Netflix Samurai Anime Yasuke Gets New Key Visual

The Netflix Original Anime Yasuke, which is inspired by the real-life African samurai of the same name, has received a new key visual. The anime is set to release on April 29.

Unlike the previously revealed images, the new key visual focuses on the anime’s fantastical take on feudal Japan, with a samurai mech, a bear-like creature, and supernatural abilities being featured in visual. 

The staff of Yasuke includes LeSean Thomas (Children of Ether) as director, creator and executive producer, Takeshi Koike (Lupin the IIIrd: Fujiko Mine’s Lie) as character designer, and Flying Lotus as music composer and executive producer. MAPPA is in charge of the animation production.

Netflix describes the story as:

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.

Source: Netflix Japan Twitter

Melvyn originally wanted to write about video games, and he did so for a few years, starting from his college days. He still writes about video games sometimes, but now focuses on anime-related news content and the occasional review. Some of his free time is spent self-learning Japanese, both out of interest in the language and because English-translated light novels and manga are expensive. Every anime season, Melvyn looks forward to discovering new standout episodes and OP/ED animation sequences, as well as learning about the storyboard artists and directors behind them.
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