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If you've seen any recent Marvel or "Star Wars" title, or practically any other mainstream action film in the last decade, you get the idea. It's a shame, because there are glimmers of potential that suggest "Yasuke" could be so much more.
To the tune of six brisk half-hour length episodes, Thomas' Yasuke hits the spot for any anime lover while offering new subversions to the samurai genre.
A decent first attempt at continuing the legacy of a historical figure that is too often forgotten.
Saying something is "for the culture" is a cliché these days, even a joke, but Yasuke has that sort of an aura, a story that defies erasure and is elevated by an astronomical level of imagination.
Making a show about such an enigmatic yet fascinating figure like Yasuke is a daunting task, so one can forgive the writers and directors for wanting to combine everything they grew up loving into one show.
The show is certainly worth watching if just for its sumptuous animation and impeccable score. But viewers will also find a series that feels philosophically imperative.
It's an anime that is very loyal to the tone and atmosphere of old-world Japan, while still successfully blending more fantasy elements into that setting.
There's a certain charm in Yasuke. Here's a series, though it feels more like an outburst, that takes great joy in mashing so many sensibilities and perspectives within anime fandom...
If you've been looking for a reason to return to the feudal era of Japan, consider this your sign.
The deeply emotional and visually spectacular series is one of Netflix's most exciting shows to date.
Audience Reviews for Yasuke: Season 1
13h agoI think it's a good show to binge. Loved the soundtrack and fight scenes. I saw other reviews saying that robots and a lack luster story ruins the show, which I partly agree with. I thought it was going to be solely based around the journey of the samurai but I was met with robots and magic. I enjoyed the parts that didn't involved the supernatural stuff more but it's a good show nonetheless. 7-8/10
16h agoAn exceptionally poor attempt at anime.
2d agoGood main character, Flying Lotus' music, and beautiful visual artwork. Everything else about this show ranges from mediocre to straight up trash. They decided to fill this show, which takes place in *Feudalist Japan*, with giant mech robots... The show also wreaks of boring supporting characters and an uninteresting plot. On top of that, the pacing of the story starting at episode 3 is some of the worst pacing I've seen in a TV show in the past decade. I hope that netflix tries to remake the series into something that works, because the story of Yasuke deserves to be told well, and I still believe that anime is the best medium to deliver the story. The potential is there. Until then, don't watch this show.
2d agoIt was fine until episode 3. I could handle robots and magic. What I couldn't deal with was characters I didn't care about. There was nothing in this anime to draw you in or make you like ANY of the characters or the story. It was like they sped through a script and left details that would have made the show watchable on the cutting room floor. Now don't get me wrong, I will watch a 2nd season but I will probably never watch the first again. The music was fine was completely disconnected from what I was watching. Music can help move a story along. In this case it was like someone in my house started playing music while I was watching tv. I see comparisons to Samurai Champloo and Afro Samurai. The three are completely different. I can appreciate was LeSean is trying to do with this and his Cannon Busters. Hopefully he will see some of the criticism as constructive for his future endeavors. This however missed the mark.
3d agoWhy couldn't you just tell Yasuke story? Ruined with all the crappy robots. One of the worst animes out there.
3d agoCould have been SO MUCH better if it revolved around the black samurai legend and was more historical rather then..this.. The forced mix of "magic", robots, people that transformed into bears and historical Japan just didn't do it for me.
4d agoGreat anime, full of action, passion and duty.
5d agovery slow and boring. Avoid
5d agoRushed story about Gary Stu meeting Mary Sue and having strole through feudal "stranger things" japan with (we dont know there's) nuclear powered robots... oh and theres a lady werewolf. Why? You'll never knooooow!
5d agoAs if made by a committee, that tried to hit every trope in anime, yet without succeeding at a single one. But it's not just the dull story line that kills it, it's the utterly awful dialog, bland and cliched. Couldn't recommend.