On October 26, media label Avex started streaming the fifth episode of a talk show for Sakura Wars the Stage, hosted by Sakura Wars series composer Kohei Tanaka and actress Natsume Oki.
In the seven minute video, the two discuss Oki’s experiences playing the latest Sakura Wars game and the audition process. In later segments, Hirayu talks about rehearsals and preparation for the show.
In the second portion, Oki remarks that she adores series theme song Geki! Teikoku Kagekidan, and watched the 2000 anime when she was younger. She adds that she’s seen several Kayo shows on video, and that her interest was piqued by the news of the auditions for the new work when she learned there would be a battle section.
She recalls being nervous about singing in front of Tanaka, admitting that her voice trembled when she began singing Geki! Teikoku Kageidan at first, though she found her footing not long after. The two continue, discussing the intensity of the rehearsals, and the training that Oki underwent to prepare for the role.
Sakura Wars the Stage opens on November 19, and will run through November 23.
About Sakura Wars the Stage
Sakura Wars the Stage was first announced on September 15, 2019, as part of Sega’s eighth Sakura Wars streaming event. The production was originally slated to run from March 5 – 8 at Akasaka’s Sogetsu Hall, with eight shows planned for the period.
On February 26, Sega announced that the show was canceled due to the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic.
On June 19, during a Sakura Wars streaming event, Sega announced that the stage show would return in Winter 2020. On September 18, the official Sakura Wars the Stage website updated with an announcement that the show will open on November 19.
The confirmed cast includes:
- Sakura Amamiya: Yuna Sekine
- Hatsuho Shinonome: Rina Takahashi
- Azami Mochizuki: Yui Kanchiku
- Anastasia Palma: Juri Hirayu
- Claris: Natsume Oki
- Sumire Kanzaki: Moemi Katayama
- Seijuro Kamiyama: Yohei Azakami
Masami Itō (Miracle☆Stage Sanrio Boys) will direct the production and write the script, while series composer Kohei Tanaka scores the soundtrack. Series creator Oji Hiroi is credited with the original concept.
How to Watch Sakura Wars the Stage
Sakura Wars the Stage is slated to open on November 19, at Chiyoda’s Hulic Hall theater. Nine shows are planned, which will run through November 23. Tickets are priced at 7,800 yen ($74.58 USD) each for general admission.
Customers can enter to purchase tickets through September 28, at 23:59 JST, with winners being notified on October 1. Winners will have through October 5 at 23:59 JST to pay for their tickets. In addition to the on-site performances, for a streaming version of the play are also being offered for one of the two shows, as well as a discounted pass that includes streams of both events. In addition to the shows, the two-show ticket will include a bonus “Flower Division send-off” video.
The single-show passes are priced at 3,500 yen ($33.13 USD) each, while the two-show ticket will cost 6,300 yen ($59.64 USD). Nico Nico is handling distribution of the digital broadcasts.
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