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The Essence of 2.5-Dimensional Musicals? Sakura Wars and Theater Adaptations of Anime

School of Modern Languages, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU, UK
Received: 7 June 2018 / Revised: 29 August 2018 / Accepted: 3 September 2018 / Published: 21 September 2018
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This paper examines 2.5-Dimensional musicals, or theater adaptations of anime/manga/videogames. As the genre has been gaining popularity in Japan since around 2007, criticism on the genre began to appear. What they uncritically assume is that the pioneer of the genre was the theater adaptation of Prince of Tennis first produced in 2003, and the unique mise-en-scène that attempts to recreate the “world” of the original, including the characters, setting, and the characters’ extreme skills of tennis, is a hallmark of the genre. However, such a view fails to consider the fact that these are actually merely characteristics of a subgenre of 2.5-Dimensional musicals represented by Prince of Tennis and other similar shows. This paper argues that another show, namely the theater adaptation of the videogame Sakura Wars, first produced in 1997 and continuing to this day, actually presents a number of important questions and viewpoints that are useful and necessary to critically discuss the genre, such as how two-dimensional characters are materialized on stage, which role audiences play in that process, how 2.5-Dimensional musicals can be contextualized within conventional theater genres rather than a part of “media mix” strategies, and tension between the local and global in their production and consumption. View Full-Text
Keywords: 2.5-Dimensional musicals; Prince of Tennis; Sakura Wars; voice actors; characters; live performance; audience participation; export 2.5-Dimensional musicals; Prince of Tennis; Sakura Wars; voice actors; characters; live performance; audience participation; export
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Yoshioka, S. The Essence of 2.5-Dimensional Musicals? Sakura Wars and Theater Adaptations of Anime. Arts 2018, 7, 52.

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