Hoshin Engi Musical Reveals Yōzen, Dakki Visuals

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Play starring Shōhei Hashimoto as Taikōbō runs in Tokyo in January

The official website for the stage musical adaptation of Ryu Fujisaki's Hoshin Engi manga revealed character visuals for Yōzen and Dakki on Friday.

Yūya Asato as Yōzen

Anna Ishida as Dakki

The website also revealed visuals for Nataku and Kō Tenka on November 20.

Ryū Kiyama as Nataku

Shō Jinnai as Kō Tenka

The cast also includes:

  • Shōhei Hashimoto as Taikōbō (seen in visual above)
  • Kōsuke Miyamoto as Bukichi
  • Jun Takamatsu as Kō Hiko
  • Kentarō Araki as Taiitsu Shinjin
  • 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, which will launch for iOS and Android devices in Japan on January 8.

Sources: Hoshin Engi musical's website, Comic Natalie

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