Afro Samurai

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Afro Samurai

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Featuring the voices of Samuel L. Jackson, Ron Perlman, Jon Kassir, and Kelly Hu, Afro Samurai follows a warrior on the path to avenge his father's murder. Set in feudal Japan, this anime series depicts a journey in which the hero encounters love, betrayal, loss and brutality.
Phil LaMarr

Phil LaMarr

Brother #1, Brother #3, Teen Afro

Samuel L. Jackson

Samuel L. Jackson

Afro Samurai, Ninja Ninja

Crystal Scales

Crystal Scales

Young Afro Samurai

Kelly Hu

Kelly Hu

Okiku

Ron Perlman

Ron Perlman

Justice

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  • I needa get out of my dorm and stop watching this.

    9.1
    I got this from Netflix because I heard a few refrences to it so I decided to check it out and I have watched it 3 times already. This is just absolutely amazing. The animation is incredible though every once in a while you can tell that they're reusing the same poses over and over again. And the storyline behind this is mouth watering. You have a good old fashioned "get revenge for my father" type of thing here and I must say that the script writing and voice acting were my favorite parts. I mean really you have Samuel L. Jackson(Afro, Ninja Ninja), Kelly Hu(Okiku), Ron Perlman(Justice), John DiMaggio(Brother #2, Giant, Ivanov, Patron #2), Phil LaMarr(Brother #1, Brother #3, Brother #5, Kuro, Teen Afro Samurai), and Dave Wittenburg(Assassin, Matasaburo, Patron #3, Punk). That my friends is the ultimate line up of voice actors. One thing you'll notice is how Ninja Ninja annoyingly likes to keep complaining about an enemy Afro's about to face even though it's obvious our hero will win. Now this show has like a battle or 2 per episode kinda thing so the battles are rather short especially when they have to bunch it in with the back-story. I would definitely say for you to go out and buy it and see for yourself how amazing this thing is. I swear you will take this thing home, watch it like 5 times,go back to the store and marry the person who sold you Afro Samurai. I hear they're coming out with a season 2 wich I will most definitely pick up and an Afro Samurai game for the 360 and the PS3.



    Qouting from Ninja Ninja just after he dies "Man, it was the bomb hanging out with you, Afro Samurai."moreless
  • Even if Afro Samurai is a short liver with a quirky storyline. The show will make you laugh in pain like it's entertaining.

    9.0
    Samurais of Japan are one of the more notorious fighters on the warriors list. Their weapons and intelect can be used as key tools to prevail in the toughest battles. But a black, afro-headed samurai is a different story. Afro Samurai is the show that seems to have that eccentric mixture with Feudal Japan, Hip-hop, and Sci-fi. Starring voice actors and famous ones, Samuel L. Jackson, and anime voice actor Yuri Lowenthal: known for his role in Naruto's character Sasuke. But this is an anime that means "put your little ones to bed." The story is a bit cliched, yet simple walkthrough that follows our swift and aware Afro Samurai. Who witnesses his father get beheaded by Justice, the Western inspired gun-slinger. As Afro is haunted by is memories of his fathers death, he is pushed to the peak of revenge against the killer of his father. The introduction of the first episode is an early demonstration to the plot, but this is so far the best intro I've seen, which begins with two fast, gory fights. For a little heads-up with the plot, Afro is the wearer of the #2 Headband, but anyone who wears the headband would be challenged by any warrior in the world for the #2 title. But the name for #1 would make a samurai hold the "God"-like status of the world. Afro Samurai, voiced by actor Samuel L. jackson, rarely does very much talking. While on his quest for revenge, Afro doesn't have to go at it alone. Who is followed by his obnoxious, imaginary friend Ninja-Ninja. The voice-acting is very terrific, making this the best anime to have incredible voice casts. The voices aren't the only thing that adds to the the sound appeal of the show. RZA's, or Wu-Tang, album just puts the show into a massive break down with some hot tracks including Certified Samurai, Fury In My Eyes, and other fat beat contained songs.



    The action is 90% percent solid. The second episode has some, but within Afros flashback, is a back-up treat. Every episode is based on half of Afros past, the other is present life. The fights are a little hard to see at times, but they are a pure masterpiece.



    With a five long episode run, Afro Samurai has made itself the second-shortest show to run. But despite the character art, the atmosphere doesn't look Japanese-made. It is made in Japan, but there was a huge reason of the short delay: a million dollars each episode,along with everything great within each episode.



    Afro Samurai is a short ride with a simple story. But the action, voice-acting, and soundtrack is something you will remember for years. We just hope there is another show with similar action in the future. Even if Afro Samurai is a mature oriented show, it is something that will always live up to in its anime genre.moreless
  • A quick and dirty masterpiece. You just can't beat Afro Samurai. Definitely my favorite TV Show.

    10
    MAN this was a fantastic show. However, I can understand how some would dislike its style. Let's break it down here for a sec:



    Pros:

    Superior rap/R&B music

    Superior animating

    Superior action and violence

    Moving plot that IS genuinely fresh

    Deep characters

    Samuel "I hate motherf*cking snakes!" Jackson

    Far-out setting

    Interesting moral dilemmas

    Ron Perlman

    Superior special effects

    Nice sex scene

    Awesome all around ideas



    There aren't any real cons to the show, per se, but there are certain people who won't appreciate its beauty for specific reasons. These aren't bad people, they just lack a thirst for blood and/or good taste.



    Possible cons:

    Simplistic dialogue (The dialogue is simplistic, but deep at the same time. No wasted breath, as there is in a lot of anime)

    Short (5 episodes. It IS a mini-series...)

    Rap (If you absolutely HATE rap, you won't like this show... Learn to expand you horizons people!)

    Too much violence (If you're a pacifist/squeamish)

    Racial diversity (If you're an effing racist and hate black people. You aren't an effing racist, are you?)

    Ninja Ninja (He IS annoying, but that's kinda the point)moreless
  • I must confess to being dubious when a friend recommended this to me but I was very pleasantly surprised with this show.

    7.0
    The story seems to be set in a dystopic future Japan, where there exist two headbands. Whoever has the number one headband lives the life of a god on a far away mountain and only the person who possesses the number two headn=band has the right to challange him - this means that everyone wants to be number two. That honor however blongs to the Afro Samurai a man who's father used to be Number one but was defeated by the Number Two. Now Afro travels Japan wearing the Number Two headband searching for the Number one in order to take his revenge.



    This is a surprisingly interesting plot with a lot ethical issues about friendship, revenge and the future beatifully interplayed with some of the best choreographed fight sequences I have seen in some time. It also features some excellent voice work from Ron Pearlman and Samuel L. Jackson.



    All in all I can't wait for the second series - Afro Samurai: Resurrection.moreless
  • wow that was really violent!

    7.5
    in the world of Afro Samurai, the person who is the No.1 swordsman is believed to have such mighty powers that they are considered some kind of god. So basically the show is about a samurai called Afro, who as a child, saw his father (who was the No.1 swordsman at that time) murdered by a mysterious gunman who then stole Afro's fathers headband (if you have the No.1 headband then that's considered undeniable proof that you are the No.1 swordsman in the land), and Afro's quest to avenge his fathers death. The show is known for being full of violence, but it's also a darn good drama full of twists and turns that keep you guessing until the final episode. So in short, Afro Samurai is a decent anime action drama that can be enjoyed by anyone who doesn't mind a whole lot of violence.moreless
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    hip soundtrack, epic battles, flashbacks, bloody and violent, Anime