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Fullmetal Alchemist To Get New Stage Play Adaptation
This will be the second stage play since its March 8th initial showcase
Square Enix and Marvelous recently revealed their joint venture to create the second stage play adaptation of Hiromu Arakawa's highly acclaimed manga series, Fullmetal Alchemist. This forthcoming play, Hagane no Renkinjutsushi Zokushо̄ (Fullmetal Alchemist Sequel Chapter), will debut in 2024. Sachiko Ishimaru, the director of the first play, will return to oversee the production and pen the script. Yōhei Isshiki and Ryōta Hirono have been confirmed to reprise their roles as the main character, Edward Elric.
The initial stage play was showcased at Osaka's Shin Kabuki-za from March 8th to 12th, followed by performances at Tokyo's Nippon Seinen-kan Hall from March 17th to 26th. Shuto Mashima portrayed the character Alphonse Elric, with Kōsei Sakurada acting as the suit actor for Alphonse. Rin Okabe, a member of AKB48, took on the role of Winry Rockbell. Jin Aoki and Takuma Wada shared the portrayal of Roy Mustang. Other notable cast members included Minami Tsukui, Metal Yoshida, Yūki Okamoto, Yūki Kimisawa, Motohisa Harashima, Sakurako Mizuki, Yutaka Abe, Keita Ōishi, Hikari Ono, Kurama Saō, Raima Hiramatsu, Taisei Kusano, Tomoya Hoshi, Shōgo Suzuki, Megumi Kuge, Mizuki Saitō, Himari Ogawa, Shiribiki Yuika, and Takurō Tatsumi.
Hiromu Arakawa's Fullmetal Alchemist manga was serialized in Monthly Shonen Gangan from 2001 to 2010. Viz Media released the series and its associated novels and art books in North America. The manga's immense popularity gave rise to various adaptations, including two anime television series in 2003 and 2009, two OVAs, two anime films, and a live-action film. As part of the franchise's 20th-anniversary celebrations, two live-action sequel films were released in May and June 2022. It is worth noting that while the 2003 Fullmetal Alchemist anime deviated from the manga's storyline, the 2009 Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood anime remained faithful to Arakawa's original manga, encompassing both its narrative and conclusion.