On October 25, media label Avex started streaming the third episode of a talk show for Sakura Wars the Stage, hosted by Sakura Wars series composer Kohei Tanaka and actress Yui Kanchiku.
In the nine-minute video, Kanchiku discusses her experiences preparing for the role of Azami, and the pressures from friends to play the character to her fullest, in addition to her own feelings about the character. In a later segment, she discusses rehearsals, her desire to bring Azami to life, and the sheer pressure to provide a flawless performance.
Tanaka discusses his experience in the audition process, explaining that there were ten finalists for the role, but Kanchiku proved to be the only one who truly embodied Azami’s 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: Atsumi 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.