Yasuke: Season 1 (2021)


Season 1
Yasuke

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Anchored by an impressive voice cast led by a solid Lakeith Stanfield, Yasuke's expertly crafted, gorgeously animated blend of fantasy and history is an epic ode to the titular samurai.

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Critic Ratings: 24

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User Ratings: 131

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Episodes

Air date: Apr 29, 2021

Ichika begs Yasuke to safely deliver her and her critically ill daughter upriver to a doctor. However, Yasuke turns her down.

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Air date: Apr 29, 2021

A flashback to 1581 reveals Natsumaru and Yasuke's work as soldiers for Nobunaga. Later, Yasuke confronts his former allies as they launch a surprise assault.

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Air date: Apr 29, 2021

Saki utilizes her mounting power to resist Nikita and Haruto, who were sent to capture her on Abraham's orders. Later, while being tortured, Yasuke endures a flashback to a critical deception in his past.

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Air date: Apr 29, 2021

In the village, Saki demands Yasuke escort her to Doctor Morisuke until a new threat arrives, jeopardizing their mission.

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Air date: Apr 29, 2021

Yasuke faces off against the Dark General, who, at last, reveals their identity. Meanwhile, Morisuke strives to keep Saki safe from the Daimyo's assault as they venture across the Astral Plane.

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Air date: Apr 29, 2021

Saki and Yasuke team up to confront the Daimyo at Azuchi Castle as Morisuke casts a forcefield around the temple.

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In a war-torn feudal Japan filled with mechs and magic, the greatest ronin never 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.

Cast & Crew

Maya Tanida
Saki
Dan Donahue
Abraham
Dia Frampton
Ishikawa
Amy Hill
Yami no Daimyо̄
Takehiro Hira
Oda Nobunaga
LeSean Thomas
Creator
Flying Lotus
Executive Producer
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Critic Reviews for Yasuke Season 1

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (8)

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.

May 4, 2021 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

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.

Apr 27, 2021 | Full Review…

A decent first attempt at continuing the legacy of a historical figure that is too often forgotten.

May 4, 2021 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Mind-meltingly awesome...

Apr 30, 2021 | Full Review…

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.

Apr 30, 2021 | Full Review…

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.

May 13, 2021 | Full Review…

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.

May 4, 2021 | Rating: 6.7/10 | Full Review…

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.

May 3, 2021 | Full Review…

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...

Apr 30, 2021 | Full Review…

If you've been looking for a reason to return to the feudal era of Japan, consider this your sign.

Apr 30, 2021 | Full Review…

The deeply emotional and visually spectacular series is one of Netflix's most exciting shows to date.

Apr 30, 2021 | Rating: 10/10 | Full Review…

I liked it enough to want to see it entirely but didn't left me that much interested on seeing beyond what they present [Full Review in Spanish]

Apr 29, 2021 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Yasuke: Season 1

  • 13h ago
    I 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 ago
    An exceptionally poor attempt at anime.
  • 2d ago
    Good 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 ago
    It 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 ago
    Why couldn't you just tell Yasuke story? Ruined with all the crappy robots. One of the worst animes out there.
  • 3d ago
    Could 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 ago
    Great anime, full of action, passion and duty.
  • 5d ago
    very slow and boring. Avoid
  • 5d ago
    Rushed 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 ago
    As 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.

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