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The latest Modern Noh of Darkness work!
"Ningyo-yaki In Love" is published♪


Ms. Hata no Kokoro, a menreiki, is composed of 66 masks. Now, KKR48[2], a group composed of 48 of those masks selected from the original 66, present their new Modern Noh of Darkness play titled Ningyo-yaki In Love[3]. The complete work was released a few days ago.


The story of Ningyo-yaki In Love is as follows: The masks, each of which has its own individual personality, transform into humans and awaken to the emotion of love. Their cheeks flush with embarrassment at this first-time feeling, and their hearts burn so hot that their masks are baked brown and can no longer maintain their human shape. When their true forms are found out, their relationships fall apart, but all of the men who were in love with the masks remember them fondly whenever they visit a shop that sells ningyo-yaki.


What a touching story! All of Gensokyo was in tears -- this reporter included, of course. At first glance, Ms. Hata no Kokoro looks unemotional, and yet it was she who envisioned this pure love story. Maybe it is precisely because she is unemotional that she can absorb every tiny emotion and release it again in a pure form. Her next work is eagerly awaited.

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  1. Kokoro's pose is a parody of "Love", the theme song of the successful TV drama in 2016, "Nigeru wa Haji da ga Yaku ni Tatsu" (lit. Escaping is a Shame but It Works). In the promotion video of the song, the distinctive dance is called "love dance" (恋ダンス).
  2. A reference to AKB48, a popular idol group in Japan. Their name is a shorthand version of Akihabara combined with their total of 48 members, and likewise, Kokoro's is shorthand for her own name and the fact that there are 48 of her masks involved.
  3. A pun on one of AKB48's songs titled "Fortune Cookie In Love." Ningyo-yaki is a popular Japanese dessert.