Last year, we learned that Naruto creator Masashi Kishimoto was at work on a new manga called Samurai 8.
Now we know when Samurai 8 is set to hit the pages of Shonen Jump: May 13. English-language translations will be available on the ShonenJump and Manga Plus apps.
Illustrated by Akira Okubo, Samurai 8 is described as mixing sci-fi and samurai elements. In February, The Asahi Shinbun quoted Kishimoto as saying:
“I’ll be doing a new series. I love Japanese things. I’m thrilled by the culture and decorations. And I love science fiction. I’m excited by the gimmicks and settings. So I decided to create a story by mixing two of my favorite things. I’m desperate to make it more interesting than Naruto.”
The title is ostensibly a reference to the Akira Kurosawa classic Seven Samurai. That film was adapted into an anime series called Samurai 7 in 2004.