A famous kabuki performer who will appear in a kabuki play based on an acclaimed anime film by director Hayao Miyazaki said he wants to make the show something that can be appreciated by both kabuki fans and Miyazaki's anime followers.
Miyazaki's work, "Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind" will be made into a kabuki play.
At a news conference on Monday, kabuki performers announced that the play will run from December 6 to 25 at Tokyo's Shimbashi Enbujo Theatre.
The original manga series started in 1982, and Miyazaki made it into a blockbuster film two years later. It tells the story of a girl named Nausicaa, who struggles to survive conflicts in a heavily polluted world after civilization is destroyed in a catastrophic war.
All seven series of the original books will be depicted in the kabuki play, including some parts that were not in the film.
Onoe Kikunosuke, who has been cast in the leading role, told reporters that he finds it thrilling to imagine what kind of chemical reaction will result through the combination of Miyazaki's world and kabuki.
Toshio Suzuki of Studio Ghibli, who was in charge of the manga series, revealed that Miyazaki willingly accepted the idea of adapting Nausicaa to kabuki, although he used to turn down offers to make his manga into live-action Hollywood films.
Suzuki asked the kabuki performers and staff to produce a successful play, saying Nausicaa is something to which Miyazaki devoted all he had.