Orient Manga, also called Samurai Quest, is the third Japanese work by Shinobu Ohtaka to be brought to the small screen in animated form after Sumomomo Momomo and Magi, The Labyrinth of Magic. Ohtaka began publication of this fantasy-adventure shônen titled Orient in May 2018 in the 26th issue of Weekly Shônen Magazine that year. The first volume of the work was released by Kodansha in August 2018 and currently has 12 volumes collected in the Japanese market.
The story takes place in the 15th century in a world plagued by the Oni, evil creatures deeply respected by humans who do not know their true nature. Only the Bushi, brave warriors, are aware of the danger that these demons represent.
The story revolves around a 15-year-old boy named Musashi and takes place during Japan’s Sengoku period. At the time, Japan was ruled by Demons and samurai were considered taboo. Five years ago, Musashi and his best friend, Enrique, made a promise to become the greatest warriors in the world and defeat the demons together. But Musashi’s life has since been turned upside down by the occupation. He’s now being forced to become a miner, where he works long hours under brutal conditions for little pay. When he can, he writes in his secret journal about his hopes and dreams for a better future.
Main characters :
The two main characters of the Anime Orient: Musashi, played by Yuma Uchida, who also played Ash Lynx in Banana Fish, and Kojiro Kanemaki, played by Soma Saito, known for his interpretation of Tadashi Yamaguchi in Haikyû!
Musashi was an energetic and cheerful young man, always caring for others. He was a kind and friendly young man who always tried to help others, no matter the situation. He would often try to cheer others up, even when it was clear they were very sad. He was always there to lend an ear if someone needed someone to talk to, and he was often the first to offer a helping hand.
Kojirou is the childhood friend of Musashi and captain of the Kanemaki Bushi. He and Musashi made a solemn oath as children: to become the greatest warriors in the world and overthrow the demons. But life always has other plans. Five years later, he finds himself about to become a miner.