Kabuki is traditional Japanese theater that dates back hundreds of years. Lately, they’ve been adapting a ton of franchises, from Star Wars to One Piece. And now, the Hayao Miyazaki classic, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, is getting one as well! Oricon has recently released a digest video from the play’s dress rehearsal session, and it’s exactly what you would expect a kabuki adaptation of Nausicaa would look like.
Kikunosuke Onoe V plays Nausicaa for the play, and he is wearing the chartacter’s outfit from the anime, combined with a classical kimono. Other cast members include Shichinosuke Nakamura as Princess Kushana and Matsuya Onoe as Master Yupa. And yes, they even have a kabuki version of Nausicaa’s Mehve glider as well.
And just in-case you were wondering, Kabuki is a traditionally all-male play, so those are actually guys playing female characters. The opposite can be said for plays by the legendary Takarazuka Revue, which is an all-female theater troupe in Japan.
The Kabuki plays will run at the Shinbashi Enbujo playhouse in Tokyo’s Ginza neighborhood from 6th-25th December 2019. It will also have a theatrical screenings in movie theaters starting 14th February.
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