On 5 March 2017, the Gintama event ‘Hana Matsuri 2017’ was held in the Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo. With the original work still being serialized and soon reaching its climax, and the live action movie of Gintama coming out soon, 2017 can be called the Gintama Year.
The event made people laugh with it’s rich variety content, and entertained 35,000 people all over Japan, thanks to the live viewings that were held in various locations.
The attending cast members included Tomokazu Sugita, Daisuke Sakaguchi, Rie Kugimiya, Susumu Chiba, Kazuya Nakai, Tetsuharu Ohta, Mikako Takahashi, Yuko Kaida, Satsuki Yukino, Fumiko Orikasa, Yu Kobayashi, Akira Ishida, Satoshi Hino, Tomokazu Seki (only on the mid-day event) and Rikiya Koyama (only on the evening event). Furthermore, CHiCO with HoneyWorks, RIZE, ЯeaL and the music producer of the anime Audio Highs led an event called ‘Audio Highs presents Hana Matsuri Band’!
The female cast did a live dubbing of one of the featured episodes and came together for a special talk segment called ‘Sacchan’s Gintama no Iya~n Corner’. A message from Masaki Suda, who will take on Shinpachi’s character in the live action movie, was aired during the mid-day event, and a message from Masaki Okada, who plays Katsura, was aired during the evening event.
A famous scene of the Battle on Rakuyo Arc was dubbed live in front of the audience. Kugimiya & Hino, Sugita & Seki (mid-day event), and Ishida & Koyama (evening event) reproduced the scene. They also read from other scenes in the Shogun Assassination Arc and the Farewell Shinsengumi Arc, while the Hana Matsuri band skilfully mixed in their music, making the fight seem even hotter.
The end of the event was marked with the expected letter from the original creator, Hideaki Sorachi. This time, the message was written in style resembling a groom writing to his bride (even though he has no marriage partner) because Takahashi just recently announced her marriage.
After the guests left the stage, an anime visual of a returned Shinsengumi was revealed. The surprise made the venue go crazy! It was an amazing event that any fan would have loved to watch!
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