Netflix Releases ‘Yasuke’ Trailer & Additional Voice Cast

Did you know that Netflix was dropping a new samurai focused anime series this week?  In just a couple of days, Yasuke will bring us a tale of the Black Samurai and a young girl with abilities that he must protect.  It runs much deeper than that, as you'll be able to tell from this trailer.

According to the official synopsis, this is: "The tale is set 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."

Trying to find that quiet life and escape your past never quite works out, does it?  Unfortunately for Yasuke, his struggles clearly went far beyond the violent nature of his past.  That voice your hear is LaKeith Stanfield as Yasuke, who was also an executive producer for the series.  We now know who else will be joining the cast and who they will be playing:

  • Nobunaga - Takehiro Hira
  • Saki - Maya Tanida
  • Natsumaru - Ming-Na Wen
  • Morisuke - Paul Nakauchi
  • Haruto - Darren Criss
  • Nikita - Julie Marcus
  • Achoja - William Christopher Stephens
  • Ishikawa - Dia Frampton
  • Abraham - Don Donahue
  • Daimyo - Amy Hill
  • Kurosaka (Dark General) - Noshi Dalal

Yasuke was created by LeSean Thomas, who also serves as director and executive producer.  The animation studio is the famed MAPPA who also worked on the final season of Attack on Titan. Takeshi Koike was responsible for character design and was director of said animation. The music comes from Grammy nominee Flying Lotus.

Lucky for all of us, April 29th is this Thursday, so we won't have to wait much longer.  Be sure to add Yasuke to your list by going here.

Photo Credit: Netflix