Yasuke season 1 review – a wonderful anime series bringing a historical account The first African Samurai comes to life.

April 28, 2021
Daniel Hart 0
Netflix, TV Reviews
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Summary

Once Yasuke brings you to the main adventure, it is easy to be overawed by the sense of achievement — this anime series is solid work.

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4

Summary

Once Yasuke brings you to the main adventure, it is easy to be overawed by the sense of achievement — this anime series is solid work.

This review of Netflix anime series Yasuke season 1 contains no spoilers. The anime will be released on the streaming service on April 29, 2021.

In one of the most anticipated anime series this yearYasuke gives audiences a 6-chapter thrilling experience. It oozes class while faithful to anime tropes — mixing myths, history, and strange mechs & magic. If you are unaware of the legend of Yasuke, it may be worth checking out the prestigious historical background — Netflix’s anime series vows to bring the man alive, surfacing a significant historical period.

But if that doesn’t get your mind engaged, Yasuke is voiced by Academy Award nominee LaKeith Stanfield (Judas and the Black Messiah). This is a beautiful animation,  but what also strikes the audience is its on-beat soundtrack, especially during action scenes — we soon learned that the master behind the sound is Grammy-nominated musician Flying Lotus. There’s plenty to chew at here.

And while it’s only six chapters, Yasuke season 1 gives us an all-around flavor of what it is trying to achieve. Yasuke is based on a real-life warrior and is determined to be the first African Samurai who served under a retainer for Oda Nobunaga, Japan’s first “Great Unifier.” But it’s easy to give a history lesson — with the series’ fantastical elements, Netflix brings a character who is a flagrant outsider and who is willing to help those who are in need. That’s the endearing part.

The anime series flits from Yasuke’s past, fighting in 16th century Japan, to his present day, where he has reluctantly vowed to help out a mother with a sick child (Saki), who happens to have sacred powers and is sought for, which gives Yasuke a fateful quest. The series manages to balance the magical elements and the sense of history well. In regards to the fight sequences, creator Lesean Thomas curated them with slickness in mind without taking away the fruitfulness of the animation.

Once Yasuke brings you to the main adventure, it is easy to be overawed by the sense of achievement — this anime series is solid work.

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