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The Elusive Samurai Manga Will Have An Anime By CloverWorks

A leak of the next issue of the magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump confirmed the production of an anime adaptation of the manga written and illustrated by Yuusei Matsui, The Elusive Samurai (Nige Jouzu no Wakagimi). Although there is no official announcement, the information is confirmed through the cover of the magazine in question, which also confirms that production is carried out by CloverWorks studios.

The official information will be announced on March 25 during the event AnimeJapan 2023, which will also reveal a special promotional video (possibly no animation produced yet) and more information about the production team. On the other hand, the domain registration has also been leaked (, which again confirms production.

The Elusive Samurai

Yuusei Matsui began publishing the manga through the magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump from the publisher Shueisha in January 2021. This was the author’s first serialized publication after a long period of five years after the completion of Ansatsu Kyoushitsu (Assassination Classroom) other of his world-famous works that were also adapted into anime almost a decade ago.

Production team

  • Yuuta Yamazaki (Sono Bisque Doll wa Koi wo Suru, Yuru Camp, Wonder Egg Priority) is in charge of directing the anime at the studios CloverWorks.
  • yasushi nishiya (Chikyuugai Shounen Shoujo, Pocket Monsters: Coco, Summer Time Render) is in charge of character design and animation direction.

Synopsis for The Elusive Samurai

Eight-year-old Tokiyuki Houjou, the next successor to the Kamakura shogunate, is a boy with no talent for anything more than hide-and-seek. One day, his carefree life is turned upside down when Takauji Ashikaga brutally seizes power from the Kamakura, ending his reign. Rescued by a self-proclaimed prophetic priest, Tokiyuki manages to escape with his life. He must now elude those who attempt to kill him while he recruits comrades who can help him restore the Kamakura shogunate to its former glory.

Fountain: wsj manga

© 松井優征 (著) / SHUEISHA 集英社

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