Kuroko's Basketball's Conclusion Stage Play Adds Zenitsu Hashimoto to Cast

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
4th play in series runs in 4 cities in April, May

This year's 48th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that Zenitsu Hashimoto is joining the cast of the Kuroko no Basuke - Ultimate Blaze stage play as the character Shōgo Haizaki.

The stage play will run at the Cool Japan Park Osaka TT Hall in Osaka, the Kariya Sōgō Bunka Center in Nagoya, the Nippon Seinenkan Hall in Tokyo, and at the Fukuoka Civic Hall Dai Hall in Fukuoka. The play will run overall from April 30 to May 19, 2019, but the staff have not yet revealed the exact dates in each of the four cities.

The play is the fourth stage play in the series, and it will center on the final game for the Winter Cup. The play's staff stated the play will be the stage play series' "conclusion."

Kensho Ono, Yūya Asato, Mario Kuroba, Ryō Hatakeyama, Shōta Onuma, Taiyō Ayukawa, and Yōjirō Itokawa all reprise their roles from previous stage plays as Kuroko Tetsuya, Taiga Kagami, Ryōta Kise, Shintarō Midorima, Daiki Aomine, Atsushi Murasakibara, and Seijūrō Akashi, respectively. Ono also plays Kuroko in the anime.

Norihito Nakayashiki is once again directing the play. Daichi Ryūzaki is penning the script.

Kuroko's Basketball The Encounter, the first stage play adaptation, ran for 21 performances in April 2016 in Tokyo. The second stage play ran in Tokyo and Osaka in June and July 2017. The third stage play ran in Tokyo and Osaka in April and May.

Fujimaki published the 30-volume Kuroko's Basketball manga in Weekly Shonen Jump from 2008-2014. Viz Media publishes the manga in English.

The first anime season based on the manga aired from April-September 2012. The second season aired from October 2013 to March 2014. The third season aired from January-June 2015. Crunchyroll streamed all three seasons outside of Japan as they aired. Daisuki also streamed the third season. The manga also inspired the Gekijōban Kuroko no Basuke Last Game film based on the Kuroko no Basuke Extra Game manga. The film opened in Japan in March 2017.

Sources: Weekly Shonen Jump issue 48, Kuroko's Basketball stage play website, Comic Natalie

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