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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Macross Stage Musical Cast Photographed in Costume [News via AnimeNewsNetwork]

The second commercial for the stage musical Macross the Musicalture began streaming on Thursday. Unlike the first ad, this new one previews the cast (led by 9nine idol group member Kanae Yoshii) in costume. The official website also posted sample voices and songs from the cast.

The story is set in 2062, five decades after the Space War I conflict seen in the first Macross story. Macross 29 is the 29th New Macross Class colonization fleet to leave Earth in the aftermath of that devastating war. People who were once scarred by war now live a tranquil, oasis-like existence.
However, the fleet has hardly any military strength due to pacifism, and its economy is on the brink of collapse. Due to the high unemployment rate in the urban areas, a Neo Zentran movement that advocates a renewed military has been gaining steam, especially among the young alien Zentradi.
A "Miss Macross Contest" has been launched as part of the economic recovery plan among Macross 29 citizens. Lives converge at the event when two youths named Ash and Sakura spot Vigo, a young Neo Zentran leader, in the distance.
The musical will run at Tokyo Dome City Hall from October 3 to October 8. The play stars:

Takuya Kikuchi as Vigo Walgria 
Shion Tsuchiya as Ash Anderson

Kanae Yoshii as Sakura Crawford 
Risa Uesugi as Daryl Walgira

Ayumi Hinata as el 
Ai Hasegawa as Sonia Dosel
Sayaka Kanda as Charlotte Marion-Glass

Isamu Kayano (Air Gear musical) is directing under the supervision of franchise co-creator Shoji Kawamori (Escaflowne, Aquarion, AKB0048). Chūji Mikasano (Leiji Matsumoto's Stanley no Majo play) is writing the script, and Hidari (Natsu-iro Kiseki, Fractale) designed the characters.

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