Naruto Kabuki Play's Teaser Video Highlights Naruto, Sasuke

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Play debuts August 6

Shochiku began streaming a teaser video for the kabuki play adaptation of Masashi Kishimoto's Naruto manga on Sunday. The video previews the play's main cast members Minosuke Bandō and Hayato Nakamura as Naruto and Sasuke, respectively.

The cast includes:

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

Hayato Nakamura as Sasuke Uchiha

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

  • Emiya Ichikawa
  • Kashima Noritoshi
  • Hidekazu Ichinose
  • Umemaru Nakamura
  • Emisaburō Ichikawa
  • Enya Ichikawa

The play will run from August 4-27 at the Shinbashi Enbujō theater in Tokyo, and will also run at the the historical Minamiza Theatre in Kyoto in June 2019. G2 is writing and directing the play. Wagakki Band (Samurai Warriors, Shingeki no Kyojin: Hangeki no Noroshi, Twin Star Exorcists) will provide a song for 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 Shippuden 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 to November last year at the Shinbashi Enbujō theater, with a run in Osaka last month and a current run in Nagoya this month.

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