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The Case Study of Vanitas Anime Gets Stage Play

posted on by Alex Mateo
Play runs in Tokyo January 21-30

The anime based on Jun Mochizuki's The Case Study of Vanitas (Vanitas no Carte) manga is itself inspiring a stage play that will run at Theatre 1010 in Tokyo from January 21 to January 30.

The cast includes:

  • Keisuke Ueda as Vanitas
  • Shuji Kikuchi as Noé
  • Ami Nōjō as Jeanne
  • Miki Sawada as Dominique
  • Haruki Kiyama as Roland

Akira Yamazaki is writing and directing the stage play, and Mochizuki is credited for the original work. Toshie Tanaka is overseeing the art, Naoko Kato is handling lighting, and Sadahito Tanii is in charge of sound. Tomohiko Tsujimoto is the choreographer. Junco Iwao Makino is designing the costumes, and Naoko Shibasaki is in charge of hair and makeup. Gen Sakamoto is composing the music.

Tsubasa Yokoyama (Oberon) is handling video. Hideaki Okuzumi is in charge of action choreography, Kenichi Hatori is handling props, and C-COM is designing the scenery. Megumi Fujishima is the director's assistant. Teruhiko Nakanishi and Ryо̄ Nakazato are the stage directors. Eri Ikue is in charge of the promotional art, and Fuhito Kanayama is handling the promotional photos. Nappos United is producing the play and is organizing it with Aniplex and Sony Music Entertainment.

BONES' anime adaptation of the manga premiered on July 2. Funimation streamed the anime as part of the summer anime season, and it also streamed an English dub. The anime's second part will premiere in January 2022.

Mochizuki (Pandora Hearts, Crimson-Shell) launched the manga in Gangan Joker in December 2015. Square Enix published the ninth volume on June 22.

Yen Press has been publishing the manga simultaneously in English since its debut, and it describes the first volume:

Rumors revolving around The Book of Vanitas, a clockwork grimoire of dubious reputation, draw Noé, a young vampire in search of a friend's salvation, to Paris. What awaits him in the City of Flowers, however, is not long hours treading the pavement or rifling through dusty bookshops in search of the tome. Instead, his quarry comes to him...in the arms of a man claiming to be a vampire doctor! Thrust into a conflict that threatens the peace between humans and vampires, will Noé cast in his lot with the curious and slightly unbalanced Vanitas and his quest to save vampirekind?

Tomoyuki Itamura (Nisemonogatari, Owarimonogatari, Tsukimonogatari) is directing the anime at BONES, and Deko Akao (Noragami, Snow White with the Red Hair) is overseeing the series scripts. Yoshiyuki Ito (Concrete Revolutio, Carole & Tuesday) is the character designer and chief animation director.

Sources: The Case Study of Vanitas stage play's website, Comic Natalie

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