A really cute interview with Okabe Keiichi and Emi Evans was just uploaded to YouTube by the YoRHa Musical official account. I’m really looking forward to going to these shows!! <3
This new teaser uses clips from both the Ver.1.0 and Ver.1.1 version of the stage plays as well as clips from the music concert. This is interesting to me since the Ver.1.1 state play was never released on DVD, so those are some scenes that I haven’t seen in over two years. <3
And here’s the teaser for the YoRHa Boys stage play that will be held from January 31st to February 4th.
It starts with a line we are all very accustomed to by now…
Everything is designed to be destroyed.
Throughout the video, various words stream across the screen, many of which are terms and locations vital to the story. Here is a quick list of the words that I spotted:
- 生存 – Survival
- 作戦 – Mission
- 武器 – Weapon
- 人類 – Humanity
- 沈黙 – Silence
- 疑念 – Doubt / Suspicion
- 学園 – School Academy
- 訓練 – Training drill
- 進化 – Evolution
- 命令 – Commands
- 夜の国 – Kingdom of Night
This is what North & South America are called during this time due to the Earth’s locked orbit. That particular side of the planet is perpetually trapped in darkness.
- 人類軍 – Forces of Humanity
5013 – The formation of the Forces of Humanity began. New “battle type” androids were constructed.
- アトランティス – Atlantis
11502 – The sunken city is discovered by the Bio-machines; the Forces of Humanity dub it “Atlantis”.
- 機械生命体 – Bio-machines
- 二期生 – Second Generation
- 九号 – No9
- カグヤ – Kaguya
11810 – This is the 6th satellite in Earth’s orbit where they were experimenting on Bio-machine cores; however, an explosion occurred during an experiment and entirely destroyed the satellite, which eventually plummeted into the ocean.
- ラボ – Lab*
11815 – This is the satellite that was put in use after the destruction of the Kaguya. The Lab was to be used for experimental research.
11937, July 7 – The lab is heavily damaged by fire.
- ブラックボックス – Black Box
11928 – The black boxes were first constructed.
- ヨルハ – YoRHa
11932, April – The new weapons, YoRHa, were constructed to fight the Bio-machines.
- 実戦部隊 – Active Combate Squadron
- 奪還作戦 – Rescue Mission
- 融合体 – Fusion body
- ヨルハ部隊 – YoRHa Squadron
- アンドロイド – Androids
- 実験部隊 – Experimental Squadron
11942, March 1 – The new experimental male squad rolls out and is dubbed “M002”.
- M部隊 – M Squad
- M002 – The experimental M Squad.
- クーデター – coup d’etat
11942, May 5 – A coup breaks out among the ranks of the M Squad but is brought under control two days later.
Guitarist Goto Tanakori and pianist Kawaji Emi will be performing live at the up-coming YoRHa musical!!
— 舞台「ヨルハ」公式 (@YoRHa_STAGE) October 13, 2017
— 後藤 貴徳 Takanori Goto (@pippi_pinopino) October 13, 2017
This is beyond awesome news for any fan of their work! This just keeps getting better!!
UPDATE: October 14, 2017
Auditions to become a Bio-machine on stage or other extra Resistance roles in the plays has been opened to *all* ages. So, if you’re currently in Japan and are free to participate, send in your application before 6PM on Friday!
▶︎ Auditions are for both the “YoRHa Ver.1.2” musical and the “YoRHa Boys Ver.1.0” stage play.
Check the tweet here for more info!
We’re getting more and more news on cast members for the up-coming “YoRHa Boys” stage play, so I will keep editing this post to add in the new information. Here’s the cast list that we know of thus far:
- Teacher – Kikuta Daisuke
- No2 – Ueda Shinichiro
- No3 – Shouji Masato
- No4 – Oguri Ryo
- No6 – Doi Yuuto
- No9 – Saito Naoki
- No21 – Murata Hisashi
- No22 – Terasaka Hiroki
▼ No9 will be portrayed by Saito Naoki:
▼ No22 will be played by Terasaka Hiroki.
「少年ヨルハ」の主人公のひとり、二十二号役は寺坂尚呂己さんになりました！ 殺陣指導での真剣さ、また絶叫演技のひたむきさ、そして膝審査の美しさ！？で見事ヨルハ部隊に選ばれました！！ pic.twitter.com/RNbGIt245k
— 舞台「ヨルハ」公式 (@YoRHa_STAGE) October 15, 2017
▼ No21 will be played by Murata Hisashi:
— 舞台「ヨルハ」公式 (@YoRHa_STAGE) October 16, 2017
▼ No2 will be played by Ueda Shinichiro.
— 舞台「ヨルハ」公式 (@YoRHa_STAGE) October 18, 2017
▼ No6 will be played by Doi Yuuto.
— 舞台「ヨルハ」公式 (@YoRHa_STAGE) October 27, 2017
▼ No4 will be played by Oguri Ryo.
No4 is not a Scanner, but rather a Sniper. This unit type was originally used on the old DearStage web site in which No12, portrayed by Ichikura Yuna, was listed as a Sniper. This could have been an “transitional” designation between Gunners and Pods.
— 舞台「ヨルハ」公式 (@YoRHa_STAGE) October 28, 2017
▼ No3 will be played by Shouji Masato.
— 舞台「ヨルハ」公式 (@YoRHa_STAGE) October 28, 2017
▼ The role of the boy’s “teacher” will be played by Kikuta Daisuke.
— 舞台「ヨルハ」公式 (@YoRHa_STAGE) October 29, 2017
It was just revealed that Ishikawa Yui, the voice actress of 2B in , will portray No2 on stage in the new updated musical YoRHa Ver1.2. She also wrote a little bit about this on her personal blog here.
— 舞台「ヨルハ」公式 (@YoRHa_STAGE) October 11, 2017
I honestly don’t know how to feel about this. To me, I began my love of this series from the original stage plays back in 2014… and the one person that carried that emotion for me was Endo Ruka… so if she will “suddenly” be replaced…
But then again, for those who only knew of this story after playing , I can understand how this was a must. I’m certainly not saying that Ishikawa *cannot* perform this role as well as Endo, but… it’s just a very curious situation I feel like I’m in now. It’s hard to even explain.
I know Ishikawa will do an awesome job, I’m just a little bit sad that Endo won’t return (maybe she’ll play Seed!?). I’m also worried about the other “returning” characters: No4, No16, and No21. I loved the original cast so much, it’s really, really difficult to accept anyone else in those roles. That’s really what I mean by all of this. The original actresses created the characters in my mind…and it feels really odd should anyone else be put in their shoes. 😛
Don’t worry; I’ll get over it. lol
I still hope that Matsukawa Takanori will at least get a role in the YoRHa Boys stage play. He had a relatively minor role in Yoko Taro’s stage play “Thou Shalt Not Die”, and as a Yoko fan himself, it would be really awesome to see him as one of the Scanners. I can entirely see him as 4S. <3
Ever since I heard that Yoko Taro was going to write a stage play that would be a prequel to his manga series, I knew that I had to go! I had only gone a couple times to the YoRHa play (only twice for each of the two runs; 4 times total). I know many people would and have questioned me–one was even my own mother–why I would want to see the same play more than once, and to that I have no answer. I can’t answer that for you. I can’t make you understand what it feels like to like something so much that you’d want to over-indulge in it. Given the shitty year that 2016 was, especially losing my father, I thought that he would have wanted me to go as often as I liked. And that’s what I did.
I pre-ordered tickets for 6/9 of the shows pretty early on and I was okay with that. But when I heard that they would have bonus items for repeaters… I was compelled to add the last three shows.
Then shortly after I picked up the tickets from the conbini, I realized I had made a huge mistake. The first two days of the show were scheduled for December 21 and 22. I apparently was still scheduled for work those two days. I probably could have made the evening show on the 21st anyway, but it would have been impossible for me to make the early afternoon show on the 22nd… so I asked my school to reschedule those two days for earlier in the month. *phew*
The first day, I took a couple pictures around the area.
▲ Nice flowers for Yoko Taro & Moriyama Daisuke. <3
■ The Story
The setting for the play takes place three years before the start of the manga series, when the Japanese government was recruiting young people to use as guinea pigs to develop super human abilities. In the play we meet a group of ten 9th graders who were chosen to participate in a training session to see who would be selected for the Special Abilities Private High School.
There are so many great scenes of the kids playing and having fun, playing tricks on each other, but all the while there are several adults trying to manipulate events that cause complete and utter chaos… and only a few survive…
The opening show of Yoko Taro’s Thou Shalt Not Die / Kimi Shi ni Tamou Koto Nakare ZERO stage play opens tomorrow evening at 7:00pm at Shinjuku Mura LIVE and will run through Christmas Day!