This year’s August issue of Shogakukan magazine Monthly Spirits, for which LeSean Thomas and the Yasuke anime from MAPPA will receive a manga by Satoshi Okunishi in the next issue of the magazine on July 27th.
The anime debuted worldwide on Netflix on April 2.
In a war-torn feudal Japan filled with mechs and magic, the greatest ronin never 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 between warring daimyo, Yasuke must take up his sword and transport a mysterious child who is the target of dark forces and bloodthirsty warlords. The story of Yasuke, the first African samurai who actually served the legendary Oda Nobunaga, will be released to the world.Netflix describes the story
Satoshi Iwataki (A Certain Magical Index, Dororo) was the lead animation director and Takeru Satō was the lead technical director. Kenichi Shima (Parasyte -the maxim-) was responsible for the design of the sub-characters, and Minoru Nishida (Dagashi Kashi 2) was responsible for the world art design and setting. Junichi Higashi (Cowboy Bebop, Kingdom) directed, Yuki Nomoto (Dorohedoro) was the 3D CG director, and Hyo Gyu Park was the compositing director of photography. Azusa Sasaki (Zombie Land Saga) was the color key artist and Mutsumi Takemiya (Dororo, Azur Lane) edited the show.
The protagonist of the story is based on the historical figure Yasuke, a samurai of African origin who lived in the 16th century.
LeSean Thomas (Children of Ether, Cannon Busters, The Boondocks) is believed to be the creator, director and executive producer of Yasuke, and Flying Lotus composed the music and acted as executive producer. Takeshi Koike (Redline) designed the characters. Lakeith Stanfield (Atlanta, Sorry to Bother You) spoke Yasuke in English dub. MAPPA (Yuri !!! on Ice, Kakegurui) produced the animation.
Musician Flying Lotus teased in May that the six episodes of the anime served as an “introduction to this world”. He added, “We have big plans for Yasuke. It’s just the beginning.”
Source – Monthly Spirits August issue via Animenewsnetwork