“The Elusive Samurai” from the Creator of “Assassination Classroom” to Premiere July 6

When Demon Slayer premiered in 2019, it repopularized the sub-genre of battle shonen involving sword fighting in historical periods. Rorouni Kenshin got a remake in 2023 and now it appears that another entry in the genre is coming out next month. On July 6, a samurai anime entitled The Elusive Samurai will come out. This anime will be an adaptation of a manga by Yasei Matsui, creator of Assassination Classroom, one of the most beloved manga of the 2010s. Trailer here:

The Elusive Samurai will be done by Cloverworks, of SpyXFamily fame. It will be directed by Yuta Yamazaki. Yasushi Nishiya is the character designer. The Japanese cast includes:

  • Hinaki Yano as Shizuku
  • Mari Hino as Kojirō
  • Sayumi Suzushiro as Ayako
  • Aoi Yuki as Kazama Genba
  • Kikunosuke Toya as Fubuki

Other staff members include:

  • Prop Design: Yogoinu
  • Sub-Character Design: Saki Takahashi
  • Color Design:Kazuko Nakashima
  • Art Director: Ayumi Kojima Ayumi Kojima
  • Background Art: taracod/takao
  • Historical Architecture Research: Riichi Kamone
  • Typography: Yuto Hama
  • Special Effects: Chiemi Irisa
  • Director of Photography: Yuya Sakuma
  • CG Director: Kanemi Arisawa/ Katsuaki Miyaji
  • Editing: Daisuke Hiraki
  • Sound Director: Akkiko Fujita
  • Sound Effects: Tomokazu Mitsui

Viz’s synopsis for the manga:

After the massacre of his family by the traitor Ashikaga Takauji, Tokiyuki flees with the help of a handful of loyal retainers who have also survived the purge. One of them is Suwa Yorishige, an ally of the Hojo clan and lord of Suwa Province. The slightly odd Yorishige also claims to be clairvoyant and foretells that Tokiyuki will one day become the ruler of Japan. But for the moment, escaping from enemy territory is the priority!

There is one glaring issue we see and that’s that we still have no idea who will hold the international license to stream the show. We’ll keep you posted on where international viewers can watch this whenever news becomes available. It will be hard to say if this series can reach the heights of Assassination Classroom, but the fact that this series is by the same creator is sure to generate hype.

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