As previously reported, “Musical Touken Ranbu”, the 2.5 musical adaptation franchise of popular browser and online game “Touken Ranbu -ONLINE-” – in short known affectionately amongst fans as “TouMyu” surprised fans when they announced a special collaborative tie-up event with the Japan’s national sports/past-time: baseball. Known as the “TouMyu x Yomiuri Giants Collaboration Nighter (presented by Nihon Unisys Group)”, the special event happened at Tokyo Dome ball-park/stadium on the night of 11 September 2018, to the delight and excitement of fans of both actual baseball; as well as those of the popular 2.5D musical franchise. The two baseball teams playing that night were Tokyo Yakult Swallows and Yomiuri Giants.
The six”TouMyu” actors present for the event were:
• 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
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At promptly 6pm on the special tie-up event/game night, the event commenced with much aplomb. Following the singing of Japan’s national anthem as customary of all major games, the six 2.5D actors in their respective characters’ costumes were invited to the pitching mound in the ball-park, where they put up a special short performance.
After the special short performance, the actors left the playing mound briefly as players of both baseball teams took the ‘stage’. The actors were then invited back to the mound where the musical troupe leader Mario Kuroba in his character as ‘Mikazuki Munechika‘ received the glove and ball from Yomiuri Giants catcher – pro-baseballer Takumi Ohshiro; and did the honour of throwing the ceremonial first pitch to signify the official start of the match.
With the ceremonial first pitch thrown, the baseball match began proper. The 2.5D actors were invited to commentate on the game in a special broadcast at the media room overlooking the ball-mound. The match ended in a draw with Tokyo Yakult Swallows and Yomiuri Giants each scoring a 1-1; but it was definitely an unforgettable night for both fans of baseball and “TouMyu”!
Source – Stage Natalie
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