Under Ninja by Kengo Hanazawa Gets Anime Adaptation

Kengo Hanazawa‘s seinen action drama manga Under Ninja is getting an anime adaptation next year that will follow the life of Kurou Kumogakure, a seventeen-year-old NEET and a Ninja, who finally receives orders from above to infiltrate a high school with the latest equipment.

The news of the anime announcement has been leaked to the media by the upcoming issue of Kodansha’s Weekly Young Magazine, which will be officially released on September 6, 2021. Further details are not yet known.

Written and illustrated by Kengo Hanazawa, the manga has been serialized in Kodansha’s Weekly Young Magazine from the 34th issue of 2018. As of March 5, 2021, five volumes have been released.

NHK World TV’s imagine-nation, an English-language program (host: Chiaki Horan and Nicholas Pettas, former heavyweight kickboxing champion and the author of Blue Eyed Samurai: 1000 days in the Young Lions Dormitory) that showcases the latest anime, manga, and video games news and updates, had previously teased the audience about the English language release of the manga in March 2020. In July 2020 Denpa confirmed the news by officially licensing the manga in North America. Their other popular licensed manga includes Lockdown Zone: Level X, Today’s Menu for Emiya Family, Inside Mari, Gambling Apocalypse Kaiji, Shino Can’t Say Her Name, March comes in like a lion, Heavenly Delusion, Girl With the Sanpaku Eyes, and more.

Manga Updates describe the story as :

Even in this day and age, Ninjas walk among us, hide within plain sight, still waiting for their mission orders. However, for some, it takes much longer to receive orders than others! Meet Kumogakure Kurō, a NEET and a Ninja. After being a long time without work, he finally receives orders from the higher-ups!

About The Author

Kengo Hanazawa is a household name in the seinen manga industry. His famous works include Boys on the Run, I Am a Hero, Ressentiment. In 2013, I Am a Hero won the Grand Prize at 58th Shogakukan Manga Award in the General category and was made into a movie starring Yo Oizumi in 2016. By 2021, his various works had over 8 million copies in circulation.

Under Ninja is an odd choice for an anime adaptation, I would have been much happier if they had decided to adapt “I Am A Hero”, but what’s done, is done. There is no point crying over spilled milk now. It’s already great news that Kengo Hanazawa finally coming to anime media.

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