This Isn't Cosplay. It's Theater!

Those battling Ikki Tousen girls are bringing their torn clothes and short skirts to the Tokyo stage. The manga turned video game and anime series is getting a theatrical adaptation.

Known as Battle Vixens in the West, Ikki Tousen is the latest anime/game property to be turned in a stage production, following in the footsteps of Sengoku Basara, Persona, and Phoenix Wright. As Comic Natalie points out (via JEFUsion), Daisuke Nishida, who did the Sengoku Basara stage plays, will be writing and directing.

These kinds of plays stick very close to the original character designs, as to not upset fans. For better or worse, the result, however, does carry a whiff of cosplay. That doesn't mean all these adaptations aren't very good. Some, like Phoenix Wright, are terrific.


This Isn't Cosplay. It's Theater!

This Isn't Cosplay. It's Theater!

This Isn't Cosplay. It's Theater!

This Isn't Cosplay. It's Theater!

The stage version will star Shizuka Nakamura as Hakufu Sonsaku and Miyuu Sawai as Shimei Ryoumu. The production runs from November 30 to December 9 in Tokyo.

衣装の破れも再現する舞台「一騎当千」、メイク写真公開 [Comic Natalie via JEFusion]