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Kunihiko Ikuhara’s Sarazanmai Anime Inspires Stage Play


One of the best surprises of the year so far was the latest anime series from director Kunihiko Ikuhara, Sarazanmai. In Internet Time it’s been roughly ten thousand years since the show ran back in spring, and it’s now time to move forward with the inevitable stage play adaptation!

The play, titled Sara ni Sarazanmai ~Ai to Yokubou no Stage~ (More Sarazanmai ~The Stage of Love and Desire~), is scheduled to run in Japan this winter. Naohiro Ise (Working!!, Mr. Osomatsu, and other stage play adaptations) is writing and directing, with performances kicking off at Tokyo’s Theater 1010 on November 28.

Once that run ends on December 1, the next stop is COOL JAPAN PARK OSAKA WW on December 7 and 8. Advance tickets for shows are available to purchase from today until September 23 via Lawson Ticket.

Cast members include:


Kazuki Yasaka – Tsubasa Kizu
Toi Kuji – Ginga Shitara
Enta Jinnai – Jun Noguchi
Reo Niiboshi – Taro Nakamura
Mabu Akutsu – Gaku Takamoto
Haruka Yasaka – Taiga Fukasawa
Chikai Kuji – Shojiro Yokoi
Sara Azuma – Teiko (who voiced the character in the anime!)
Keppi – Yu Kazuuchi

For those who haven’t seen it yet, here’s the synopsis for Sarazanmai:

The setting is Asakusa. One day, second-years in middle school Kazuki Yasaka, Toi Kuji, and Enta Jinnai meet Keppi, a mysterious kappa-like creature, who steals their shirikodama and transforms them into kappas. “To return to your original forms,” Keppi tells them, “you must fight the zombies and take the shirikodama from them.” Can the boys connect with each other and steal the zombies’ shirikodama?! This is the story of three boys who can’t connect with someone important to them, learning about what it truly means to do so.

Source: Official website via Crunchyroll