Bara to Samurai

薔薇(ばら)とサムライ Goemon Rock Over Drive” (Bara to Samurai or the Rose and the Samurai) is a stage drama starring 古田新太 and 天海祐希.  It seems like the tickets for the month-long Tokyo run (18 Mar – 18 Apr) completely sold out on the first day of sales!  It will probably be the same for the Osaka leg (27 Apr – 13 May).  How I wish I could go watch it even though I probably wouldn’t be able to catch some of the dialogue.  Stage plays are meant to be watched live!  Hopefully there will be a DVD released later, as that is better than not being able to see it at all.

Synopsis (as far as I can understand it from the official site and blog):

The story takes place in the 17th century, at the Kingdom of Korudonia in the Iberia peninsula.  石川五右衛門 Goemon (古田新太) and アンヌ・ザ・トルネード Annu (天海祐希) are pirates in the region and often help each other out.   One day, lured by a reward, デスペラード豹之進 Desuperado  tries to capture Goemon.  In the confusion, Annu is taken away by soldiers to a castle.  It turns out that she is the long-lost daughter of the King who had recently passed away.  With no others heirs, the Prime Minister tells Annu that she will be the next ruler and has to start learning the manners of the royalty.

At her first party, Annu meets シャルル・ド・ボスコーニュ Sharuru, a prince from a neighbouring country, who falls in love with her.  Worried about Annu, Goemon also shows up disguised as an aristocrat at the party, and catches the eye of the Prime Minister’s grand-daughter ポリー・デ・ブライボン Poli.  Complicated relationships aside, Annu faces another dilemma as she ends up having to lead the soldiers to fight the pirates, whom she was a member of not so long ago.  Meanwhile, the apparently supportive Prime Minister is secretly plotting behind Annu’s back.  How will it all turn out for Goemon and Annu?

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