Die-hard anime and manga fans are falling in love with 2.5D musicals. These are productions that exist somewhere between the 2D realm of anime and manga and the 3D realm of theater. Pioneering this new genre is theater producer Matsuda Makoto. He transposes the essence of the original manga or anime to live theater that far exceeds the expectations of fans. Matsuda provides us with an insight into what goes into the making of 2.5 musicals, and his belief in their universal appeal.
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Matsuda's first hit 2.5D musical was based on "The Prince of Tennis," a manga that sold over 60 million copies worldwide. The first international performance took place in Taiwan in 2008.
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The increasing popularity of 2.5D musicals is enticing more actors to audition for roles. Casting is key to maintaining the essence of the original work.
Japanese theaters are gradually reopening amidst the outbreak of COVID-19. Matsuda and his team are taking the utmost care in preventing infection.