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How a Real-Life African Samurai Inspired the Anime Yasuke

Netflix’s new anime series Yasuke is LeSean Thomas’ ode to anime jidaigeki, or Japanese historical fantasy. Based on the life of the only recorded African samurai in Japanese history, the six-episode series exists in an alternate version of the 16th century Sengoku Period of Japan. A place where mechs and magic, mutants and mercenaries all coexist.

How a Real-Life African Samurai Inspired the Anime Yasuke

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