‘Yasuke’ Trailer: Netflix Anime Series Has LaKeith Stanfield Voicing a Legendary Black Samurai


Anime fans, you may want to add this one to your watch list.

Take a look at the trailer that Netflix has unveiled for Yasuke, an upcoming anime series that finds Oscar nominee LaKeith Stanfield (Judas and the Black Messiah, Knives Out) voicing a legendary, historical figure believed to be the first African Samurai. The story takes place in an alternate fantastical Japan during the feudal era, following the titular character as he returns to a life of sword and violence in order to protect a mysterious girl from dark forces.

The series was created by LeSean Thomas, who also directs all six episodes. Thomas’ previous credits include beloved adult animated comedy series The Boondocks and Adult Swim’s underrated Black Dynamite animated series.

It’s both exciting and bittersweet to see this coming to life; in 2019, the late Chadwick Boseman was cast to play Yasuke in a live-action feature he would also produce.

Just a few days away! Yasuke, featuring a voice cast that also includes Ming-Na Wen, Darren Criss, Takehiro Hira, Maya Tanida, Dia Frampton, Don Donahue, and Amy Hill, among others, will be streaming on Netflix from April 29th.

Official synopsis for Yasuke:

In a war-torn feudal Japan filled with mechs and magic, the greatest ronin never known, 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. The story of Yasuke, the first African samurai who actually served the legendary Oda Nobunaga, will be released to the world.


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