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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:
Knows its audience really well and delivers exactly where it needs to 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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Justice:Are you ready to die like your pappy?See more »
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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Knows its audience really well and delivers exactly where it needs to, 18 November 2007
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

Seeking to avenge his father's death, the Afro Samurai sets out to kill the #1 fighter in all the land, a man called Justice. After earning himself the title of #2, which is required for him to be able to challenge Justice, Afro Samurai sets out on his journey to revenge. His road is a dangerous one as he must first find out the location of Justice from his foes – all of whom would seek to protect Justice and also win the title of #2 for themselves. His task is a lonely and dark one, but like it or not he has a companion in the constantly b1tching Ninja Ninja.

Although it will not be to everyone's taste, Afro Samurai is a perfect example of something being pitched right at the target audience it is intended for. adult swim is the perfect home for it because it is very much targeted at young males who like their hip hop, Anime and traditions of feudal Japan. It mixes these in a great series of animations that some audiences will claim is very high on style at the expense of content. Now I appreciate that most reviews here are gushing in their praise of this series and not keen on anyone criticising it but, the thing is, those saying it lacks substance do have a point. Like I said before though, it is target audience stuff and for those into it, there will be plenty of content to support the style – those looking to be intellectually stimulated by the themes and ideals behind the characters will not get what they are looking for (but why were you looking here for those things). However for target audience the emotional core and the narrative twists will be more than enough to fill the running times of each episode and expand across the season.

What the series delivers in spades though is the cool world of the samurai crossed with the violent and stylish world of Anime with a big dollop of urban culture thrown in there too. It is no surprise to find The Rza involved because again it brings it back to a product that knows what its audience. So those coming to it will be looking for certain things and it delivers it well visually. The Anime animation is slick and cool and moves with all the conventions you will be used to from the genre. The soundtrack compliments it really well because, as other things (eg Boondocks, Wu-Tang etc) have shown, the mix of ninja/samurai (yes, I know they are very different) cultures and modern hip hop seems to be an easy fit. Performance wise you gotta say that Jackson is perfect for the role and again shows that he )or his agent) can pick the roles that bring him heat from his base fans. He is really good in his dual roles and brings the dialogue alive. Of course he is well supported by a famous cast – even if they are not all given roles that are that big. Perlman has a great voice and uses it well, but while I think Hu is again a good example of targeting your audience's tastes, her voice is not her strongest feature. Generally though all voice work is good because they are matching the style of the series rather than giving performances per se.

Overall then, not for everyone's tastes but in targeting its audience it is as ruthlessly efficient as Afro Samurai himself. Stylish, bloody, brooding and with an overall air of effortless cool, it is a fine series that I enjoyed. Put it this way, if you like the sound of it then you will almost certainly like it – it is that good at what it does.

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