Earlier today Media Plus held a production presentation for its October live-action theatre production of Living Adv Steins;Gate.
All nine of the cast members of the stage production were up on stage, as well as the production’s scriptwriter and director, Daisuke Nishida, and Steins;Gate’s creator, Chiyomaru Shikura.
During the production presentation, both the play director Daisuke Nishida, and Steins;Gate creator Chiyomaru Shikura shared a few interesting tidbits about how the Steins;Gate live-action stage production came to be.
“It all started when I was out drinking with a producer from a different games company. At the time I asked him, ‘which video game, from a company other than the one you work at, is the most interesting title right now?’ And his answer to that was Steins;Gate,” stage director Nishida said.
“You’re referring to Kobayashi-san, right?” creator Chiyomaru Shikura chimed in, refering to Hiroyuki Kobayashi, the producer behind Capcom’s Sengoku Basara series which, not-so-coincidentally, was also adapted into a live-action stage production. By Nishida.
Chiyomaru Shikura also talked a little about the genesis Steins;Gate’s story.
“There was a time when I wished I could have sent an e-mail/text message back into the past. Since it’s incredibly difficult to create an actual time machine, I sort of fantasized with the idea that what if we could just send e-mails or text messages back into the past?” Shikura said.
From that point on, Shikura said that he started fleshing out the scenario and the characters, and eventually got to starting the production phase for Steins;Gate.
Shikura was also asked what he thought about Steins;Gate getting adapted into a stage play.
“When I was making the game version, this was something I never could have seen coming,” he said.
Living Adv Steins;Gate will be playing at Odaiba’s Zepp Diver City from October 12 to 20 (a total of 13 shows).
Production on an English version of the Steins;Gate PC visual novel is underway. Jast USA will release the English version sometime later this year.
In the US, the Steins;Gate TV anime series can also be watched online legally at Crunchyroll.
Here’s a look at the stage actors who will play the cast of Steins;Gate in the October stage production: