‘One-Punch Man’ Artist Yusuke Murata Unveils First Teaser For His Debut Original Anime ‘Zaiyuki’

Gojyo and Seiten Daisho in Zaiyuki "Part A" Part 1 Teaser Trailer (2023), Village Studio via Twitter
Gojyo and Seiten Daisho in Zaiyuki "Part A" Part 1 Teaser Trailer (2023), Village Studio via Twitter

Whether he’s sculpting monsters for to use as epic reference models, drawing grand manga fights, or developing an original anime with his own anime studio Village Studio, iconic One-Punch Man and Eyeshield 21 mangaka Yusuke Murata is slowly becoming the example of a modern-day renaissance man.


Village Studio’s Zaiyuki’s Main Cast Illustrated by Yusuke Murata via Twitter

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On February 23rd (translated via DeepL), Murata unveiled Village Studios’ first original anime, Zaiyuki.

Inspired by The Journey to the West, the series will tell a coming-of-age-story centered around a frail kappa boy named Gojyo who is thrust into a life-changing adventure after getting caught up in the turmoil caused by a group of treasure hunting rogues.

Zaiyuki announcement

Yusuke Murata via Twitter

Alongside the initial announcement, Murata also released sketches introducing the main characters of his upcoming take on the classic Chinese folktale.

First up was the aforementioned Kappa named Gojyo and the leader of the treasure hunting gang that throws his life into chaos, Xuanzang – both of whose characters take their inspirations from the fictional monk Tang Sanzang (or Tripitaka), the main protagonist of the original story and whose task of retrieving a set of Buddhist scriptures from ‘The West’ (India) composes its main narrative.

Kappa Gojyo and Treasure Hunter Xuanzang

Village Studio’s Zaiyuki’s Kappa Gojyo and Treasure Hunter Xuanzang Illustrated by Yusuke Murata via Twitter

Next was Xuanzang’s partner in crime, the gyaru Ros, herself based on The Journey to The West’s resident hedonist, Zhu Bajie (or simply Pigsy in some translations):


Village Studio’s Zaiyuki’s Ros Illustrated by Yusuke Murata via Twitter

And finally the series’ version of the golden-clad monkey Sun Wu Kong himself, Seitein Daisho:

Seiten Daisho

Village Studio’s Zaiyuki’s Seiten Daisho Illustrated by Yusuke Murata via Twitter

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Following this initial tease, fans were shocked when just two weeks later, Murata tweeted out a a two-part teaser trailer for the series. Simply titled “A Part,” the first portion of the trailer focuses on introducing Zaiyuki‘s lead protagonist, the cowardly Gojyo.

Emphasizing the type of frail, weak and pathetic lifestyle he has been living thus far, this initial part concludes with what seems to be a life changing encounter between Gojyo and Seiten Daisho at an airport:

The second part of the trailer continues with a fast paced intense action sequence involving Gojyo and Seiten Daisho at the airport fighting off an army of police who are attempting to arrest the latter.

As the fight intensifies, a getaway van being driven by Xuanzang suddenly crashes through the airport’s glass doors. After the van comes to a complete stop, its sliding door opens to reveal Pigsy, who then proceeds to pull the two wanted individuals inside before successfully making a getaway.

Notably, though Zaiyuki will be Murata and Village Studio’s first full blown series, it is not tot their first overall animation production.

That honor actually belongs to a September 2021 short known as Go Saitama. A supplementary story for that month’s chapter of One-Punch Man, the short followed the titular Saitama as he raced to the 1 Yen hot pot sale being held at his local grocery store.


As of writing, Zaiyuki has yet to receive an official release date.

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