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The Encounter

Kuroko no Basuke Stage Play

Kuroko no Basuke Stage Play (舞台「黒子のバスケ」, Butai 「Kuroko no Basuke」, lit. Stage Play 「Kuroko's Basketball」) is a theater stage performance of the Kuroko no Basuke series. It was announced in December 2015 and the cast members are later revealed in the combined third and fourth issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine released in January 2016[1]. Kuroko's voice actor Kenshō Ono reprises the role of Tetsuya Kuroko, co-starring with actor Yūya Asato as Taiga Kagami.

The first play, titled "The Encounter", focused on the events of the Kuroko no Basuke anime's first season, introducing the main characters Kuroko and Kagami, while also featuring their matches against Ryōta Kise, Shintarō Midorima and Daiki Aomine of the Generation of Miracles. In November 2016, the second play titled "Over-Drive" was announced, as well as the return of the initial cast members[2]. The stage play series would later be followed by two more installments: "Ignite-Zone" and "Ultimate-Blaze", announced on December 2017[3] and September 2018[4], respectively.

All four stage plays for Kuroko no Basuke are directed by Norihito Nakayashiki.

The Encounter[]

Plot[]

The Encounter Poster 1

Poster for "The Encounter"

The story focuses on the events of the Kuroko no Basuke anime's first season. The play begins with Kuroko and Kagami meeting for the first time while applying for the basketball club at Seirin High. They are accepted into the club but are soon visited by a member of the Generation of Miracles, Ryōta Kise, who will be their first opponent.

The stage turns into a basketball court as the match between Seirin and Kaijō High begins. With their combination play and teamwork, Kagami and Kuroko manage to overpass Kise, beating Kaijō with a score of 100 - 98. However, soon they are faced with another member of the Generation of Miracles member, Midorima, who is their next opponent.

Managing to prevail over Shūtoku High as well, Kuroko, Kagami, Kise and Midorima meet at a steak house by coincidence to converse about basketball. Midorima warns Kuroko and Kagami of their next opponent who is Aomine, the former ace of Teikō Junior High. Kuroko has a flashback, remembering how he and the rest of the Generation of Miracles played in middle school, thinking back about his and Aomine's friendship as Teikō's light and shadow.

The setting moves to Aomine appearing before Kagami while Momoi visits Kuroko before the match would begin. Aomine tests Kagami as the new light as Momoi warns Kuroko of how strong Aomine has become. Before she would leave, Kuroko promises to defeat Aomine.

The match between Seirin and Tōō Academy begins without Aomine on the starting line-up. However, despite Aomine not being there, Seirin has no time to take it easy as they are faced against Momoi and her skill to predict the players' moves. When her predictions and plans are broken by the unpredictable Kuroko, Seirin finally gains an upper hand. It is then that Aomine arrives, ensuring Tōō's victory as Kagami and Kuroko face their first defeat.

At a basketball court, Kuroko and Kagami vow to defeat Aomine at the Winter Cup and the rest of the Generation of Miracles as well.

Release[]

Kuroko no Basuke Stage Play Reveal

Cast reveal in Weekly Shonen Jump

"The Encounter" ran from April 8 to 24, 2016 at the Sunshine Gekijō theater in Tokyo with a total of 21 shows[5]. The DVD is later released on August 26, 2016.

Cast[]

Previews and trailers[]

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DVD Teaser

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Ono Kensho's Comment

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Asato Yuya's Comment

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Kuroba Mario's Comment

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Onuma Shota's Comment

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Hatakeyama Ryo's Comment

Over-Drive[]

"Over-Drive" covers the events of Kuroko no Basuke anime's second season, up to Seirin's match against Kirisaki Daīchi High. The show began on June 22, 2017 and ran until July 9th at AiiA 2.5 Theater in Tokyo until July 9, then from July 13 to 17 at the Morinomiya Piloti Hall in Osaka. Ono Kenshō and Yūya Asato reprise their roles as Kuroko and Kagami, respectively. The DVD for the play is later released on November 24, 2017.

Over-Drive

Poster for "Over-Drive"

Cast[]

Previews and trailers[]

Ignite-Zone[]

The third stage play follows more events of the the anime's second season such as Kagami and Himuro's reunion, Seirin's rematch versus Tōō, and quarter-finals match versus Yōsen, with some events having an alternate chronological order from the anime. There are also various stage play-exclusive character interactions during the intermissions which vary per location and show date. The play ran from April 6 to May 13, 2018[6] with shows in Tokyo and Osaka, then is later released in Blu-Ray and DVD formats on September 26th of the same year[7].

Kuroko no Basuke 3rd stage play theatrical poster

Poster for "Ignite Zone"


Cast[]


Ultimate-Blaze[]

Kuroko no Basuke - Ultimate Blaze

Poster for "Ultimate-Blaze"

Covering the third season of the anime and serving as the conclusion of the story, "Ultimate-Blaze" is the fourth and final installment for the Kuroko no Basuke Stage Play. The events in the play include Kise's showdown with Haizaki in the Kaijō versus Fukuda Sōgō match in the Winter Cup Quarter-Finals, the Semi-Finals, and the Finals match between Seirin and Rakuzan. The script is written by Daichi Ryūzaki.[8]

Kuroko no Basuke - Ultimate Blaze (Cast)

Poster featuring the main cast

The main cast reprises their respective roles. "Ultimate-Blaze" ran from April 30 to May 19, 2019. The shows venues included the Cool Japan Park Osaka TT Hall in Osaka, Kariya-city General Cultural Center Big Hall in Aichi, the Nippon Seinenkan Hall in Tokyo, and Fukuoka Civic Hall in Fukuoka.[9]


Cast[]

References[]

  1. 【速報】『黒子のバスケ』舞台化決定! 黒子テツヤ役は本人、小野賢章さん! 火神大我役は安里 勇哉(舞台:DEAR BOYS 他)(2015)
  2. "Kuroko's Basketball Gets 2nd Stage Play in June" by Rafael Antonio Pineda, Anime News Network (2016)
  3. "Kuroko's Basketball's 3rd Stage Play Reveals Cast, Visual" by Rafael Antonio Pineda, Anime News Network (2017)
  4. "Kuroko's Basketball Gets 'Conclusion' Stage Play in Spring 2019" by Rafael Antonio Pineda, Anime News Network (2018)
  5. "Kuroko's Basketball Manga Gets Stage Play in April" by Crystalyn Hodgkins, Anime News Network (2015)
  6. 舞台「黒子のバスケ」IGNITE-ZONE, Japan 2.5-Dimensional Musical Association (2018)
  7. "Blu-ray & DVD of the stage play "Kuroko's Basketball" IGNITE-ZONE featuring Arisa Sugi to be released on 9/26 (Wed.)", LDH News (2018)
  8. "Kuroko's Basketball's Conclusion Stage Play Reveals New Visual, Full Cast" by Rafael Antonio Pineda, Anime News Network (2018)
  9. "Main Cast are Ready for Climax in Kuroko's Basketball Final Stage Play ULTIMATE-BLAZE" by Mikikazu Komatsu, Crunchyroll (2018)
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