Osamu Tezuka’s Classic Sci-Fi Manga "W3" Gets Stage Play Adaptation This Winter
It has been confirmed that a stage play adaptation of Osamu Tezuka’s classic sci-fi manga in the mid-1960s, W3 (Wonder Three), is now in the works as the legendary manga artist’s 90th anniversary project. The “Amazing Performance W3” will be performed as a nonverbal play using mime, dance, acrobat, magic and projection mapping.
The manga was first serialized in Kodansha’s Weekly Shonen Magazine from its 13th to 18th issue in 1965, then moved to Shogakukan’s Weekly Shonen Sunday and ended in its May 8 issue of 1966. The manga’s original tankobons were published in two volumes from Akita Shoten subsequently. Its anime adaptaion was animated by Tezuka’s own Mushi Production as the company’s third TV anime following Tetsuwan Atom/Astro Boy and Ginga Shonentai/Galaxy Boy Troop, and aired for 52 episodes from June 1965 to June 1966. The story follows three agents, called “W3” as a team, who are sent from The Galactic Federation to the earth to investigate its potential threat to the universe, and their encounter with
a Japanese boy Shinichi Hoshi.
Worry Kinoshita (One Piece Live Attraction, Hyper Projection Engeki Haikyu!!) is attached to direct the
dialogless play. Following 70-minute preview “Uchu” shows from July 1 to 9, full-package shows will be
performed at DDD AOYAMA CROSS THEATER in Tokyo for 195 times from November 3, 2017, to March 4,
2018. Tickets for the preview will be available from April 23.
“Amazing Performance W3” teaser visual with a tagline:
“With three minutes, the world can change. With three minutes, the world can end.”
“W3” manga visual
Copyright ©2017 Amazing Performance W3 Production Committee
© TEZUKA PRODUCTIONS