The Elusive Samurai trailer animated by CloverWorks

Get Your Dose of Dark Humor With the Upcoming Anime ‘The Elusive Samurai’

Yusei Matsui (Assassination Classroom) takes us to Japan in 1333 with his upcoming anime adaptation, The Elusive Samurai. Following the Siege of Kamakura, the Hojo Clan was left in shambles. Luckily for them, their heir, Hojo Tokiyuki, is extremely difficult to kill.

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Hence the title of the manga and anime, The Elusive Samurai. Tokiyuki has the uncanny ability to squirm away from the jaws of death. It’s an extremely lucky skill to have, and one that he might be able to use to reclaim his rightful throne. CloverWorks is revealed to be responsible for adapting this manga to an animated series.

We won’t have to wait long until The Elusive Samurai is released. You can watch the first season of the anime on July 6, 2024, at Crunchyroll.

An historical fiction anime of comedic proportions

We’ve seen Matsui’s ability to blend dark themes with humor. Assassination Classroom, which had two seasons, is a staple comedy series for most fans, regardless of its painful ending. We can expect this upcoming anime to have that touch of comedy we’re familiar with.

Tokiyuki himself is a silly main character. Initially, he was very good at evading his responsibilities, up until his family was killed. Now, his only duty is to survive, which isn’t difficult for a guy who’s extremely skilled at running away. But for all the brutal talk of death in the manga, Tokiyuki takes things in stride and comes out like a great shonen hero.

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Vanessa Esguerra (She/They) has been a Contributing Writer for The Mary Sue since 2023. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Economy, she (happily) rejected law school in 2021 and has been a full-time content writer since. Vanessa is currently taking her Master's degree in Japanese Studies in hopes of deepening her understanding of the country's media culture in relation to pop culture, women, and queer people like herself. She speaks three languages but still manages to get lost in the subways of Tokyo with her clunky Japanese. Fueled by iced coffee brewed from local cafés in Metro Manila, she also regularly covers anime and video games while queuing for her next match in League of Legends.