Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens Light Novels Get Stage Play in July

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Kazuhito Yoneyama directs, Shōri Kondō stars in stage play

Kadokawa revealed on Monday that Chiaki Kisaki and Hako Ichiiro's Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens light novel series is inspiring a stage play adaptation that will run at the Theater Sun Mall in Tokyo from July 13 to 21. Kazuhito Yoneyama is directing and scripting the play, and it will star Shōri Kondō as Zenji Banba.

The story of the novels takes place in Fukuoka. At first glance, the city seems like a peaceful one, but under the surface, crime is running rampant. The city's Hakata ward is home to the professionals of the underworld: professional killers, detectives, informants, professional revenge seekers, those skilled in torture, and more. And according to urban legend, even a "killer of professional killers" exists in the city.

The novel series won the first prize for the 20th Dengeki Novel Awards. Kisaki and Ichiiro launched the novel series in 2014. Kadokawa published the eighth novel last December, and published the "Extra Games" volume on March 23. The novel series also has a collaboration novel with Ryohgo Narita's Durarara!! novel series. The novels received a television anime adaptation that premiered on January 12. Crunchyroll streamed the series as it aired in Japan, and Funimation streamed an English dub for the anime.

Kisara Akino launched the first manga adaptation in Square Enix's G Fantasy magazine in July 2016, and ended it in May 2017. Square Enix published the manga's second and final compiled volume in July 2017. Chiaki Nagaoka launched Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens Dai 2-Maku, the second manga adaptation, in G Fantasy in August 2017, and ended it on October 18. Square Enix published the manga's first compiled book volume on January 27, and will publish the second and final volume on December 27.

Sources: Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens stage play's website, Stage Natalie

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