The legendary all-female theater troupe, Takarazuka Revue, will be adapting a live-action stage play based on Nobuhiro Watsuki’s popular samurai manga series Rurouni Kenshin. The stage play is schedule to start next year, and the dress rehearsal for the play has been presented at the Tokyo Meguro Gajoen, introducing the performers in their costume.
Aside from the characters we love from the live-action movies, anime and manga like Kenshin, Kaoru, Sanosuke, and others, the play also features Sozaburo Kano, a real-life samurai who fought for the Shinsengumi along with Saito Hajime. Kano is not found in the live-action movies, anime, or manga, and he will be making his debut for the series in this play.
- Kenshin Himura: Sagiri Seina
- Kaoru Kamiya: Miyu Sakihi
- Kano Sozaburo: Nozomi Fuuto
- Sanosuke Sagara: Houshou Dai
- Megumi Takani: Daigo Seshiru
- Miyagi Takeda: Sho Ayanagi
- Saito Hajime: Sakina Ayakaze
- Aoshi Shinomori: Tsukishiro Kanato
This all-female Rurouni Kenshin stage play by the Takarazuka Revue has been slated to be performed at the Grand Theater from 5 February until 14 March 2016, before heading to the Tokyo Takarazuka Theater from 1 April until 8 May 2016.
The Rurouni Kenshin anime itself has roots in the Takarazuka Revue, as Kenshin “Battousai” Himura’s seiyuu herself, Mayo Suzukaze is a veteran member of the troupe where she acted as the lead role of Oscar in the live-action adaptation of the Rose of Versailles.