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Final Fantasy’s First Kabuki Adaptation Hits the Stage Next Spring

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Square Enix’s Final Fantasy series has somehow existed for 35 years without getting an adaptation in one of Japan’s most distinct theatrical art forms. That’s about to change, though, because the series’ 10th entry, Final Fantasy X, is officially getting a kabuki stage play.

New Kabuki: Final Fantasy X will be performed at IHI Stage Around Tokyo—which has a 360º stage with the audience seats placed on a rotating tray in the center—in Toyosu, Tokyo next spring. Kabuki actor Kikunosuke Onoe—who is currently working on the kabuki adaptation of Hayao Miyazaki’s Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind—will perform and co-direct the play.

Here’s a message from Onoe:

We have planned “New Kabuki Final Fantasy X” in the hope that the fusion of the classic game “Final Fantasy X” and kabuki, Japan’s proud traditional performing art, will create a new bridge between our mutual cultures. This will be our first attempt to play a kabuki show at IHI Stage Around Tokyo, and we hope to cherish the shocking and moving feelings we had when we played the game when it was first released, and invite both those who love the game and those who have never seen kabuki to see the performance. The images projected on the huge 8 meter high screen will color the stage, and we believe you will enjoy an immersive experience as if you were in the world of “Final Fantasy”! Because we live in an era like this, this is a heart-wrenching story that we want you to see. Please come to the theater.

Announcement teaser:

Via Crunchyroll News