Ranked #1837

Afro Samurai

Alternative Titles

Japanese: アフロサムライ


Type: TV
Episodes: 5
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 4, 2007 to Feb 1, 2007
Premiered: Winter 2007
Broadcast: Unknown
Studios: Gonzo
Source: Original
Duration: 27 min. per ep.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity


Score: 7.411 (scored by 72,864 users)
Ranked: #18372
Popularity: #351
Members: 114,090
Favorites: 716
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After watching his father die in a duel against an unbeatable villain known only as "Justice", young Afro fixes his life on the study of swords and revenge. The tale of Afro Samurai is one of bloody hardship and pain. Along his solitary path of revenge for his murdered father, he sheds no tears & knows no love. Forever chased by powerful enemies in a lawless technology—speckled dystopia, he evades bullets and blade to reach his final prey: a man who will not die. But Afro will reach his quarry—even if it means painting a road of blood and brains from here to the bitter inevitable end.


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Characters & Voice Actors

Samurai, Afro
Samurai, Afro
Ninja Ninja
Ninja Ninja


Kizaki, Fuminori
Kizaki, Fuminori
Tsuruoka, Yota
Tsuruoka, Yota
Sound Director
Yamashita, Tomohiro
Yamashita, Tomohiro
Theme Song Performance, Music

More episodes Episodes(5/5)

Episode Title Aired
1 Revenge
Number Two (Number Two)
Jan 4, 2007
2 The Dream Reader
Okiku (OKIKU)
Jan 11, 2007
3 The Empty Seven Clan
The Empty Seven Clan (The Empty Seven Clan)
Jan 18, 2007
4 Duel
Kuma (KUMA)
Jan 25, 2007
5 Justice
Justice (JUSTICE)
Feb 1, 2007

Opening Theme

"Afro Theme" by RZA

Ending Theme

"Afro Outro" by RZA

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Mar 20, 2007
I watched this series on Spike TV and i must insist this is one of the best dubbed animes i have ever watched!

The voice over cast list start off with Samuel L Jackson (pulp fiction, Starwars) and Kelly Hu (X2: Xmen United) two A list actors very famous for their action movies. And their voices get put through the test as they use their voices for multiple characters in the series. And the voices they portray are very believable in my opinion.

As in terms of animation value, one only needs too look at their hair and their tattered clothing flowing in the wind read more
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Dec 4, 2007
I was told that this was a very stylish, very gory anime. It was recommended several times to me, but when I got round to watching it, I was appalled at the terrible, nonsensical story.

First of all, the story as a whole is VERY mediocre: boy loses father, boy gets revenge on fathers killer, etc. It's like something from Daredevil. But the thing that really, REALLY pisses me of is this: he hardly ever fights humans. Seriously. He fights killer robots, humanoids and weird monks (one armed with a bazooka!), and finally a guy with 3 arms.

That is why this series comes off as poor.

However, read more
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Sep 1, 2015
Afro Samurai
I really had high expectations for this anime, and they were crushed for how bad the story is presented and yeah, Samuel L. Jackson but that doesn't mean the anime is good because i didn't felt the characters were there.

The story is mediocre at best, the story follows a vengeful full of hatred man named Afro, who saw his father the bearer of the n. 1 headband being killed by the bearer of the n.2 headband named Justice just for the sole reason of becoming a god (don't know how a headband will grant you that but...ok) and he told Afro if he wants read more
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Nov 5, 2014
When I started watching this anime, I wanted to hear the voices in japanese, thing that I never managed to, because I therefore learned that this anime was an American answer to Japan.... And I'll tell you what, they were very successful, one of the best dubbed anime I ever heard.

They managed to fit everything like the art... I mean look at the details of the characters' drawings, their particular portraits, the dark "aura" they managed to bring from this dark world and look at cool gore scenes! A nice fitting music, enjoyable action moments and all in 5 episodes. What about Samuel Jackson's voice read more
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