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Afro Samurai: :  -- A Black samurai goes on a mission to avenge the wrongful death of his father in a futuristic feudal Japan.
Afro Samurai: :  -- A Black samurai goes on a mission to avenge the wrongful death of his father in a futuristic feudal Japan.
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Seasons:
1
Release Date:
4 January 2007 (USA) See more »
Plot:
A Black samurai goes on a mission to avenge the wrongful death of his father in a futuristic feudal Japan. Full summary »
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User Reviews:
DIG that fresh ATTITUDE! See more (37 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 6 of 14)

Samuel L. Jackson ... Ninja Ninja / ... (5 episodes, 2007)

Phil LaMarr ... Brother 1 / ... (5 episodes, 2007)

Yuri Lowenthal ... Kuma / ... (5 episodes, 2007)

Greg Eagles ... Brother 6 / ... (3 episodes, 2007)

Terrence 'T.C.' Carson ... Sword Master / ... (3 episodes, 2007)

John DiMaggio ... Brother 2 / ... (3 episodes, 2007)
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Series Directed by
Fuminori Kizaki (unknown episodes)
 
Series Writing credits
Derek Draper (5 episodes, 2007)
Yasuyuki Muto (5 episodes, 2007)
Takashi Okazaki (5 episodes, 2007)
Tomohiro Yamashita (5 episodes, 2007)
Christine Yoo (5 episodes, 2007)
Leo Chu (4 episodes, 2007)
Eric Garcia (4 episodes, 2007)

Series Produced by
Tommy Blacha .... consulting producer (5 episodes, 2007)
Eric S. Calderon .... co-producer (5 episodes, 2007)
Leo Chu .... executive producer (5 episodes, 2007)
Eric Garcia .... executive producer (5 episodes, 2007)
Shinichiro Ishikawa .... executive producer / co-producer (5 episodes, 2007)
Samuel L. Jackson .... executive producer / co-producer (5 episodes, 2007)
Arthur Smith .... executive producer (5 episodes, 2007)
 
Series Original Music by
RZA (5 episodes, 2007)
Michael Baiardi (2 episodes, 2007)
 
Series Casting by
Jamie Simone (5 episodes, 2007)

Kendra Carter (unknown episodes)
 
Series Production Management
Leo Chu .... executive in charge of production: Spike TV (1 episode, 2007)
Koji Kajita .... executive in charge of production: Studio Gonzo (1 episode, 2007)
Taito Okiura .... executive in charge of production: Studio Gonzo (1 episode, 2007)
Arthur Smith .... executive in charge of production: Studio Gonzo (1 episode, 2007)
 
Series Art Department
Hiroya Iijima .... character designer (1 episode, 2007)
Fuminori Kizaki .... storyboard artist (1 episode, 2007)
 
Series Sound Department
David W. Barr .... original dialogue mixer (5 episodes, 2007)
James Robinson .... recording assistant (5 episodes, 2007)
Steven Romero Jr. .... sound re-recording mixer (5 episodes, 2007)

John Carey .... dialog recordist (unknown episodes)
Mike Garcia .... dialogue editor (unknown episodes)
Eric Lewis .... dialogue recording engineer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Animation Department
Hisashi Mori .... key animator (2 episodes, 2007)
Gosei Oda .... key animator (2 episodes, 2007)
 
Series Music Department
Michael Baiardi .... music editor (5 episodes, 2007)
 
Series Other crew
Kevin Kay .... network executive (5 episodes, 2007)
Laura Lopez .... talent coordinator (5 episodes, 2007)
Lindsey Myers .... production coordinator (5 episodes, 2007)
Chas Naylor .... production staff (5 episodes, 2007)
Yumiko Nishi .... production coordinator (5 episodes, 2007)
Jamie Simone .... voice director (5 episodes, 2007)
 

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125 min (5 episodes)
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Why are the DVD and Blu-Ray-Versions called "Director's Cut"?
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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
DIG that fresh ATTITUDE!, 22 August 2009
Author: xamtaro from Singapore

Hip-hop in feudal japan? Guy on a quest to become "number one"? My first impressions of this anime, based on promotional material back in 2007, were not too good. I'm not a big fan of hip-hop for one thing, and neither do I dig the overused plot device of a lone warrior traveling the country to seek vengeance, which was handled so much better by Yoshiaki Kawajiri in Ninja Scroll or Highlander. Dismissed it immediately.

It is 2009 now and I discovered Afro Samurai: Director's Cut in the discount bin at the DVD store. Bought it, watched it, and GOT HOOKED by it.

The first thing that struck me was the whole "attitude" of the show. Science fiction, fantasy, samurai films, blaxploitation, all blended together into one tasty soup. If shows like Ghost in the Shell appeals to the higher reasoning and logical portions of the brain and Grave of the Fireflies appeal to the emotional centers, Afro Samurai would be a show that appeals to the most basic drives of human cognition.

It is pure "Id" given form, striving to do no more than to satisfy the instinctual needs for pleasure. In the same way the ancient Romans loved their gladiatorial combat and their lions vs prisoners shows, this anime digs deep into the dark recesses of the human mind which hides that aggressive streak and answers its denied cravings by delivers non-stop violence with a whole new attitude. The highly stylized art works well for such a show, containing an exceptionally high level of detail more common in feature film animation than in a direct-to-DVD miniseries. The animation is fluid, smooth and conveys a sense of "free flow", like watching a professional break-dancer; everything is constantly in flux. Like the "Id", the action is excessive and illogically over-the-top: A testament to the limitless potential of animation and the illogical and almost random nature of our basic human instincts.

Even the slightly disjointed and simplistic story reflects the properties of the "Id". In keeping with the "style over substance" the creative team did not even try to make an original narrative. The story presented here is an extremely simple one, stocked to the brim with clichés. As a kid, young Afro watched his dad die at the hands of an evil gunman(played by Ron "Hellboy" Perlman), and vowed to spend the rest of his life training in the samurai way to take down his father's killer and become "Number One." Along the way, he meets old friends, new enemies and host of quirky characters in a stylish world where ancient feudal japan meets post-modern science fiction and fantasy.

Clichés also extend to the many characters in this show. Stoic silent wanderer with comic relief sidekick (sounds like Vampire Hunter D and his left hand), femme fatale who falls for our hero, mysterious mafia-like villains, etc. What lends new life to these tired old clichés is the fresh new attitude and style that Afro Samurai brings with it. It is like an all new liquor cocktail which uses existing ingredients, but what sets it apart from other cocktails is how everything is mixed together.

Special mention goes to Samuel L Jackson who plays both the stoic Afro and his loud mouthed trash talking sidekick, Ninja-ninja. His acting, as with every other member of the cast is spot on, and I love how he can play the two characters so differently with the same level of professionalism. Honestly if I never looked at the cast list, I would have never thought he voiced those two characters at the same time.

Afro Samurai is to this new century what Ninja Scroll was to the 90s: A bloody, violent, fresh, unabashed display of excessiveness that delivers what it promises. A highly original concept recommended for fans who are bored with your typical shonen anime and looking for something new, refreshing and just oozing with ATTITUDE.

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