After some big hits like Devilman Crybaby, Dragon’s Dogma, and Dorohedoro, Netflix is coming up with another original. This time, Netflix is bringing historical figures and fantasy together to establish the plot of one of the greatest heroes in Japan. The upcoming anime will be named “Yasuke.” The release date, trailer, and other details of Yasuke have come to light. Here is everything you need to know about the upcoming anime.
Before the basic details, let’s answer a crucial question regarding this anime: Who was Yasuke? Yasuke was a man of African origin who also served Japan in the sixteenth century. He was a retainer when Oda Nobunaga was the daimyo (a feudal lord in Japan). Yasuke followed Nobunaga in wars. After Nobunaga died in 1582, he continued serving Nobunaga’s heir, Oda Nobutada. Yasuke’s African origin brought many questions to the Japanese. Nobunaga Oda’s first impression of him was that his skin looked as if it was inked black. However, he later also praises Yasuke’s strength. After Yasuke’s capture during a war, he was sent off to a Christian Church by Akechi Mitsuhide, who called him an “animal” due to his dark skin.
Netflix’s upcoming anime Yasuke is based on this very man. Despite its risky outlook, the anime is highly anticipated. Especially since MAPPA has taken over its animation. Moreover, Yasuke has a promising cast that will inspire fans to watch it on its release.
The release date, trailer, and other details of Yasuke will thereby be thoroughly laid down in this article.
Genre: Historical, Mecha, Magic, Action, and Fantasy.
The story is set in an alternate universe where magic and technology exist far more evolved from as we know it. It follows the life of Yasuke, an African ronin in Japan. Twenty years after the death of Oda Nobunaga, he has retired and taken up the alias ‘Yasan.’ Now a boatman, Yasan meets a singer, Ichika. Her daughter Saki has mysterious powers but is also suffering from a sickness.
When they are attacked suddenly, Yasuke is caught in between a battle for powers amidst two Daimyo. This is further complicated by the involvement of supernatural forces. At Ichika’s request, Yasuke must protect Saki and transport her to safety.
When the plotline is so interesting, fans are now craving to know more about the release date, trailer, and other details of Yasuke anime.
Yasuke: Release Date
A village in danger, a mysterious child, warring daimyo, and the greatest ronin never known all clash in a Japan of magic and mechs. Learn the story of the first African samurai when LeSean Thomas’s Yasuke, voiced by Lakeith Stanfield, arrives next year. pic.twitter.com/jCabzutMIv
— Netflix Geeked (@NetflixGeeked) October 27, 2020
Netflix had announced that an anime would be released based on the ronin, Yasuke. Netflix has been dropping details regarding its cast and trailers now and then. In early April, the release date of the anime was finally revealed.
Yasuke is set to release on April 29, 2021. The anime will have six episodes. Yasuke’s opening theme is Black Gold, which will be performed by Thundercat. Its ending theme is Between Memories by Niki Randa.
The anime has been directed by LeSean Thoman and Takeshi Satou. As mentioned before, the anime has been produced by studio MAPPA.
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The first teaser trailer of the anime was released on April 2, 2021. The trailer gives a glance at the basic foundation of the anime. As per the trailer, there has been a prophecy that “a black warrior will save everyone.” An intense flash of scenes shows scenes of high-quality animation, as expected from MAPPA Studio.
The official trailer was released on April 27, 2021.
If anything, the anime promises some extremely well-done animation and character designs. A vague idea can be built from the trailer. Evidently, the anime is going to reach beyond just fantasy. Characters constantly make remarks about Yasuke’s ethnicity. They don’t treat him as an equal. Additionally, there is the involvement of Saya, the child being hunted by warlords. Netflix’s new upcoming anime has more than just a single plot. It builds a curious notion in the minds of the viewers regarding how all these plots will turn out.
If the studio, synopsis, and trailer impressed, the cast would further make you more indulged in watching this anime. So far, these are the casts involved that have been revealed.
The protagonist, Yasuke, will be voiced by Academy Award Nominee Lakeith Stanfield. In the Japanese dub, he will be voiced by Jun Soejima. Oda Nobunaga will be voiced by Takehiro Hira in both English and Japanese dubs. Saki, the child that Yasuke needs to protect, will be voiced by Maya Tanida in the English version and Kiko Tamura in the Japanese dub. Natsumara will be voiced by Ming-Na Wen in English and Fusako Urabe in Japanese. Ichika, Saki’s mother and a singer, will be voiced by Rie Tanaka in Japanese and Gwendoline Yeo in English.
- Paul Nakauchi will voice Morisuke in English. In the Japanese dub, his voice is given by Yu Kamio. Dia Frampton will voice Ishikawa in English and Eri Kitamura in Japanese. Don Donhue will give his voice to Abraham in the English dub. Shigeru Ushiyama will be the Japanese voice actor of the same. Darren Crisis has been cast as Haruto’s voice actor. In the Japanese version, Shunsuke Kubozuka will take up this role. Julie Marcus will be starring as the voice of Nikita. The same will be done by Hiroki Nanami in Japanese. Christopher Stephens will voice Achoja in English and Kenji Kitamura in Japanese. Lastly, Amy Hill will voice Yami no Daimyо̄ in English, and Yoshiko Sakakibara will voice the same character in Japanese.
With the release of the anime closing in, the release date, trailer, and other details of Yasuke have been revealed. Will Netflix’s yet another original become a fan favorite or a disappointment? Only time will tell.