GANTZ:L Stage Play’s Promo Video Shows Shooting for Character Visuals
The official website for GANTZ:L Ace & Action Stage, the stage play adaptation of Hiroya Oku‘s Gantz manga, began streaming a promotional video for the stage play on December 9. The video shows interviews and comments by the cast on the stage play, and shows the shooting for the character visuals.
The site previously revealed visuals of the cast members in costumes:
Hiroki Hyakuna as Kei Kurono
Kensuke Takahashi as Masaru Katō
Nana Asakawa (SUPER?GiRLS) as Kei Kishimoto
Yuki Kubota as Shion Izumi
Hisanori Sat? as Jōichirō Nishi
Ray Fujita as Makoto Yano (original character)
Fuminori Murase (30-DELUX) as Minoru Sakamoto (original character)
Tatsuya Kageyama as Osamu Koike (original character)
Kaiki Ōhara as Kōichi Takahashi (original character)
The play will run for 12 performances from January 26 through February 4 at The Galaxy Theatre in Tokyo. Katsuhide Suzuki is directing and writing the script for the play. Jūji Shimizu (30-DELUX) is in charge of the action sequences.
Oku launched the original Gantz manga in Shueisha‘s Young Jump magazine in 2000, and he ended the manga in 2013. Shueisha published the 37th and final volume in Japan in August 2013. The original manga followed a young Tokyo man who is reanimated after a deadly subway accident. Kei and other resurrected people go on violent, seemingly endless missions at the behest of an unseen host.
The manga inspired a television anime series animated by GONZO (and released by ADV Films in North America) and two live-action films (released by NEW PEOPLE Entertainment). More recently, the manga inspired a 3DCG anime film titled GANTZ:O that premiered in Japan in October 2016.
The manga also inspired the GANTZ:G spinoff manga. Dark Horse Comics published the original manga in North America.