Netflix finally invites you to witness the story of the first African samurai and his journey. The streaming platform hasn’t forgotten anyone as always and added another exciting anime arriving in April. Yasuke is almost made its way to Netflix! So let’s take a look at this promising anime and see what we have got about it so far.
Creator LeSean Thomas and Japanese animation studio MAPPA have been working together to bring the story of an African man, who climbed the ranks and became one of the greatest real historical figures from feudal Japan. So we gathered everything we can about the upcoming anime series of Netflix for you including Yasuke season 1’s synopsis, cast, and the release date.
What is the synopsis of Yasuke?
Yasuke will be telling us the tale of Japan’s only Black Samurai and how he became one of the greatest real historical figures from feudal Japan. Here’s the official synopsis of the upcoming series released by Netflix.
“In a war-torn feudal Japan filled with mechs and magic, the greatest ronin knew, 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.”
On the other side, upcoming anime’s producer, creator, and director Thomas also had somethings to say about the series as well.
“There is a serendipitous nature about this project, how an African-American man goes to Japan to live and work amongst the very best in Japanese anime to create an anime about an African who goes to Japan to live amongst the Japanese elite and become a warrior. Part of me deep down feels I was meant to create this adventure series with MAPPA, Flying Lotus, LaKeith & the rest of this talented team.
Yasuke is a fascinating, mysterious figure in Japanese history that’s drawn growing interest in today’s media over the decades. I first learned of Yasuke’s role in Japanese history over a decade or so. The children’s book, Kuro-suke by Kurusu Yoshio, featured images that piqued my curiosity. To eventually learn that he wasn’t just a fictional character, but a real person, was exciting material for an adventure story.
I’m so excited for both longtime fans and newcomers to enjoy our reimagined take on this historical figure.”
How many episodes will Yasuke season 1 include?
The upcoming anime will include 6 episodes in it and each of them will last around 30 minutes of runtime.
Who is Yasuke in real?
Yasuke is known as the only Black Samurai of Japan and also the only known non-Japanese retainer to serve daimyō Oda Nobunaga as well. Back then, the reason he went to Japan in 1579 under the service of Italian Jesuit missionary, Alessandro Valignano. Buf afterward, Yasuke was convinced to be covered in black ink by Oda Nobunaga, when they met and Oda Nobunaga fascinated by Yasuke’s skin. And this is how he became a Samurai and took completely on blacks.
After some time, Oda Nobunaga also managed to take Yasuke under his own service and stayed beside him on the conquest to unite Japan. And until the Honnō-ji incident, which had been followed by the death of Nobunaga, he kept serving him during those years. So after Nobunaga’s death, Yasuke started his son’s forces and while fighting for the Nobutada he was soon being captured by the man who was responsible for Nobunaga’s death.
It has been said that Yasuke was given to the Christan church, but on the other side, historians usually doubt this as well. And there are no more records are left in any type about Yasuke’s existence after he had captured. So, we, unfortunately, can’t know what exactly happened to him.
Who are the cast members of Yasuke?
The only cast member of the anime series that is confirmed officially so far is LaKeith Stanfield, and he will be the voice of Yasuke on the show.
Almost all of you probably know h,m especially for his roles Knives Out, Sorry to Bother, Selma, and besides he also has voiced Guy the Bison in BoJack Horseman as well.
When will Yasuke come to Netflix?
The exciting anime Yasuke season 1 will come to Netflix on Thursday, April 29th, 2021.
There’s unfortunately a trailer released for Yasuke season 1 yet.
Witness the legend like it’s never been told before. LeSean Thomas joins with anime hit-makers MAPPA for Yasuke, a new series following the legendary African samurai premiering on Netflix April 29th. pic.twitter.com/MVB0T2yUXO
— NX (@NXOnNetflix) March 9, 2021
So, what do you think about this promising anime? Let us know! And please stay tuned as we share the news with you as soon as we get them. You might also want to take a look at other animes that are coming to Netflix in April, here.