The “Zombie Land Saga” project is set to be restarted. Comments from director Sakai Munehisa, along with the announcement of the “Zombie Land Saga” stage play, which will be performed in Sep. after being postponed, and the release of fan books, have been revealed.
“Zombie Land Saga” is a zombie-idol anime depicting legendary girls who are brought back as zombies and seeks to revitalize Saga Prefecture by putting together an idol group.
The series aired between October and December 2018 gaining a lot of popularity and winning many awards such as the Anime General Election 2018's Annual Grand Prize and the Tokyo Anime Award (Television category). After being scheduled to be performed on Mar. 2020, the biggest LIVE event “Zombie Land Saga LIVE – Franchouchou LIVE OF THE DEAD -” and the first stage play adaptation “Zombie Land Saga Stage de Do-n!” were postponed due to the coronavirus.
Finally, the “Zombie Land Saga” project has been restarted on Jul. 17, 2020, with the announcement of the stage play “Zombie Land Saga Stage de Do-n!”, which is set to be held on Sep. 5 and 6.
Director Sakai Munehisa said, “Right now, the entire world is suffering a lot. In March, we were also forced to make the painful decision to stop our project 'Zombie Land Saga'. But, it is not over yet!”. Then he added emphatically, “Of course, the staff of the original series will also be supporting us! Today, it was announced that the stage team will be the first to start our revenge!” and “I can't stop hoping that this revenge will be a great chain of events!”.
Furthermore, the fan book “Zombie Land Saga Pia” is set to be released and will include an introduction of the episodes along with a song commentary and interviews with the entire cast of “Franchouchou” and staff members, including director Sakai. Also, a project with the musical group Dempagumi.inc, whose collaboration was announced recently, will be included in the book.
All 4 performances of the stage “Zombie Land Saga Stage de Do-n!” will be held at Sogetsu Hall in Akasaka, Tokyo on Sep. 5 and 6. Tickets for “Do-n at Home! Performance”, which is set to be distributed exclusively on TV Tokyo's AniTele, will be also available.
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TV anime director Sakai Munehisa
Right now, the entire world is suffering a lot.
In March, we were also forced to make the painful decision to stop our project 'Zombie Land Saga'.
But, it is not over yet!
I've spent the last few months hoping that the staff and cast members will be able to get their revenge one day, and also to overcome these difficulties with the support of all the fans who love the 'Zombie Land Saga' and bring back a bright smile on us.
Today, it was announced that the stage team will be the first to start our revenge!
I was excited to see how the rehearsals for the play, which I was shown before, were filled with passion and about to reach a level of perfection. While remembering that, I feel grateful and happy for the time it took to come alive.
Of course, the staff of the original series will also be supporting us!
I can't stop hoping that this revenge will be a great chain of events!
The show is coming in Sep. 2020!
To be honest, I couldn't believe my ears when I first heard about a stage play adaptation (ahah). But when I was shown the audition, I got all excited to realize that my work was going to open up a new world.
I've always loved stage plays and drama, but I didn't expect to see that in the 'Zombie Land Saga'!
Takanashi Riri, who plays Hoshikawa Lily, did the motion capture for the same character in the TV anime as well. When I saw her, I thought that, like just Lily, she is a dancer who has a lot of energy and great smooth dancing moves. This is why I recommended her for the stage role.
The stage play 'Zombie Land Saga Stage de Do-n!' is going to be a great show. Please look forward to it!
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(C) Zombie Land Saga Production Committee / Avex Pictures