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The Eight Stage, Tsukino Empire
2.5 Dimension Dance Live Tsukiuta, a.k.a. Tsukista, is the stage play series of Tsukipro's Tsukiuta series.

Unlike the drama CDs and anime, the stage plays show the characters in fantasy situations - sometimes Trapped in Another World, sometimes full out Alternate Universes - with elaborate costumes and surprisingly deep worldbuilding.Though they are, essentially, episodic, and most of the fantasy episodes deal with different worlds and aesthetics, some themes and threads of how the magic works are consistent throughout the series.

Each production features a play in the first part, and a dance live in the second part, in which the cast performs their songs as idols, and interacts with the audience.

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     The Plays: 
  • 2.5 Dimension Dance Live Tsukiuta - Side Black and Side White
    • 2016/4/23-5/1 at Seiryo Hall
  • 2.5 Dimension Dance Live Tsukiuta Act 2: ~Tsukiuta Tale Yumemigusa~ Sakura no Shonote  and Tsuki no Shonote 
    • 2016/10/27-31 at Zepp Blue Theater Roppongi
  • 2.5 Dimension Dance Live Tsukiuta TRI! SCHOOL REVOLUTION! ver.BLACK and ver.WHITE
    • 2017/3/8-12 and 3/17-26 at Zepp Blue Theater Roppongi (BLACK) and Hakuhinkan Theater (WHITE)
  • 2.5 Dimension Dance Live Tsukiuta Act 4: Lunatic Party
    • 2017/10/11-15 at Zepp Blue Theater Roppongi
  • 2.5 Dimension Dance Live Tsukiuta Act 5: Rabbits Kingdom -Black Rabbit Ver. and White Rabbit Ver.-
    • 2017/11/30-12/3 at Sankei Hall Breeze (Osaka) and AiiA 2.5 Theater Tokyo (Tokyo)
  • 2.5 Dimension Dance Live Tsukiuta Act 6: Kurenai Enishinote  -Kuro no Shonote  and Aka no Shonote -
    • 2018/10/18-11/4 at Shinagawa Prince Hotel Stella Hall
  • 2.5 Dimension Dance Live Tsukiuta Act 7: CYBER-DIVE-CONNECTION
    • 2018/12/5-9 at Hulic Hall Yurakucho (Tokyo) and 2018/12/13-16 Mielparque Hall (Osaka)
  • 2.5 Dimension Dance Live Tsukiuta Act 8: Tsukino Empire - Unleash your mind. -
    • 2019/03/26-31 at Maihama Amphitheater (guest starring SolidS and QUELL)
  • 2.5 Dimension Dance Live Tsukiuta Act 9: Shiawase Awase
    • 2019/10/30-11/04 at Hulic Hall Yurakucho
  • 2.5 Dimension Dance Live Tsukiuta Act 10: Taikyoku Denki
    • 2020/01/29-02/02 at Hulic Hall Yurakucho
  • 2.5 Dimension Dance Live Tsukipro: eins: Sora wo Wataru Kaze (with Alivestage
    • 2020/12/19-12/20 at Tachikawa Stage Garden
  • 2.5 Dimension Dance Live Tsukiuta Act 11: Tsukihana Kagura ~Story of Black and White~
    • 2021/09/30-10/11 at Hulic Hall Yurakucho
  • 2.5 Dimension Dance Live Tsukiuta Act 12: Urazanshin -Children are sometimes ruthless and cruel.-
    • 2022/03/25-04/03 at Nippon Seinenkan Hall
  • 2.5 Dimension Dance Live Tsukiuta Act 13: Tsukino Hyakkiyakou Tale Iirenren
    • 2022/11/25-12/04 at Hulic Hall Yurakucho

A spinoff Girls' Side series Megasta (Megami (Goddess) Stage) starring the members of Fluna and Seleas began in April of 2021.

The final performances of each production are filmed for Blu-ray releases. An official English-subtitled preview video can be seen here.

Tropes appearing in the stage plays in general:

  • Alternate Universe: Rabbits Kingdom and Tsukino Empire are full-out AU stories, as opposed to having the real-world idol characters get Trapped in Another World for the story. The Tsukino Hyakkiyakou world (as seen in Kurenai Enishi and SQS' Seibou no Kanata) and the Yumemigusa world do have alternate-universe versions of the characters, so they do count as well, even though the stories are from the point of view of the trapped real-world characters.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Somewhat often. The characters tend to hand things to the audience during the improv segments, and things like that. It's interesting, since there are portions of the shows where they are performing for an audience, alongside portions that are supposed to be just them talking backstage, or in their dorms, in their daily life.
  • Cast Full of Pretty Boys: What most of the audience is there for, even though that leads to...
  • Chromosome Casting: The original characters also tend to be attractive men, though there are exceptions - the Bird Queen in Rabbits Kingdom, for one, and a voice-and-drawing-only appearance from Kurisu in Cyber-Dive Connection, and, most notably, Reina and Tsubaki of Seleas guest-starring in Shiawase Awase.
  • Costume Porn:
    • Rabbits Kingdom, Lunatic Party, Yumemigusa, Kurenai Enishi, and Cyber-Dive Connection all have stunningly gorgeous original costumes.
    • Tsukino Empire takes this to another level, bringing the costumes from the illustrations to life with lush detailing and stunning textures. However, what takes it to the next level is Shun's costume as the second prince of the empire, and Hajime's equivalent but color-swapped version, which was kept a total secret until it appeared in the play itself. Photos weren't even posted on twitter until after the final performance.
    • The costumes for the dance-live portions are also amazing - check the movement of the 2018 costumes when they dance, with parts like Hajime's coat, Shun's cape, and Iku's kilt. Also Gravi's feather parts.
  • Dance Battler: Of course, the fight scenes are generally more for elegant fanservice than for actual fight enthusiasts, so the fights are, essentially, an extension of the choreography. This is especially true when the Eleven O'Clock Number theme song scene is a final battle, as in Yumemigusa and Kurenai Enishi.
  • Eleven O'Clock Number: The Title Drop song of each play is usually this. In the action episodes (2, 5, 6, and 7), the final big battle takes place as they sing this song. Tsukino Empire is a notable exception to this, however - it takes place during the final battle, but the characters don't fight during the song. They dance and show support to their leaders.
  • Massive Multiplayer Ensemble Number: The title songs for each stage play are this, during the climax of the story, often sung while sword fighting. Kurenai Enishi takes this to a new extreme, with three or four separate fights happening at once on stage. Tsukino Empire has the SQ members joining the main cast in the dance.
  • Mono no Aware: They might seem like pretty-boys-in-pretty-clothes fanservice, but these plays end up getting pretty philosophical with themes alone these lines, usually about accepting death, and about beginnings and endings.
  • Trapped in Another World: The plot of "Yumemigusa" (Shinsengumi AU) and "Lunatic Party" (Demon World). "Rabbits Kingdom", on the other hand, is a pure AU that doesn't feature the "real-world" versions of the characters except in the frame story. (But in Kurenai Enishi, Arata references it as a world that they visited). Shiawase Awase turns it around by having two cat witches from another world coming to be trapped in this world.

2.5 Dimension Dance Live Tsukiuta - Side.Black and Side.White:

Stories about Gravi and Procella's everyday lives. Ran 2016/4/23-5/1 in Tokyo.The Dance Live setlist featured the 2014 duet songs.

Act 2: Yumemigusa:

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Nenchuu feature.

The middle pairs are preparing to make their stage debuts in a play called Yumemigusa, a fantasy story based on the Shinsengumi, when suddenly, they are pulled into another world. In that world, they are the Shinsengumi, and Arata or You (depending on the version) is Okita, dying of a disease. All twelve members have been summoned to this world that is on the brink of its end, in order to give him a chance at life in a peaceful world. But the idols might just have the key to saving that world...

Ran 2016/10/27-31 in Tokyo.

The dance live setlist featured the 2014 duet songs.

  • Adaptational Alternate Ending: A short story included on the Yumemigusa blurays provides a happy version, where You/Arata's illness is cured by sending just the illness to the other world, where it's easily cured. So the actors get to do a dramatic Died in Your Arms Tonight scene, but the fans still get a version where they don't die.
  • Bare-Handed Blade Block: Koi surprisingly is able to do this in the junior group's first fight against the monsters in Yumemigusa. It doesn't work two years later in Kurenai Enishi.
  • Cherry Blossoms: Yumemigusa: Sakura no Sho, of course. It ends with a flurry of sakura petals as Arata dies in Aoi's arms. Kurenai Enishi echoes this with fall leaves.
  • Cool Sword: Yumemigusa gives the cast various forms of Japanese swords, with Rui and Kakeru each using two tantou. Kai has a spear.
  • Dance Battler: Shun, at least until he steps to the side, snaps his fingers, and has Kai finish them off.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: Arata or You (depending on the version) in Yumemigusa, with Aoi or Yoru.
  • Dual Wielding: Kakeru and Rui have two short swords.
  • Singer Namedrop: The title song of Yumemigusa does this along the same lines as "Tsukinouta".
  • Show Within a Show: Yumemigusa, a play that the middle pairs are starring in in the story... until they get sucked into the story's alternate universe.
  • Sword of Plot Advancement: In Yumemigusa, since Hajime and Shun don't exist in that world, their swords hold the power to send the villain back to his world. In the finale, they give them to the starring middle pair, saying that the bond of Childhood Friends amplifies their power.
  • We All Die Someday: Arata spins this at Aoi during their initial conversation about Arata's illness in Yumemigusa: Sakura no Sho.
  • Your Days Are Numbered: Arata or You. Arata has accepted his death, saying that he isn't scared of it, it's just mysterious. You, on the other hand...

TRI! School Revolution:

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Shironencho and Kuronenshou were featured characters for this play
An Ordinary High-School Student in a rural town, unsatisfied with his boring life, decides to invite idols to his school in order to liven things up and lessen the students' anxieties about graduation.This play was unusual for the series in that the Six Gravity and Procellarum version were completely separate plays, with completely separate stories and different original characters.

Ran 2017/3/8-12 and 3/17-26 in Tokyo

The dance live setlist featured a variety of solo songs, with backup from members of the same units.

Act 4: Lunatic Party:

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Featuring Kuronencho and Shironenshou
In the middle of their Halloween party, Six Gravity and Procellarum find themselves transported to the Magical World, where they are told that they have to recover a set of magical crystals in order to be released. And their dorm pets are along for the adventure with them - in human form!

Ran 2017/10/11-15 in Tokyo

The dance live setlist featured the 2014 duet songs, some of which were performed during the play itself.

  • Familiar: The magician's cat
  • Mono no Aware: The plots of the stage plays tend to have this sort of theme - possibly a most notable example is the Magician's Cat's story in Lunatic Party, an otherwise comedic story that still ends with a character coping with the death of a loved one, and having to come to understand how much his caretaker sacrificed for him.
  • Weirdness Magnet: Lampshaded in Lunatic Party. "Oh, another world again? Okay, Shun, how do we get out of this?" This is also referenced in Kurenai Enishi.

Act 5: Rabbits Kingdom / Act 14: Rabbits Kingdom Resurrection:

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Featuring the Leaders
An alternate universe, where the members made up the royal courts of two kingdoms of rabbits.

Ran 2017/11/30-12/3. In November 2023, Act 14: Rabbits Kingdom Resurrection featured a revival of the play portion from Act 5.

The Act 5 dance live setlist featured solo songs, with backup from each member's same year pair of the opposite unit. (e.g. Gravi's senior pair danced backup for both Procella senior members' solos, etc.). The Act 14 dance live featured all songs that had never been performed in a stage dance live before, including the ending songs from the second anime, the 2023 duet songs, and Gravi and Procella's versions of "Dear Dreamer".

  • Alice Allusion: The image of the setting is essentially this. It also begins with Kakeru running into the scene crying out, "I'm late!"
  • Cool Sword: With it's vaguely-Alice-inspired, generic Western setting, Rabbits Kingdom throws setting-specificity out the window, and charges ahead with Rule of Cool. Prince Aoi's Royal Rapier has an elegant flower design, his knight Arata is Dual Wielding scimitars, and Iku has a BFS.
  • Darker and Edgier: This play featured a notable Tone Shift from the previous entries. It was not the first to feature a canon-character death, but it was meant to be heavier. It was the first play not to feature the "Mutsuki-kun" improv comedy segments, in regards to which, the official website said, "please understand, the rabbits are sensitive to changes in temperature."
  • Elegant Gothic Lolita: The aesthetic of this entry generally has this style to it.
  • "End of the World" Special: If the villain is defeated, Shun will die as well, since they are connected. Hajime refuses to accept that, and draws on this power...
  • Fisher King: The Rabbit Kings have this connection to their land. When Hajime is cursed, the land falls into chaos.
  • Framing Device: A mysterious book that Hajime found, in a language he doesn't recognize, but it felt like it was calling to him. He brings it to Shun, who, of course, recognizes it and can read it, and reads it to him.
  • Little Bit Beastly: Every kingdom has this sort of animal features.
  • Masquerade Ball: Complete with, "For tonight, I'm not the king, I'm just Hajime".
  • Storybook Opening: The frame story of Rabbits Kingdom. This is presented in the live play through an excellent use of projections.
  • Sugar Apocalypse: The same Cast Full of Pretty Boys, but this time, with bunny ears! What could go wrong?

Act 6: Kurenai Enishi:

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While filming on location in Nara (and making a visit to You's family and meeting his older brothers), the idols encounter a mysterious red-haired young man in the forest, and find themselves transported into another world. It turns out the mysterious young man, Koutarou, is a tengu, and the younger brother of two rival tengu village leaders. In order to get back to the human world, the idols will have to help the two brothers and their villages reconcile, and defeat the mysterious "dark tengu" that have been attacking both villages. And somehow, Koutarou is at the center of everything.

Ran 2018/10/18-11/4 in Tokyo

The dance live setlists featured solo songs, with backup from each member's same year pair of the opposite unit. (e.g. Gravi's senior pair danced backup for both Procella senior members' solos, etc.)

  • And You Were There: In Kurenai Enishi, the black tengu are played by the same actors who play You's brothers. The story revolves around the original character Koutarou and his relationship with his older brothers, the black and white tengu leaders.
  • Appearance Is in the Eye of the Beholder: When Haru/Kai see Kurotenko and Shirotenko, they immediately recognize Hajime and Shun, but when the tengu see them, they see actual foxes. Only those who are closely acquainted with Hajime and Shun can see their mostly-human forms.
  • Audience Participation: Kakeru goes around the audience asking people how to become a stronger ninja.
  • Changeling Tale: Inverted with Koutarou in Kurenai Enishi who finds out in the end that he's human, and his tengu brothers found him as a baby. What's more, the tengu village leader, his eldest brother Taroubou, sacrificed his long life to give Koutarou some degree of magic, and that's the cause of all the issues that have occurred since.
  • Clashing Cousins: the clashing Kuro and Shiro tengu villages in Kurenai Enishi are ruled by two brothers.
  • Cool Sword: More katana, of course, with Iku and You Dual Wielding this time.
  • Did I Just Say That Out Loud??: In both sides, the sanbou expose the fact that Koutarou is human — Kansuke because he's shocked that Taroubou says he's going to die, Sekisai because he's angry at Koutarou for being such a brat — and react this way.
  • The Good Chancellor: The tengu village leaders' sanbou Kansuke and Sekisai, who echo Haru and Kai's positions in relation to Hajime and Shun.
  • Gratuitous Ninja: The ninja-themed Kurenai Enishi gives us Charisma Ninja Mutsuki-kun - a.k.a. a whole scene of ninja jokes that changes in every performance.
  • Happily Adopted: The reveal that Koutarou is human means that he isn't actually a blood relative of his brothers, but that doesn't bother him, and it never stopped them from loving him.
  • Honorary True Companion: Koutarou, to the main cast, especially the middles.
  • Never the Selves Shall Meet: Why Shun can't just use magic to zip them all back to their world — if his and Shirotenko's magic touch, they could contaminate each other and destroy worlds.
  • Reconcile the Bitter Foes: The main cast to the kuro and shiro tengu in Kurenai Enishi.
  • Trapped in Another World: They've gotten used to it by now.

Act 7: Cyber-Dive Connection:

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Nenshou feature.

Ran 2018/12/5-9 in Tokyo and 2018/12/13-16 in Osaka.

The dance live setlist featured the solo ending songs from the first anime season, featuring rotating backup.

  • An Ass-Kicking Christmas: Cyber-Dive Connection has the idols rescuing Santa from the digital world, by fighting video game monsters
  • Big Damn Heroes: Kurisu comes and finishes off the bad guys in the end.
  • Cool Sword: Cyber-Dive has an assortment of cool cyber-style weapons, many of which are other forms (bows, guns, scythes), but many are also swords.
  • Cyber Goth: Cyber-Dive Connection features this style, complete with cyberlox hair extensions and the most revealing costumes yet.
  • Dating Sim: Shun's game level in Cyber-Dive Connection. Of course, the character in the game is Hajime.
  • Saving Christmas: The plot of Cyber-Dive. They need to rescue Santa.

Act 8: Tsukino Empire - Unleash your mind. - :

A Space Opera AU that first appeared in the pamphlet and art set made for Animate Girls Fest 2015.In a world where mysterious sentient spaceships are attacking humanity, it seems that the end of the world has come. But then, humanity is saved when defectors from the attacking fleet decide to help them. Taking the form of Bond Creatures known as Shinjuu, these powerful beings bond with selected humans, giving them the power to fight back against the invasion. The only people capable of partnering with the highest level Shinjuu are Imperial Prince Shun, and Admiral Mutsuki Hajime, a mysterious man who appeared suddenly with no apparent background...

Ran 2019/03/26-31 in Tokyo, and featured the SQS cast as guest stars.

The dance lives had two different setlists, one featuring the 2014 duets (for the first time with the four new cast members), the other featuring the ED songs from the first anime season.

Tropes Appearing in Tsukista 8: Tsukino Empire: Unleash Your Mind:

  • Evil Chancellor: The Vice Chancellor, the most powerful figure in the empire outside of the royal family, who doesn't trust Hajime, the mysterious but extremely powerful soldier who is seen as humanity's last hope. It turns out, he's the one who isn't quite on humanity's side.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: When the Vice Chancellor finds out that that Hajime isn't human, but the same sort of creature as "Them", he accuses Hajime and Shun and their fleets of treason against humanity, and they become this.
  • Honorary True Companion: Canon Foreigner characters Chitose and Ogi are these to the juniors and middles, respectively, in this story.
  • Lady and Knight: Or, prince and knight. In a flashback scene, Prince Shun, upon first meeting Kai, tells him, "Alright, it's settled! You will be my knight!" Kai reacts with confusion, but by the time of the story, he has gotten used to it, and they have fallen into this pattern.
  • May the Farce Be with You: It begins with a backwards-scrolling introduction to the world of the story... in French.
  • Military Academy: The play features flashbacks to the senior pairs' time in this, when the pairs first met.
  • Misunderstood Loner with a Heart of Gold: Hajime, the most powerful soldier in the empire's army, who appeared suddenly one day with no connections, but can bond with the highest level Shinjuu, the only person besides Prince Shun who can. The audience knows that he is pure kindness, because we know Hajime from the rest of the franchise, but this isn't clear to the other characters in-universe. However, a few characters, like Arata, do trust him without much of a reason why. Why Aoi asks Arata why he's so sure that Hajime is good, Arata says, "because his hands are kind."
  • Omnicidal Maniac: The Vice Chancellor wants to witness the end of humanity first hand, which is why he opposes Hajime, who is seen as humanity's last hope.
  • Shout-Out: In one of the Harpo Does Something Funny scenes, Rokka calls Akino "Aki-chan", and Akino tells him not to call him that, so Rokka responds, "What then?" and suggests a nickname with the title of a popular work, with the main character's name replaced with "Akino", to which Akino responds by improv-ing on that concept. Some of them were, My Neighbor Akino, Sailor Akino, and Akino Potter.
  • The Nose Knows: How Arata finds Hajime taking a nap outside - "Tama's nose, and my instincts - the perfect combination" (Tama is his panther Shinjuu).
  • Throwing Down the Gauntlet: Haru to Hajime, who took his place as number one in their Military Academy, in the flashback scene to how Haru lost his eye.
  • True Companions: The members of the first and second fleets go to find their leaders in the Heart of the World, and tell them that they all belong together.

Tropes appearing in the Dance Live acts:

  • Adaptational Alternate Ending:
    • The last few Memorial Tour performances do this for "Koiwasuregusa" - in most of the performances, Haru leaves Hajime, and Hajime is left longing for him, with the red sash he suggestively took off of Haru, holding it to his face, trying to savor the memory... but in the Memorial Tour version, Haru goes back to him in the end, wraps the sash around his shoulders, caresses his face, and they walk off together, with their arms around each other. Except, one might wonder what Heartbreak Red thinks about this...
  • Kimono Fanservice: "Koiwasuregusa" - Hajime and Haru all over each other. The costume change adds to the effect, particularly with that song.

Act 9: Shiawase Awase

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Top row, left to right: Arata, You, Yoru, Aoi; Middle segment: Kakeru, Kai, Koi, Haru, Hajime, Rui; Bottom row: Reina, Iku, Shun, Tsubaki

In the midst of their photoshoot for TSUKIPRO Harajuku Shop's Fairy Tale Collection, Six Gravity and Procellarum encounter two familiar faces who've dropped by. Otherworldly versions of Reina and Tsubaki, the Black and White Cat Witches, have visited from the land of Fairy Tales, wanting to know what true happiness is. For that sake, they accompany the boys in their daily lives to find out just what happiness is, prompting discussions among the boys as well. The focus characters are the October and November representatives in Procella and Seleas: Iku, Reina, Shun, and Tsubaki.

The dance live setlist featured the B-sides to the third season solo songs with entirely new choreographies in a medley.

  • An Aesop: Happiness is different for each and every person, and it's not decided by one's current position in life. It's up to the person themselves to find out what makes them happy.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: When they bring up the concept of descriptions, Rui likens it to the tagline of the stageplay itself. Iku stammers out a warning for Rui to not break the fourth wall, saying that it's the sales message.
    • In the midst of the juniors' chat, Koi wanders off and chats up a member of the audience, explaining the concept of Kakeru's Born Unlucky constitution. Kakeru hastily brings him back to the stage, saying to him that it's not the time to be doling out fanservice.
  • Cat Girl: The Cat Witches. They appear as adorable black and white cats to everyone outside of the boys, and they engage in a Faux Paw or two while off to the side.
  • Cover Version: Most of the songs in the story proper are covers of previous songs.
  • Crowd Song: The performance of Yum-Yum!! Love!? swells into a climax of having everyone join in on the dance. Some of the characters who aren't onstage are in the stands, dancing directly within the audience.
  • Fairytale Motifs: The overarching theme of their unique outfit for this stage. What does the "Happily ever after" in fairy tales truly mean, and who's the true recipient of that happiness? When Reina and Tsubaki are walking down the aisles together, they discuss various fairy tales and their endings.
    • This is somewhat deconstructed with regards to their motivations. Cute Witches they may be, the general idea behind witches in fairy tales is that they're often subject to gruesome or horrible endings. Going off of this, the Cat Witches have gone through their fair share of struggles simply due to them being witches.
  • Familiar: According to Iku, Reina and Tsubaki's invisible familiars are helping them in their search to find happiness.
  • For Happiness: The Cat Witches' main goal.
  • Jukebox Musical: The songs within the play were all covers of previously released songs, Welcome to the Wonderland and Kimi to Step, originally recorded by the managers Kurotsuki and Tsukishiro (and known to fans from a Tsukipara April Fools' event); and Kimi wa Karei Naru Laila, originally You's solo. Iku and Reina's duet Yum-Yum!! Love!? also appears.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: The boys, save for Shun who already knows, aren't told about how the Cat Witches are slated to die because they used up so much energy to visit the regular world. Backfires in the end, though.
  • Near-Death Experience: Tsubaki and Reina expended loads of energy jumping from their world to the current timeline. They're about to run out by the end of the stage's story and disappear, since they can't recover said energy in the normal world. Luckily, the protagonists have someone who knows exactly what's going on, and they come to rescue the Witches by sending them back to their world in time.
  • No Biological Sex: Humans look like this to the Cat Witches. Reina explains that from their perspective, they see humans as humans, and the differences between males and females don't exist.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: Briefly, for comedy. When Iku is musing to himself what his own happiness is, the rest of the juniors all scoot closer and closer to him, Kakeru and Rui's heads practically hanging off his shoulders, until the scene turns dark.
  • The Scream: When Reina the Black Cat Witch and Tsubaki the White Cat Witch appear in the middle of their photoshoot and introduce themselves, they look at the boys. A Beat. They meow. Then the guys scream in shock.
  • Seen It All: Iku recalls that Shun was conversing with the Witches' invisible familiars, and this is Kakeru's response.
    Kakeru: I'm not going to let that surprise me. Something of that level won't faze me at this point.
  • Spontaneous Choreography: During Yum-Yum!! Love!?, the dance takes place in the middle of the street. Iku tries to mount an excuse as to why they shouldn't start dancing, but it's too late, and Reina's already getting started with the song.
  • Special Guest: Tsubaki and Reina's appearances mark the first time that any of the girls were put into a stageplay. They also show up as special guests in the dance live, performing their first season solos as one of the male groups serves as their back dancers.
  • Take Our Word for It: Arata and Haru watched what they thought to be a baseball movie, but it actually turned out to be a three-hour 4DX version of the Japanese folk tale Omusubi Kororin. They state that the movie was one of the biggest wastes of their time, and when Hajime and Shun take an interest in watching, Haru responds that everyone should take their word and not watch it.
  • This Is Reality: Iku states something along the lines of And the Adventure Continues, but Kakeru calls out his Wrong Genre Savvy by saying that what he just said is more in line with a discontinued Shonen manga, and not suiting their current situation at all.

Act 10: Taikyoku Denki

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Top row, left to right: Arata, Aoi, Yoru, You; Middle row: Haru, Hajime, Shun, Kai; Bottom row: Kakeru, Koi, Rui, Iku
In an Alternate Universe of Yin and Yang, Jinzoku (humans) remain the pitifully weak Yang creatures. In stark contrast to that, Gokuzoku (jiangshi) are the strongest beings which rule over the night. A chance meeting between the aspiring Jinzoku warrior Koi and the Extreme Omnivore Gokuzoku Kakeru leads to situations and encounters beyond their wildest imaginations. A story putting the world's survival on the line, which begins when the "weakest" and "strongest" meet. The focus characters are the juniors: Kakeru, Koi, Rui, and Iku.

The dance live setlist featured the second season duet songs with completely revamped choreographies and different groups depending on the dance live version. The final day's performance included a medley of all twelve duets.

  • After-Action Patch-Up: All of the Jinzoku's first meeting with Kakeru takes place while this is happening after Koi got into the scuffle, getting patched up by Aoi. It includes a bit of a Bandage Wince too.
  • All Chinese People Know Kung-Fu: Technically, the setting isn't China by any means, but the theme is the same. Going along with this trope, most, if not all, of the characters are essentially battling with kung fu.
  • All There in the Manual: For 2022's summer fair, Taikyoku Denki received a pamphlet that listed off the different characters' ages, panda names, and brief descriptions of their histories.
  • Anger Born of Worry: Hajime's reaction to Koi getting hurt. He's upset about Koi getting Iku and Rui into trouble, but it's made clear that it's because he's concerned about the guy.
  • Babies Ever After: One can see the ending as this. After they finish the final battle, the brief timeskip shows us that each of the pairs have formed their own contracts. Their contracts include allowing the Gokuzoku to remain up during the daytime, and creating sasakuma from the energy they put into the contract together.
  • Chinese Vampire: The Gokuzoku. They are the strongest species among the already powerful monsters, and they are regarded with both awe and fear. The more friendly ones, such as Kakeru, Arata, and Shun, are more like the local lighthearted Gokuzoku, though.
  • Crapsack World: A world ruled by the ever-dangerous darkness. Normal humans are forced to limit their hours outside lest they get mauled to death by the growing number of monsters prowling about outside the city. It's implied that before Hajime was born, there was an even greater lack of Yang energy in the world, which made their environment even worse.
  • Destroy the Villain's Weapon: Happens to Doutaku's weapon after Shun overwhelms it by charging it up with his own energy. It absorbs Doutaku, and Shun tucks it away for safekeeping.
  • Dirty Coward: The Big Bad Doutaku. He hightails it when he's outmatched, spends most of his time taking down enemies in order to power himself up, and is a Smug Snake all up until he's been cornered.
  • Fantasy Counterpart Culture: Takes heavy influence from Chinese culture, while also incorporating Taoism.
  • Fisher King: More like Fisher Pillars. When Hajime is wounded, the Yang energy rapidly disappears from the atmosphere.
  • Hungry Weapon: Doutaku's weapon. It absorbs the life force of those it kills due to the spell he wove into it, powering up Doutaku as well.
  • It's All My Fault: Koi utters this in despair as he clutches Hajime's motionless body, after Hajime took the attack meant for Koi.
  • Light/Darkness Juxtaposition: Yang and Yin, respectively. In fact, this is the theme behind the main design, depicted on some of their outfits. Shun, representing the Yin, is the white darkness, and Hajime, representing Yang, is the dark day.
  • Nice Day, Deadly Night: The day is when the Jinzoku are able to go around without worrying for their lives, as demons and beasts burn to death in the sunlight. The nighttime is when Yin creatures revel in their inborn violence, battling each other and preying on any pitiful Jinzoku unfortunate enough to be out at the time.
  • Serious Work, Comedic Scene: Yes, the story itself is bleak and disturbing, what with the threat of dangerous monsters coming out to attack every time the sun goes down. But when Shun finds his other half Hajime, who's immediately piqued his interest, he murmurs emotionally that Hajime's presence is so intriguing and perplexing... and Shun goes into an Otaku rant that is filled full of giddy joy that knocks the seriousness into next week.
    Shun: Thank you, oh so very much! You're right in the middle of my strike zone!
    Everyone: ...What.
    Shun: Oh my gosh, you're amazing and so perfect that you're like a dream - your face, your gaze, your face, your figure, and your face! Gosh, it's like my dreams and loves and hopes have been all packed into one- Oh, no. My heart. It's down bad. My heart... Aah, my heart's not ready. My heart's just woken up and it's fresh-faced. If I look up... If I look up... Ah, I'll die from the preciousness. ...Basically, I'm stanning you!
    Hajime: ...Who is this guy.
  • Sudden Musical Ending: Despite the lack of music being featured in the stage story proper, the story itself comes to an end with a dance number to the main theme.
  • Surprisingly Realistic Outcome: The Big Bad steals a half of the world's energy by taking Hajime's energy source and plans to steal the other half from Shun. When he actually succeeds in doing so? There literally is no weapon capable of handling the energy of both pillars of the world at the same time. It gets overclocked, shatters, and leaves Doutaku open for attack.
  • Taking the Bullet: Hajime gets in the way of Doutaku's attack for Koi, and Kai shields Iku from another attack of Doutaku's. Luckily, neither of them are fatally wounded.
  • Title Theme Tune: The main theme of this stage is called "Taikyoku Denki ~Yakusoku~".
  • Visionary Villain: Doutaku. He wants to rid the world of the despicable Yang energy, which reminds him that the nigh-unbeatable Gokuzoku are still weak to the sunlight. With this goal in mind, he sets into motion his plan of ravaging the largest Jinzoku city and injuring the Yang energy crystal Hajime.
  • Yin-Yang Clash: The setting as a whole. It puts Yin and Yang against together, meshing their fates in two. The protagonists subvert this: although they're completely different species from different sides, they come together, uniting them despite their common differences.
  • Your Heart's Desire: How Doutaku entices Haru into joining his cause. He phrases his proposition in a way that snags Haru hook, line, and sinker.

Act 11: Tsukihana Kagura ~Story of Black and White~

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Clockwise from top: Yoru, You, Shun, Kai, Rui, Iku, Koi, Kakeru, Haru, Hajime, Arata, Aoi
This Alternate Universe once had nations locked in strife, but that was in the past. In the present, where Dancing Is Serious Business, the oldest and strongest countries Shikkoku and Geppaku are busy preparing for their Tsukihananote  Festival. Much excitement is being built up for the festival which happens every four years, but a disturbing shadow lurks behind the fun. A traveling merchant group by the name of Mitsubachi seems to be at the center of it all, and the middle groups' encounter with them throws them into the fray. The focus characters are the middle groups: Arata, Aoi, You, and Yoru.

Originally scheduled for summer of 2020, the pandemic pushed it back to autumn of 2021.

The dance live setlist featured the fourth season songs and included the full Tsukiani 2 opening songs.

  • The Anticipator: When Kakeru and Koi are attempting to sneak out, Haru takes a seat right where they exit, idly looking at his fingers until he calls out to them for going out right under his nose.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: In the Black chapter, when roped into doing something dumb by the remaining middle group members, Aoi desperately calls out to the audience to make them do it instead. In the White chapter, Aoi shushes the audience when they support the idea of him getting dragged into the nonsense too.
  • Company Cross References: When Mattsun yells out SOARA's Signature Line but replaces it with their country Geppaku.
    Mattsun: Leap out, Geppaku~!
    You: ...Wouldn't it normally be "youth"?
    Yoru: Er, I don't know what you're talking about...?
    • During one of the daily segments, Kakeru notices a set of rabbits sitting haphazardly on a Roomba being set free onstage. After a brief conversation, the members of Procellarum and their dancers walk onstage with Spontaneous Choreography, dancing to T.O.T.M. -Takopa On The Moon- from the Goddesses.
  • Costume Porn: The numerous layers of the guys' richly decorated dance outfits during the story are a sight to behold. It's to the point where even the official Twitter remarks that looking back, the outfits spread around and fluttered so much that the positioning during their dances was exceedingly difficult to set up.
  • Crowd Song: In this stage, Zekkei Saiya, which was a song performed by the four juniors in Kurenai Enishi, is brought back with Spontaneous Choreography. The ensemble characters, the members of Mitsubachi, dancers, middle group members, and Mattsun all dance along.
  • Damned by Faint Praise: When Mattsun ends up dancing right in the center of Zekkei Saiya, he happily comments that it feels nice that he's the center of attention. What he neglects to mention is the fact that he was left alone because no one else was dancing with him, so You drily comments that Mattsun's self-esteem is something to be admired.
  • Dance Party Ending: The end of the stage story ends with the twelve main members performing Tsukihana Kagura, with the dancers, Mitsubachi, and Mattsun dancing behind them.
  • Dancing Is Serious Business: The setting. Justified in that the groups with the most beautiful dance will be the ones governing the archipelago for the next four years, so they have good reason to make it a big deal.
  • Dismantled MacGuffin: The crystal shards that the Mitsubachi members have made into jewelry and selling all over the archipelago, unaware of the disaster they could cause.
  • Fetch Quest: Shun essentially sends Kai, Rui, and Iku on this to break all of the one hundred dangerous crystal shards.
  • Flashback B-Plot: A segment of the main story contains flashbacks of the middle pairs' stories four years prior to the regular plot. It fleshes out their mindsets in the present day, including their determination for why they want to make this particular festival such a success.
  • Internal Homage: The setlist for the festival prior includes a number of songs from the previous middle groups' focus stages: Yumemigusa, Kurenai Enishi, Zekkei Saiya, Oboro no Koe, and Tenko Eika.
  • Kimono Fanservice: What seems to be the mindset behind their bromide-only traditional outfits. They're not exactly wearing kimono, but the drape and traditional allure are likely invoking this. Take a look.
  • King Incognito: Downplayed. Hajime, Kakeru, and Haru are the suzerains of their respective families. This doesn't stop them from running around the archipelago in casual wear, taking out ruffians and going on a search to find whatever clues they might need.
  • Meaningful Echo: Those who have watched Yumemigusa and Kurenai Enishi before this will recognize certain themes connecting this one to the previous middle pairs' focus stories.
    • Yumemigusa's Cherry Blossom chapter builds itself up on Aoi's struggle of Honor Before Reason. This time around, Aoi goes through a similar worry plaguing him, this time regarding his Family Business.
    • Kurenai Enishi's Red chapter details You and his awkward relationship with his brothers, comparing it to Kotaro and his own brothers. In Tsukihana Kagura's plot, You goes through a similar deal with his brothers, and one of the Mitsubachi members experiences an ordeal for the sake of his older brother as well.
  • Ninja: Aoi's family, the Satsukis, works behind the scenes for the country of Shikkoku. Arata likens it to this, since they're often working in secret and performing functions that aren't brought to the light of day.
  • Running Gag: The internal joke of screwing over Aoi('s stage actor) and making him perform something stupid on the last day returns.
  • Schmuck Bait: After the middle groups drop Matsunaga Taichi, You and Yoru's Childhood Friend, off at the traveling merchants' shop, Arata calls out to You regarding a... "concern" he has.
    Arata: It'd be hilarious if Mattsun got scammed into buying some mysterious vase after this.
    You: *laughs* No, no! Not even he would do something like that.
    Both: *laugh*
    Cut to Mattsun doing just that
  • Shout-Out: When Koi and Haru realize they've latched onto a clue, Koi makes a Pokémon reference by saying, "Getto daze!" and Haru cheerfully follows up with a, "Let's GO to the next town!"
  • Silly Walk: Geppaku (Procellarum) do an odd walk when strutting onstage multiple times.
  • Team Shot: When Shikkoku (Six Gravity) strike their pose in the Black chapter, they look nice and sharp, with their leader right in the middle.
  • Tempting Fate: A lighter version, played for laughs. While sneaking out, Kakeru and Koi declare to each other that this time, for sure, they'll be able to make it out without having Haru catch them in the act. Not even half a minute later, he chastises them as they're in the middle of their escape.
  • Title Theme Tune: Their main theme, which closes out the story stage, is Tsukihana Kagura. It's a Cover Version of the original Tsukihana Kagura sung by Hanazono Yuki for AGF 2019, pitched lower to accomodate for their voices.

Act 12: Urazanshin -Children are sometimes ruthless and cruel.-

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From left to right: Haru, Arata, Kakeru, Koi, Aoi, Hajime, Roa, Zesseikyou, Shun, Iku, Rui, You, Yoru, Kai
In the main timeline, Six Gravity and Procellarum, along with guests from SolidS, QUELL, and infinit0, are rehearsing for their 2021 joint stage theme, Zanshin. Everything seems to be proceeding at a good pace, but Hajime feels that his normal self and his onstage are fusing together somehow. One night, someone highly resembling Shun drags Hajime into an unknown space. Chasing after him, Haru and Kai follow suit into the space, but Shun is repelled. When they open their eyes, the three seniors have found themselves in the world of the stage they were just practicing: Zanshin. The focus characters are the seniors: Hajime, Haru, Shun, and Kai.

There were three dance live setlists: A, B, and C. All of them included the first Tsukiani endings, but A and B were unit focus and had the fourth season solos.

  • 20 Minutes into the Past: The stage proper took place during spring of 2022, but in the normal timeline, this would have happened around autumn of 2021, since it details the time they had during rehearsal.
  • Alternate Catchphrase Inflection: Arata's playful bark of "wan wan" appears in the normal world. In the Zanshin world, it shifts to a deeper woof, to express his Let's Get Dangerous! attitude and the fact that they're no longer in the regular universe.
  • Boke and Tsukkomi Routine: Haru and Kai briefly react to their situation like this when they're accusted of being terrorists, including facing the fourth wall directly.
  • Book Ends: The beginning of the story proper begins with Zanshin world's Shun bidding the gang farewell, requesting that they play with his normal world's Shun when they wake up. The stint into the alternate world ends with Zesseikyou repeating the exact same lines, holding hands with both Hajime and Shun. When they return to their regular world, Shun comments that he's absorbed his other self and requests that they continue playing with him in the future.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Those who end up influenced by Regret end up this way. Zesseikyou, being the Reality Warper, can make this happen with a snap of his fingers.
  • Call-Back: Tsubasa, Dai, Shu, Issei, and Ichiru are not affected by the mind control that brainwashes people into thinking that the otherworlders are terrorists. Zesseikyou hypothesizes that it's because they've escaped from his grasp once before, as they did in SQS7: Zanshin.
  • Continuity Cavalcade: Because the stage is the twelfth, an Arc Number for the series as a whole, it contains nods to many other stages and settings already set up in the history. Of note, when Zesseikyou is talking to himself about the worlds he's seen but never experienced for himself, he references Tsukino Empire, Machine Elements, Tsukino Hyakkiyakou, and Tsukihana Kagura.
  • Continuity Nod: Multiple.
    • Kai comments to himself that it's not the first time they've been brought to another world while in the middle of rehearsal, a nod to Yumemigusa. Later on, Hajime brings up that they've fought with Japanese swords before in another reference to the same stage.
    • When explaining their past, Haru says to the Gravi members that they've visited the Demon World, interacted with Youkai, and gone to the Digital World before. In order, he's referencing Lunatic Party, Kurenai Enishi, and CYBER DIVE CONNECTION.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: The protagonists wear all black. The obvious Light/Darkness Juxtaposition between them and the mindless Regret makes it clear who's on the side of good, and who's the enemy.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Hajime and Shun successfully defeat Zesseikyou by working together. Hajime, Haru, and Kai had already figured out that Zesseikyou was actually just lonely, so the seniors bring him back inside of Shun so he'll no longer have to be all alone in an incomplete world.
  • Fake Memories: When Hajime is brought over to the Zanshin world, the Minerva members' memories are all rewritten in order to make them think that he always existed.
  • Frame-Up: By controlling the world's perception, Zesseikyou manipulates the world into thinking that Hajime, Haru, Kai, and everyone on their side is either a terrorist in the Nebulous Criminal Conspiracy group Nemesis or their ally.
  • Giver of Lame Names: Koi comes up with a rather cutesy name for his plan to get Zesseikyou to see the light once more, and Arata reacts with disgust.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: The reason why Zesseikyou is so desperate for Hajime. He's gone through thousands of years watching other timelines' versions of him having the time of his life, while he's all alone. His only way of getting people to interact with him is by dragging them into the world in their dreams, but they inevitably have to leave to wake up. He scathingly notes that Kai only talks with him for work, and Haru doesn't even talk to him, which is a stark contrast from the extremely close relationship they all have.
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: When Procellarum are Brainwashed and Crazy, Six Gravity has to do this to snap them out of it. It's not enough, though, and the only way they recover is by having the normal universe Shun remove the brainwashing.
  • Kids Are Cruel: It's in the subtitle. Zesseikyou, the "Child" in the description, is characterized by his childish desire to override everyone else's goals and preferences.
  • Light Is Not Good: White represents regret in this story. When representing the infected fighters, the SQ members are bleached in white, and all of the enemies in the final battle, including the Big Bad himself, are dressed in white.
  • Meaningful Echo: When Zesseikyou poses a question, he answers himself before anyone else can. It signifies his wish to be the only one he hears, not accepting anyone else's opinion. Later on down the line, the normal universe's Shun asks the Procellarum members a question. He patiently waits for them to answer, showing the difference between the two, which is commented on as a development note.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Procellarum still have the mindset that Kai's a terrorist, yet he puts himself in harm's way to rescue Rui. Surely, they'd be more lenient on him? Wrong. The remaining members threaten him with their swords and take him prisoner.
  • Not Himself: Procellarum reacts with confusion and puzzlement to Kai's claim that he, Haru, and Hajime came from another world. This reaction is enough to convince Kai that he's no longer in their normal world, as Procellarum are naturally the ones most Conditioned to Accept Horror.
  • Only One Me Allowed Right Now: This is the reason why the Zanshin world's Haru and Kai don't actually appear. Zesseikyou explains that Haru and Kai have been coated over with their idol timelines' selves, and their Zanshin world lives are laying dormant underneath. Said coating is only possible because the idol world is of a higher status than Zanshin's, being complete.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: It's justified with the characters who originate from Zanshin, since they're not from the normal world. Haru and Shun, however, aren't like this, and they get genuinely upset at certain key points.
  • Play-Along Prisoner: A heroic version. Kai is captured by the Procellarum members, but after saying what he needs to, he triumphantly removes his bonds and skedaddles it out of there.
  • Red Baron: The Generals have their own unique names in this stage, taken directly from their character settings.
    • Hajime, along with his usual Black King nickname, is called Shigokukyounote .
    • Shun is referred to as the White Demon Lord. The otherworldly version of Shun is Zesseikyounote , the Big Bad.
    • Shiki, who's only mentioned in name, is Kakuenkyounote .
    • Shu is Meiyakukyounote .
    • Roa is Mikagekyounote .
  • Slipped the Ropes: When all's said and done, Kai reveals that he's already freed himself from the ropes that had him tied up, hightailing it and saying that getting out of ropes is a necessary survival tactic.
  • Title Theme Tune: The main theme, sung by all twelve of the actors, is titled "Zanshin -Mukei no Yae-". It's a Cover Version of the one sung by Kujikawa Haruto of VAZZROCK for AGF 2021.
  • Trapped in Another World: Haru, Kai, and Hajime are brought from rehearsal for the Zanshin play into the actual Zanshin world by Zesseikyou. Hajime's the only one needed, but neither Haru nor Kai are willing to leave him to stay in the world while they go back safely, so they make it their end goal to return to their home.
  • True Companions: Gravi and Procella are united tightly by their bonds. Being the focus characters, Hajime and Haru, as well as Shun and Kai, have a heartfelt moment to themselves where they express how much they matter to one another.
  • Undying Loyalty: When everyone is brainwashed into perceiving Hajime, Haru, and Kai as terrorists, the Gravi members still stick with their leader and advisor because they just feel in their hearts that it's the right thing to do.
    • Procellarum, due to not being as cohesive as Gravi, takes some time coming around and some choice words from Kai to get spurred on. Still, they express the exact same thing towards Zesseikyou, their world's Shun, because the influence from the current timeline onto the Zanshin timeline has led to this for Shun.
  • We Can Rule Together: Zesseikyou offers this to Hajime. He's not having it, because he wants to go back to his own world.

Act 13: Tsukino Hyakkiyakou Kitan Iirenren

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Top row from left to right: Haru, Hajime, Shun, Kai; Middle row: Aoi, Arata, You, Yoru; Bottom row: Kakeru, Koi, Iku, Rui

An instance of odd weather affects the boundaries between the normal timeline and Youkai world, tossing Koi into another world. In the place he's sent to, Princess Ichiha of the land Otaki lives with her father, attendant, and dog Iku. When a powerful force begins to invade, threatening the land they all hold dear, this catches the attention of the ayakashi spirits, who seek to protect the land as well. A conflict bigger than themselves brings Koi and Iku into contact with the youkai that are highly similar to people Koi already knows. The focus characters are the four juniors: Kakeru, Koi, Iku, and Rui, with a particular focus on Koi and Iku.

There were two dance lives: Black and White. Both included their respective group's second season duets, Tsukiani endings, and group songs.

  • Action Pet: Iku, as a dog, fights by Ichiha's side.
  • Big "WHAT?!": When Koi hears from Ichiha that Iku is a regular dog.
    Ichiha: Iku's a wonderful dog! The dog that I picked up and raised myself!
    Koi: Haha... (Beat.) ...A dog?
    Iku: Huh? Yeah. *Bark!*
    Koi: WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT!?
  • Came Back Strong: Iku is killed in the climax by Sakanoue and brought back to life by Hajime and Shun. He's significantly stronger as an ayakashi, and he easily brings his enemy to his knees before remembering that youkai cannot interfere with human events.
  • Continuity Nod: When Koi and Kakeru are fighting together, Kakeru notes that for a human whose world is supposedly peaceful, Koi is surprisingly good at fighting. Koi responds that it's because he's been tossed into worlds so often with Kakeru that he has no choice but to do so. Their past experiences in Yumemigusa, Kurenai Enishi, or CYBER DIVE CONNECTION seem to have paid off.
  • Disney Death: This stage is one of the few where a main character's death is actually portrayed. Iku, having spent most of the stage a dedicated and trustworthy dog, is inevitably killed when he stands in the way of the Tragic Villain. He's revived, though, as an Inugami.
  • Environmental Symbolism: The weather at the beginning of the stage is a sunshower, which is when there is a rain shower while it's still sunny. A sunshower is also called "Foxes' Wedding"note  and the Celestial Foxes remain integral to the story as a whole.
  • Gods Need Prayer Badly: As long as the humans of Otaki respect their mountain's shrine, the gods will listen.
  • Heroic Dog: Iku. He remains faithful to his master, attempting to protect the country he and Ichiha adore, even before he's revived as an Inugami. Afterwards, he's still just as heroic and still a dog in a way, though he's just more humanoid.
  • Heroic Pet Story: A good chunk of the story details Iku's journey as Ichiha's heroic pet. In the humans' eyes, he looks like a regular brown mountain dog the whole time, so he surely qualifies as this.
  • Invisible to Normals: Invisible and inaudible, it seems. The Otaki family members can't hear or see what the youkai can, and namely, that's human Iku's form and voice. When Koi's chatting with Iku, who looks like nothing more than a dog to them, they realize that Koi is telling the truth about his situation and knowing Iku.
    • Sakanoue notices that Rui is watching his group have a strategy meeting. His companions don't see anyone in the foliage, but it's clear that Sakanoue can see Rui quite clearly. It's explained that he comes from a bloodline known for its perception, so he has better senses than many other humans.
  • Look Both Ways: Koi walks into the street picking up a ball that rolled in. By the time Kakeru's yelled and Koi's noticed the car lights, it's too late.
  • Mythology Gag: Shun asks Kai and someone else to do something entertaining for him during one of the few moments he and Hajime are awake. In Kurenai Enishi's Black Chapter, which also took place in the Tsukino Hyakkiyakou universe, Shun would ask the same thing of Kai and You, occasionally requesting others to join them as well.
  • Reflexive Response: When Hajime approaches Koi with an Iron Claw as he's sleeping, Koi immediately senses danger to his life and leaps out of his slumber, gasping and panting all the while.
  • Reset Button: A short story released after the play's run was over reveals that when Hajime and Shun returned Koi back to his world, they turned back time briefly to before he was run over.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: Hajime demands that Koi not interfere with humans' ordeals, because he is not only a youkai, but also a total outsider to boot. Koi rejects Hajime to help Iku and the Otakis because he'd feel horrible if he were just twiddling his thumbs in a safe place when the humans are clearly in danger. By the end, much of the other Gravi and Procella youkai have done this, bending the rules and wheedling the responsible members into letting them aid the humans in battle.
  • So Crazy, It Must Be True: The Otakis accept Koi's story as the truth because it's just so outlandish that he wouldn't make it up. To be fair, his story is that he lives in a peaceful world working as an idol (a job their pet dog Iku also works as a human), got run over, was changed into a youkai, and is also accustomed to these otherworldly trips because of past experiences. It's lampshaded by Ichiha's father.
  • Title Theme Tune: "Iirenren" is the play's main theme song.
  • Tragic Villain: Sakanoue, the main villain, is looking to take over the Otakis' territory. The idea of violent conquest doesn't sit well with him, though, and he'd prefer to settle the issue peacefully. Unfortunately, the mercenary group he's hired would like to do the opposite.
  • Trapped in Another World: Koi is blasted away into the Tsukino Hyakkiyakou world. He can safely return home, but he needs to wait a bit of time before the time is right and the Celestial Foxes can bring him back.
  • Weasel Mascot: Kamaitachi Arata has a weasel as a shoulder pet.
  • When Dimensions Collide: Due to a sudden sunshower, the worlds' boundaries weaken, leading to Koi getting thrown into the youkai world. Because of his status as an irregular, Koi is no longer human, and he's turned into a Nue.

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