Monday, November 26, 2012

Ikki Tousen adapted as live action play, cast to invest heavily in pasties and skinsuits

Interestingly, Shakespeare wrote this exact same scene into his first draft of Troilus and Cressida

Creating a live action adaptation of a beloved anime series is always a tricky prospect.  A movie version will almost always confuse and anger fans as it struggles to shoehorn seasons worth of plot, backstory, and intrigue into a two hour window but - to date - these movie adaptations are the best that many anime fans can hope for.

Unless you live in Japan, that is, in which case, you've likely heard of - if not experienced - the majesty of a live action anime stage play.  Designed for limited runs in smaller theaters, these live shows give fans the chance to see (actors dressed as) their favorite anime characters up close and in the flesh.

The fan service-laden panchira fest, Ikki Tousen will be the latest series to take to the live stage when it is performed in Tokyo from November 30th - December 9th, and audience members would do well to sit a few rows back so as not to be hit by flying pieces of clothing and undergarments.


Ikki Tousen is a series built upon watching women battle and punch each other so hard that their clothing falls off so it will be interesting to what direction this play takes. Think Master of Martial Hearts with a bit more plot and a bit less of a depressing ending, and you'll have a good idea of what to expect from the anime/manga.  As for what the play itself will consist of... well, your guess is as good as mine.

In the play's defense, the pictures of the cast in costume look promising but it's going to take a serious amount of pyrotechnics and costume changes to pull off the exploding clothing bit that made Ikki Tousen so popular in the first place.

And they say there's no room for theater in the modern digital age...