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Odd Taxi Anime Lands Stage Play Adaptation in Japan

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Odd Taxi: Diamond wa Kizutsukanai, a live-action stage play based on the iconic, award-winning anime, is set to debut in Japan early next year.

The 2021 anime sleeper hit Odd Taxi is getting translated to the stage.

According to Anime News Network, Odd Taxi: Diamond wa Kizutsukanai (Diamonds Will Not Be Damaged) will run at Otemachi Mitsui Hall in Tokyo from Jan. 25 until Jan. 31 and at Cool Japan Park Osaka TT Hall in Osaka on Feb. 4 and 5. The play was initially scheduled to premiere in July but was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Odd Taxi: Diamond wa Kizutsukanai will tell an original story set in the fantastical world of the iconic and award-winning anime series about four aspiring idols. Multiple real-life idols will appear in the play, including AKB48’s Yui Oguri and Hinatazaka46’s Hiyori Hamagishi. Kadzuya Konomoto, who penned the screenplay for both the anime and the tie-in movie, Odd Taxi: In the Woods, wrote Odd Taxi: Diamond wa Kizutsukanai‘s script.

Take a Ride in an Odd Taxi

Produced by P.I.C.S. (Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV) and OLM (Pikachu’s Rescue Adventure), the Odd Taxi anime depicts a world of anthropomorphic animals and follows Odokawa, a middle-aged walrus taxi driver, as he interacts with the eclectic individuals who ride in his cab. The series marked the industry debut for director Baku Kinoshita, who went on to win Best Director at the 6th Crunchyroll Anime Awards in 2022 for his work on Odd Taxi. The show also won Best Anime Series of 2021 at the IGN ‘Best of” Awards and the New Face Award at the Japan Media Arts Festival.

However, despite the show’s critical success, there was hesitation to release the award-winning series on Blu-ray. In order to hedge their bets, Odd Taxi‘s producers launched a preorder campaign for the series with the caveat the fans needed to order a minimum of 300 sets to guarantee the releases. By the end of the allotted time period, over 6,000 Blu-rays had been preorder and copies began shipping back in March.

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Similarly, when Odd Taxi: In the Woods debuted in only a limited number of theaters, the series’ fans showed up to ensure the movie’s success. Within four weeks, the film’s earned 130 million yen (roughly $1.03 million) at the box office, surpassing all expectations.

Natsuki Hanae (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Entertainment District Arc) stars as Odokawa in the original Japanese version of Odd Taxi, while Mike McFarland (Dragon Ball Z: The Return of Cooler) plays the character in the English dub. Both the English dubbed and subtitled versions of all 13 episodes of the anime are available to stream on Crunchyroll.

Source: Anime News Network

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