Even a Monkey Can Draw Manga Hits The Stage in Japan in December

Adaptation based on parody instructional manga by Koji Aihara and Kentaro Takekuma will play in Tokyo

A promotional image featuring Shogakukan's Japanese release of the three collected volumes of Even a Monkey Can Draw Manga by Koji Aihara and Kentaro Takekuma, depicting the authors growing progressively more galaxy-brained as they take the manga world by storm.

 

Theater-goers in Tokyo will soon have the opportunity to learn the true power of becoming a manga author, because Even a Monkey Can Draw Manga (known in Japan as Saru demo Kakeru Manga Kyoshitsu), a parody instructional manga by Koji Aihara and Kentaro Takekuma that purports to unlock the secrets of creating sure-fire hit Japanese comics, is being adapted into a stage play that will run in Tokyo in December of 2021.

 

The main staff of the Even a Monkey Can Draw Manga stage play includes:

 

  • Original work: Even a Monkey Can Draw Manga by Koji Aihara and Kentaro Takekuma (serialized by Shogakukan in their Big Comic Spirits magazine)
  • Director, script: Daisuke Tanaka
  • Production cooperation: ebisu to usagi
  • Production: TAKE A BOW
  • Sponsorship: Kibarashi BOYZ

 

The main cast of the Even a Monkey Can Draw Manga stage play includes:

 

  • Junpei Nishikiori as Koji Aihara.
  • Shinobu Kouga as Kentaro Takekuma.
  • Takuya Kurihara as Tonchi Banchou.
  • Doronzu Ishimoto as Hikoichi.
  • Amore Hashimoto as Ikkyu.
  • Sayuri Anzu as Kicchomu.
  • Kandai Sano as Kicchomu (Male version).
  • Yoh Aochi as Teki Banchou.
  • Hiroshi Ryogoku as Satou.
  • And Tamotsu Ishibashi as Shirai.

 

A promotional poster for the stage play adaptation of Even a Monkey Can Draw Manga, featuring actors Junpei Nishikiori and Shinobu Kouga in full costume and make-up as manic manga authors Kouji Aihara and Kentaro Takekuma.

 

Even a Monkey Can Draw Manga was serialized by Shogakukan in their Big Comic Spirits seinen manga magazine. An English language version was also published by Viz Media, but this release is unfortunately now out-of-print. Viz describes the story of the series as follows:

 

This mock-instructional tome is actually a hilarious parody in graphic novel form of those books which seek to advise one on "how to draw manga." But it is also a gripping comic book narrative in its own right about the struggle of two bumbling and desperate would-be know-it-alls — the authors of the book — in their vainglorious pursuit of comic book technique, wealth, and fame.

 

The Even a Monkey Can Draw Manga stage play will run from December 15 - 19, 2021, in the Shimokitazawa theater space at the Shougekijou B1 venue in Kitazawa, Setagaya City, Tokyo, Japan.

 

Source: Comic Natalie

 

Copyright notice: © Koji Aihara・Kentaro Takekuma・Shogakukan / Kibarashi BOYZ

 

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Paul Chapman is the host of The Greatest Movie EVER! Podcast and GME! Anime Fun Time.

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