The world today exist in some weird alternative realm. Not only do we continue to struggle for normalcy during a global pandemic, but racial discriminations and other forms of prejudices have come to the fore in a way we have not seen in decades. During all of this, many discussions about racial diversification and representation in animation were held. Even anime placed was placed under a larger microscope. Now, call it perfect timing or sheer coincidence, Netflix is readying an all-new anime with a black lead character. Here's a first look at Yasuke:
Yasuke, the TV anime inspired by an African man who served under Oda Nobunaga in the 1500s. Here's the official plot synopsis:
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.
Very much looking forward to this one, and Netflix been having a lot more hits than misses with Anime series with their involvement recently. 6 episodes is a little shorter than the series I am used to, but along as it's an engaging ride to the end, I am all for it.
Yasuke is be premiering on Netflix on April 29.
Hey I am Marlon Mcfarlane the writer here at Blue Crescent Studio & a longtime lover of all things Animation & Gaming.