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BL anime 'Dakaichi's' in-series play 'Kouyouki' (The Red Leaf Ogre) announces stage play in Japan

'Kouyouki' (The Red Leaf Ogre) is the play which Takato Saijō and Chihiro Ayagi starred in in episode 9 of the TV anime.

By: Nicole S. Castro on March 04, 2022 at 18:44 PHT

Hashigo Sakurabi's boys' love series Dakaichi: I'm Being Harassed By the Sexiest Man of the Year (Short title: Dakaichi) has announced that a stage adaptation of the play within the series Kouyouki (English: The Red Leaf Ogre; Japanese: 紅葉鬼 ) will run from May 8 to 15, 2022 at the THEATRE1010 in Tokyo.

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The Red Leaf Ogre is a stage play that was depicted in episode 9 of Dakaichi's TV anime. In the play, Ayagi plays the hero Shigesada while Takato plays the antagonist Tsunewaka (the eponymous Red Leaf Ogre) .

Below is the official Tweet stating the announcement. Japanese actor Shô Jinnai (陈内将) will be starring as Takato Saijō as Tsunewaka.

The stage play will be directed by Shingo Machida, with screenplay by Akira Kuzuki. The play is managed by performance group Trifle Entertainment.

Synopsis of Dakaichi

Takato Saijou has held the title of "Sexiest Man of the Year" for five years running. He is an accomplished actor, with 20 years of experience under his belt, and is aware his good looks are well above average. Proud of his career, Takato regards the title as an appropriate indicator of his success.

But when his reign is ended by acting newbie Junta Azumaya, who debuted only three years ago, Takato's initial shock gives way to jealous hostility. Even in the new drama that he has been cast in, Junta seems to have suddenly surpassed him; snatching Takato's usual spot of lead actor, Junta continually manages to get on his nerves. Most infuriating of all are the bright smile and kind words that accompany everything Junta does.

All this animosity comes to a head, however, when Junta catches Takato in a rather vulnerable drunken state. Endangering his own public image, Takato confronts the junior actor with harsh words and angry comments—an opportunity Junta takes every advantage of. With the famous actor Takato Saijou now on video picking a fight with a co-star, Junta has the perfect means to blackmail him.

Asking the price of his enemy's silence, Takato is shocked to find that his motivation lies far from advancing his career; instead, Junta's terms are those that can only be realized in the bedroom! (from MyAnimeList)

About Dakaichi

Source: Kouyouki official Twitter, official website




Nicole is based in the Philippines and works as a freelance Japanese Translator/Interpreter and copywriter (English). She is a JLPT N2 passer who watches anime to "study" for N1. She has a long career history on LinkedIn (with primary focus on media and translation), but her anime watchlist is much, much longer.


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