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.
To date, it consists of:
- 2.5 Dimension Dance Live Tsukiuta - Side Black and Side White - 2016/4/23-5/1
- 2.5 Dimension Dance Live Tsukiuta Act 2: Yumemigusa - Sakura no Shonote and Tsuki no Shonote 2016/10/27-31
- 2.5 Dimension Dance Live Tsukiuta TRI! SCHOOL REVOLUTION! - ver.BLACK and ver.WHITE - 2017/3/8-12 and 3/17-26
- 2.5 Dimension Dance Live Tsukiuta Act 4: Lunatic Partynote - 2017/10/11-15
- 2.5 Dimension Dance Live Tsukiuta Act 5: Rabbits Kingdom - Kurousagi-oukoku and Shirousagi-oukoku - 2017/11/30-12/3
- Natsuyumesai, a youkai-AU side story performed 2018/7/28-29 at Tsukipro Bunkasai 2018, featuring Rui and Kai from Procellarum with Ichiru and Issei from Quell.
- 2.5 Dimension Dance Live Tsukiuta Act 6: Kurenai Enishinote Kuro no Sho and Aka no Sho note - 2018/10/18-11/4
- 2.5 Dimension Dance Live Tsukiuta Act 7: Cyber-Dive-Connection - 2018/12/5-9 in Tokyo and 2018/12/13-16 in Osaka.
- 2.5 Dimension Dance Live Tsukiuta Act 8: Tsukino Empire - Unleash your mind - - 2019/03/26-31 in Tokyo (guest starring SolidS and Quell)
The final performances of each production are filmed for bluray releases.
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 Shrine world (as seen in Kurenai Enishi and SQS 2) 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.
- 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, bring 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.
- Harpo Does Something Funny: Each play has several jokes that are adlibbed in each performance.
- Long-Runner Cast Turnover: As of 2018's stage plays 6 and 7, the series is starting to become this. Five of the original twelve cast members have graduated.
- 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).
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:
The middle (nenchuu) 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.
- Bare Your Midriff: You, partially, as seen in the picture.
- 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:
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:
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:
The 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.)
- 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:
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:
- In Kurenai Enishi, 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.
- 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.
- 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:
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.
The Eight Stage: 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.
- Alien Invasion: The planet "Terre" is being invaded by mysterious sentient spaceships called Unidentified Mysterious Assailants (UMA), or just "Them".
- Bond Creatures: the Shinjuu are defectors from "Them" that bond to chosen humans and take the forms of animals.
- 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.
- Four Gods: The most powerful Shinjuu take these forms.
- Gender Is No Object: The original pamphlet states that Fluna and Seleas are also Tekigousha (Shinjuu partners), and that You avoids areas where his ex-girlfriends' units tend to be.
- Gorgeous Garment Generation: Hajime's Imperial costume apparently appears spontaneously when he enters the Heart of the World.
- Impractically Fancy Outfit: Prince Shun tells the juniors that his beautiful clothes are also very hard to walk in. He constantly needs Kai to carry the train of his robes (which they then went on to parody in the dance live segment).
- 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.
- Mildly Military: They wear the uniforms, but there really isn't much military action going on in this play.
- 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."
- Non-Uniform Uniform: Gravi and Procella's uniforms differ from each other fairly significantly, but SolidS and Quell take this to new levels of fabulousness.
- 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.
- Space Opera: Not only is it going for this aesthetic, but it actually does fit all of the ten points on the list on the trope page (the Distressed Dude would be Shun).
- 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.