Back in 2018, Netflix had announced that they were introducing five new animation titles, with Pacific Rim and Altered Carbon being part of the slate.
One of them has finally released their debut date and its first season’s length. Yasuke, the anime based off the first African-American samurai, will be released on April 29 and have six episodes.
Netflix;s description for the movie is as follows:
In a war-torn feudal Japan filled with mechs and magic, the greatest ronin ever 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.
The story will follow Yasuke as he serves Oda Nobunaga, a real-life inspired feudal lord during Japan’s Warring States period in the 16th century.
LeSean Thomas (The Legend of Korra, Children of Ether and The Boondocks) is the creator, director and executive producer for this project. Along with a crew consisting of Flying Lotus as music composer and executive producer, Takeshi Koike as character designer, Lakeith Stanfield (Atlanta and Sorry to Bother You) as voice actor of Yasuke, and MAPPA (Yuri!!! On Ice, Kakegurui) as a producer.
As one of the rare black anime characters, it will be exciting to see how Thomas is going to depict the samurai warrior in a Japanese anime.