The Meijiza theater in Tokyo has exciting news to share! They’ve officially announced a stage play adaptation of Tsukasa Hojo’s renowned manga, Cat’s Eye, titled “Meiji The Cat’s Eye.” This thrilling production is set to run from February 6 to March 3, 2024, marking the grand finale in celebration of the theater’s 150th anniversary.
Steering this creative endeavor, we have the talented Masahiko Kawahara at the helm as the director, while Udai Kawasaki takes on the role of scriptwriter.
And what’s more, the play boasts an impressive cast featuring Norika Fujiwara, Ayame Gōriki, and Reiko Takashima. The narrative will transport audiences back to the Meiji era, weaving an entirely original storyline into the world of Cat’s Eye.
Hojo’s iconic Cat’s Eye manga revolves around three sisters who operate a cafe by day, only to transform into notorious art thieves by night. Originally serialized from 1981 to 1985, the manga’s popularity led to the creation of two television anime seasons produced by Tokyo Movie Shinsha.
The first season, comprising 36 episodes, graced screens between 1983 and 1984, followed by a 37-episode second season that aired from 1984 to 1985.
More recently, the franchise has sparked excitement with the Lupin III vs. Cat’s Eye cel-shaded CG crossover anime, making its global debut exclusively on Amazon Prime Video on January 27. This project commemorates both the 50th anniversary of the Lupin III anime and the 40th anniversary of Cat’s Eye.
In addition to these animated celebrations, fans can anticipate the arrival of a live-action French series based on the manga. This series, consisting of eight 52-minute episodes, will transport viewers to modern-day 2023, with filming set to commence in the upcoming fall season.