We are two short days away from a short anime series that I personally have been looking forward to since its announcement back in October last year. Yasuke is going to be released on 29 April 2021 worldwide on Netflix and we have the final trailer, as well as a new key visual for the upcoming short series.
There is still a lot that is not known about the Yasuke anime series, and frankly, I kind of like that there is an essence of surprise. As you can see in the trailer, they aren’t shying away from playing up the violence in the series, but looking past that, it’s clear that they’re putting ample focus on the trials Yasuke faced because of his descent. Something else that stands out in this final trailer is the science fiction and fantasy elements, which make for a really interesting setting, although I hope the story isn’t overtaken by the spectacle. Also, I have to say, the music in the trailer is absolutely fire, thanks to Flying Lotus, who stated, ‘Working on anime is my new favorite thing. I think imma try n stay a while. Can happily keep doin it. Makes sense to me.’
If you haven’t been keeping up with the announcements about Yasuke, Netflix has outlined the story:
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. The story of Yasuke, the first African samurai who actually served the legendary Oda Nobunaga, will be released to the world.
Assuming that nothing catastrophic happens between now and Thursday, Yasuke should be at the top of your Netflix watch queue, if you want to experience a fantasy interpretation of the true-life story of the first (and only) African samurai that served under Oda Nobunaga.