Final Fantasy X Officially Endorsed Traditional Kabuki Play Announced; Celebrates Franchise’s 35th Anniversary

Square Enix has announced that they are endorsing an upcoming stage play for Final Fantasy X born as a passion project. Our team’s Ryuji has translated a summation of the provided information, viewable below:

Actors: 
Onoe Kikunosuke V
Nakamura Shidō II 
Onoe Matsuya II 
Bando Yajuro
(The Roman Numerals Indicate the Actors Are From Traditional Kabuki Artist Families)

About the Stage

The IHI Stage in Tokyo extends 360º around the perimeter of the theater, with a massive circular auditorium in the center. Further, the auditorium itself is located on a huge platform that rotates all of the seats, combining the stage, images, and music in a revolutionary way, so that the audience can enjoy an unprecedented sensation and sense of immersion.

Script

The script is written by Hiroyuki Yatsu, and among the cast of actors, Onoe Kikunosuke V, Nakamura Shidō II, Onoe Matsuya II and Bando Yajuro will be part of this play!

Kitase’s Comment:

When I first heard about this project, I was filled with skepticism, but I still remember just how moved I was when Onoe Kikunosuke V directly expressed his passion to me, so I decided to greenlight it. I can’t stop being excited about what will come of this collaboration between Kabuki, a traditional Japanese performing art, and the mass entertainment genre that is video games.

The kabuki performance is planned to be held on Spring of next year.

Comment from Onoe Kikunosuke V, the main actor:

This kabuki play was crafted with the hopes of fusing of the classic game that is Final Fantasy X and Kabuki, a traditional Japanese performing art, creating a bridge between the two.

This will be our first attempt to stage a kabuki performance at the IHI Stage Around Tokyo, and we hope to cherish the shocking and moving feelings we had when we played the game when it was first released, and we extend the invitation to both those who love the game as well as those who have never seen a traditional kabuki play to see the performance.

The images projected on the huge 8-meter/26-feet high screen will color the stage, and we believe you will enjoy an immersive experience as if you were in the world of Final Fantasy X! It is precisely because we live in such an era that we want you to see this heart-wrenching story.

You can view the trailer for this upcoming play below, also viewable via its official website:

Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion is set to be a modernized retelling of the original Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII, a prequel to the game that initiated this beloved sub-franchise. Players control Zack, a hyperactive and determined SOLDIER yearning to become not only First Class, but also a hero in his own right. Combat utilizes real-time action elements alongside the innovative “Digital Mind Wave” system, used to perform special attacks called Limit Breaks and achieve other notable feats.

Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion is releasing for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam in Winter 2022.


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