The historical anime Yasuke will have a manga adaptation

The historical anime Yasuke will have a manga adaptation

Yasuke, the historical anime of LeSean Thomas and MAPPA which tells the true story of the homonymous samurai of African descent who fought during the Japanese period of the Warring States in the 16th century, serving Oda Nobunaga, will enjoy a manga adaptation.

This year's August issue of Shogakukan's Monthly Spirits magazine confirms the news. The manga will be released in the next issue of the magazine on July 27 and will be drawn by Satoshi Okunishi.

Yasuke: the original anime from Netflix

The anime premiered on April 2 in all the world on Netflix.

Netflix describes the story:

In a war-torn feudal Japan, the greatest ronin ever known, Yasuke, struggles to maintain a peaceful existence after a past life of violence. But when a local village becomes the center of social upheaval amidst daimyo warfare, Yasuke must take his sword and help a mysterious child who is the target of dark forces. The story of Yasuke, the first Afro samurai who actually served the legendary Oda Nobunaga, will be revealed to the world.

The staff sees LeSean Thomas, already known for works such as Children of Ether, Cannon Busters, The Boondocks, as the creator, director and executive producer of the anime. Flying Lotus handled the music and also served as executive producer. Takeshi Koike (Redline) designed the characters and Studio MAPPA (Yuri !!! on Ice, Kakegurui) took care of the animation.

Satoshi Iwataki (A Certain Magical Index, Dororo) was the chief animation director and Takeru Satō was the chief technical director. Kenichi Shima (Parasyte -the maxim-) was responsible for the character design and Minoru Nishida (Dagashi Kashi 2) was responsible for the world art design and artistic setting. Yuki Nomoto (Dorohedoro) was the director of 3D CG and Hyo Gyu Park was the director of photography. Azusa Sasaki (Zombie Land Saga) handled the color and Mutsumi Takemiya (Dororo, Azur Lane) curated the show.

Lakeith Stanfield (Atlanta, Sorry to Bother You) voiced Yasuke in the version English while Jun Soejima played the lead role in the Japanese version.

Musician Flying Lotus anticipated in May that the six episodes of the anime serve as an "introduction to this world" and added that they have big plans for Yasuke.

If you want to learn more about the true story of the African samurai, buy the book on Amazon: Yasuke: The true story of the legendary African Samurai.