The latest trailer for Netflix’s Yasuke, which features Judas and the Black Messiah star Lakeith Stanfield as the title character, teasing all the samurai action and supernatural events you could want in a new anime series. Loosely based on the historical figure of the same name, Yasuke comes from creator LeSean Thomas (The Boondocks), with Stanfield on board as an executive producer alongside Grammy-winning recording artist Flying Lotus.
It takes place in a 16th century feudal Japan of alternate reality, reimagined with magic and advanced technology, called a warrior Yasuke witnesses the fall of Oda Nobunaga in the fight against the army of the warlord Yami no DaimyоITED in Honnō-ji. Twenty years later, Yasuke puts his storied past as a legendary ronin known as the “Black Samurai” behind him and retires as a skipper named Yassan to a remote village.
Here he meets a singer in a local bar named Ichika and her daughter Saki, a sick girl with mysterious magical powers. After an attack, Yasuke is ordered by Ichika to escort the child to a doctor, and soon becomes the target of dark forces and bloodthirsty warlords as he finds himself in the midst of a power struggle between those seeking to claim the young child.
Creator LeSean Thomas made this six-episode series and wanted to approach the story of the real samurai in a more unconventional way than previously planned. “I didn’t want to do what everyone else would do, which was most likely a hardcore biopic,” he said referring to a planned biopic starring the late Chadwick Boseman. “I didn’t want to be trapped by the elements of history, so to speak, and I wanted to add a sense of fantasy, a sense of romance, just like the Japanese do with their historical figures.”
The story of Yasuke in fact has parallels with Thomas’ own life. The creator moved from New York City’s South Bronx, first to South Korea in 2009 and later to Japan, becoming one of the few black creatives to work in the country’s anime industry. Indeed, these similarities were not lost to Thomas who said, “I am a black man who moved to Japan to work with the Japanese to make an anime about a black man who moved to Japan to live with the Japanese. and become a warrior. That’s pretty cool. I don’t know if anyone else could say that as a TV animation creator, but I wouldn’t say it was an intensely personal experience.
The voice of Yasuke, LaKeith Stanfield, meanwhile, has recently received high praise for his powerful performance in director Shaka King’s Judas and the Black Messiah. The biographical drama describes the betrayal of Fred Hampton (played by Oscar winner Daniel Kaluuya), chairman of the Illinois branch of the Black Panther Party in Chicago in the late 1960s, at the hands of William O’Neal (Lakeith Stanfield) , an FBI. informant. Yasuke will be available to stream on Netflix from April 29, 2021.
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