Hunter x Hunter manga to be adapted into a stage play in May 2023

Shueisha has recently announced that Yoshihiro Togashi’s beloved manga series, “Hunter x Hunter,” will be receiving a stage play adaptation in May 2023. Set to take place at The Galaxy Theatre in Tokyo, the play will run from May 12th to May 28th, giving fans an exciting opportunity to see their favorite characters brought to life on stage.

The stage play is being written and directed by Akira Yamazaki, while Gō Sakabe takes on the task of composing the music. With a talented creative team behind the scenes, fans can expect a captivating theatrical experience that stays true to the essence of the original manga.

The cast of the stage play features a talented ensemble of actors who will be stepping into the roles of iconic characters. Shion Ōtomo will portray the determined protagonist, Gon, while Nichika Akutsu will bring the mischievous and loyal Killua to life. Yūki Ogoe will portray the sharp and revenge-driven Kurapika, and Shōri Kondō will take on the role of the intelligent and caring Leorio. Other notable cast members include Keigo Kitamura as Silva, Taizō Shiina as Zeno, Kōki as Milluki, Shōgo Tazuru as Gotoh, Yūsaku Kawasaki as Hanzo, Hiroo Ōtaka as Netero, Kandai Ueda as Illumi, and Haruki Kiyama as the enigmatic Hisoka.

Since its debut in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in 1998, “Hunter x Hunter” has captivated readers with its rich storytelling and compelling characters. The manga has gone on to inspire two television anime series, two anime films, and several original video anime titles. Its popularity extends beyond Japan, as Viz Media has released the manga in North America, with the most recent volume being the 37th, published on November 4th. The 36th volume was made available in North America in August 2019.

Yoshihiro Togashi’s manga has had a tumultuous publication history, frequently going on hiatus due to the author’s health issues. However, after a hiatus starting in November 2018, the manga resumed serialization on October 24th, much to the excitement of fans eagerly awaiting new chapters.

The second television anime adaptation of “Hunter x Hunter” premiered in Japan in 2011, consisting of 148 episodes. The series retold the story from Togashi’s original manga, following the adventures of Gon Freecss as he aspires to become a Hunter and uncover the truth about his father’s abandonment. The anime concluded with its final episode in 2014.

For international fans, Crunchyroll streamed the anime series as it aired in Japan, allowing a broader audience to immerse themselves in the captivating world of “Hunter x Hunter.” The series garnered widespread acclaim for its intricate plot, well-developed characters, and memorable moments.

With the upcoming stage play, fans of “Hunter x Hunter” can look forward to experiencing the magic of the series in a new and immersive way. As the captivating story continues to unfold, both through the stage adaptation and the long-awaited manga chapters, the world of “Hunter x Hunter” continues to captivate fans worldwide.

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