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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.
Afro Samurai: :  -- Trailer 3 for Afro Samurai: Resurrection


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4 January 2007 (USA) See more »
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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 (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)

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)
Eric Lewis .... dialogue editor / dialogue recording 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)
Series Animation Department
Hisashi Mori .... key animator (2 episodes, 2007)
Gosei Oda .... key animator (2 episodes, 2007)
Ken Ôtsuka .... key animator (2 episodes, 2007)
Series Music Department
Michael Baiardi .... music editor (5 episodes, 2007)
Matthew Richard Harris .... composer: additional music (2 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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This isnt the first time Jackson and LaMarr worked together, Samuel L. Jackson and Phil LaMarr have previously acted in Pulp Fiction. Jackson as Jules and LaMarr as Marvin.See more »
Afro Samurai:[repeated line to Ninja Ninja] Shut up.See more »
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Why are the DVD and Blu-Ray-Versions called "Director's Cut"?
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24 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
Sweet Badasss Splatter Saga, 22 April 2007
Author: michael mcqueen from Australia

Afro Samurai started as life as manga before animation studio GONZO adapted the story into a five episode series that premiered online January 1 2007.

Like most contemporary anime, Afro Samurai is another exercise in culture jamming, straddling genres as diverse as Blaxploitation, kung-fu cinema, splatter flicks, western and, of course, Japanese animation. Samuel L. Jackson lends his talents in the voice department, and is also credited as one of the shows producers.

The plot revolves around Afro - nicknamed after his hairstyle - a perpetually silent and bloodthirsty master swordsman, whose quest involves exacting bloody revenge on the man who killed his father, and claiming the title of 'Number One'; a warrior whose powers are comparable to those of a god. Given only five episodes to work with, structure is pretty tight here, so there are no filler episodes or meandering off-sides or tangents to distract from the narrative's focus. Although the series seems to lack that 'epic' journey feel, episodes are never anti-climactic; this is a relief to the casual anime viewer who just wants to get to the carnage.

And carnage there is a-plenty. The plot of Afro Samurai is really just an after thought; it's the fight scenes that are really the star of the show here. A word to the squeamish: Afro Samurai is one of the bloodiest, goriest and most anatomically detailed anime series on the market, so if you've got stomach issues with splatter flicks, avoid this one like syphilis. If, however, high-definition animated gore-porn is your thing, Afro Samurai will not disappoint. Each fight scene is beautifully choreographed and fluidly animated to deliver some truly jaw-dropping, gut-wrenching, wince –"oh man, that's gotta hurt"-inducing scenes of unadulterated devastation on the human body. Be-heading, disemboweling and eye-stabbing are just an entrée.

The only thing wrong with Afro Samurai is that it's all over too soon. Most anime fans are used to more meat on the bones, so for many the narrative will feel underdone and the characters under-developed. This is probably a side-effect of the show's creators attempting to cross anime over to a mainstream Western audience, but, in doing so, seem to have sacrificed content for carnage. And while carnage seems to be the whole point of Afro Samurai, five episodes is still remarkably short. Although the series swiftly resolves itself in a fairly predictable way, there is an immense potential for spin-off projects (there's a movie rumor already doing the rounds in cyberspace) and the show itself is re-watchable many times over, if only to sample the audacious ultra-violence again and again. For those of you with an unquenchable blood-lust, Afro Samurai will have you screaming with delight.

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