Hello everyone! This is Ayumi, your favorite otaku writer here on MANGA.TOKYO.
Lately, stage drama adaptations of anime, games and manga have become extremely popular here in Japan. 2.5D is the term used to describe these stage adaptations, since they are a mixture of anime and theater.
I infiltrated a hot 2.5D festival event that was full of popular works such as Haikyu!!, Naruto, Touken Ranbu, and Yowamushi Pedal! Let’s check it out!
December 3: a lot of people are waiting in the line…They are so dedicated, even in this cold!
The temperature on this day was in the single digits. The event takes place in Makuhari, close to the ocean, so it’s very windy… Apparently everybody had lined up early. I felt the passion of the fans! Our expectations were rising! Now let’s see what’s inside!
So Many Anime and Manga Character Costumes
In the 2.5D Festival, the costumes exhibited were actually worn by actors. All of them were of high quality, and I was amazed at their details when I saw them up close. As I admired them I thought, ‘They made it this detailed,’ and at some rare costumes I thought, ‘This thing is here?!’
Let me show you the costumes one by one!
Live Spectacle Naruto had the best costume replicas of all the exhibit booths. None of them were brand new and beautiful, but I felt they were more authentic, as if the clothes had been dirtied by Naruto’s training. They were faithful to the anime and the original manga, and they were so breathtakingly real that they made me think, ‘If Naruto existed in the real world, his clothes would look like this.’ It was almost regrettable that they only exhibited Naruto’s clothes. I’d like to have seen those of other characters as well. I wanted to see Sasuke’s and Gaara’s!
Next was the stage production of BLEACH. I was touched by the costumes and felt really good that a manga I admire was brought to the stage! I know it’s very difficult to reproduce an illustration at this level of quality. After looking at the careful work, all I can say is that it’s nothing short of amazing. It’s also great that they added some feminine round shapes to Rukia’s costume.
You can read more about BLEACH in this amazing article by Mokugyo, a fellow otaku writer here on MANGA.TOKYO.
At the booth of the stage production of popular cycling anime Yowamushi Pedal, they exhibited accessories that the actors used in the show, plus the uniforms and bicycles. Makishima Senpai’s YAGI T-shirt had a great impact [laugh]. The jersey is the same material as those sold in cycling shops, so its water absorption is outstanding! This is a cycling jersey you can actually use for road racing. How do I know? I bought it!
Ace of Diamond
These are from the stage production of Ace of Diamond. They have a picture of a scene in which they actually wore these costumes. Everyone has a beautiful smile and they look like they’re about to start playing baseball.
These are from the stage production of the popular sports anime (with a sequel in the works), Kuroko’s Basketball (Kuroko no Basuke). The color and shape, especially of the Kaijou High School Uniform, is truly ideal. I feel like Kise is there! How wonderful 2.5D is!
These costumes are from the stage production of Touken Ranbu.
In just one word: spectacular. They made the costumes so detailed. They used accessories, beads, the appearance of dirt and the condition of the clothes, etc. The flowery use of color is the same as in the original game. I could feel the maker’s love. Yamanbagiri’s clothes were faithful to the original and in rags….I want to buy him new ones!
Touken Ranbu: The Musical
These are from Touken Ranbu: The Musical. This is the costume used in the performance of the Itsukushima Shrine number. If you think the play is beautiful, then the musical is divine. This was such a splendidly arranged costume. It used the traditional white color while still showing each character’s features and personality.
From Osomatsu-san‘s SIX MAN ON STAGE, the classic Matsu Parka! The sleeves are longer just for Juushimatsu [laugh]. Karamatsu rolls his sleeves up. The sweatshirts expressed the unique siblings both in color and in character. The Matsu on the chest was sparkling and exclusive. The pastel color was very pretty.
SHOW BY ROCK!
SHOW BY ROCK! MUSICAL
The musical instruments are so well-made! 2D goes beyond 2D.
Ensemble Stars! on Stage
Their brilliance as idols is so bright! They were shining as if they were lights. The coffins used in the show were also exhibited. The costumes were just like the idols, combining coolness and cuteness.
Ribon No Kishi
These costumes are for the stage show of a nostalgic manga: Ribon No Kishi (Princess Knight).
This is an irresistible costume for those who love lace and frills. They tried to combine the chivalry of a knight without forgetting the element of cuteness. You can call it a girl’s eternal longing.
Prince of Tennis
There were jerseys from each school from the musical The Prince of Tennis. It was one of the first shows that was turned into this new format and they represent the beginnings of 2.5D. Some of you may notice that even though they’re the same uniform, the characteristics of each character appear in the mannequin’s pose and sleeve length in a subtle way. The attention to detail is truly impressive. When I think that there might not have been a 2.5D Festival without Tenimyu (The Prince of Tennis Musical) , I appreciate their great work even more.
This is Tsukiuta’s cute booth.
There are accessories in the Messiah booth!
These are from Sengoku Basara. The costumes have a strong presence! It feels like they jumped out of the game.
So many different genres have been adapted for the stage.
Stage Equipment from Yowamushi Pedal
This ramp was actually used in the stage play. There were a lot of people climbing up and holding the handle bars. This is surprisingly high. When you think about the actor acting on a bicycle here, it makes you think about their skills!
Popular cast members, such as Hiroki Suzuki as Munechika Mikazuki from the show Touken Ranbu, all gathered up on the stage event that was help during the festival! They were promoting Touken Ranbu Kyoden Moyuru Honnouji, The Stage Production, that started on December 15, 2016.
The Yowamushi Pedal event followed, and the cast members of the upcoming third season of the anime appeared on stage.
So many fans!
First of all, the Stage Play Touken Ranbu Kyoden: Moyutu Honnouji
From the left:
Yusuke Seto: plays Kousetsu Samonji
Taizo Shiina: plays Fudou Yukimitsu
Hiroki Suzuki: plays Mikazuki Munechika
Yoshihide Sasaki: plays Souza Samonji
Keisuke Higashi: plays Shokudaikiri Mitsutada
Kento: plays Tsurumaru Kuninaga
Many famous actors attended this festival not as guests but as fans. The actors talked about their failed attempts while they were recording promotional videos and about the difficulties they experienced while they were practicing. Through these interesting talks, everyone was in a good mood from the beginning until the end.
There was an impressive story about how acting certain characters who requite heavy costumes and a wig takes a lot of power. This is a problem that comes up when transferring animation into reality as 2.5D.
All the actors were very friendly and warm.
The official website for the Stage Play Touken Ranbu: http://www.marv.jp/special/toukenranbu/
The PR video that the actors tried hard to make:
The Stage Play Yowamushi Pedal
At first, we heard that the cast would be:
Keisuke Higashi: plays Takuto Ashikiba
Yuuta Iiyama: plays Yuuto Shinkai
Ryou Yashima: plays for Hajime Aoyagi
However, a new stage play has been announced and the new cast for New Inter High Chapter: Start Line also attended. The New stage play is expected to be amazing. The cast members are full of energy and very enthusiastic.
Surprisingly, Sakamichi Onodera’s actor Kotarou Daigo (3rd person from the left) is only 16 years old- a real high school student born in 2000. Daigo tries hard to act the main character!
The official website for the stage play ‘Yowamushi Pedal New Inter High Chapter: Star Line’: https://www.marv.jp/special/pedal/
Gift Shop Exclusive Items
Certain goods from the stage productions were only sold in the gift shop on that day, but in the 2.5D festival, they offered great deals. Every show sold goods! I guess that a lot of people who couldn’t buy merchandise that had been sold out before attended the festival. There were so many items that you couldn’t possibly choose!
I was able to buy promotional photographs and pamphlets!
The merchandise booth from the show Haikyu!!. There were a lot of cool items.
The Naruto booth had items of high quality!
The event where you can fully enjoy 2.5D!!
What do you think? 2.5D is still not very popular overseas and not many people know that in Japan many shows get stage adaptations. The 2.5D festival event is still in its trial stage, and the production committee hasn’t even decided on the final name. Yet, their dedication and commitment was impressive and I am very curious to see what they will achieve in the future.
Let me know in the comments what you think of stage productions. Do you think you would go to the theater to see a live action version of your favorite anime?