The long-running comic series Usagi Yojimbo is currently being adapted for an animated series spearheaded by creator Stan Sakai with Gaumont Television.
On a recent social media post, Stan Sakai revealed the news standing next to a teaser image during a meeting with Gaumont in July. Though there has been no other information released currently, this project appears to be part of a resurgence for the franchise. IDW recently released a new full-color comic series (a first for the series!) in June, to mostly positive reviews. An animated series could help bring the franchise to a more mainstream audience.
We had another meeting with Gaumont last week and we are delighted and could not be happier or more enthused as to how the project is developing! pic.twitter.com/TyKygv2hnh
— Stan Sakai (@usagiguy) July 16, 2019
For those who are unfamiliar, Usagi Yojimbo is set in Edo period Japan and features almost exclusively anthropomorphic animals. The titular hero, Miyamoto Usagi is a rabbit samurai who fights his way across a land ravaged by civil war. The series started in 1984, first appearing in Albedo Anthropomorphics #2 . Look for the latest release from the new IDW series on shelves when Usagi Yojimbo #3 releases on August 7th, 2019.
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