"Kamen Rider" veteran Kazuki Kato's cast as KAITO in March production
After racking up over four million views and becoming a karaoke phenomenon, Kurousa-P's Hatsune Miku hit song "Senbonzakura" (One Thousand Cherry Blossoms) began a multi-media journey. Last fall, ASCII Media Works announced a light novel adaptation with illustrations by Ittomaru. Now, a musical has been scheduled to play in March at the Hakuhinkan Theater in Ginza, Tokyo.
Anime screenwriter Hideki Mitsui (Tenchi in Tokyo, Magikano, Fantastic Children) will be handing the script. While the song has been interpreted to be about the westernization of Japan, the musical will present a parallel world in which the transitionary Taisho Japanese culture persists into modern times.
The story features the good complement of well known vocaloids (Miku, Rin, Meiko), but so far casting announcements have been restricted to Kamen Rider veteran Kazuki Kato's role as KAITO.
KAITO isn't the household name that Hatsune Miku is, but he doesn't have the distinction of being the latest Vocaloid developed with the older YAMAHA engine and the first Japanese male virtual voice character from Crypton Future Media.