Bound by honor, compelled to defend; debuting globally on April 29, the reimagined story of the first African samurai is directed by LaSean Thomas and stars LaKeith Stanfield, with animation by ‘Jujutsu Kaisen’ production studio MAPPA and music by Flying Lotus.
Netflix has just a teaser trailer and poster (see below) for their upcoming anime series, Yasuke, a reimagined story of the first African samurai. The six-episode series will debut worldwide on April 29, 2021.
Produced by Japanese animation studio MAPPA (Attack on Titan: The Final Season, Jujutsu Kaisen), the series is set in a war-torn feudal Japan filled with mechs and magic, where the greatest ronin never known, Yasuke, struggles to maintain a peaceful existence after a past life of violence. But when a local village becomes the center of social upheaval between warring daimyo, Yasuke must take up his sword and transport a mysterious child who is the target of dark forces and bloodthirsty warlords.
Bound by honor, compelled to defend… Yasuke!
Yasuke is created by LeSean Thomas (Cannon Busters) who also serves as executive producer and director. The series features designs from world class director and animator Takeshi Koike (Lupin the Third: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine), and stars award-winning actor LaKeith Stanfield (Judas and the Black Messiah), who also executive produces, with music by Grammy Award-nominated artist Flying Lotus.
Other series credits include:
- Chief Animation Director: Satoshi Iwataki
- Chief Technical Director: Takeru Sato
- Sub-character Design: Kenichi Shima
- World Art Design & Art Settings: Minoru Nishida
- Art Director: Junichi Higashi
- Color Setting: Azusa Sasaki
- 3D CGI Director: Yuki Nomoto
- Photography: Park Hyo-gyu
- Editing: Mutsumi Takemiya
Dan Sarto is Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network.