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Japanese: YASUKE -ヤスケ-
English: Yasuke
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Type: ONA
Episodes: 6
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 29, 2021
Producers: Studio Easter
Licensors: Netflix
Studios: MAPPA
Source: Other
Genres: ActionAction, FantasyFantasy
Theme: SamuraiSamurai
Duration: 29 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 5.771 (scored by 3777737,777 users)
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Ranked: #99982
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Popularity: #2232
Members: 68,669
Favorites: 226

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A village in danger, a mysterious child, warring daimyo, and the greatest ronin never known all clash in a Japan of magic and mechs. Learn the story of the first African samurai.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Soejima, Jun




Kitamura, Eri


Ushiyama, Shigeru



Dark Lord

Sakakibara, Yoshiko


Kubozuka, Shunsuke

Oda, Nobunaga

Hira, Takehiro




Thomas, LeSean
Director, Executive Producer
Satou, Takeshi
Soejima, Yasufumi
Episode Director
Michaud, Maïa


Opening Theme

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"Black Gold" by Flying Lotus (feat. Thundercat)

Ending Theme

"Between Memories" by Flying Lotus (feat. Niki Randa)

Apr 29, 2021
JWolf2000 (All reviews)
When the trailer for Yasuke dropped on Netflix, I thought to myself: brilliant. An anime about the black samurai himself. I was truly interested in this anime. Unfortunately, Yasuke did not live up to my expectations.

Story: 1
If you're going to make an anime about historical figures, you would expect it to be true to history. These people walked around in real world Japan and you would expect to respect that. Yasuke's backstory was pretty true to life, but in the story itself, somebody had the bright idea to add magic and giant robots in the anime. What was their deal? What were they doing read more
Apr 29, 2021
SingleH (All reviews)
I’ve said this about LeSean Thomas before, but if you’re so obsessed with identity politics that you insist on building your entire career around blaxploitation, then just make Afro Samurai again. That show is kick-ass, and I’m sure Sam Jackson would not mind the plagiarism one bit.

Yasuke is a mess, and while it's definitely not as exhausting as Cannon Busters, I doubt many will be able to call it a good show. I could sit here and expound upon the exact ways in which it’s historically inaccurate—how the real Yasuke wasn’t even a samurai, but rather a mere retainer who Nobunaga kept around as a read more
Apr 29, 2021
anime-prime (All reviews)
This show feels like a case where nobody told the writers "No!". That isn't always a bad thing, but like everything in life, there needs to be a balance.

Yasuke has an interesting premise, but the show doesn't really know what it wants to be, and the back and forth between historical set piece and action fantasy aren't meshed well here.

The show introduced itself as a historical set piece in a fictional universe tied to the story of Nobunaga and Yasuke, but that really didn't come into play much the more the story went on. It was more of an excuse to use recognized names for read more
Apr 29, 2021
CodeBlazeFate (All reviews)
Yasuke is an odd mixed bag. On the one hand, there are several likable aspects about the characters and the audiovisuals, making the show at least somewhat entertaining, On the other, it’s kind of a dumb, heavy-handed, rushed mess. LeSean Thomas’ 2nd anime showed some promise on the outset, taking on the story of the first black samurai, all while being led by a black director and having music by several black musicians such as Thundercat and Flying Lotus. However, it feels like there were compromises made to fit this into 6 episodes while introducing very weird elements that weren’t once featured in the marketing read more

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Recent News

Main Cast Announced for Original Anime 'Yasuke'

Main Cast Announced for Original Anime 'Yasuke'

Netflix Japan revealed the main Japanese cast and a teaser featuring their voice acting for LeSean Thomas' original anime series Yasuke on Wednesday. The anime ...read more

'Yasuke' Reveals Additional Staff, Teaser Promo

'Yasuke' Reveals Additional Staff, Teaser Promo

Netflix Japan revealed additional staff members, a teaser visual (pictured), and teaser promotional video for LeSean Thomas' Yasuke original anime series on Fri...read more

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Poll: Yasuke Episode 1 Discussion
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This anime gets undeserved hate
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