On Monday, the 16th edition of Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine announced that The Elusive Samurai (Nigejōzu no Wakagimi) manga, created by Yusei Matsui, will be adapted into a television anime series.
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CloverWorks has appointed Yuta Yamazaki, known for his work as the assistant director for Wonder Egg Priority and series director for both Love Rice series, as the director for the upcoming anime. The characters will be designed by Yasushi Nishiya, who served as the chief animation director for Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us and Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You!.
Eight-year-old Tokiyuki Houjou, the next successor of the Kamakura shogunate, is a young boy lacking talent in everything besides hide-and-seek. One day, his carefree life is abruptly turned upside down when Takauji Ashikaga brutally seizes power from the Kamakuras, ending their reign. Rescued by a self-proclaimed prophetic priest, Tokiyuki manages to escape with his life. Now he must evade those trying to kill him while recruiting comrades who can help him restore the Kamakura Shogunate to its former glory. Set during the Nanboku-chou period of Japanese history, Nige Jouzu no Wakagimi is a tale of redemption, documenting the life of the forgotten hero that altered Japan’s destiny by running away.
In January 2021, Matsui released the manga in Weekly Shonen Jump. The ninth volume of the manga was shipped on January 4th, while the tenth volume is set to be released on April 4th. The manga is being simultaneously published in English digitally by both Viz Media and MANGA Plus as new chapters are released in Japan.