On Wednesday, Square Enix and Marvelous announced their collaboration for the highly-anticipated second stage play adaptation of Hiromu Arakawa’s Fullmetal Alchemist manga, titled Hagane no Renkinjutsushi Zokushо̄ (Fullmetal Alchemist Sequel Chapter).
Set to debut in 2024, the play will see the return of director Sachiko Ishimaru, who will also be responsible for the script. Protagonist Edward Elric will once again be portrayed by the talented actors Yōhei Isshiki and Ryōta Hirono.
The initial play successfully ran from March 8-12 at the Shin Kabuki-za in Osaka, followed by a stint at the Nippon Seinen-kan Hall in Tokyo from March 17-26. Shuto Mashima will reprise the role of Alphonse Elric, while Kōsei Sakurada will continue as the suit actor for Alphonse. Winry Rockbell will be portrayed by Rin Okabe from AKB48, and the roles of Roy Mustang will be double cast, featuring Jin Aoki and Takuma Wada.
The talented ensemble also includes Minami Tsukui, Metal Yoshida, Yūki Okamoto, Yūki Kimisawa, Motohisa Harashima, Sakurako Mizuki, Yutaka Abe, Keita Ōishi, Hikari Ono, Kurama Saō, Raima Hiramatsu, Taisei Kusano, Tomoya Hoshi, Shōgo Suzuki, Megumi Kuge, Mizuki Saitō, Himari Ogawa, Shiribiki Yuika, and Takurō Tatsumi.
Hiromu Arakawa’s Fullmetal Alchemist manga captivated readers from 2001 to 2010 in Monthly Shonen Gangan. The series, along with its accompanying novels and art books, was released in North America by Viz Media. The manga’s immense popularity led to multiple adaptations, including two television anime series in 2003 and 2009, as well as two OVAs, two anime films, and a live-action film. Commemorating the franchise’s 20th anniversary, two live-action sequel films were launched: Hagane no Renkinjutsushi: Kanketsu-hen – Fukushūsha Scar in May 2022 and Hagane no Renkinjutsushi: Kanketsu-hen – Saigo no Rensei in June 2022. While both the 2003 Fullmetal Alchemist anime and the 2009 Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood anime draw inspiration from Arakawa’s manga, the latter more faithfully adheres to the original story and conclusion.
Source | Fullmetal Alchemist stage play’s website