The Elusive Samurai Manga Book Cover

To be honest, I’m still skeptical of talking about The Elusive Samurai manga on my blog despite its popularity.

Yes, the manga does have just as many readers as Monster #8, Dr. STONE, SPY x FAMILY, and Mission: Yozakura Family.

But for some reason, I can’t seem to shake the feeling that the manga will still get axed even if it’s good.

I have this manga that I’m reading right now that I think is good. But I’m going to hold off talking about it on my blog until it has more than thirty chapters.

In case you’re wondering, The Elusive Samurai manga already has more than thirty chapters as I write this.

For the most part, having more than thirty chapters is already good enough considering that many manga series that got axed only have twenty chapters at most.

But it’s still not enough for me to shake the feeling that it will get axed if its popularity slipped for whatever reason.

Just because the manga is by a mangaka known for his previous well-known manga, it doesn’t mean that the manga will be spared from being axed.

If you have read Samurai 8: The Tale of Hachimaru before, then you know what I’m hinting at here.

At this point, I can only hope that it’s not too early for me to talk about The Elusive Samurai manga on my blog.

That’s what you get whenever you read any Shonen Jump manga. You can only pray that the manga that you think is good doesn’t end prematurely.

And yes, I’m hoping that this manga will stay and doesn’t end prematurely like the rest of the manga that comes before it.

What The Elusive Samurai manga is all about

Here’s the book description that I got from MANGA Plus.

Yusei Matsui, creator of Assassination Classroom and Neuro: Supernatural Detective, is back! Set in feudal Japan in between the Kamakura and Muromachi periods, our hero Hojo Tokiyuki is a boy on the run that history all but forgot! When the Kamakura shogunate is overthrown by Ashikaga Takauji, Tokiyuki’s family and standing are visciously taken away from him, and he must flee to the far reaches of the land to survive and seek out his revenge!

What got me to read the manga

I won’t deny that what got me to read this manga has a lot to do with the manga is by the same mangaka behind Assassination Classroom.

Well, I love Assassination Classroom. So, it makes sense for me to give this manga a try.

Even if I never read Assassination Classroom before, I will still give it a try since the manga happens to be right there on MANGA Plus.

That’s what I tend to do with pretty much most of the manga series that I come across on MANGA Plus.

I read them since it’s just there. And I don’t care whether the manga is by a new mangaka or a seasoned mangaka.

What makes The Elusive Samurai manga worth reading

If you’re familiar with Assassination Classroom narrative style, then you can say that The Elusive Samurai manga is more or less follow the same style as Assassination Classroom.

For one, the story with a dark theme but has some wackiness in between. And not to mention, the tactical aspects behind all the things that they’re doing.

It’s not that much from Assassination Classroom with the exception that the tactical aspects tend to be war-related considering the enemies that they’re facing.

Well, it’s a story that takes place in a historical setting, to begin with. And since the story takes place in feudal Japan, war seems to be a common occurrence for the most part.

And with war taking the center stage, then you’re bound to see violence throughout the story.

To be honest, I already expect that any story with a historical setting tends to have many bloody scenes.

Unless it’s purely a slice of life historical manga, seeing violence is unavoidable in this type of manga.

And that also applies to The Elusive Samurai manga.

What I didn’t expect when I read the manga

I will have to say that all references that Yorishige said to Tokiyuki and the others. Most of them happen to be modern references.

Interestingly enough, they can seem to relate to all the things that he said and never question anything he said. It’s not like any of them have any experience living in the modern world.

Is it because they take anything that comes out from Yorishige’s mouth as truth considering that he has a divine power?

Maybe. But it’s interesting to see Yorishige is using modern references whenever he has to explain something to Toshiyuki and the others.

Sure, the story may take place in feudal Japan. But it doesn’t mean that the references have to be confined to that era alone.

And let’s not forget the art style.

Unlike the art style in Assassination Classroom, the art style in this manga has a much thicker line and is more detailed.

It’s hard to believe that The Elusive Samurai manga is by the same mangaka behind Assassination Classroom. The art style is so much different.

Not going to lie that the art style tends to evolve as the years go by. But I never thought to see such a massive difference in the art style.

Who should read this manga

If you enjoy reading Assassination Classroom and you love manga with a historical setting, then there’s no doubt that you’re going to enjoy reading The Elusive Samurai manga as well.

But just be aware that the manga does contain quite a handful of bloody scenes, though.

Like I said before, it’s not unusual to see bloody scenes in historical manga even if the manga is for the younger audience.

If you think that you can’t tolerate anything violent, then this manga isn’t for you.

Where to buy The Elusive Samurai manga

The good news is you can read The Elusive Samurai manga for free on MANGA Plus. Since it’s a Shonen Jump manga, the chapters in between aren’t viewable on the website and also on the app.

Want to give the manga a try? You can read the first three chapters right here on MANGA Plus:

Read The Elusive Samurai manga on MANGA Plus

The print version of the manga has yet to be licensed in English as I write this. But if you can read Japanese and you’d like to buy the manga in print, you can buy the manga right here at CDJapan.

Buy The Elusive Samurai manga at CDJapan

Over to you

What do you think about The Elusive Samurai manga? Are you interested in reading the manga after reading about it on my blog?

Let me know in the comment below.

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