In the 1500s, a man of African descent was accepted as the first black Samurai. Dubbed "Yasuke" by the Japanese warlord, Oda Nobunaga, Yasuke fought for Nobunaga’s army from 1581-1582.
There are many ongoing attempts to adapt Yaskue's interesting story — from Michael De Luca movie version to Deranta' Avaloy's comic book version — but we think Netflix just announced the most interesting adaptation yesterday: an anime.
Titled Yasuke, the anime already has an exciting creative team at the helm. It will be written and directed by Boondocks' co-director, LeSean Thomas; Yasuke will be voiced by Atlanta's Lakeith Stanfield; and the entire series will be scored by Flying Lotus.
Even though it is inspired by the true story of an African samurai who fought alongside a Japanese warlord, some creative liberties have to be taken. For instance, LeSean's version includes both magic-wielding warriors and fighting robots.
Described as Samurai Jack meets The Transporter, it follows a retired ronin acting as the bodyguard for a child targeted by dark forces. Every single piece of information released about this series makes it sound absolutely bonkers, and we cannot wait to see it.