If you combine Black Belt Jones and Samuel L. Jackson with blood-splattering manga animation then you’ll probably end up with this ultra cool character, Afro Samurai.
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Afro Samurai is a cult five-episode anime mini-series created by Takashi Okazaki and what has been key to it’s ever-growing fan base, is the notable featured voice talents of (Academy Award ® nominee) Samuel L. Jackson (who is also co-producer), Ron Perlman and Kelly Hu. Be warned though, this is no Kung Fu Panda!
Afro Samurai – resurrection, the sequel to Afro Samurai is currently on release and Afro Samurai the game launches next month. For more game info click here
Considering the violent nature of Afro Samurai it’s hard not to see the images of a black Samurai with a huge, yet quite flyaway Afro, as iconic of its genre. Time to update the avatar!
The basis of the story is revenge with the characters and animation all combining to create visually compelling viewing and the illustration style has also been faithfully recreated in the game.
Afro Samurai is a revenge saga set in a futuristic, yet incredibly violent Japan and heavily influenced by the Clint Eastwood Western genre. The incredible use of sound and colour should be admired even if manga isn’t your usually taste.
In this world, it is said, whoever becomes Number One, is the greatest fighter of them all. In order to become Number One, a person must eliminate Number One and take possession of the ceremonial headband, which is not as easy as it sounds.
Only Number Two can challenge Number One. The significance of this rule is whoever is named Number Two can be challenged by anyone.
When a young Afro sees his father (Number One) killed by his friend Justice (Number Two, voiced by Ron Perlman) Afro vows to avenge his father’s brutal death.
Afro is a man of few words, like every classic hero, and while he is a skilled and talented swordsman, he receives no enjoyment from the heartless violence and unnecessary death around him.
But it’s not all blood and guts with some humour provided by Ninja Ninja (also voiced by Samuel L. Jackson) and he often accompanies Afro.
Afro Samurai: Resurrection
In this sequel, Afro Samurai is forced back into the fight by a beautiful and deadly woman, Sio (voiced by Lucy Liu; Kill Bill). Sio burns with hatred for Afro Samurai and she won’t quit until he is schooled in the same brutal lessons he dealt those who stood in his way.
Resurrection also featured the voice talents of Mark Hamill (star wars) and a punchy hip hop soundtrack from The RZA (Wu-Tang Clan)
Look out for the director’s cut of the original cult anime mini-series, which adds approximately 3 minutes to each episode. The uncensored footage is composed of blood, gore, brief nudity and swear words.