Written by: Nicole Castro
Published on: December 24, 2021 at 18:37 PHT (GMT+8)
The official Twitter account for the stage adaptation of Tsubasa Yamaguchi's manga series Blue Period has released a character visual introducing the cast for Blue Period THE STAGE.
The stage will be performed at the Tennozu Galaxy Theater in Tokyo from Mar. 25 to Apr. 3, 2022.
The character visual below is designed in the format of a tankōbon (単行本, "independent/standalone book"), which is the Japanese term for a book that is not part of an anthology or magazine combining other works. The term is most often used in reference to individual volumes of a manga series. This is a direct reference to the story wherein the cast are mostly art lovers preparing for the entrance exam to Tokyo University of the Arts.
The cast members include the following:
Kurumu Okamiya (岡宮 来夢) as Yatora Yaguchi
Hiroki Sasamori (笹森 裕貴) as Ryuji "Yuka" Ayukawa
Natsuki Osaki (大崎 捺希) as Yotasuke Takahashi
Shogo Tazuru (田鶴 翔吾) as Haruka Hashida
Karin Takahashi (高橋 果鈴) as Maki Kuwana
Asumi Kikuchi (菊池 和澄) as Maru Mori
Sayaka Okamura (岡村 さやか) Masako Saeki
Yuta Tachibana (立花 裕大) as Koigakubo
Hayato as Utashima
Miyagi Ikuma (宮城 生馬) as Sumida
Dai Hosho (鳳翔 大) as Mayu Oba
Source material: Tsubasa Yamaguchi's "Blue Period" (serialized in Kodansha's "Monthly Afternoon")
Director: Kaori Miura
Screenplay: Masafumi Hata
Blue Period (Japanese: ブルーピリオド) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Tsubasa Yamaguchi. The series has been serialized in Kodansha's seinen manga magazine Monthly Afternoon since June 2017 and has been collected in eleven tankōbon volumes as of September 2021. The series is licensed in English by Kodansha USA. An anime television series adaptation by Seven Arcs aired from October to December 2021.
Synopsis from MAL:
Second-year high school student Yatora Yaguchi is a delinquent with excellent grades, but is unmotivated to find his true calling in life. Yatora spends his days working hard to maintain his academic standing while hanging out with his equally unambitious friends. However, beneath his carefree demeanor, Yatora does not enjoy either activity and wishes he could find something more fulfilling.
While mulling over his predicament, Yatora finds himself staring at a vibrant landscape of Shibuya. Unable to express how he feels about the unusually breathtaking sight, he picks up a paintbrush, hoping his thoughts will be conveyed on canvas. After receiving praise for his work, the joy he feels sends him on a journey to enter the extremely competitive Tokyo University of the Arts—a school that only accepts one in every 200 applicants.
Facing talented peers, a lack of understanding of the fine arts, and struggles to obtain his parents’ approval, Yatora is confronted by much adversity. In the hopes of securing one of the five prestigious spots in his program of choice, Yatora must show that his inexperience does not define him.