Minosuke Bando: Naruto will be made into a Kabuki stage for the first time in 2018!


It is announced that a new Kabuki stage based on a famous anime series Naruto will be performed in Tokyo at Shinbashi Enbujyo next year 2018 August. The title of the stage is Naruto-ナルト.

Naruto (ナルト) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Masashi Kishimoto. It tells the story of Naruto Uzumaki, an adolescent ninja who searches for recognition and dreams of becoming the Hokage, the leader of his village. The story is in two parts, the first set in Naruto’s pre-teen years, and the second in his teens(read more)
One of the most popular Mangas “Naruto” written by Masashi Kishimoto (岸本斉史) has been made into various works: live-action, Anime, Movie, Musical. This time is the first Kabuki stage originated from Naruto. Story and direction are accounted by G2, who is a Japanese director. The main character Naruto is performed by Minosuke Bando(坂東巳之助) and his rival Sasuke, by Hayato Nakamura(中村隼人). The story is not detailed by now.
kabuki and naruto
Remarks of Bando
I’m very looking forward to the Kabuki work “Naruto” next August.
Last time I luckily performed a roll on the show “One Piece“. Then this time, Naruto. I have been fascinated by these Manga and Characters of them. therefore I’m  sincerely happy that I can play the characters. I feel like tell me who bought Jump or comics in my childhood.(Jump is a famous manga magazine in Japan and Naruto was published on it before comics). though I buy Jump even now (laughing). I will do my best in order to realize a show that expresses the passion is brought about by the excellence of Naruto and Kabuki. Please come to see it!
Minosuke Bando, Link to his Homepage
Remarks of Nakamura
Sasuke I will perform has an opposite character against Naruto.
For Example, Naruto is passionate and Sasuke is calm. I performed on the same Stage of “One Piece” with Bando. At that stage, I played Zoro and Bando, Sanji. These two characters stand on the other sides. So, I hope to make an advance of this experience. the attractiveness of the manga Naruto is that there are heroes who are easily imagined by each people at any age in stories. I am also a fan of Naruto, so I will definitely get into the Hero Sasuke and make as many as audiences entertain the Kabuki stage. I will heat the summer more and more by the Stage!
(this article is cited from here)




Kabuki is a traditional Japanese theater and now new stages are made based on works in many genres such as mangas, TV-shows, movies.Kabuki (歌舞伎) is a traditional Japanese form of theater with roots tracing back to the Edo Period. It is recognized as one of Japan’s three major classical theaters along with noh and bunraku, and has been named as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage. Kabuki is an art form rich in showmanship. It involves elaborately designed costumes, eye-catching make-up, outlandish wigs, and arguably most importantly, the exaggerated actions performed by the actors. The highly-stylized movements serve to convey meaning to the audience; this is especially important since an old-fashioned form of Japanese is typically used, which is difficult even for Japanese people to fully understand(read more)

One Piece Kabuki stage:

Shinkai’s Remarks: The Exhibition of Shinkai Makoto is started in Tokyo from 11th November.


Makoto Shinkai(新海誠)and a cast Mr. Ryunosuke Kamiki(神木隆之介)entered the press conference for the exhibition of Makoto Shinkai “from the stars(星野から)” at the Tokyo New Art Museum on November 10 today.

Exhibition of Shinkai Makoto at the New National Museum Jump to the special cite

This exhibition to be held from November 11th to December 18th. There are showed
over 1000 pieces of his drawings, storyboards and concept paintings from the work
Voices of a Distant Star” (2002) to the latest work “Your Name” which records more than the 2.5
million yen box‐office profits. These pieces explain his world and history of Shinkai.
And Kamiki served as a narrator of voice guidance there.

Ryunosuke Kamiki

Kamiki who already visited the exhibition confessed that “I was surprised to see paintings as soon as I entered. I understood at a glance that Mr. Shinkai draws his beautiful paintings with drawing every tiny line. Mr. Shinkai replied that “I am glad to hear that. I hope that audiences will conceive our spirits and carefully works when they watch my paintings I made them with my staffs. I rarely have a chance to tell our efforts and history to crate works”.

Shinko told about the exhibition, “It is often said that own works are like children of the authors. Although I do not think so. I do not care about the future of my works or what kind of reputation they would get. Of course, I wish they would evaluate well, but I would like to appreciate my paintings objectively as they are already not under my hands.” “However, I think it has a meaning to show materials of my works , after I visited this exhibition. Though I felt that I would be in my workplace with displays.”

And Kamiki said “there is a room with total white walls in four sides and his paintings are exhibited there. They are properly set so as to be suitable for each character and history of paintings. This exhibition makes us feel to stay there as long as you want. We can think again of movies with watching each painting, so this is a best place for funs of Shinkai. They cannot wait for visiting here. This exhibition tells us Shinkai’s history and the future of his.(this article is cited from here.)

Makoto Shinkai

Who is Shinkai?  Makoto Shinkai is a Japanese director, writer, producer, animator, editor, cinematographer, voice actor, manga artist and former graphic designer.
Shinkai studied Japanese literature at Chuo University where he was a member of juvenile literature club where he drew picture books. In 1999, Shinkai released She and Her Cat, a five-minute short piece done in monochrome.
His best knows films are The Place Promised in Our Early Days (2004), 5 Centimeters Per Second (2007), Children Who Chase Lost Voices (2011), The Garden of Words (2013), and Your Name (2016).
His favorite anime is Castle in the Sky (1986) by Hayao Miyazaki.

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Pick up: Shinkai’s third work ”5 Centimeters Per Second

5 Centimeters Per Second is Makoto Shinkai’s third film, and was released in 2007. Themes of distance and separation are explored in its narrative, although unlike his previous films, the events of 5 Centimeters Per Second take place in the real world.



Dehogya gallery’ s talk session is took place with Anno Hideaki, Yoshiaki Nishimura etc..


Background Art Studio “Dehogya Galleries Shareholder Darling” was established to protect Japan’s hand-drawn background art culture, initiated by Hideaki Anno (庵野秀明), Yoshiaki Nishimura (西村義明) and Nobuo Kawakami(川上量生) and they talked together on the theme.

Dehogya gallary

This event was held in commemoration of the opening of the feature animation work “Mary and the Witch’s Flowers” for the first time after Director Nishimura left the Studio Ghibli. Anano said about the thought that agreed with the establishment of the same studio “The hand drawing will become more severe in the situation from now on. Because the digital one is more efficient and it will work, in that kind of situation, I want to leave things like traditional crafts, I want to say that although it can be said to drawing, so I just want you to get a newcomer anyway, if it keeps even a little new, I can continue even though it is small. ”

As regards the importance of background art,  Anno says, “If there are fine arts, it will be possible to make a long scene without characters, and the direction will change as well. On the contrary it could not, if you do not budget art. In that sense, it is important that art director do well as much as character design do well”. Kawakami also says, “Animation directors do not spend money on art even though they think it is important, but in my sense, it is a good idea to look at web services, there art design is one of the important parts,” he said.

Kazuo Oga (男鹿和雄) who served as a director of art such as “My Neighbor Totoro”, “Princess Mononoke” and the naming person of this studio name Dehogyallyary. “Dehogya(でほぎゃ)” is the meaning of saying “let’s leave it, let’s leave it” appropriately in Akita(秋田) dialect, and it was the name that he thought to use if he launched a studio to support the hands-painting. The all of speakers are on the same point to do a good background art” to draw carefully where is important and to draw less where is not important.” (Akita is a prefecture of japan located in the north part of japan)

oga’s work is famous for Totoro.

From such a trend, Nishimura tolled an opinion from Oga that “Because the character is the leading role, we watch the background draws in the edge of our view”. Anano also said that “Hayao Miyazaki(宮崎駿)drew Perth (perspective) incorrectly”. “Animation is exciting, so there are lots of widths. These days polygons (Pictures) are used well, but hand-drawing is also nice. Dehogya gallary also has hand-drawin like Ghibli. It would be better to have it, so I hope that Dehoga gallary will also cooperate when we make animation. ” this article is cited from here.


*Hideaki Anno (庵野 秀明 Anno Hideaki, born May 22, 1960)[1] is a Japanese animator, film director and actor. He is best known for his part in creating the popular anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion.

Hideaki Anno

*Yoshiaki Nishimura (西村 義明 Nishimura Yoshiaki, born September 25, 1977 in Tokyo, Japan) is a Japanese lead film producer formerly of Studio Ghibli and founder of the company Studio Ponoc. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature in 2014 for The Tale of Princess Kaguya.


*Nobuo Kawakami (川上 量生, September 6, 1968 -) is a Japanese businessman and film producer. Kadokawa Corporation President and Representative Director (first generation), Dwango Representative Director and Chairman (first generation), KADOKAWA Corporation Director, Studio Ghibli affiliation, Color Director, Inc., Hiragiri Director, Public Interest Foundation Tokuma Memorial Animation Culture Foundation board director, school corporation director Kadokawa Dwango.

Nobuo Kawakami