“The legend of Oni” takes place in Heian period (Year 794 to 1185)
Before the Samurai world in Japan, all the nobles were living and fighting to get their power.
Noble Nagamichi and his son Ebuki were in middle of this power struggle fight and turned their hearts to an Oni. Nagamichi who looks like a human but has an Oni heart. Ebuki changed his appearance to an Oni do for hatred and grudges he held against his father.“The Legend of Oni” is a Japanese style musical story written through these two different Onis.
Theme of this play is about the conscience in our lives.
Oni is an Ogre from Japanese Mythology known as the god of mountains with a fearful appearance. It is believed that the Oni come to punish humans when they misbehave.
The play touched the heart of audience with an overarching message that we all have a seed of becoming Oni (hatred, anger and grudges) in each of us. Show has successfully closed in Tokyo and Osaka in 2013. 21 freshly composed original songs with traditional Japanese Drum beat leads this human drama brought a sensation in the Japanese musical scene and still now receiving numerous show requests. Casts are all female, sensitive yet energetic actors in gorgeous Kimono-based costume with powerful Japanese fan choreography will take you to 90 minute journey through Oriental myth.
Feedback from Audience
Magnificent performance! Energetic expression and effects gave me goosebumps and feeling of being part of the play.
(Sakai-city,Osaka / Housewife)
Dynamism of performance based on traditional Japanese dance using Katana-Sword and Fan to express and effect was impressive .Sweet Sorrow Story line made tears roll down my cheeks.
(Takarazuka-city, Hyogo /20 years old)
Simple story line got my heart into the play and relate easily.
Powerful chorus surround the stage with group dynamism. Thrilled me like anything and gave goosebumps on my body.
Gorgeous Kimono-based Costume entertained our sights.
The sensitive and wistful theme is contained deeply in the play.
Clear story line made the time really fly and made the show enjoyable!
(Osaka/ Business person)
Agree that Oni (Ogre) can be an avatar of human lust and greed.
I will certainly go for their next performance!
(Takarazuka-city, Hyogo/ Business person)
Extraordinary idea of merging western and eastern culture that creating a musical play based on Japanese History (Heian period).
Deep beat of Japanese drum made my heart pound with excitement along with characters'line and music! Highly recommend!
Couldn't take my eyes away from stage, even to blink especially in the last 30 mins of climax!
Outstanding original story and music.
(Takarazuka-city, Hyogo/ Housewife)
Essential theme of our life, definitely related to our modern daily life and society.
(Osaka-city,Osaka / Housewife)