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Afro Samurai (Director's Cut) (2007)

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Afro Samurai is really a moving work of art.

  • Oct 7, 2007
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I first like to say thank you to the individual who has giving me this by peaking through my wish list. While I was watching this I couldn't take my eyes off the Afro's of the two main characters because I never seen an Afro flow so swiftly on screen. Plus Afros don't swift like that. The story to this is pretty straightforward and relatively simple, though this does not detract from its value; instead making the series an easy and enjoyable viewing experience. The big selling point for many is the voice talents of Samuel L. Jackson (Go Samuel!) and Ron Pearlman both of whom breathes a unique identity into their roles and adds a new dimension to the title. I started to get into it on the 2nd episode because the first I was sort of lost and had to adjust myself into it but really fascinating. Once it hit the 3rd episode there's was no stopping me.

I'm keen on the idea of there being a number one and number two warrior in the world and in order to face the number one you must be the number two... and the graphic detail? WOW! The hybrid of tech and traditional art styles gives a nice enriched feel to the series and it is just worth the look at for the art alone. The story as mentioned before is fast moving, barely giving you time to catch a breath, hardly ever is there a dull moment. Almost to the point of it being too fast, at the end I found myself asking for more character development of the sub characters that literally are gone in one episode. The back story is completely based on the story of Afro and doesn't go into the finer details of the headbands or the organizations that involve themselves with it.

Comprised of just five episodes totaling 110 minutes this feels more like a movie that happens to be split into five parts. The actual series is enjoyable, uncomplicated and a heavily stylized anime adventure, undoubtedly with the advantage of appealing to a wider audience than your standard anime fare would. So long as you have an interest in anime, Sci-fi, Samurai themes or action, it is difficult to go too far wrong with this release. For this value, you get a well-packaged, feature-crammed mini series with some big names in there to boot.

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review by . February 09, 2007
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There's no doubt that Afro Samurai has a cool and simple concept and a very bloody style. In this future world of feudal Japan nothing seems to matter but two headbands that represent the two best fighters. To get to the number one fighter you must go through the number two and to get to the number two you must go trough everyone else. This way of life that nobody should have to live especially a child who has nothing but the headbands and revenge on his mind. As a child Afro saw his father who …
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The violent five-part adventureAfro Samuraimarks both the increasing confluence of American and Japanese pop culture and the shift in Japanese depictions of African-Americans. The popularity of hip-hop in Japan has led to more positive images of blacks, including Takashi Okazaki's original manga. The "Director's Cut" contains an additional 15 minutes of footage, and is even gorier than the broadcast version on Spike TV. As a boy, Afro Samurai saw his father beheaded by the maniacal Justice. The murderer sought an ancient headband that marks the wearer as the #1 warrior in the world. As an adult, Afro seeks only revenge, cutting down anyone who blocks his path to Justice.Afro Samuraidepicts a oddly anachronistic world that infuses cell phones, cigarette lighters, and cyber technology into traditional Japanese culture. The elongated character designs recall Peter Chung'sAeon Flux, and much of the series is rendered in moody grays, accented by gobbets of scarlet blood. Afro is such a taciturn figure, most of the dialogue goes to his motor-mouth comrade Ninja Ninja. This big budget production features an eclectic score by Wu-Tang Clan co-founder RZA and an A-list vocal cast that includes Samuel L. Jackson and Ron Perlman. But for all its elaborate production values and over-the-top fights,Afro Samuraisuffers from a weakness at its core: Afro is so monosyllabic and cold-blooded, he's not very interesting. His inevitable duel-to-the-death with Justice ...
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Genre: Animation
DVD Release Date: January 4, 2007
Runtime: 125 minutes
Studio: Funimation
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