Most manga fans are likely familiar with Yusuke Murata as he is one of the most respected artists in the industry. Soon, fans will be treated to the first Yusuke Murata anime project as the One Punch Man manga artist revealed his upcoming anime, Zaiyuki.
Along with the anime’s reveal, Murata also gave fans a first look at the show, including a short animated sequence as well as some character sheets that showcase the four main characters.
The Works of Yusuke Murata
If you ask any manga fan who they think the best manga artist working right now is, chances are that many will mention Yusuke Murata. This is because Murata is noted for his beautiful art style and impressive speed.
He is best known at this point for being the illustrator of Shueisha’s One Punch Man manga.
While One Punch Man began as a webcomic by ONE, Murata approached the creator as he wanted to remake the work.
While ONE’s original work had a certain charm, it’s fair to say that his drawing isn’t exactly the best looking.
But with Murata’s manga remake, One Punch Man’s art was elevated to incredible levels, thereby skyrocketing its popularity.
Before this remake though, Murata was already a popular artist. He first gained renown for his various one-shot manga which were released in the early 2000s.
However, he truly gained renown with Eyeshield 21, a Shonen Jump manga that he illustrated and was serialized from 2002 to 2009.
The manga became popular enough that it received an anime adaptation in 2005.
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Yusuke Murata’s New Anime Project Reveal
While Murata continues to work on One Punch Man, he also revealed that he’s working on a new anime project titled Zaiyuki.
There’s no trailer yet for this new anime, though Murata did share a sneak peek at the four main characters in this short animated clip:
There’s not a lot of info about the anime for now, but what we do know is that it’s loosely based on the Chinese classic, Journey to the West.
As a matter of fact, its characters are also unique takes on Journey to the West’s Sanzang and company.
Murata also shared a look at the main characters via Twitter:
Right now, there’s no word yet on when this anime will be released. There’s also no info on whether this anime will be a series or a movie.
What we can say for sure is that it will feature beautiful art as is the case with all of Murata’s projects.
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Source: Yusuke Murata on Twitter