Hyper Projection Engeki Haikyuu!! Rerun: Review
Yesterday, I was fortunate enough to be able to attend opening night of the Hyper Projection Engeki Haikyuu!!. Here are some of my thoughts, while it’s still fresh in my mind.
A few of the cast members are new this time, so I’ll touch on them real quick!
Daichi: Sadly, Tanaka Keita is no longer Sawamura Daichi, and he was recast as Akisawa Kentarou. He did a very good job. In fact, his performance was very close to Keita’s. Still, I miss Keita.
Iwaizumi: A great change! Hirata Yuuya was busy, so the new Iwaizumi was Kohatsu Allen, and he was probably a lot closer to the canon representation of the character. He was bigger, stronger, more athletic, and more casually confident. Honestly, I much prefer him.
Yahaba: As Wada Masanari is off playing Heshikiri Hasebe in the Touken Ranbu stage, the new Yahaba is Yamagiwa Kaito. He was fine, though of course Yahaba has little to do in this stage (they didn’t do the “lost child” gag).
Matsukawa: Hatekeyama Ryo was playing Midorima in the Kuroko no Basuke stage, so instead we got Shirakashi Judai, who did a great job.
What Stayed the Same:
Most of the play was totally the same, however! The biggest differences were the ad libs, but they changed from day to day anyway. One of the biggest good surprises is that Asuma Kousuke seems to have really stepped up his game, even though everyone adored his first run as well. He’s changed his voice and demeanor quite a bit to be closer to the cheerful, flirtatious Oikawa Tooru everyone knows and loves.
Well, I’m not in Marvelous’s office, so I can’t say for sure…but I will say that when Takeda-sensei announced that the next practice match was against Nekoma, we were suddenly treated to entry music and a huge projection of some very familiar silhouettes walking towards us…here’s hoping for our kitties soon!!