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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Ranked: #57522
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Popularity: #6027
Members: 11,429
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Original pilot for the "Afro Samurai" TV Show, directed and animated by Takeshi Koike.


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


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Feb 7, 2020
The Afro Samurai Pilot is an interesting little short for a few reasons. Firstly it's a pretty insightful look into the story, concepts and character designs that the main show would end up using or dropping. Second, its a great showcase of Takeshi Koike's animation style and aesthetic sensibilities.

As for the short itself, it can be described as a three minute long sakuga filled hip hop music videos involving the titular Afro Samurai tearing through his enemies, with all the slick action and hyper violence one would expect from the franchise. In a sense it captures the essence of Afro Samurai. An artistically excellent action ...
Sep 15, 2016
Mixed Feelings
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 ...
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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