Inuyasha Gets Stage Play Starring Golden Bomber’s Yutaka Kyan
This year’s 11th issue of Kodansha‘s Weekly Shōnen Sunday magazine is announcing on Wednesday that a stage play adaptation of Rumiko Takahashi‘s Inuyasha manga has been green-lit. The stage play will star Yutaka Kyan (Fushigi Yugi stage play), a member of visual kei rock band Golden Bomber, as Inuyasha. Further details about the stage play will be announced in the future.
The series previously received a stage play adaptation that ran from April-May 2000 at theaters across Japan. A second run of the play ran from January-February 2001 at the Akasaka ACT Theater in Tokyo. Masashi Todayama directed and Hidenori Inoue produced both runs of the play, which starred Atsuhiro Satō and Kyōko Tōyama.
Takahashi launched the manga in Weekly Shōnen Sunday in 1996, and ended it in 2008. Viz Media licensed and published all 56 volumes of the manga in North America, and it describes the series:
After falling into an old well and into ancient Japan, Kagome discovers that her destiny is linked to the dog-like half demon called Inuyasha! As Kagome learns more about her connection to the past and to Inuyasha, she comes into conflict with the terrible demons that are drawn to the Shikon Jewel, including Inuyasha‘s own half brother, Sesshomaru. Finding the shards of the Shikon Jewel is going to require powerful magic, strange allies, and a strong heart. Kagome’s got plenty of heart, but she’s going to need Inuyasha‘s help for the rest of it, and he may not be so willing to lend a hand!
The manga inspired a 167-episode anime series that ran from 2000-2004 and a 26-episode sequel anime titled InuYasha: The Final Act that ran from 2009-2010. Netflix streamed the original series as part of its Instant Watch library. Adult Swim‘s Toonami network broadcasted the original series in North America until 2014, and broadcasted the sequel series from 2014-2015. Viz Media streamed the sequel series as it released in Japan, and later released an English-dubbed version of the series in 2012. Viz also licensed and released the original anime series for DVD and the sequel series for DVD and Blu-ray Disc in 2012.
The series has inspired four movies and a 30-minute anime short. Takahashi released a special one-shot charity manga chapter of the series to raise money to help areas devastated by the March 2011 tsunami and earthquake in Japan.