World Stage Musical “In This Corner” Reveals May Debut, Cast, Main Visual
The theatrical rendition of Fumiyo Kouno‘s celebrated In This Corner of the World manga will be premiering in May at the Tokyo Nissay Theatre, according to a newly released trailer combined with the unveiling of the show’s primary cast and official poster.
Meet the cast:
- Natsumi Kon and Sakurako Ōhara playing Suzu
- Naoto Kaihō and Ryota Murai as Shūsaku Hōjō
- Aya Hirano and Reika Sakurai will be Rin Shiraki
- Hayato Onozuka and Yui Kobayashi as Tetsu Mizuhara
- Naru Komukai will be Sumi Urano
- Kei Otozuki will depict Keiko Kuromura
This musical signifies Aki’s official return to the Japanese entertainment industry after her voluntary break in 2014, during which she went to the United States to study music. Her new single composed expressly for the musical, “Kono Sekai no Achikochi ni” (In Various Corners of the World), will be available from February 7.
Following its run in Tokyo, the production will embark on a nationwide tour from June to July, with performances scheduled in Hokkaido, Iwate, Niigata, Aichi, Nagano, Ibaraki, and Osaka, before concluding in Hiroshima’s Kure City, the place where the original story is set.
Ikkō Ueda, famously known for the Your Lie in April stage musical, is responsible for writing and directing this new staging.
Suzu, a naive small-town girl, joins her fresh spouse and his family in the ship construction hub of Kure in Hiroshima Prefecture during the 1940s. As her world shatters around her, Suzu scrambles to adjust to her new environment while coping with a world engulfed in conflict. Determined not to lose hope, Suzu relentlessly fights against the anguish of war, struggling to find her own slice of joy.
The manga has previously inspired Sunao Katabuchi‘s award-winning anime movie in 2016, which gathered recognition from the Tokyo Anime Award Festival and Japan Media Arts Festival. Katabuchi further expanded the film with a 2019 version named In This Corner (and Other Corners) of the World. The manga also led to a 2011 live-action television special featuring Keiko Kitagawa and another live-action television series in 2018.