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Afro Samurai Pilot

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Japanese: アフロサムライ


Type: Special
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 1, 2003
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Studios: Madhouse
Source: Original
Duration: 3 min.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity


Score: 6.811 (scored by 2,733 users)
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Ranked: #44432
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Popularity: #5041
Members: 6,053
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Original pilot for the "Afro Samurai" TV Show, directed and animated by Takeshi Koike.


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Koike, Takeshi
Okazaki, Takashi
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Jan 21, 2017
Romantic18 (All reviews)
[I would not recommend watching this pilot until you have finished the main Afro Samurai media (as it does spoil what villains will be in the show and a few key plot points). That being said, on with the review:]

The original 2003 Afro Samurai pilot from Studio Madhouse is only around three minutes....but oh, what a three minutes it is! Before anime studio Gonzo took the production of the anime to final product four years later, Takeshi Koikei directed and animated this promotional under the Madhouse banner. If you have seen the Spike TV miniseries and thought it was extremely stylized, this read more
Nov 13, 2015
BlurredVision18 (All reviews)
Don't listen to this girl above me. There are zero spoilers. This is a great pilot. A pilot for an anime should showcase the basic idea of the theme in which the show would like to maintain, and showcase all of the character designs the creator would like to use.

The theme being an urban take on what seems like a 15th century "Sengoku jidai" taking place in a more modern world. Where de facto Samurai made names for themselves through their skill. We got to see most of the characters, but none were given any back story... there wasn't even any dialogue ("there are spoilers" read more
Sep 15, 2016
ProfaneValkyrie (All reviews)
Watch only this if you just want a drop more of Afro Samurai or if you are considering to watch Afro Samurai (duly note that this is very short with no real plot, it just showcase what the anime might bring both with the art, action, music and story line, a little tiny glimpse, therefore there is no real spoilers in this one.
I really understand why that this pilot without any doubt convinced the producers and studio to make Afro Samurai into an anime. IT MADE ME SO HYPED! even though I have seen the series and the following movie :) It makes me wanna read more
Feb 20, 2017
Sidewinder51 (All reviews)
Rate of 4
english dubbed

-art: different then what i have seen.
-art: animations were smooth.

-sound: the song did not match the action you were seeing
-sound: the animated effects tuned out bits of the song

-art: what purpose did black and white have?
-art: why start to lead into color only to kill it off? Was that the breaking point being addressed?
-art: the black and white concept is not only hard on the eyes in some of the scenes but ruins definitive details.

plot-very confusing. Unclear to if the trailer showed the appropriate timeline of events. Unclear to what era this being done in for you have a cellphone, robot read more


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