The stage play [Moon Saga – Yoshitsune Hidan – the 2nd chapter] held it’s public dress rehearsal and unveiling of the heroine on 29th (july) in Tokyo. GACKT, who is starring as well as involved with the original story, screen play, production and music creation, attended together with fellow performers Kawasaki Mayo and Yuumi Hiro.

This stage play is the sequel to the GACKT-produced 2012 stage play “Moon Saga – Yoshitsune Hidan”.

At the conference, the role of the heroine “Hiyori” was unveiled for the first time, out of the over 100 people who auditioned, Kuroda Arisa and Hatsune were finally selected. Kuroda said that “It’s been a really long time. I’m really happy now that it’s finally decided!” while crying tears of joy after the heroine was decided. She smiled in relief saying “I had dreams every 5 days or so of being cast out of the play!”

Hatsune, who will be making her stage debut, said enthusiastically that “This role cannot be conveyed solely using words. You have to express the feeling of the kind of person ‘Hiyori’ is outwards to the audience!”

GACKT explained that the reason for this decision was because he “felt they had the potential”. He also holds high expectations for them, “hopes that they could showcase their essential qualities, not really acting but making it known to the audience”. On the other hand, GACKT rattled the two of them by saying jokingly “It’s not known how far they can go. Anyway, they can try and whoever who cannot perform well will be cut out from the play. It’s cruel and I’m cold-hearted.”

The stage play will start playing at Tokyo Meiji Theatre from 8-18 August, then move on as scheduled to o Fukuoka, Osaka, Hiroshima, Nagoya, Sendai and Saitama.