The enchanting children’s novel series “Fushigi Dagashiya Zenitendō” by Reiko Hiroshima, accompanied by illustrations from jyajya, is serving as a profound source of inspiration for an upcoming stage play. This captivating production will grace the stage at Tokyo’s Shinagawa Prince Hotel’s Club eX from August 17 to 27.
The screenplay is skillfully penned by Yūsuke Watanabe, while the talented Kensaku Kobayashi takes on the role of director. Adding to the excitement, Nobue Iketani, known for her portrayal of Beniko in the anime adaptation, will lend her voice to the character in this spectacular theatrical adaptation.
Premiering in September 2020, the television anime adaptation of the novels entered a new arc in April 2022. Accompanying this development, a fresh series made its debut with the anime’s 85th overall episode on NHK’s E Tele channel on April 7.
The heart of the novel series revolves around Zenitendō, a mysterious candy and snack shop that is only discovered by the fortunate few. The shop is overseen by the charismatic Beniko, who possesses the uncanny ability to recommend the perfect confection to alleviate each person’s troubles. However, the outcomes may not always align with expectations if the treats are consumed or used improperly. Whether Beniko’s sweets bring fortune or misfortune ultimately depends on the individuals who partake in them.
“Eiga Fushigi Dagashiya Zenitendō” was one of the captivating segments featured in the revival of the Toei Manga Matsuri omnibus film series. Initially scheduled to premiere in April 2020, the film’s release in Japanese theaters was unfortunately delayed due to the pandemic. However, it eventually graced the silver screen in August 2020.
Debuting in May 2013, the novel series continues to captivate readers with its ongoing narrative. Impressively, the franchise boasts over 1.4 million copies in print, a testament to its enduring popularity.