Live-action stage adaptations of anime, manga, and video games, also known as 2.5D plays, are very hot in Japan right now. And for the very first time ever, George Morikawa’s classic boxing manga, Hajime no Ippo, is getting its very first 2.5D stage adaptation. The combined 36th and 37 volume of Weekly Shounen Sunday magazine made the announcement and revealed it for a January 2020 run.

The play will cover the manga’s beginning arcs, and will also be announcing the cast members in September. In addition, the magazine also revealed that Morikawa will be holding the first art exhibition for the manga. It will be held at the Seibu department store in Shibuya, Tokyo in November 2019.

Hajime no Ippo made its debut in 1989 and is still going strong. Yes folks, it’s older than a lot of you, and it is currently one of the longest running manga in Japan. Expect the magazine, as well as the play’s staff, to reveal more details about the play in the days to come.

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