Netflix unveils this Thursday, April 29, “Yasuke”, its brand new original series dedicated to the first black samurai. What is this anime worth, which mixes the codes of the Japanese sword film and those of mecha robots?
WHAT DOES IT TALK ABOUT ?
In war-torn feudal Japan, the first African samurai, Yasuke, hung up the sword. In order to help a child, pursued by dark forces and bloodthirsty warlords, Yasuke will return to battle …
Yasuke (6 episodes) – Available on Netflix
THE LEGEND OF THE FIRST BLACK SAMURAI
Confirming its attraction for animation, Netflix today unveils its brand new original production: Yasuke. The series developed by American director LeSean Thomas, and hosted by teams from the Japanese studio MAPPA (Jujutsu Kaisen, Attack on Titan), traces the story of the first black samurai in a techno-futuristic feudal Japan.
Yasuke’s life is both an authentic historical tale and a folk legend. Although the history of the latter has been mentioned in several works of the sixteenth century, his existence leaves many shadows, starting with his death after the fall of his master, the daimyo Oda Nobunaga.
Little known to the general public, LeSean Thomas is nevertheless a big name in animation; his CV includes the series The Boondocks, Black Dynamite, The Legend of Korra, and more recently Cannon Busters, a Netflix original series adapted from his own comic-book.
Faced with the impossibility of being able to deliver a series faithful to historical facts, LeSean Thomas therefore opted for the bias of an assumed fiction; thus samurai and mecha robots come together in this series drawing its references both in the fantastic register and that of chanbara. A sum tribute to the codes of Japanese animation, therefore, for a completely enjoyable work.
Both for its format (six 30-minute episodes) and for its feverish pace, Yasuke is the archetypal of the ideal binge-watcher series. While it helps to delve into the story of the first black samurai, the animated series is primarily intended as entertainment, with an excellent soundtrack by Flying Lotus (also credited as executive producer and co-creator of the anime) .