A new escape game based on the TV anime series Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress (Koutetsujou no Kabaneri) with character designs by Haruhiko Mikimoto started on January 6.
The experience is titled ‘2.5 Escape Stage Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress’ and it’s an immersive theatre which combines a stage and a room escape game. It lets the audience challenge themselves by solving a mystery with help and clues from the cast. Their mission is to rescue Ayame who has been kidnapped on the way to the Kongoukaku. The audience becomes a part of the rescue team and make an attempt to gain entry into the enemy’s hide-out.
Ryujirou Isaki plays the role of Ikoma, Saki Takahashi plays Mumei, and Takuma Zaiki plays Kurusu. Tsubasa Sakiyama plays Juukei, a new character created for the theatrical version.
The media interview session took place during the dress rehearsal and featured Ryujirou Isaki and Fumiya Matsuzaki who is in charge of the screenplay and the stage direction. Matsuzaki explains this new challenge, ‘I feel it’ll become a new standard of entertainment, utilising a theatre which we have become familiar with, but the audience will not only watch. It will join the show and play along with the actors. It should be an exciting and contemporary experience.’ He also confessed that he himself was a fan of the anime, ‘I’ll be glad if the audience experiences what’s it like to live in the world of the Iron Fortress with Ikoma, Mumei, and the others.’ Isaki promised that he will live as Ikoma on stage and recreate the world of Kabaneri with support from all the staff. He also suggested that ‘that scene’ in the original will be reproduced, and called fans to join the stage as part of the Iron Fortress and solve the mystery with them.
2.5 Escape Stage ‘Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress’
Dates: January 6 (Fri) to January 12 (Thurs) 2017
Venue: Theatre 1010
Original: Kabaneri production committee
Screenplay and stage director: Fumiya Matsuzaki
January 6 (Fri) 19:00 (Version 1)
January 7 (Sat) 13:00 (Version 1), 16:00 (Version 2), 19:00 (Version 1)
January 8 (Sun) 13:00 (Version 2), 16:00 (Version 1), 19:00 (Version 2)
January 9 (Mon/National holiday) 13:00 (Version 1), 16:00 (Version 2), 19:00 (Version 1)
January 10 (Tue) 19:00 (Version 2)
January 11 (Wed) 14:00 (Version 1), 19:00 (Version 2)
January 12 (Thus) 13:00 (Version 1), 16:00 (Version 2)
*The mystery in the game is different between version 1 and 2
Ikoma: Ryujirou Isaki
Mumei: Saki Takahashi
Ayame: Mayu Koseta
Kurusu: Takuma Zaiki
Takumi: Ryouta Takeuchi
Sukari: Ryo Taguchi
Kibito: Masafumi Yokoyama
Masahide Funaki, Daiki Abe
Takeshi Sugawara, Kai Kitamura, Hayami Ishida, Daichi Nobe
Kenyu Kobayashi, Kenta Takaku, Kazuto Sato, Rinto Taneda, Ryo Takahashi
Tomohisa Yada, Ryoma Kondo, Haruka Igarashi, Erena Yamagiwa, Yurika Matsuda
Juukei: Tsubasa Sakiyama
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