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Encouragement of Climb/Yama no Susume Anime Gets Stage Play

posted on by Jennifer Sherman
Play runs in Hannō, Saitama from May 10-12

The Yama no Susume (Encouragement of Climb) television anime is inspiring a stage play adaptation that will run at Hannō City Hall in Hannō, Saitama from May 10-12. Fumi Hatamasa (Negima! Magister Negi Magi, Prison School plays) is directing the play and writing the script.

Hannō Alps Monogatari Project is producing the play as its third production. The group previously produced the Hannō Alps Monogatari Pentagram play in 2017 and the Rakugo-teki Hannō Stories play this year, which were also set in Hannō.

The Yama no Susume production is holding open auditions for Aoi Yukimura, Hinata Kuraue, Kaede Saitō, Kokona Aoba, and other characters. The deadline to apply is January 7.

Shiro's Yama no Susume manga inspired the anime. The first season debuted in 2013, followed by the second season in 2014. The third television anime season premiered on July 2. Crunchyroll streamed all three seasons as they aired in Japan. The anime also inspired the Yama no Susume: Omoide Present (Memories Present) original video anime (OVA) in 2017.

The manga and anime tell the story of childhood friends: Aoi, a girl who prefers staying inside and who has acrophobia, and Hinata, a girl who loves mountains. The two decide to climb a mountain in order to once again see the Morning Sun from its peak as they did when they were young.

Shiro launched the manga in Earth Star Entertainment's Comic Earth Star magazine in 2011. The manga's 16th compiled book volume shipped in Japan on October 12. JManga published some of the manga in English before the site shut down.

Sources: Yama no Susume stage play's Twitter account, Comic Natalie

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