Afro Samurai

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Japanese: アフロサムライ
English: Afro Samurai
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Type: TV
Episodes: 5
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: May 3, 2007 to May 4, 2007
Premiered: Spring 2007
Broadcast: Unknown
Licensors: Funimation
Studios: Gonzo
Source: Manga
Genres: ActionAction, AdventureAdventure
Themes: GoreGore, SamuraiSamurai
Duration: 27 min. per ep.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity


Score: 7.361 (scored by 198399198,399 users)
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Ranked: #23212
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Popularity: #613
Members: 368,615
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When he was a young boy, Afro witnessed his father be cut down in a duel at the hands of a man known only as Justice. After taking the life of Afro's father, Justice cast aside his Number Two headband and took the Number One to claim its godly powers as his own.

Years later, having obtained the Number Two headband which grants him the right to challenge the Number One, Afro moves forward in his hunt for revenge on the man who murdered his father. There is just one thing that stands in his way—everyone else in the world! Though the Number One can only be challenged by the Number Two, the Number Two can be challenged by anyone. As his enemies gather to try and take the title of Number Two, Afro must fight through a myriad of foes and obstacles if he hopes to reach the Number One and claim vengeance once and for all.

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The Afro Samurai anime was a creative collaboration between Samuel L. Jackson, Takashi Okazaki, and Gonzo, with the music scored by RZA of the Wu-Tang Clan. After the success of the anime series, it was adapted into an animated film, a video game, and received a live action tribute short film titled "Afro Samurai: Flesh and Bone." The anime aired first on Spike TV in the US from Jan 4, 2007 to Feb 1, 2007. Three months later, it aired on Japanese television over two consecutive night blocks with Japanese subtitles.

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Kizaki, Fuminori
Tsuruoka, Youta
Sound Director
Geshi, Yasuhiro
Episode Director
Yamashita, Tomohiro


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"Afro Theme" by RZA

Ending Theme

"Afro Outro" by RZA


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 ...
Dec 4, 2007
Mixed Feelings
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, ...
Apr 17, 2009
When I first started watching Afro Samurai, I was blown away by the action scenes early on, as well as how contrived and generic the plot was. My early theory was that the plot was mostly around in order to set up more fights. As I got a few more episodes into the show, I was extremely disappointed to realize that the show creators didn't seem to realize how weak their own plot was, as flashbacks from Afro, and the main plot actually take up a very good chunk of the screen time, and those parts are pretty consistently boring.

Afro's plot is just plain stupid ...

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