Anime Review: Afro Samurai
Studio: Funimation Productions
Directed by: Fuminori Kizaki
Written by: Tomohiro Yamashita
Release Date: August 26, 2008
Runtime: 125 Minutes
In a distant, yet feudalistic future, a young boy watches in horror as his father is decapitated by a man seeking the “Number 1” headband. Whoever wears it is the strongest samurai in the world and can only be surpassed by the one who wears the “Number 2” headband. After his father’s death, a boy known only as Afro sets out on a Journey to reclaim the Number 1 headband and avenge his father’s death.
Thoughts on the Plot:
The story is interesting, not reall amazing or spectacular, but it'san interesting story. It is basically a Holywood story animated by Japaneseanimation studio Gonzo, but it's a decent story that was fun to watch, just not particularly amazing or anything like that.
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Other members of the cast are also very good to watch. Yuri Lowenthal as Kuma is a great voice actor and he gives a great performance as Kuma. The dialogue between him and Samuel L. Jackson is terrific, even though his character Afro doesn’t talk much. The other character that does a lot of talking is Ninja-Ninja. Yuri Lowenthal and they both are excellent, especially during their fight scenes against each other. Kelly Hu is very good despite her one time appearance in the
series; she does a good job too. Ron Perlman is spectacular as Justice, he’s a truly evil villain and Ron plays his part perfectly.
The animation by Gonzo is really good, the fight scenes are interesting to watch and there’s plenty of action in this short series. The fight scenes are clever and interesting and it is a very good looking anime, with some conspicuous CGI in it, but it’s not too bad. But the design style makes this anime a little different than other anime.
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No Real Depth, just Action:
Is the plot good? Yes, but it’s not particularly deep or anything, it’s mainly a fun hack and slash sword fighting anime, but there is no Afro Samurai, only Samuel L. Jackson with an afro and a sword. The plot is fun, and that’s the main draw to Afro Samurai, besides having Jackson in it.
If you're looking for a deeper anime, you should look elsewhere, but if you just want an action anime, this is the one for you.
The strange futuristic setting might not appeal to all audiences, along with the strong profanity, sex scene and bloody, gory violence gave this anime a TV-MA rating when it aired on Spike TV, Afro Samurai is definitely for the adults and not for kids, this is meant for ages 17 and up.
While the setting and story might not appeal to everyone, if you like Samuel L. Jackson, Yuri Lowenthal or Kelly Hu, you should definitely rent Afro Samurai from Netflix or your local library, it’s a mindless Acton anime, but that’s what makes it fun, along with a good musical score, Afro Samurai is an anime that should be watched at least once, whether or not you want it in your DVD or bllu-ray collection is up to you. But bloody swordfights never looked so awesome. The entire anime of Afro Samurai, including the movie Afro Samurai: Resurrection is available from Funimation Entertainment.
Overall Grade: C-
Afro Sammurai is mindless fun, just another action series for adults. It's not particularly memorable, unless you like Samuel L. Jackson, Kelly Hu or Ron Perlman. It's an anime you watch and then move on to the next one. It's only memorable for using celebrity voice actors and decent animation from Gonzo, but not much else. It's worth streaming on Hulu or Funimation's wesbite, but only diehard fans of the animewill buy it. Worth your time maybe, but not necessarily our money.
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