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Gurren Lagann Stage Play’s Cast Announced

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Gainax supervises production featuring material not in 2007 TV anime

The official website for the “Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann -Engeki-hen-” stage play announcedcast members on Tuesday. The adaptation of Gainax's Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann anime series will run in Tokyo's Zenrōsai Hall Space Zero theater from October 22 to 26.

The cast includes (from left to right):

Kōtarō Itō as Simon, Shōta Motogawa as Kamina
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Konona Shiba as Yoko, Miku Ōno as Nia
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Takurō Sawada as Leeron, Seitarō Chiba as Kittan, Shungo Takasaki as Rossiu
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Airi Nakajima as Kiyoh, Mana Ogawa as Kinon, Miu Mochizuki as Kiyal
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Keisuke Furuhata as Gimmy, Karin Isobe as Darry
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Hiromu Mineta as Viral, Rikuhei Fujī as Lordgenome, Kenji Yamamoto as Thymilph
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Māri as Adiane, Aren Kohatsu as Cytomander, Takuma Tokuda as Guame
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Takuma Miyazaki as Dayakka, Kōji Ōshima as Kid, Teruya Mori as Ailac
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Takashi Nakanashi as Attenborough, Tomoki Yanagisawa as Jogan, Shigeaki Fukui as Balinbow
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Jin Aoki as Zoshi, Makoto Watanabe as Tetsukan, Yoshiyaki Oyadomari as Makken
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Yūna Inamura as Leite
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Yūki Kakigawa, Shingo Kōchi, Shintarō Nagano, Masaki Matsuda, Tetsuya Imanishi, Hideki Shimahara as additional cast
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Anime studio Gainax is supervising the production. R:MIX theatrical production company founder Seiya Machida is writing the script, while musician and actor IZAM is producing the play. Masahiro Nomura is serving as stage director.

An advance ticket lottery opened on Thursday and will close on Wednesday. Regular ticket sales will begin on September 13. Regular tickets cost 6,800 yen (about US$66), tickets with a pamphlet cost 8,500 yen (US$82), and premium tickets with a pamphlet and limited-edition goods cost 9,000 yen (US$87).

The play will present new material that “wasn’t able to be presented” in the original television anime series. Like other Gurren Lagann titles, “engeki” has a literal meaning for its kanji characters — “flame attack” — and a possible wordplay in its pronunciation — “theatrical play.”

Gainax’s Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann television anime premiered in Japan in 2007. Sci Fi Channel, currently known as Syfy, first aired the series on television in the United States in 2008. The anime began airing on Adult Swim's Toonami programming block on Saturday. Bandai Entertainment andAniplex of America released the series on DVD and Blu-ray Disc in North America.

The Gurren Lagann the Movie –Childhood’s End- compilation film debuted in Japan in 2008, and its sequel film Gurren Lagann the Movie – The Lights in the Sky Are Stars premiered in 2009. AniplexUSA released the Japanese Blu-ray Disc box set that includes the series and both films in North America last year.

The series has also inspired two Gurren Lagann Parallel Works original video anime and various manga adaptations and spinoffs.

Images © GAINAX・Kazuki Nakashima/Aniplex・KDE-J・TV TokyoDentsu
© Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann ~Engeki-hen~ Production Committee

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