The Elusive Samurai: 1st Trailer and Key Visual Released

(C) 松井優征/集英社・逃げ上手の若君製作委員会

The Elusive Samurai anime adaptation has received its first trailer — which is devoid of actual footage — and a key visual. The former previews the main cast members’ voices, which are overlaid over the illustrations used in the visual.

The Elusive Samurai is set for a 2024 release. The anime is based on the manga by Yuusei Matsui, which began serialization in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump in 2021. There are 13 tankoubon volumes as of November 2023.

Manga Plus describes the plot as:

Yusei Matsui, creator of Assassination Classroom and Neuro: Supernatural Detective, is back! Set in feudal Japan in between the Kamakura and Muromachi periods, our hero Hojo Tokiyuki is a boy on the run that history all but forgot! When the Kamakura shogunate is overthrown by Ashikaga Takauji, Tokiyuki’s family and standing are viciously taken away from him, and he must flee to the far reaches of the land to survive and seek out his revenge!

(C) 松井優征/集英社・逃げ上手の若君製作委員会


• Director: Yuta Yamazaki (Wonder Egg Priority assistant director)
• Assistant director: Yuusuke Kawakami (Bocchi the Rock! live performance director)
• Character designer and chief animation director: Yasushi Nishiya (Pokémon the Movie: Secrets of the Jungle sub-character designer)
• Series composer: Yoriko Tomita (My Dress-Up Darling
• Animation production: CloverWorks


• Asaki Yuikawa as Hojo 
 Hinaki Yano as Shizuku
• Mari Hino as Kojirou
• Sayumi Suzushiro as Ayako
• Aoi Yuuki as Genba Kazama
• Kinosuke Toya as Fubuki
• Yuuichi Nakamura as Suwa Yorishige

Source: @nigewaka_anime

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