Have you been enjoying having Haikyuu!! here on Viewster? We know we have! The volleyball anime has a following all over the world, especially in its home country of Japan. It’s so popular, in fact, that it’s about to put on its latest live stage play!
Subtitled Summer of Evolution, this production will be the fourth time Haikyuu!! has hit the stage in Japan. The series of productions, referred to by the creators as “Hyper Projection Plays,” aren’t strictly live stage shows. Rather, they’re a hybrid of live performers, video, and manga to create an immersive, unique experience.
If you’re wondering what that looks like, here’s a commercial for one of the previous plays. It’s pretty amazing!
Summer of Evolution will adapt manga volumes 9-11, covering the main characters’ time at the training camp in Tokyo alongside teams from Nakoma High and Fukurodani Academy. TV and stage actor Kenta Suga will be returning to the lead role. The show will travel to Tokyo, Osaka, Hyogo, Miyagi, and Fukuoka during its two-month run starting in September.
Haikyuu!! isn’t the first — or only — show to have this sort of immersive experience onstage. Many anime properties are getting this multimedia treatment, bringing to life some of the wildest and most impossible visuals from our favorite shows! Another popular sports series, Captain Tsubasa, will be blending video and special effects to create the characters’ intense soccer moves. Fantasy-based shows like the Fate franchise and Digimon Adventure tri. are going the same route. Even video games like Danganronpa and the Persona series are going all-out with immersive, effects-laden stage spectaculars!
Not to mention new shows like Kemono Friends and The Royal Tutor, which seem to be cast with tie-in stage productions in mind — with voice actors reprising their role both behind the microphone and in front of an audience.
Would you see Haikyuu!! onstage? Are there any other shows you’d like to see get the “Hyper Projection” treatment? Let us know in the comments!
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