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Kageki Shojo!! Manga by Kumiko Saiki to be Adapted into Stage Play

(Last Updated On: June 24, 2023)

On Thursday, Hakusensha announced an exciting development for Kumiko Saiki’s manga, Kageki Shojo!! The highly acclaimed series will come to life on stage in Tokyo from October 18-22, offering fans an immersive theatrical experience.

Saiki initially serialized the original manga titled “Kageki Shoujo!” (with one exclamation mark) in Shueisha’s Jump Kai magazine from 2012 to 2014. The original serialization came to an end when the magazine ceased publication in October 2014.

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Subsequently, Saiki launched an ongoing sequel manga called “Kageki Shoujo!!” (with two exclamation marks) in Hakusensha’s Melody magazine in 2015. This manga was recognized for its excellence and received a nomination for Best Shōjo Manga in Kodansha’s 44th annual Manga Awards in 2020.

Kageki Shojo!! Manga cast

Initially, Shueisha published the original manga in two volumes. However, in March 2019, they re-released the series in one compiled volume titled “Kageki Shoujo!! Season Zero.” The English version of the manga, titled “Kageki Shoujo!! The Curtain Rises,” was released by Seven Seas Entertainment in one omnibus volume. Seven Seas Entertainment is also responsible for the English release of “Kageki Shojo!!.”

Kageki Shojo!! Manga

Since her childhood, Sarasa has nurtured a burning desire to embody the role of Oscar within the esteemed Kouka Acting Troupe—an all-female ensemble akin to the renowned Takarazuka Revue. Yet, her path to achieving this dream necessitates two years of dedicated enrollment at the Kouka School of Musical and Theatrical Arts. As Sarasa immerses herself in rigorous training encompassing singing, dancing, and acting, she forges deep connections with fellow classmates, notably her roommate, the composed former J-idol, Ai. While Sarasa’s affable nature aids her in cultivating friendships, her unreserved demeanor and lofty aspirations inevitably attract adversaries along the way.

The manga served as the inspiration for a television anime adaptation, which made its debut in July 2021. Funimation handled the series’ streaming, providing both the original Japanese version and an English dubbed edition. Additionally, Funimation later released the series on physical home video formats.


Sources | Kageki Shojo!! stage play’s website, Melody’s Twitter accountComic Natalie

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Monika Chopra
Monika Chopra is a Mumbai-based anime writer from a wealthy background. An open lesbian, she advocates for #LGBTQ+ rights through her globally loved narratives. Her work focuses on inclusivity and the slice-of-life anime genre, finding extraordinary in the ordinary.
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