The official website for Marvelous’ stage play adaptations of Nitroplus and DMM Games’ Touken Ranbu franchise announced the cast for the sixth stage play on Monday. Yuki Tamaki returns to the role of Kogarasumaru. The rest of the cast members are new to the stage plays. The new cast includes: (Note: Historical Japanese names are listed family name first)
- Tatsuya Okada as Sakamoto Ryōma
- Mitsuru Karahashi as Yoshida Tōyō
- Jin Aoki as Mutsunokami Yoshiyuki
- Sakurai Keito as Hizen Tadahiro
- Daiki Miyoshi as Nankaitarō Chōson
- Rui Tabuchi as Izuminokami Kanesada
- Eito Konishi as Horikawa Kunihiro
- Toshiyuki Someya as Tsurumaru Kuninaga
Ken’ichi Suemitsu is directing and writing the script. The stage play will run at Tokyo Dome City Hall in Tokyo from November 22 to December 1, at the AiiA 2.5 Theater Kobe in Hyogo from December 6 to 15, at the Akasaka ACT Theater in Tokyo from December 20 to January 12, and at the Fukuoka Sun Palace Hotel & Hall in Fukuoka from January 17 to 18.
The fifth and most recent stage play, Touken Ranbu: Hiden Yuinome no Hototogisu, ran from June to July last year. The play’s Blu-ray Disc release, like the two prior plays’ Blu-ray Disc releases, topped the Oricon weekly chart when it debuted last October. The play had a four-episode television documentary series, which received a director’s cut Blu-ray Disc release with additional footage last December.
The first stage play, Touken Ranbu Kyoden – Moeyuru Honnōji, ran in May 2016. The second stage play, Touken Ranbu Kyoden – Moeyuru Honnōji ~ Saien, ran from December 2016 to January 2017. Touken Ranbu Giden – Akatsuki no Dokuganryū, the franchise‘s third stage play, ran from June to July 2017. The fourth play, Tōken Ranbu: Jo-den Mitsura Boshi Katanagatari, ran in December 2017.
The Touken Ranbu Online “sword personification training game” takes famous swords from Japanese history and interprets them as bishōnen. Nitroplus designed the characters and scenario. The game launched in Japan in 2015. The franchise has inspired the Katsugeki: Touken Ranbu television anime series and an upcoming anime film, the two Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru spinoff anime series, and a compilation anime film. A live-action film opened in Japan on January 18.
The franchise is also inspiring a separate series of stage musicals. The newest musical debuted on August 3 and will run until October.
Sources: Touken Ranbu stage plays’ website, Stage Natalie