Hyper Projection Engeki Haikyuu!! Rerun: Review

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Miranda Pahl

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.

What Changed:

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.

What’s Next

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!!

5 Comments

  1. C.
    C.Reply
    April 26, 2016 at 7:53 pm

    Thanks for the great review! Do you know if they will release DVDs of this rerun, and if so, when?

    • Gali
      April 26, 2016 at 8:05 pm

      They will be releasing DVDs, though the release date has not yet been announced. It will be available in our store, however!

    • Corinna
      April 27, 2016 at 2:16 am

      The DVD will be released in August!

  2. nagi
    nagiReply
    April 27, 2016 at 7:45 pm

    Thank you for reviewing on the rerun!!

    I’m happy that it seems like Asuma improved his acting! Although I like him very much, I did notice in the first stage play that he had some difficulties portraying Oikawa. I guess it’s all good now, haha. Can’t wait to see it on DVD!

    You’re not the only one who misses Tanaka Keita. q-q I thought he had the “Daichi vibe”, but oh wells! haha

    By the way, were you able to fulfil all the orders for the buying service? I’m kind of stressing because I heard Asuma is super popular, so his merch might run out, asdasdasdsa.

    Thanks again for the review. 🙂

  3. Nebula
    NebulaReply
    May 21, 2016 at 7:44 am

    Thank you for your review!
    I’m so sad that Tanaka Keita won’t be performing Daichi anymore. He was so perfect in all possible ways. Q_Q
    Happy to hear that Kohatsu Allen performed Iwaizumi way better!
    aaaaand lets pry for all the Gods for NEKOMA’s appearance! >o<

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