Season 3 "Entertainment"
Aired: November 27, 2015
Episode #02: 2.5-Dimensional Musical
This show features the new faces of Tokyo, where many professionals gather creating the Tokyo culture with their passion and technology.
Tokyo’s hip Shibuya district is now home to a new kind of theatrical experience. It’s called the 2.5-dimensional musical, and the works feature worlds derived from manga, anime, and video games. We will be following director Isamu Kayano as he tries his hand at the medium for the first time, with an adaptation of Touken Ranbu, a browser-based game that has proven to be a hit with female players. The game does not feature an overriding plot; instead, players must collect historic swords that have been anthropomorphized as men and raise these “blade boys.” We will see how Kayano is attempting to adapt this game into the 2.5-dimensional musical format, while also creating a story that will capture the audience’s hearts.
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