Yasuke: Season 1

Yasuke: Season 1

Yasuke: Season 1

Oscar-nominee LaKeith Stanfield (Judas and the Black Messiah) leads this anime series as the voice of Yasuke, a warrior who fought alongside a mighty feudal lord and would go on to be known as the Black Samurai.

In a war-torn feudal Japan filled with mechs and magic, the greatest ronin never known, Yasuke, struggles to maintain a peaceful existence after a past life of violence. But when a local village becomes the center of social upheaval between warring daimyo, Yasuke must take up his sword and transport a mysterious child who is the target of dark forces and bloodthirsty warlords.

Features music from renown artist Flying Lotus.

2021Rating: TV-MAUSANetflix
ActionAnimatedFantasyHistorical

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EPISODE 1.1
29 April 2021

Ronin

When her young daughter is stricken by a mysterious malady, Ichika asks Yasuke to bring them upriver to a special doctor, but Yasuke refuses.

EPISODE 1.2
29 April 2021

The Old Way

Back in 1581, Yasuke and Natsumaru have become trusted warriors serving Nobunaga. In the present day, the mercenaries catch up to Yasuke and attack.

EPISODE 1.3
29 April 2021

Mortal Sins

Abraham sends Haruto and Nikita out to find Saki, who uses her growing powers to fight back. Under torture, Yasuke has a flashback to a betrayal.

EPISODE 1.4
29 April 2021

A Long Road

Back in the village, Saki asks Yasuke to bring her to Doctor Morisuke — and she won’t take no for an answer. But there are new enemies in pursuit.

EPISODE 1.5
29 April 2021

Pain & Blood

While Morisuke protects Saki from the Daimyo’s attack on the Astral Plane, Yasuke confronts the masked Dark General, who reveals their true identity.

EPISODE 1.6
29 April 2021

Balance

While Morisuke and his men create a protective shield around the temple, Yasuke and Saki face off with the Daimyo in Azuchi Castle.

Yasuke: Season 1 / Reviews

IndieWire

IndieWire

“Yasuke” is too preoccupied with its wacky video game escort mission story and action to dig into what Yasuke’s boundary-breaking work actually means to him and the people he coexists with.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

“Yasuke” has created an intriguing hero, even if you may end it wanting to know him a little better.

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Paste

Paste

The show is certainly worth watching if just for its sumptuous animation and impeccable score.

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Decider

Decider

It’s the gorgeous animation, fantastic dubbing, and excellent music that’ll keep you coming back for more.

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Salon

Salon

"Yasuke" would be better if there were more of it, and either by accident or intentionally Thomas and his collaborators leave enough about this hero shrouded to make room for that to occur.

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Little White Lies

Little White Lies

The standout element is the Flying Lotus produced soundtrack...

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Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

The anime series is, at its center, a comforting fairy tale of clear-cut good and evil.

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

LaKeith Stanfield is good in the title role, even if he doesn't get to do a whole lot...

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RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

Yasuke hits the spot for any anime lover while offering new subversions to the samurai genre.

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