Fans of baseball, along with fans of 2.5D musical adaptation of popular browser and mobile game “Touken Ranbu –Online–” were no doubt puzzled earlier this week – when news of the special collaboration of Japan’s national sport with the nation’s currently-hottest pop-cultural trend was announced. That’s right – the stars of the popular 2.5D musical franchise are going to be special guests at the opening game of the Tokyo-based Yomiuri Giants team at their home ground in Tokyo Dome Stadium where they will play against rival team Tokyo Yakult Swallows on 11 September 2018!
As unrelated as both entertainment cultures are, the special collaboration event – presented by integrated business solutions/IT corporation Nihon Unisys Group – caught many by surprise, but that quickly turned into delighted acceptance especially amongst fans of the musical franchise when further details of the special tie-up were revealed. On the day of the collaboration game, six of the featured guests cast members of the musical will put up a special pre-game short performance, following which they will be invited to conduct the ceremonial first-pitch to signal the official commencement of the game.
The six 2.5D actors featured are:
• Mario Kuroba – who plays the role of Mikazuki Munechika
• Daichi Saeki – who plays the role of Iwatooshi
• Shunya Oohira – who plays the role of Imanotsurugi
• Hiroki Miura – who plays the role of Higekiri
• Akira Takano – who plays the role of Hizamaru
• Shotaro Arisawa – who plays the role of Izuminokami Kanesada
The six actors will also be featured in a special FM radio broadcast program that fans may only listen to exclusively within the premises of the Tokyo Dome.
Ticket sales of the tie-up event began on 15 August 2018. The event organisers also plan to sell exclusive ticket-with-collaboration-merchandise-bundle sets for fans who wish to watch the baseball game. There will be 3 tiers of tickets with the collaboration merchandise bundle – Tier-A at JPY 20,520; Tier-B at JPY 19,120; and Tier-C at JPY 17,520. All tiered tickets will be allocated reserve-seating with the following collaborative goods bundle: a Yomiuri Giants uniform top; a sports towel; and a totebag.
There will also be other originally-designed merchandise for sales on the actual event day. Fans may visit this special ticketing-and-goods sales website for more details.