from August 12 to September 2.

The production will have performers on stage, but the anime's voice cast will voice the characters. The production's respective actors and voice actors include:

  • Tsukasa Matsuura/Mayumi Tanaka as Luffy
  • Takamitsu Fukuchi/Kazuya Nakai as Zoro
  • Ryōhei Mori/Kappei Yamaguchi as Usopp
  • Shōta Takasawa/Hiroaki Hirata as Sanji
  • Misaki Ōkita/Akemi Okamura as Nami

The production's musicians include:

  • Trumpet: Hiromu Yoneso, Amanda Bateman
  • Trombone: Lisa Chappell
  • Tuba: Graham Roese
  • Percussion: Takayuki Nakabe, Naoki Ishikawa

The stage performance will portray the manga's East Blue story arc, and will have both musicians performing the music, as well as actors dancing and performing action scenes to portray the story. The performance will feature 35 cast members from both Japan and America.

Kōhei Tanaka, the composer for the anime, will handle the musical direction and arrangement for the stage production. Kahori Kanaya is directing the production, and is also in charge of organization and choreography.

Oda's One Piece manga has previously inspired a kabuki play. The play first ran from October-November 2015 at the Shinbashi Enbujō theater. 100,000 tickets for the Tokyo run all sold out. 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. A second play, Super Kabuki II One Piece, ran in Tokyo from October to November last year, though Ichikawa Ennosuke IV, who plays Luffy and Hancock in the play, stepped down from the roles after he broke his arm in an on-stage accident. The new kabuki play ran in Osaka from April 1-25.

Other stage performances of One Piece include performances at the One Piece theme park in Tokyo Tower, and the yearly summer performances at Universal Studio Japan using the theme park's Waterworld set. One Piece also has a "holographic" stage event at the DMM VR Theater in Yokohama that premiered on January 20 and ran through February 25.


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