Hoshin Engi Manga Gets Musical in January

posted on by Jennifer Sherman
Play starring Shōhei Hashimoto as Taikōbō to run in Tokyo

An official website opened on Thursday and announced that Ryu Fujisaki's Hoshin Engi manga is getting a musical adaptation. The musical, titled Musical Hoshin Engi -Mezame no Kiza- (Waking Scratch), will run at EX Theater Roppongi in Tokyo from January 13-20.

The cast includes:

  • Shōhei Hashimoto as Taikōbō
  • Yūya Asato as Yōzen
  • Ryū Kiyama as Nataku
  • Shō Jinnai as Kō Tenka
  • Kōsuke Miyamoto as Bukichi
  • Jun Takamatsu as Kō Hiko
  • Kentarō Araki as Taiitsu Shinjin
  • Anna Ishida as Dakki
  • Yūsuke Seto as Chū-ō
  • Kazuma Aoki as Ōma
  • Kento Muto as Kōyūken
  • Shunya Ōhira as Shin Kōhyō
  • Hiroshi Hatanaka as Bunchū

Kōtarō Yoshitani (The Royal Tutor, STARMYU musicals) is directing the musical, and Maruichirō Maruo (Reborn! stage play) is writing the script. tak is composing the music, and Mamoru is in charge of choreography.

Fujisaki's first 23-volume Hoshin Engi manga originally ran in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine from 1996-2000. The fantasy manga is roughly based on the ancient Chinese novel Fengshen Yanyi, and the story takes place thousands of years ago. An evil sorceress has bewitched the emperor of a powerful dynasty and he has become a mindless puppet. The country is in shambles and evil spirits lurk everywhere. The Confederation of the Immortal Masters plan a bold mission: they send a young master wizard to hunt down the villains and evil warlocks in the devastated lands.

Viz Media published the original manga in English between 2007-2011.

The manga inspired a 26-episode television anime series in 1999. ADV Films released the anime on DVD in 2001-2004 under the title Soul Hunter. Discotek Media later released the anime under the same name on DVD in June 2016.

Hakyū Hōshin Engi, the new television anime of the original manga, premiered in January. Crunchyroll streamed the anime with English subtitles, and Funimation streamed it with an English dub. The anime is inspiring a smartphone game titled Hakyū Hōshin Engi: Senkai Chronicle.

Source: Hoshin Engi musical's website via Nijimen

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