Artist Michinori Chiba joins the NFT x Anime co-creation project “SAMURAI cryptos”

Kyoko Ueno
Nov 4 · 5 min read

- The second Symbol NFT sale and Art NFT “FUDO” auction will be held. -

double Inc. (Headquarters: Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, CEO: Hironobu Ueno; hereafter “double jump tokyo”), a blockchain-based NFT (*1) and NFT game sales and development company, is pleased to announce that Michinori Chiba will be the second artist to participate in Gonzo .K.K’s (Headquarters: Suginami-ku, Tokyo; CEO: Shinichiro Ishikawa; hereafter “Gonzo”) “SAMURAI cryptos” project, which will be supported through double’s NFT business support service, NFTPLUS.

The second symbol NFT will be on sale from November 5th. The Art NFT auction of original works will be held from November 11th.

<Symbol NFT>

We will be selling/distributing the following four types of NFTs as the symbolic NFTs of the second artist, Michinori Chiba.

- Shogun (Number of sales: 1, Price: 4 ETH)

- Ninja (Number of sales: 10, Price: 0.2 ETH)

- Soldier (Number of sales: 700, Price: 0.02 ETH)

- Stardust (Number of distributions: 3000, Price: free)

*Sales Schedule (UTC)

Nov. 5, 5:00- (Ninja/Soldier)

Nov. 8, 5:00- (Shogun/Ninja/Soldier)

Nov. 11, 5:00- (Ninja/Soldier)

Nov. 14, 5:00 — (Ninja/Soldier)

*The distribution of Stardust will be announced as soon as it is confirmed.

<Art NFT>

On OpenSea (, one of the world’s largest NFT marketplaces, we will be auctioning off original works by Michinori Chiba, the second art NFT of the SAMURAI cryptos project, for 24 hours from 5:00 am on November 11(UTC). The auction is open to the public.

*Title of work

FUDO (Japanese title:不動明王)

<Michinori Chiba>

- Profile

He first worked for Nakamura Production and is currently working for Studio Hercules.

An animator working at the forefront of works in various genres.

He is also involved in many works as a character designer.

- Works

- Basilisk : Character Design

- SK8 the Infinity : Character Design

- Mobile Suit Gundam 00 : Animation Character Design


<Outline of the auction>

- Auction site: OpenSea

- Format: English auction

- Starting price: 1 ETH

- Period: 24 hours from 5:00 am on November 11(UTC)

(*However, if there is a new bid within 10 minutes before the end of the auction, the time will be extended for another 10 minutes)

- Number of items sold: 1

This project is a challenge for the next generation of Gonzo,” said Shinichiro Ishikawa, President of Gonzo and producer of this project. “We will continue to introduce more and more SAMURAI by the best creators in the world. I’m really excited and thrilled about this project.” He added.

Hironobu Ueno, CEO of double, a partner in this project, said, “We’re very excited about this new and ambitious project, which will be an anime that starts with NFT and the Discord community, rather than the traditional anime that starts with TV and manga.”

This project is currently planned to be expanded to the 7th series.

In the first series by artist Makoto Kobayashi, 2211 Symbol NFTs of 4 types were sold/distributed, and each time they were sold out/distributed within an hour, gaining popularity among NFT collectors around the world.

In addition, an original Art NFT was sold at auction for 3.1907 ETH.

<Official Website>

<Copyright notice>

© 2021 GONZO K.K, All Rights Reserved.

Produced by double Inc.

(*1) NFT

It stands for “Non Fungible Token”, which is a non-substitutable token. It is a token on the blockchain issued under Ethereum’s ERC721 standard, etc., but it isn’t a cryptographic asset (virtual currency).

By utilizing blockchain technology, it is possible to create digital data that proves authenticity, and the owner of the data can freely transfer it.

<About the project ”SAMURAI cryptos”>

A new project produced by Shinichiro Ishikawa, the CEO of GONZO aims to pioneer as a samurai from Japan in the era of blockchain and NFT, the company has announced its challenge to create a new anime IP for the NFT era. To kickstart the adventure, Gonzo has released the names of the first four creators to participate.

- Makoto Kobayashi (LASTEXILE, Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ, etc.)

- Michinori Chiba (Basilisk, SK8 the Infinity, etc.)

- Hiroya Iijima (Afro Samurai, Mazinger Z / INFINITY the Movie, etc.)

- Range Murata (Blue Submarine №6 / LASTEXILE / SHANGRI-LA, etc.)

※Announcement of “SAMURAI cryptos” by GONZO(July 4, 2021)

<About GONZO>

Animation studio in Japan. Well known for its international franchises such as Afro Samurai, Samurai7, LASTEXILE, Gantz and Basilisk. Acclaimed for its cutting edge style in creating animation contents. For more information, visit

Company Name:GONZO.K.K

Address:3F Fukuchi Bldg., 1–10–6, Kamiogi, Suginami-ku, Tokyo 167–0043, JAPAN

Representative: Shinichiro Ishikawa, CEO

Business: Planning and production of animation, sales and import/export of animation, investment in contents, investment in works, copyright management, etc.

Official Website:

<About double>

Established on April 3, 2018 as a dedicated NFT/blockchain game development company. The company develops popular blockchain games such as “My Crypto Heroes” and “BRAVE FRONTIER HEROES”, and provides the blockchain game development support service “MCH+” and the NFT business support service “NFTPLUS”.

Company Name:double inc.

Address:4–34–7, Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160–0023, JAPAN

Representative: Hironobu Ueno, CEO

Bussiness:Development, operation and sales of games and assets using blockchain technology

Official Website:




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