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: