While I’ve been aware there are many stage plays based off some anime series done in Japan, I’ve never actually watched one until now. Only happened to casually come across one that was done for the “Peacemaker Kurogane” anime on youtube after someone was kind enough to upload the entire play for fans to see, and I must say I’m actually fascinated and impressed with it.
Originally beginning in June 2011, this stage play ran for about two weeks in Japan before being released on DVD. Upon my research, the DVD was sold out pretty quickly and has been long out of print. Currently you can only find some second hand copies being sold for quite an expensive price over at Amazon Japan. A second run of the play was later done in April 2012 with a few cast changes and new scenes to the play. The 2012 version of the play has also been released on DVD and is still in print as of this post.
This particular play also happens to feature a popular actor named Hamao Kyousuke in the role of Souji Okita while others include Yoshimura Takuya as Tetsunosuke Ichimura. The 2012 version role of Tetsu was played by a different actor named Seiya though. Below are all the parts to the original 2011 version of the play that was released on DVD and uploaded by hamafly12. Be sure to check it out and let me know what you think. There are no English subtitles unfortunately for those who don’t understand Japanese but those who have seen the anime will most likely know or remember what the scenes are about.
What I’m impressed about this play was how well choreographed the fight scenes are done. The over-exaggerated facial expressions and body movements in certain scenes are also another plus factor in my enjoyment as the actors really brought their characters to life and mirrored their anime counterparts. I can only imagine the amount of energy and athleticism that was required to make this play work in addition to working with props of the weapons and timing of the fights to go with the background music.
Might consider buying the 2012 version DVD release just to see what minor differences are in the play and how Seiya portrays Tetsu compared to Yoshimura, although I wish the 2011 DVD release was still in print as I really enjoyed watching this original version.