Sunday 30 August 2015

News roundup: A new Sengoku Basara stage play is announced

The Butai Sengoku Basara vs Devil May Cry stage play successfully completed its run today, and as it drew to a close a new announcement was made: Butai Sengoku Basara 4 Sumeragi is coming a few months from now! I was so excited when the fan club email arrived by email.

A new website is already up and running so a few details have been confirmed. Ujigawa Masanari will be handling the composition and direction, while KobaP and YamamotoD are credited with planning and supervising. The game series' scenario writer Matsuno Izuru will be assisting with the story. The cast will be announced on Monday 7th September 2015.

The Butai Sengoku Basara 4 Sumeragi Tokyo performances will run between Thursday 21st January and Sunday 31st January 2016 at the Zepp Blue Theater Roppongi, after which the show will move to Osaka's Sankei Hall Breeze for five shows between Friday 5th February and Sunday 7th February 2016. There will be special talk show sessions after the performances on 22nd January (19:00), 25th January (19:00), 26th January (19:00), 27th January (14:00) 28th January (19:00) and 5th February (19:00) with some of the as-yet-unannounced actors.

Tickets cost ¥7,800 and the fan club ticket lottery for the best seats will start on 16th September 2015. General sales commence from 22nd November 2015 at 10:00am.

It makes sense that Masamune and Yukimura are back in the spotlight as their current actors have quite a few shows under their belts now, presuming that they haven't been changed, whereas Mitsunari and Ieyasu will probably be played by newcomers - if they're going to be in this play at all. They might choose to base this play on a small number of characters and expand the story in future instalments like the old Butai Sengoku Basara 3 series. Even then, the Toyotomi characters are quite important to Rikyuu...

I wonder whether there will be two different actors for Rikyuu or whether one person will cover both of his personalities? It's tough to be patient and wait for more information!

The official website has also confirmed that the Butai Sengoku Basara vs Devil May Cry DVD which attendees have been able to preorder at the live shows will be available in 'autumn', so I think we can expect preorder listings for its general release to appear in the next few weeks.

Preview of the cover artwork for Sengoku Basara Magazine vol. 10

I stumbled upon this preview last night but only mentioned it on social media. Manga Oh recently updated their listing for Sengoku Basara Magazine vol. 10 in anticipation of its release tomorrow, and the small preview image shows that Kojuurou has been given a brand new CG illustration for the cover artwork. Larger versions should be available very soon as fans in Japan receive their copies.

I'm so happy; his official Sengoku Basara 4 illustration has never appealed much to me but this one is much better, highlighting his sword and looking pretty cool. I wonder who is going to be honoured on the cover of the eleventh volume? News from the magazine should start leaking out over the next few days.


  1. Hopefully the stage play will get some of the characters the initial 4 didn't. Naotora, for one, definitely needs to make a debut. I've not actually sat and watched any of them due to a lack of subs but I intend to import them someday and watch them.

    And yes, Kojuuro's illustration looks great. Thought you'd like it. ;P

    1. Yukimura being in a central role gives Naotora a great chance, I think. Though would you prefer that the Takeda side was battling with Naotora or the Uesugi clan? :)

      In all seriousness I hope the 4 Sumeragi series stage plays run for a while, like the previous ones did before the stage company (Dais) seemed to disappear and cause massive complications after Butai Sengoku Basara 4. I loved seeing them announcing new plays regularly and bringing back a diverse mixture of old and new characters each time.

    2. Ahahaha you see right through me. Both would be great in all honesty though! Alliance maybe? :P

      Again while I've never really seen any besides the intro for the first Utage one (and some clips with Yoshimoto in said one), they seem really fun and it is just interesting seeing the characters in live-action. (Just recently discovered that Kenshin's tenka costume came from the Mitsunari Utage one, haha).

  2. Wooow kojuro looks so damn hot *faint*
    I can't wait until my copy arrive *^*
    And l'm looking forward to your review :)

  3. It's impressive how serious even chibi Kojurou looks.

    Hm, so another stage play was announced. I didn't understand why you thought Rikyuu could be played by two actors instead of one, until I remembered the constant hairstyle changing.

    It will be hard for new Mitsunari and Ieyasu actors to live up to the previous ones.
    Yes, would defintely like to see Naotora, as well as Maria in this - the latter is as made for the stage.

    1. It wouldn't be the first time the stage companies have come up with a creative solution for Capcom's unrealistic character quirks, but I'm interested to see how they handle it. I guess we'll know in a few days when they announce the cast. So excited, it's incredibly tempting to go and see it if I can arrange my work around it ^^;

      I grinnned seeing that Mitsunari's actor is playing Chris in the Biohazard/Resident Evil stage play - it's a small world! Actually, Raychell's publicity picture for that show almost looks like she was auditioning to play Maria. KobaP was friendly with a few of those actresses at the events leading up to Sumeragi's release so I wonder whether any of them will be cast as females who haven't yet appeared in the plays?


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