Yutaka Kyan (Golden Bomber), Yumi Wakatsuki (Nogizaka 46) to Star in "Inuyasha" Stage Play in April
It is officially announced today that a stage play adaptation of internationally acclaimed Japanese manga artist Rumiko Takahashi’s fantasy manga series Inuyasha will be performed at The Galaxy Theatre in Tokyo from April 6 to 15. Nelk Planning, which has worked on many stage play adaptations based on popular Japamese manga and anime, such as The Prince of Tennis, Naruto, Haikyu!!, and Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon, works on production. 54-year-old Isamu Kayano, best known for his works for the Sakura Taisen/Sakura Wars musicals, is attached to direct. General sale of the 8,500 yen advance tickets (all seats reserved) will begin on March 18 at 10:00 (JST).
The original manga author Rumiko Takahashi commented on the adaptation, “I love plays, so I am looking forward to seeing how it will be done.” The manga was serialized in Shogakukan’s Weekly Shonen Sunday from 1996 to 2008, then compiled in 56 tankobon volumes. The series has printed over 45 million copies in Japan.
Inuyasha. He made his stage play debut in the adaptation of Yuu Watase’s popular manga series Fushigi
Yuugi in March 2015, then played the lead in the stage play GOKÛ in February 2016, which was based on
Osamu Tezuka’s manga in the late 1950s, Boku no Songoku. He said on his official Twitter today soon after
the announcement, “I will do my best not to be criticized by the fans of Inuyasha.”
Meanwhile, 22-year-old Yumi Wakatsuki is set to play the main heroine Kagome Higurashi. She is a member of
girl idol group Nogizaka 46. As a stage play actress, she portrayed the protagonist Yuki Cross in the Vampire
Knight play based on Matsuri Hino’s shoujo manga series in January and July of 2015.
Inuyasha: Yutaka Kyan (Golden Bomber)
Kagome Higurashi: Yumi Wakatsuki (Nogizaka 46)
Sesshomaru: Hiroki Sana (Kaoru Kaido in The Price of Tennis musical)
Kikyo: Junna Ito (Nogizaka 46)
Miroku: Yukihiro Taniguchi (Shuichiro Ohishi in The Prince of Tennis musical)
Kaede: Kaoru Noguchi
Oshou: Kenichi Kobayashi
Naraku: Ryo Kimura
— 『犬夜叉』 (@stage_inuyasha) February 6, 2017
Manga tankobon 1st and 56th volume covers
(c) Rumiko Takahashi/Shogakukan
(c)2017 Nelke Planning/Euclid Agency/Shogakukan