The upcoming SPY x FAMILY stage musical recently dropped a trailer, where we could see images of the actors cast as Loid Forger, Yor Forger, Yuri Briar, Sylvia Sherwood, Henry Henderson, Franky Franklin, and Fiona Frost. Anya Forger was conspicuously missing, but the play said it was holding “Operation Search for Anya” auditions, giving the impression that the actress (or actresses) to play Anya still hadn’t been found.
Well, it turns out Anya has been cast, but they saved that for its own trailer reveal. Often in Japanese plays they have two actors playing the same role on alternating days. But in the case of Anya, there are four actresses. This might be because all the actresses are in elementary school, so the people behind the play don’t want to give them as much work as adults. Let’s take a look at these little stars.
Six-year-old Aoi Ikemura, one of the Anyas, has acted in the Japanese television drama Okaeri Mone, as well as in commercials and other ads.
Miharu Izawa, who is five, also has a performing background, having been in the Kuma no Gakkou Mini Concert and the musical Pari no Neko-tachi.
Miharu Fukuchi, who is seven, is the only Anya who doesn’t have previous stage or TV credentials. She saw a musical Romeo and Juliet in 2021, fell in love with the medium, and decided to try out for the “Operation Search for Anya” auditions. It worked!
At nine, Risa Masuda is the oldest of the Anyas, and she has four years of acting under her belt. She is best-known for being in the Japanese educational TV series Miitsuketa!
Here is a trailer of the Anyas.
VIZ Media publishes the original SPY x FAMILY manga in English, and gave this description for it:
“Not one to depend on others, Twilight has his work cut out for him procuring both a wife and a child for his mission to infiltrate an elite private school. What he doesn’t know is that the wife he’s chosen is an assassin and the child he’s adopted is a telepath!”
Danica Davidson is the author of the bestselling Manga Art for Beginners with artist Melanie Westin, plus its sequel, Manga Art for Everyone, and the first-of-its-kind manga chalk book Chalk Art Manga, both illustrated by professional Japanese mangaka Rena Saiya. Check out her other comics and books at www.danicadavidson.com.