New Anime About the Legendary ‘Black’ Samurai – Yasuke Will Be Premiering on Netfl
If you are unfamiliar with Japanese folklore, allow me to give you a crash course about the legendary ‘black’ samurai that goes by the name… Yasuke.
Yasuke was an African bodyguard who came to Japan with Jesuit missionaries in 1579 and later became a confidant to warlord Oda Nobunaga, who was trying to pacify various fighting clans and, in doing so, unify the nation.
With this in mind, Netflix aims to bring this lesser known legend to light in the best way possible – by adapting Yasuke’s story into an anime adaptation.
The upcoming anime will be loosely (heavy emphasis on loosely) based around the historical events that transpired in Japan during the 16th century. Credit is given where credit is due however, as the trailer that Netflix just dropped looks absolutely amazing. What’s more is Netflix actually used real-life source material to make this anime come to life so you will actually get to see some familiar names in Japanese history such Oda Nobunaga and Akechi Mitsuhide.
This is the rundown of the story from Netflix:
“In a war-torn feudal Japan filled with mechs and magic, 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. The story of Yasuke, the first African samurai who actually served the legendary Oda Nobunaga, will be released to the world.”
The series will only has six-episodes and it is packed with some series talent. The show was created by LeSean Thomas and Yasuke will be voiced by LaKeith Stanfield. The animations will be handled by MAPPA.