“Akatsuki no Yona” (lit. ‘Yona of the Dawn’) is a semi-fantasy romance manga originally written/illustrated by Mizuho Kusanagi; and serialised in the shoujo-manga magazine ‘Hana to Yume’ (i.e. Flowers and Dream) by publisher Hakusensha. It has had an anime adaptation by Studio Pierrot that ran for the duration of October 2014 ~ March 2015.

The first theatrical adaptation of the same title was first staged in 2016, so the upcoming production that is commencing performance in November 2018 is basically the continuation of the previous. The new production will focus on the plot developments of the ‘Crimson Destiny’ Arc of the storyline.

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© Mizuho Kusanagi/ Hakusensha © Theatrical Akatsuki no Yona Production Committee

Earlier in the week, the theatrical production committee finally revealed visuals of the main casts in full costumes via its twitter account. Let’s take a look!

Yona – Princess of the Kouka Kingdom and main female protagonist of the story: Played by Nogizaka46 member Rina Ikoma.

© Mizuho Kusanagi/ Hakusensha © Theatrical Akatsuki no Yona Production Committee

Son Hak – Yona’s childhood friend and bodyguard/protector: played by Masaki Yabe

© Mizuho Kusanagi/ Hakusensha © Theatrical Akatsuki no Yona Production Committee

Soo-Won – Yona’s first cousin; and Son Hak’s best friend: played by Sho Jinnai

© Mizuho Kusanagi/ Hakusensha © Theatrical Akatsuki no Yona Production Committee

Yoon: played by Yuta Higuchi

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© Mizuho Kusanagi/ Hakusensha © Theatrical Akatsuki no Yona Production Committee

Kija – the White Dragon warrior: played by Ikkei Yamamoto

© Mizuho Kusanagi/ Hakusensha © Theatrical Akatsuki no Yona Production Committee

Shin-ah – the Blue Dragon Warrior: played by Chihiro Okutani

© Mizuho Kusanagi/ Hakusensha © Theatrical Akatsuki no Yona Production Committee

Jae-ha – the Green Dragon Warrior: played by Shunsuke Nishikawa

© Mizuho Kusanagi/ Hakusensha © Theatrical Akatsuki no Yona Production Committee

Zeno – the Yellow Dragon Warrior: played by Tsubasa Kizu

© Mizuho Kusanagi/ Hakusensha © Theatrical Akatsuki no Yona Production Committee

Tae-Jun – Second son of the Fire Tribe General: played by Minami Tsurimoto

© Mizuho Kusanagi/ Hakusensha © Theatrical Akatsuki no Yona Production Committee

Gigan – Captain of the Awa Pirates: played by Mayumi Tsukiyama

© Mizuho Kusanagi/ Hakusensha © Theatrical Akatsuki no Yona Production Committee

Kumji – the feudal lord of the Awa Port: played by Tooru Kugasawa

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© Mizuho Kusanagi/ Hakusensha © Theatrical Akatsuki no Yona Production Committee

The scriptwriter in-charged of the plot for this theatrical production is Kosuke Hayakawa from the Gaba-Mens Theatre Troupe. Director Makoto Ohzeki is an old hand experienced in directing 2.5D theatrical stage plays of historical/folk-lore related-nature with a whimsical fantasy and romantic twist!

Theatrical “Akatsuki no Yona – Crimson Destiny Arc” will run from 15 ~ 25 November at the EX Theatre Roppongi in Tokyo. Fans may follow the production’s official website for most updated information as the performance commencement date draws nearer.

 

Source: Stage Natalie