Hello everyone! There are big things happening around the plays again.
The DVD of the third play came out late this spring. The play was based on the 6th novel of the Shouwa series, telling seperate stories of all the Yasha-shuu members, as well as a new storyline especially written by Kuwabara-sensei for this play, detailing the time right after Naoe had to change bodies from Yamaguchi to Kasahara.
I personally liked the third play a lot as well, and will start screencapping and translating what I can this summer - unless anyone with more skill shows up and wants to do it instead.
That aside, on to the newest news:
Just now it was published that the series is continuing, and we're going to get a fourth play! This time the plot is coming from the 8th novel that just came out this year. The play will run from 12th to 17th October. The blog for the play can be found here: http://blog.livedoor.jp/mirage_stage2017/
With that we also got the news that there will be significant changes in cast - most notably, the actor for Naoe is going to change. The former actor, Aramaki, expressed both gratitude about having been able to grow in this role, but also how difficult and painful Naoe's role was for him at times. The new actor was also announced: the role will be taken by Hiramaki Jin (平牧仁). In his remarks in the blog and in Twitter, he seems to recognize the difficulty of the role, and the long history of Mirage and how much many people love it. We have also learned he knows Kagetora's actor, Tomita Shou from before, and seems really excited for this chance to work with him again.
Nagahide and Kousaka's actors will also be changing.
Tomita has also written a blog about the situation (http://ameblo.jp/shotomita/entry-12286387118.html), going over his feelings on the matter. It seems he had several discussions with the staff, and says how it's not easy to accept such changes. But at the same time, he says he wants from the bottom of his heart for this project to continue.
So this is where we are at now. I'm really happy that we're getting a new play, but have mixed feelings about the changes in the cast. I'm not worried about the new Naoe - I happen to know the actor from another series, and was really impressed with his performance there six years ago, altough the character was vastly different.
What are your thoughts on this situation?