Following a highly successful run last year, Kenichi Suzumura is bringing back this series of improvisational theatre featuring an all-star line-up of seiyuus. Venues, dates, and performer match-ups were announced over a live Niconico (NicoNama) event last week.

Aptly named AD-LIVE (アドリブ ado-libu), this series will have your favourite seiyuus participating in live ad-libbing, often resulting in sometimes awkward but definitely hilarious results. For 90 minutes, expect the unexpected, as absolutely anything and everything can happen, if the AD-LIVEs from 2014 are any indication. AD-LIVE 2014 featured seiyuus including Miyano Mamoru, Yuki Kaji, Jun Fukuyama, Daisuke Ono, Takahiro Sakurai, Showtarou Morikubo, Mitsuo Iwata, and of course Kenichi Suzumura in various pair-ups.

For this year’s series, not only will audiences be treated to fresh additions to repeat participants, each pair of performers for AD-LIVE day will be joined by Chief Producer Suzumura. With now three instead of two performers at each event, we are certain to expect more madcap action and jokes flying off the cuff from these experienced seiyuu-performers. Additionally, instead of a full male line-up this time, the cast is also welcoming two ladies into the fold!

As with the AD-LIVE events last year, there will be two shows a day (afternoon and evening) for each venue, featuring different groups of performers for each day. The performer match-ups, dates and venues are:

Tokyo, Parthenon Tama (パルテノン多摩 大ホール):


12 Sept 2015 (Sat)
Sakurai Takahiro, Kenjirou Tsuda, Kenichi Suzumura


13 Sept 2015 (Sun)
Kensho Ono, Rie Kugimyia, Kenichi Suzumura

Saitama, Misato City Culture Hall (三郷市文化会館 大ホール)

10 Oct 2015 (Sat)
Yuki Kaji, Kaori Nazuka, Kenichi Suzumura


11 Oct 2015 (Sun)
Nobuhiko Okamoto, Kishou Taniyama, Kenichi Suzumura

Osaka: MIELPARQUE Osaka (メルパルク大阪)

17 Oct 2015 (Sat)
Mitsuo Iwata, Daisuke Namikawa, Kenichi Suzumura


18 Oct 2015 (Sun)
Hiro Shimono, Jun Fukuyama, Kenichi Suzumura


For those not familiar with ad-lib theatre, the second half of the NicoNama event also had event host Suzumura calling out recurring performers to demonstrate or new performers to test out the format. Briefly, a card specifying the “situation” is drawn out of a box. Performers develop their own characters and react to each situation or to their partners’ prompts ad libitum, impromtu or spontaneously. Each performer will have a black bag filled with various prompts on slips of paper, which can be used at any point to generate turning points or twists to the flow. As the lines are drawn out of the “black bag” at random, this tests the performers abilities to work around often ridiculous off-beat one-liners, leading to often side-splitting results. Or when the prompt drawn out matches the situation miraculously, drawing out incredulous laughter from both audiences and performers alike. With fresh new combinations drawing upon both inexperienced and mature stage performers, it the anticipation for this year’s AD-LIVEs is running high!

There will be two rounds of ticket applications – the first is already open – before being followed by general sales. More details are available at the official website


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