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The Elusive Samurai Trailer Gives First Listen to Opening Song

The Elusive Samurai Anime Slashes onto Screens July 6

The anime adaptation of The Elusive Samurai (a.k.a. Nigejōzu no Wakagimi in Japanese) is debuting on July 6, and ahead of this a new trailer has dropped. The trailer tells us just a little bit more about the cast, and shares the names and artists behind the theme songs. The opening theme song is titled “Plan A” and performed by DISH//, while the ending theme song is called “Kamakura STYLE” and performed by Botchi Boromaru. We get our first listen to “Plan A” in this trailer.

According to the trailer, Katsuyuki Konishi plays Takauji Ashikaga.

It had previously been revealed that Asaki Yuikawa plays Hojo Tokiyuki, Yūichi Nakamura plays Suwa Yorishige, Hinaki Yano plays Shizuku, Mari Hino plays Kojirō, Sayumi Suzushiro plays Ayako, Aoi Yūki plays Kazama Genba, and Kikunosuke Toya plays Fubuki.

The anime is being made at CloverWorks, with Yuta Yamazaki helming the project as director. Credit for character design goes to Yasushi Nishiya, who has worked on Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us and Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You!

The original manga is by Yusei Matsui, who is also the creator of Assassination Classroom. Matsui began the manga in 2021, and VIZ Media as well as MANGA Plus are digitally publishing new chapters with English translations to coincide with the Japanese release. VIZ Media additionally publishes print editions of the books.

VIZ gave this description for the plot of the first volume:

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!

Source: ANN


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