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The Wanderer Kenshin




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Picture Credit: Gabby | Official Chirashi


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English Title: The Wanderer Kenshin -The Romantic Story of a Meiji Swordsman-
Japanese Title: るろうに剣心 -明治剣客浪漫譚-
Romanized Title: Rurouni Kenshin -Meiji Kenkaku Roman-tan-

Troupe: Snow
Year: 2016
Performances: Takarazuka Grand Theater, 02/05 - 03/14; Tokyo Takarazuka Theater, 04/01 - 05/08
Shinjin Kouen Performances: Takarazuka Grand Theater, 02/23; Tokyo Takarazuka Theater, 04/14

Based On: The comic of the same name by Watsuki Nobuhiro.
Author/Director: Koike Shuuichirou
Composer: Oota Takeshi, Aoki Tomoko, Okada Ayumi
Choreographer: Sha Tamae, Wakao Risa, Sakuragi Ryousuke, KAORIalive, Suzukaze Miyuki
Conductor (Takarazuka): Sasada Aiichirou
Conductor (Tokyo): Shiota Akihiro
Shinjin Kouen Director: Tabuchi Daisuke

Available on DVD: Yes (release date 04/28/2016)
Available on Blu-Ray: Yes (release date 04/28/2016)
DVD Scene/Music Cuts: None

Cast

RoleCastShinko Cast
Himura Kenshin (also known as Hitokiri Battousai), a wandering swordsman Sagiri Seina Towaki Sea
Kamiya Kaoru, a kendo teacher Sakihi Miyu Irodori Michiru
Kanou Souzaburou, an expelled member of the Shinsengumi, now "Gerard Yamashita" a trader between Japan and France Nozomi Fuuto Suwa Saki
Yamagata Aritomo, Prime Minister of JapanNatsumi You Shinjou Makara
Inoue Kaoru, Minister for Foreign AffairsMishiro Ren Kanou Yuuri
Hiruma KiheeMishiro Ren Shinjou Makara
Yamagata Tomoko, Yamagata's wife / Owner of the "Icchouya"'s wifeRika Masumi Saizuki Tsukushi as Tomoko
Owner of the "Ageya" tea house in ShimabaraMaisaki Rin -
Shikijou, Oniwaban member Mana Haruto Yume Maoto
Newspaper seller Mana Haruto Kanami Sena
Inoue Takeko, Inoue's wife / ProstituteSahana Mako Aoi Miki as Takeko
Sagara Sanosuke, former mercenary, Kenshin's friend Houshou Dai Machi Yuuka
Takani Megumi, a doctor Daigo Seshiru Arisa Hitomi
Catherine / ProstituteSatsuki Aina Mizusa Ruru as Catherine
Katsura Kogorou, former Chōshū clan leaderRenjou Makoto Ayanami Keito
BelcourRenjou Makoto Senami Haya
Hiruma Gorobei, Kihee's brotherKaryou Shizuru Kanou Yuuri
SebastianKaryou Shizuru Seika Rian
Owner of the "Mengin" tea house in ShimabaraAsakaze Rei -
Sekihara YaeChikaze Karen Sara Anna
Beshimi, Oniwaban memberTouma Kazuki Manomiya Rui
Policeman / TatsumiOuga Mitsuki Riou Jun
Takeda Kanryuu, an opium dealer Ayanagi ShouTachibana Kou
Akane Tayuu, a courtesanMomohana Hina Himehana Yukino
Owner of the "Icchouya" tea house in Shimabara / Sekihara OtokichiSouno Haruto Kanami Sena as Otokichi
ProstituteShouno Chio -
Saitou Hajime, special agent for the Meiji, rival of Kenshin, former Shinsengumi squad captain Ayakaze Sakina Hinata Haruki
Hyottoko, Oniwaban memberKujou Asu Shiose Kazami †††
Newspaper sellerKujou Asu Yume Maoto
Hannya, Oniwaban memberKiraha Reo Hiyori Haruma
Belcour's wife / ProstituteAnno Konomi Karen Emiri as Belcour's Wife
Yukishiro Tomoe, Kenshin's late wife / ProstituteHoshino Anri Seina Nozomi as Yukishiro Tomoe
Shinomori Aoshi, leader of the Oniwabanshuu, foe of Battousai Tsukishiro Kanato Agata Sen
ProstituteShiramine Yuri -
KishidaTachibana Kou Mochizuki Atsuno
Kenshin's shadowTowaki Sea Houka Haruna
Sekihara Tae, manager at "Akabeko" restaurantArisa Hitomi †† Haori Yuuka
Sanjou Tsubame, waitress at "Akabeko"Seina Nozomi Nonoka Himari
Myoujin Yahiko (a samurai's son, Kenshin's friend)Irodori Michiru Kirara Umi


† When Ayanagi Shou was absent from the Takarazuka run due to illness from 02/11 - 02/16, Mana Haruto filled in as Takeda Kanryuu while Shinjou Makara played the newspaper seller and Houka Haruna played Shikijou, both of which were Mana Haruto's roles.

†† When Arisa Hitomi was absent from the Takarazuka run due to illness from 02/15 - 02/20, Haori Yuuka took up her role as Sekihara Tae, manager at "Akabeko" restaurant.

††† Due to injury, Shiose Kazami was announced out of the Takarazuka shinjinkouen on 02/22 and Kujou Asu who plays Hyottoko in the honkouen, filled in.

Other Cast: Ai Sumire, Ouji Kaoru, Amatsuki Tsubasa, Kazushiro Runa, Hizakura Honori, Yumenoka Mai, Sakurara Karan, Sakuraba Mai, Aotsuki Ren, Yumi Serina, Kotohane Riri, Mika Monami, Asato Mire, Asazumi Mare

Summary

WARNING!! MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!!


The original "Kenshin the Wanderer: The Romantic Story of a Meiji Swordsman" is a comic by Nobuhiro Watsuki. Since April 1994, when the story's serialization in weekly comic magazine Shukan Shonen Jump began, "Kenshin" has been a major commercial success. The comic has sold over 59 million books and produced hit animated features and live-action films. Today, "Kenshin" has legions of fans of all ages.

Now the Takarazuka Revue is creating the story's first incarnation as a musical, with a script and direction by Shuichiro Koike.

Our story begins in Kyoto, in the closing days of the Tokugawa Shogunate. Himura Kenshin, a swordsman from Choshu Domain aiding the cause to restore Imperial rule, fought on the front lines to topple the shogunate and inaugurate a new era. A master of the Hiten Mitsurugi school of sword fighting, he battled the Shinsengumi special police and other foes defending the old order. With his savage swordsmanship Kenshin cut down innumerable enemies, earning him the nickname Hitokiri Battosai.

By the end of the war, Edo Castle's gates were opened without bloodshed and the shogunate fell. Ten years into the Meiji Era, Tokyo is undergoing rapid change in the name of cultural enlightenment. Kenshin is now a "rurouni," an endlessly wandering swordsman who has taken a "korosazu" vow to never kill again.

Suddenly, word gets around about a swordsman known as Himura Battosai of the Kamiya Kasshin school. Kamiya Kaoru is the assistant instructor at the Kamiya Kasshin dojo. She suddenly attacks Kenshin, as she believes this man, sword on his hip yet knowing nothing about the legendary sword Sakabato, is the so-called Battosai tarnishing her school's name. Soon, though, she realizes it is all a misunderstanding.Another man searching for Battosai is Saito Hajime, also known as Fujita Goro. He is a former captain of the Shinsengumi's third unit and now a lieutenant with the police. The so-called "Battosai" is a hoodlum who was once in the employ of Takeda Kanryu, a young businessman. Kanryu has his sights set on the property where the Kamiya Kasshin dojo stands. He eventually schemes to tarnish the school's honor and sends his henchman to steal the land. However, Kenshin is at the dojo to block the way. Hearing about the disturbance, Saito rushes over and meets Kenshin, whom he has not seen since the shogunate's fall 11 years earlier.

Meanwhile, Kano Sozaburo, a former Shinsengumi soldier who was expelled from the force, is reminded of his life over a decade ago when he hears about Battosai's re-emergence. Kano now trades goods between Japan and France and has a new name, Gerard Yamashita. He comes up with a plan to unseat the Meiji regime by using a new type of opium manufactured by Takani Megumi, a female physician Kanryu holds captive. Kano intends to obtain the opium from Kanryu in exchange for troops brought over from France, but Megumi escapes her confinement. On the run, she happens upon Kenshin and begs him for his help. He hides her in Kaoru's dojo. Kanryu, meanwhile, is frantic and hires Shinomori Aoshi, a famed master spy who once guarded the inner gardens of Edo Castle, to find Megumi.

It is around this time that Saito has sniffed out the plan to conquer Japan with opium and is seeking the people behind it. He asks Kenshin, who is staying at Kaoru's dojo, to aid the police in exchange for a high position in the army. Kenshin, however, declines, since he has vowed to never take another life. As he confronts his past as a butcher of men, Kenshin dearly wishes for the power to create a happy world for everyone in his life without relying on the strength of the sword. Yet under these circumstances, his heart heads in the opposite direction...

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