Afro Samurai Pilot

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Alternative Titles

Japanese: アフロサムライ


Type: Special
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 1, 2003
Producers: GDH
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Madhouse
Source: Original
Genre: ActionAction
Themes: Martial ArtsMartial Arts, SamuraiSamurai
Duration: 3 min.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity


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Original pilot for the "Afro Samurai" TV Show, directed and animated by Takeshi Koike.

Characters & Voice Actors


Koike, Takeshi
Director, Storyboard, Setting, Key Animation, Character Design
Okazaki, Takashi
Original Creator


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Jan 21, 2017
[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 ...
Nov 13, 2015
Mixed Feelings
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" ...
Feb 20, 2017
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


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Poll: Afro Samurai Pilot Episode 1 Discussion
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