Usagi Yojimbo Animated Series In Development

by Tito W. James

Usagi Yojimbo by Stan Sakai follows the adventures of an anthropomorphic samurai bunny called Miyamoto Usagi. Influenced in equal parts by the real life of Miyamoto Musashi and Akira Kurosawa’s film Yojimbo, the comic blends the history of the Edo period and Japanese folklore through the prism of animal characters.

From some recent posts on Sakai’s social media pages, we’ve learned that there’s currently a Usagi Yojimbo animated series in development with Gaumont animation. This studio is known for their work on the original Redwall animated series. Judging by the key art shown above and Gaumont’s location in Paris, I hope that the animated series will remain faithful to the darker tone of the comics.

This isn’t Usagi Yojimbo‘s first appearance in animation. Miyamoto Usagi has guest starred in episodes of the ninja turtles in the past. With Usagi Yojimbo’s new full-color series from IDW coming out, now is the perfect time to introduce the samurai bunny to a wider audience.

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