Netflix’s LaKeith Stanfield-Led ‘Yasuke’ Anime About Japan’s First Black Samurai Gets a Teaser Trailer

Netflix just debuted a new teaser trailer for 'Yasuke​​​​​​​,' an anime series about Japan’s first Black samurai with a voice cast led by LaKeith Stanfield.

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Netflix just debuted a new teaser trailer for Yasuke, an upcoming anime series about Japan’s first Black samurai, with LaKeith Stanfield leading the voice cast. (His co-stars are yet to be revealed.)

Inspired by the real-life samurai Yasuke, who is believed to have traveled to Japan from the African continent in 1579, the show follows the titular character as he struggles to live a peaceful life. When a nearby village becomes the center of dramatic social upheaval, it’s on Yasuke to help transport a mysterious child and keep them safe from evil forces.

Created, produced, and directed by LeSean Thomas of Cannon Busters fame, the series also features original music from Flying Lotus.

Proud to share these first images. 3 years in the making and we are finally here... Honor has a new name. YASUKE ❗️April 29th only on Netflix. #yasuke #anime @netflix

— FLYLO (@flyinglotus) March 9, 2021

The new teaser offers a look at Yasuke’s journey from violent samurai to humble boatsman. There’s also a brief look at some of the action scenes fans can expect to see when the show debuts on Netflix on April 29. Yasuke was animated by Japanese studio MAPPA, which helmed the final season of Attack on Titan and Jujutsu Kaisen. Director and animator Kaeshi Koike is behind the character designs, meanwhile. 


Watch the teaser trailer above, and look for the LaKeith Stanfield-featuring series when it debuts on Netflix later this month.

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