The Elusive Samurai Unveils New Key Visual with Protagonist Hojo Tokiyuki

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A new key visual has been released for the upcoming The Elusive Samurai TV anime series, featuring the main protagonist Hojo Tokiyuki. The anime is scheduled to premiere in Japan on July 6, 2024. 

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Yuta Yamazaki (Wonder Egg Priority assistant director) is directing the anime, with Yuusuke Kawakami (Bocchi the Rock! live performance director) as assistant director, Yasushi Nishiya (Pokémon the Movie: Secrets of the Jungle sub-character designer) as character designer and chief animation director, Yoriko Tomita (My Dress-Up Darling) as series screenwriter, Kazuko Nakashima (Wonder Egg Priority) as color designer, Ayumi Kojima (The Iceblade Sorcerer Shall Rule the World) as art director, and Yuya Sakuma (Horimiya: The Missing Pieces) as compositing director. CloverWorks is handling the animation production for the series. 

Meanwhile, the anime’s main voice cast includes: 

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

The anime adaptation is based on the historical samurai manga by Yuusei Matsui, which began serialization in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump on January 25, 2021. Fifteen tankobon volumes have been released as of April 2024, with a 16th volume due out on July 4, 2024. VIZ Media releases the manga in English. 

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Manga Plus is also releasing The Elusive Samurai manga digitally in English, describing the main synopsis 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!

Source: The Elusive Samurai Official Anime Twitter

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William Moo is a freelance writer who has previously written for OTAQUEST and MANGA.TOKYO. He enjoys watching lots of anime every season and reading from time to time. You can follow him on Twitter @thewriterSITB.
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