Posted by psgels on 8 February 2007 with categories: Anime Reviews


Afro Samurai is the perfect example of why you should never let an American company handle an anime. I should have known when I started to watch this. They’ll start to see this as some kind of Hollywood Action-movie, instead of an engrossing tale about likable characters. This anime makes the same mistakes as your typical big-budgeted Hollywood action movie: it thinks that action and pretty graphics instantly make it good. Obviously, just that won’t get you far.

Okay, as a defence, this anime does give our main character a bit of a history and background. It’s just too bad that not too soon, these start to delve into the absurd when the other villains of this show start to use this background, turning something that could have been interesting into a one-sided boring piece of garbage. Any attempts to draw sympathy out of the viewer fails, seeing that the creators seemed to thing that the more horrible your childhood was, the more you can sympathise with your character. Fleshed-out characters don’t even come to their minds for a second.

The second episode could be considered the best of the show. Why? Because an actual human gets placed in the role of antagonist. Apart from that, all Afro Samurai has to face are androids, robots and people who manage to heal themselves without any proper reason. All of this, only to make sure that these opponents don’t just die after one hit from a sword, and keep fighting Afro-samurai, who seems to have a limitless amount of stamina. The creators really couldn’t find an interesting antagonist at all, and instead of that, they keep resurrecting old characters who have already died once, just because they ran out of creativity.

The premise, if you can speak of that, revolves around two headbands. A number one and number two-headband. The one who possesses the number one can live as a god. The number two is the only one who can challenge the number one. Afro Samurai is the son of a former number one, who got killed. Because of this, he wants revenge. It’s a good premise, if the focus is put in the right place. Unfortunately, it’s an American company we’re dealing with here. The only two words of that premise that really return in the anime are “challenge” and “revenge”. We never see how the number-one lives. For as far as we know, he just keeps sitting on his lazy ass doing nothing. He also seems to be the only one who gets the god-like powers, strangely enough.

Oh, and yes, Samuel L. Jackson does the voice of the main character in this OVA, but really, don’t expect too much of it. All he does is moan and groan a bit. If this guy really is one of the best actors America has to offer, then I’m glad I don’t live there. This definitely is a good example of a good premise, ruined by Hollywood-influence. I fell in love with anime not just because of the pretty graphics. The things that also drew me to it is the focus, the stories, characters and themes. All of these, I fail to see in Afro Samurai.

52 Responses

  1. David says:

    I haven’t seen past episode 01, but I was wondering if it would be anything more than lots of graphic violence. The production quality is really good – it’s just too bad this ends up being another forgettable anime.

    I wonder if this is being setup as a full-length series? If so, I imagine it would get really, really boring – kinda like I thought the Ninja Scroll anime series was. I couldn’t make it past volume one, because every episode was pretty much like how you described Afro Samurai!

  2. Silencers says:

    Thank goodness. I thought I was the only one who felt that this show was overrated.

  3. psgels psgels says:

    David: Afro-Samurai had five episodes, though it’s just an OVA, much like FLCL. The ending was left open (you do not want to know how, by the way), but I certainly do not hope that they’re planning to continue this anime into a second season.

  4. Robotron Mindless says:

    I agree with you on the show, but perhaps you and I are in the minority among American audiences. Also, if an American anime is to copy the Japanese style, then there’s no point in making it at all. We can just import it directly from Japan. I give them points for trying an American interpretation on anime.

  5. tman says:

    i think its royally fucked up to assume that americans cant handle an anime… funny i used to think the same thing until i saw avatar the last air bender which pwns naruto and bleach in every possible aspect of action, romance and characters. Afro samurai just wasnt executed well, dont place the blame on its american production.

  6. Ganaesh says:

    Afro Samurai is good for what it is. Of course, you can’t (and shouldn’t) expect much, considering who commissioned it and for what purpose. Yes, I like it, but that’s because it gave me exactly what I was expecting: lots and lots of slickly animated ultra-violence. When you have an anime series being done for a late-night slot in an American cable network, catering strictly to the hormone-drenched male 18-to-34-year-old demographic, what were you expecting? Ghost in the Shell?

    Your expectations were just misplaced, that’s all. But because of this, you instantly assume that whenever America/Americans/American companies decide to dabble their hands in anime, the result is an instant fail. If that was the case, then Tekkon Kinkreet and Avatar: The Last Airbender would’ve never been made.

  7. asdfghj says:

    did the voice acting ever get any better? i never watched passed episode 1. the voice acting was just too painfully retarded for me.

  8. TokiDoki says:

    lol my friend told me about this series, Samuel L Jackson does the voice for the main guy I think. The graphics actually look quite good but I can imagine how bad the voice acting would be lmao.

  9. demitrickster says:

    Im not sure if I would call this an American Made Anime, given that it was made by GONZO, and was directed by Fuminori Kizaki who did animation direction and character design for blue gender and galaxy railways. If anything its more like an American funded project. And also I wouldnt call Samuel L Jackson one of the best actors…

  10. onlyUSisgood says:

    you are justa wanna be satirist, states hater. stfu and get an original thought. afro samurai was decent. btw dont be mad at USA because we are better off than wherever you live.

  11. psgels psgels says:

    After all this, I did a bit of research, and indeed, Afro Samurai appears to be directed by Japanese. It seems to be an Japanese-American co-production. It seems that I jumped the gun a bit on this one. What we have here is just a very bad anime, that’s all.

    Still, the fact remains that Afro Samurai does have a lot of american influences, which, in my opinion, rather ruined it. It took the concept of a hollywood-action movie a bit too serious, in comparison to Catblue Dynamite, which became its downfall.

    I haven’t watched Avatar, the last Airbender, by the way, so I can’t judge on that. But I can say that I’ve watched many American cartoons in the past, and just none of them matched up to the things I experienced in anime. This is based on my own experience, though.

  12. Silencers says:

    You should give Avatar a try, seriously. I know exactly what you abt american cartoons being unable to deliver the same experience anime gave us.

    It seems the american-side wants to get in on the whole anime deal. Avatar is a good example of this, seeing that they learned and incorporated a lot of things that would normally appear in any japanese anime show.

    i did have some expectations for afro, since i was told that it was directed and animated by the japanese, but somehow the theme just didn’t fit.

    It’s like you poured bolognese sauce and meatballs in a bowl of soba, so to speak.

  13. MistaTwista says:

    I agree that Afro Samurai fell short of the hype surrounding it. It’s not nearly as deep a story as it had the chance to be. I am grateful however at the chance to see a strong african american character star in his own series. We do not have nearly enough minorities in strong leading roles….even if it is just an anime. As far as Samuel L Jackson being a great actor….his films have grossed more money at the box office than the work of any other actor in cinematic history.

  14. 7thScythe says:

    i do agree that the show was not truly that deep and the action wasn’t truly creative it was more decent than a lot of shows i’ve seen. i think ppl need to remember that anime is just another media for telling a story and i bet you guys can imagine how awesome it would be if certain live-action movies and TV series would be if they were anime.

    me and my brother have been anime fans since we were little just because we are black and american doesn’t mean we can’t create a story that may seem simple at first glance but have a deeper meaning hidden behind it.

  15. 7thScythe says:

    i take that back some of the was creative… of course it’s not really that hard to think of creative ways to kill ppl unless your screamish

    as for my expectations.. it was pretty much what i expected…which is not a good thing
    nothing unexpected happened which is what ill have to do when writing my novel

    note to self: create unexpected events

    hopefully you guys will be seeing my brother’s work on the shelves in a couple of years though.

  16. kreikins says:

    animation = kickass

    story = ass

  17. Chuck says:

    For all its flaws, I feel it did more good than bad. The animation was incredible and the voice acting was tops (the dialogue could have been better). I wish it had been a couple episodes longer, to give more room for character development. Blends Eastern and Western cultures fairly well.

    The only shame is how much money they spent on this thing. : /

  18. deaz says:

    all of you stfu it is what it is which is not a japanese anything, it was made for and american audience and the shit was cool, thats all it was supposed to be, cool, cable level show that would hopefully do better on dvd or podcasts, all you japanamation pansies grow up its F@#@$ING cartoons for crying out loud and as for the voice acting its was good and samuel L jackson plays 2 parts (main character and partner) which shows the talent level he has to do that and maybe, just maybe you all have a problem with the main character being black cuz airbender sucks ass and your all loving that sH!t

  19. psgels psgels says:

    You know, many voice-actors can do two different voices. Samuel L Jackson just two voices in the same show, and judging by the end-result, it would have been better if he didn’t. There indeed wasn’t a problem with the partner, though you can’t really call Afro-Samurai’s grunting voice-acting.

    I’ve got nothing wrong with a black protagonist, by the way. I like myself a mingled cast. The reason I dislike Afro Samurai is because of its horrible plot and predictable characters.

  20. brandon says:

    i think u guys are losing the big picture here, it was a 5 episode OVA not a long running series, it did terrific for 5 episodes in any way, shape or form, just look at fullmetal alchemest, they didnt have half the plot, animation or action of afro samurai and they had 51 friggin episodes and a movie, and lets not forget inuyasha, one of the most loved anime’s was horrible ompared to afro samurai and they had 4 movies, 156 episodes and an ever expanding manga.

  21. panaghoy88 says:

    Well for people defending Afro Samurai well you can kiss my ass! If the demographic is for ages 18 and above then it would be safe to assume that a deep plot will be involved but in this case it didn’t. I watched cartoons that are targeted for younger viewers yet pulled off an incredibly good storyline. This is just disappointing. Kill Bill comes to mind because it has a similar revenge story and gratuitous violence. But what set that apart is the deep character development. The verdict: This show is half-ass. As for the gratuitous violence, I’ve seen way better animated violence than this crap. You can obviously see that Afro used shortcuts in animated violence compared to incredibly detailed violence in animes like Elfen Lied. Afro slices through his opponents but you never see the meat and bones of the enemies. The artists hide it by filling it with a dark color, this is just lame.

  22. Windspirit says:

    Little useless comment : Samuel L. Jackson didn’t only do Afro’s voice. He also did Ninja Ninja’s voice, and we all know that he speaks a freaking lot. So… all he did in this anime wasn’t just “groaning” and “mumbling crap”. :)

    Afro Samurai ? Great battles, fluid animation (as expected from Gonzo), great sound ; crappy storyline, useless flashbacks, stereotyped and cliché taste-less villains, no explanations about this “futuristic, yet Feodal Japan”, about the society, how it became like that, etc.

    Watch this if you like nonsense action. You prefer shows like Monster, Higurashi no Naku Koro ni or Cowboy Bebop ? Stay far, VEEEERY far from this show.

  23. R says:

    Star Crossed Anime Blog? More like Star Crossed Weeabo Blog. Afro Samurai >>>>>>>> you.

  24. RSEagle says:

    I think the show was just a parody of all the revenge cliches, with some mindless violence thrown in for good measure. It was good, but yeah, more character and plot development would have made it remarkable.

  25. azreal says:

    Well, Well, Well, I think it’s ok. though as I’ve read already there was to much cliche’ involved and was too short to really take seriously. Interesting fact though, it cost 1 Million an episode, Gonzo allegedly had never spent that much before. I think it’s good to see them use a black lead character it just seemed a little stereotypical in some parts. To over the top for most true blue Anime fans. I’ve always preferred more light-hearted content when it comes to the relationships of the characters. Most of the Anime I like is more based on adventure, love, virtue,Etc. you know things that get me out of this world, this one just seemed to grim. Tsubasa Chronicle is a prime example of the type of stuff I like, or Inu Yasha one of my all time Tv favorites as well as the movies or pop in a Miyazaki masterpiece like Spirited Away or Howl’s Moving Castle. In all fairness I didn’t even like Samurai Champloo but I like Samurai Jack better than both of these even though it’s not Japanese made. I mean I don’t mean to sound soft but if your watching a Series and in the midst of watching at some point two things should happen laughter and tears rolling down your cheeks, if not it doesn’t seem worth it to me at least. My hats off to Samuel L Jackson as he himself loves anime and I hope in the future he might work with Gonzo or others in voice acting or otherwise. As of now I commemorate three names: Tara Strong, Phil LaMarr and John Dimaggio, great job as always!! You’ve all breathed soul into so many lovable characters!! I hope to hear you more and more, So Rikku, Sig, and Bender until next time!!

  26. Torque says:

    I actually enjoyed this quite a bit. I like the style and the mixture elements from 70’s Blaxplotation and anime. I think you completely missed the point in your review. Afro was not meant to be a paragon of virtue, he was very selfish and amoral. Also, the series was about style over substance.

    I also enjoyed the grim world which, to me at least, felt refreshing when the majority of anime are very far into idealism side of the sliding scale of realism vs. idealism.

    Still, a lot of the things I liked about this series are the same things that turn off hardcore weeaboos, and some of the things that hardcore weeaboos like are the same things that set off my cynicism alarm.

  27. Saltycat says:

    I dont know what the fuck youre thinking but im not going to lie ok when you think about it americans only get kiddy version of anime ok so what the hell is wrong with this anime so what its kind of like hollywood but what the fuck are the English population of the world are going to watch violent anime it may look very predictable but so is most anime very unrealistic but so is most anime its a mini series so if they had to explain more than they wanted to it would take about 15 eps i am going to say afro samurai is good maby the storyline isnt great so what at least it keeps the viewer entertained

  28. will says:

    I’m a huge fan of anime and I have to say Afro Samurai was one of the most enjoyable OVAs i have seen in suuuuuuuuuuuuuch a long time. The action scenes were the best i have seen since ninja scroll and the comic relief was terrific. The mistake here is people not taking it on face value, i mean come on… do you want evangelion character delevopment and whiny bitchy angsty characters in every single anime you watch? Afro Samurai is pulp samurai action in a fantasy setting! Which is a great thing to see in this era of whingy bitch anime where all the chars are big eyed and spend 20 minutes talking during a fight. This OVA is a great homage to all of the early pulp anime that came out in the late eighties early ninetys. The soundtrack, voice acting, animation, action and editing were fantastic.

  29. kone805 says:

    YOU GUYS ARE CRAZY! afro samurai is the shit! sure it dosnt compare to some of the greatest but what is more entertaining then watching a black samurai with a big afro smokin doobies and cutting peoples heads off! not only that but who better to do the voice then samual L jackson. “He pulled an RPG out a motha fuckin backpack” too funny!

  30. Some french guy says:

    “Oh, and yes, Samuel L. Jackson does the voice of the main character in this OVA, but really, don’t expect too much of it. All he does is moan and groan a bit. If this guy really is one of the best actors America has to offer, then I’m glad I don’t live there. This definitely is a good example of a good premise, ruined by Hollywood-influence. I fell in love with anime not just because of the pretty graphics. The things that also drew me to it is the focus, the stories, characters and themes. All of these, I fail to see in Afro Samurai.”

    Too bad you failed to notice Samuel L. does the voice for Ninja Ninja too.

  31. Odinman says:

    I actually liked this, a lot. I just thought the frighting was cool and the story had it’s good moments, as well as having some of the coolest characters ever. I for one am glad that they’re making another season.

  32. da says:

    I agree, this is a perfect example as to how an anime can be ruined.
    To me, this is a cartoon that incorperates anime-style animation with violence and cussing, simply a much more Japanese-oriented version than The Boondocks (where they take the African American/gangsta premise in its development).

  33. duh says:

    One of the worst anime ever! The story was terrible. Spoiler(The main character to me actually was the villain: He lets his friends die, kills his already half dead master, he is filled with revenge and vengeance, he is totally selfish.)
    Spoiler(The cowboy enemy, number one, had better ideal; to own both the bands and bring peace.) The graphics was good, but the whole animations was created in a darkish background and it was not fun to watch.

  34. While I agree afro samurai is crap but to think that because its an american company is the reason is rather stupid let alone that 95% of anime are some of the most generic crap ever weither it be giant robots, tentacle rape, super powers…ect and a combination of that an some prepubecent kid nose bleeding cause he saw nudity…and tear drops in the back of the head..ect surfice to say most anime is crap regardless of where its made and its true japan has been a source of 78% of the worlds weird shit since 1952. so in no way is it american studios that messed this up its that most anime sucks.

  35. I dont know why all of you people thought this anime sucked. It was actually one of the few animes i liked and i would prefer it over most even though it was somewhat short. To say that this show is just mindless violence is totally wrong. I know most of the show is violence but the violence most of the time has a story behind it. And the few of you commenting on this being like a hollywood action movie… Isnt every anime like a hollywood movie. From naruto and bleach to animes that are quite as well known like samurai champloo or gun. They all center around one main thing, from violence and love to comedy and drama. I can compare almost any anime to hollywood movies. And one more thing, there is a second season
    !

  36. Mikey J says:

    When keep saying this is an american done animation when it simply isn’t. The production studio is Japanese. Anyways, I thikn people are just looking for things to rip on here but I am also biased towards swords so it may just be me.

    Afro is the sh*t. Great music, blood and action. So/So story.

    The main character is an enemy in a way as he cares about nothing besides revenge.

    Was the show overrated?

    I don’t remember it getting much airtime or props from the industry….so I have no clue why people say that.

    I think the people in this blog are people that are into what I call Crapanime. Wussy Anime.

  37. Tycazie Wu says:

    AFRO-SAMURAI
    Coming from a brother who been on an anime kick for over 13 yrs now, I feel everyone here has a valid point, with the exception of those who thinks that blood, gore and graphics with little or no real baseline is a good thing or makes up true anime. The majority of us love Lupin the 3rd (first view in 1997) but the graphics look 1970ish.
    Afro – Samurai in my opinion is not and will never be the best or a good anime to say the least, until they (the writers and producers) put up a true premise and work around it. When we speak on the good anime exposed publicly (bi-weekly) too an American Audience between 1998 – 2009; I would have to say is and was Full Metal Alchemist, Ghost in a shell, Cowboy Bebop, Death Note, and Inuyasha to name a few Japanese anime and The Boon Docks which to date; is still the best “African American” anime production.
    In respect to the RZA of the Wu-Tang clan, Afro – Samurai is a nice try but it doesn’t have enough to capture it audience like the ones I spoke about above, it just doesn’t make it. I’ve seen Avatar (only in passing) and it was good for what I saw, but I have watched Naruto with my daughters and got into it. So I don’t think it has anything to do with who made the anime, it’s rather or not if they are trying to bring a good quality story to the audience.
    I’m a true supporter of Wu-Tang, and the Wu-Tang clan, I own and manage a crew called the “Southern Killah Bees” (not affiliated with the group Wu-Tang Clan) but if something isn’t the best and it can be better than I’ll veto it, but if they take my advice or not is strictly up to them.
    In my opinion “once again”, Samuel L. Jackson’s voice over in Afro-Samurai is not his best work (this is not due to Mr. Jackson; he’s following script) His best voice over work in a cartoon/ anime would be as the bored rich white guy “Ed Wuncler III” who along with Charlie Murphy (brother of Eddie Murphy) keeps you laughing from the time they stepped on the scene until the end of the show.
    I strong suggest that “they” (the writers and producers) come to threads like this one; listen and take notes from you/us, because after all it’s our money and time that supports their productions, moreover keep them in the anime business.
    Thank You for reading

    You may see this writing repeated on our home base site titemic.com or datsawrap.com
    Writer and Producer Tycazie Wu

  38. well it certainly the best anime on all time with only 5 episode and a shitloadof characters to remember i cannot wait for part o wait i just watched that now i can offically say it sucked balls ass cunt dick rich bitch snitch wtf fuck u all avater sucks fucking dick bastards o and anime in general sucks fuckers and lastely best animeever is outlaw star nuff said fuckers.

  39. kokutou says:

    AHAHAHAHAHA. I’ve seen some really bad anime over the years, but this one is just bad. I mean really bad. To the point that I want to write the word bad, then to the left of it, put an “s” and hold down the “o” button on my keyboard until it breaks. Lets pick this anime apart.

    CGI and Animation
    For something made by gonzo I had fairly high expectations. They are known for their great animation, but this was laughable. I mean the fighting was so rushed and yet the budget was huge!!! Very much dissapointing. The character’s faces looked well drawn out, other than the hair. The blood spewed like Kill Bill but even that wasn’t done effectively. The explosions were good yet odd since they would occur well after being chopped in half (laughable). Plus they look like empty shells. The carcasses don’t seem to have bone and the colours didn’t exactly help. I understand the symbolism with the dark atmosphere but they still could have done a better job.

    Story and Characters
    He wanted to get revenge? I’m just kidding but it doesn’t seem like there was much else other than that. Did we expect to have sex with that woman? Of course we did. Did we expect to see the childhood friend who doesn’t die? Yup. Who got more airtime, childhood friend or our main antagonist that was the main purpose of the story? Of course the friend. I mean who cares about the villain? Is Afro indestructable? HELL YAH. At least the imaginary friend was entertaining. Gotta love, um, Ninja ninja? Obviously some kind of joke. And what a name for that main antagonist, Justice…whatever comes out of Okazaki’s ass huh? I mean not one character was likeable. Was that by design? I thought one is supposed to draw the audience in. Guess not. These characters are less likeable than the ones in PULP FICTION (I wonder who was in it?). Yo, Samuel L. Jackson is so bad ass…did you catch the sarcasm. At least the flashbacks were well timed. Woohoo, something good to write about. But really, no plotline. And what kind of look did Afro give Otsuru before the big love scene? The funniest pre-makeout scene I’ll ever see. That was definitely something to remember.

    Voice Acting
    Wow, Samuel L. Jackson is so pro. Those grunts by Afro…really brought me into the story. I mean Afro even got to say full words near the end. No one like him. I mean he made the show. Now to Ninja Ninja, catchy isn’t it? I think he was more sarcastic than I am in this rant. He was by far my favourite character (in full honesty). He actually fit the role very well. With regard to everyone else other than “sensei”, they too were laughable. Were they trying to be intimidating or scary? I just know that I was constantly at the edge of my seat, waiting to burst out laughing. I think that’s enough.

    Maybe I was extra harsh in this review. I mean frankly, this deserved less than a 47. And what’s this Avatar? I have seen that show. It was surely better than “AFRO”, but it just can’t be compared with the deep symbolism and plotlines of some Japanese anime. Simply look at the audience Avatar is targeting, children…saturday morning cartoons!!! Obviously my outlook might be biased, having just seen Mushishi, arguably one of the best animes of all time. Regardless, Afro samurai and Avatar are on a much lower level then some of the anime from Japan. Still if you like blood, fighting, swords, a plotline centered around killing until you get to the top, you’ll love this show.

    P.S. I’m north of the border my American friends and I do get my heavy dosage of Hollywood. Crazy xenophobes.

  40. kokutou says:

    In voice acting, second line, *there’s no one like Samuel*.
    From avatar, aang is so cute and loveable. Katara is so effective at healing at such a complete character. Let’s not forge Sokka, because that’s always what tends to happen. AHAHA

    Sorry for the double post.

  41. Kiflaam says:

    I couldn’t watch it past the trsiler, so I came here to get some feedback. I caught a glimpse of the main villian; he was albino? hmm… w/e, anyway, the only time I remember liking Samuel Jackson is when he played Mace Windu in star wars. Not because of his acting or anything, but because he was A: the only black Jedi, B: his light-saber was unique and was my favorite color, and because he has the best ground attack in Star Wars: Battlefront I&II… the main reason I can’t watch past the trailer was because of what he said at the ending. I don’t care how black you are, that was the cheesiest f*****g thing I’ve ever heard from a 40yr old.

  42. Kiflaam says:

    Or how ever old he is; may as well be the albino villian saying that last line.

  43. Kiflaam says:

    P.S. I think best anime should go to Cowboy Bebop, Death Note, and Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex. They were the Blue, Red, and Yellow key required to open the door that allowed anime to become mainstream. Afro Samurai may not have existed without one or more of those. sorry about the triple post.

  44. taco power says:

    i liked it and if you didnt your a fag pussy bitch. avitar fuckin sucks so does naruto. they take way too long to start a fight and mostly half the episodes are fillers that have nothing to do with the plot. afro had like a houndred fights in 5 episodes. but bleach and dbz are good too. not gt that shit was boring p.s. afro was on spike and not on gay ass nick or cartoon network witch most crappy anime is on like the cowboy show and one piece

  45. a name says:

    afro samurai is the best anime ever

  46. Julian says:

    Afro’s and sengoku basara’s graphics are pretty similar…and they are both pretty GAR too…

  47. yung freezy says:

    if you are gonna review a masterpiece of work ……you have to understand it’s purpose. you have to understand it’s direction. you have to sit there and wonder if certain things are not explained…it is called story telling. you dont have to have everything explained to you ok.

    1 million an episode and some people are still asking for ten or fifteen episodes…. damn!those five episode detail a lot if you bother to think about it. oh and yh ninja ninja who is voiced by samuel (just hoping you would know by now) he is the result of afro’s trauma. so dont blame the big fro if he cant talk much. he has been hurting for a long time . with no one but his imaginary friend. oh yh…

    stuff like justice healing himself in the last fight with afro…that will probably be explained in the third season.to me for some odd reason i like the name justice i think it is just unique.

    oh yh before i forget! I want you to think about this. why is there no original story nowadays? this is because every single possible story avenue has been thoroughly raped over the years so come on….

    plz buddy….plz try and make something better before you so harshly critisize ok..if you can i will write a better review than the piece of bulll shit you wrote up there…cya

  48. Julian says:

    WTH GUYS STOP FREAKIN CRITIZICING HIM IT’S HIS OPINION NOT YOURS, GO MAKE A BLOG YOURSELVES IF YOU WANT YOUR OPINIONS TO BE HEARD!!!

  49. Anon says:

    Afro Samurai is just trash. Yea, it looks cool and all, but the storyline is just pitiful. I’m sorry, but the number 1 and 2 headband premise is not creative and it’s not interesting. After watching the series I was put under the impression that the plot was thought up by one of the directors at age 8. “zomg wouldn’t it be kewl if leik 1 gai had diz headbayndz and iz leik numba 1, but den leik derz numba 2 who challengez himz. lol dat w00d b3 s0 awesome.” Oh and stop criticizing Americans on the whole. I’ve traveled the world and met plenty of ignorant twats in numerous countries who love to eat up garbage media. It’s not *only* Hollywood that sucks. Besides, doesn’t generalizing just make you as stupid as you claim Americans are? ;-)

  50. Anon says:

    Afro Samurai is just trash. Yea, it looks cool and all, but the storyline is just pitiful. I’m sorry, but the number 1 and 2 headband premise is not creative and it’s not interesting. After watching the series I was put under the impression that the plot was thought up by one of the directors at age 8. “zomg wouldn’t it be kewl if leik 1 gai had diz headbayndz and iz leik numba 1, but den leik derz numba 2 who challengez himz. lol dat w00d b3 s0 awesome.” Oh and stop criticizing Americans on the whole. I’ve traveled the world and met plenty of ignorant people in numerous countries who love to eat up garbage media. It’s not *only* Hollywood that sucks. Besides, doesn’t generalizing just make you as stupid as you claim Americans are? ;-)

  51. Sihar says:

    fifty post for defense and offense? guys, it just joy, or no joy. Don’t stand in the middle, you’ll get sliced and diced.

  52. Trammel says:

    I gotta send this out to the OP. Going by your poor grammar and spelling, like “defence” for example, I have to question your intelligence. You are obviously bigoted and uneducated if you are honestly making these blanket statements about hollywood. Last time I checked, Americans had very little to do with this show, for starters it was written, directed and animated by japanese people. The creator is a big fan of the underground hip hop culture which by the way is uniquely American in nature. We already know you are prejudiced against America, it’s not a giant leap to think you are racist against black people too. I can’t stand reading these self-righteous, anti-american posts that are so ridiculously poorly thought out. You are a disgrace to reviewers everywhere. You don’t even have your facts straight! Samuel L. Jackson for starters isn’t “one of the best actors America has to offer” He takes almost every role given to him and if anything he is considered a B actor. That being said he is an amazing actor and has grossed more money that most actors combined. Maybe you are so uneducated that you don’t even realize that Sammy played Afro AND Ninja Ninja. Even though its not completely or explicitly clear what Ninja Ninja is, we do know that he is a metaphor for emotion, regret, or some sort of conscience. This does show that there is more to Afro than meets the eye. His constantly telling ninja ninja to shut up tells us something about him as well. Ok, all that being said, I liked the anime, visually stunning piece! Definitely had room for improvement. My biggest problem was that Afro, despite having the Ninja Ninja metaphor, is a very 1 dimensional character. He never illustrates that he is feeling any sort of inner-conflict. You constantly root for him to do the right thing and he never does. He gives everyone reason to seek the same revenge on him that he seeks himself. I also think that Gino is poorly conceived as well. He if anything is the true hero of the series, but he puts everyones death on Afro. Last I checked, the sword master invited Afro and only Afro to the meeting at the tree, the fact that everyone else came to the meeting is their fault, especially as they were all killed by others that sought the number 2 headband, not Afro. The only death that can be blamed on Afro is the sword master, and he antagonized Afro. All in all, the anime was entertaining, but needed to be longer to truly flesh out the characters. Oh, wait, one last thing, I know from interviews (as I have already said) that the writer is really into hip hop and what not, and I see alot of peoples reviews saying things like “I really love the influence of hip hop in the show”. I really wish i could see the hip hop in the show. Other than the music, and the fact that Afro is black, I see no hip hop culture in the show. Shame on you OP!

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Amagi
I love the ED song for Tonegawa
Lenlo
I recommend it. Its the best gambling anime out there
Kaiser-Eoghan
I will watch Kaiji someday...someday...just keep forgetting to get around to it.
Anonymous2419710
@Kaiser-Eoghan He's working on a new anime film, not sure when it's coming out
Anonymous2419539
Gyakkyou Burai Kaiji
Anonymous2417730
Can't say that I'm interested in a Jin-Roh remake with the plot transplanted to a near future Korea instead of the 1950s alternate history setting of the original.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I still need to see his patlabor show and the first Patlabor film he did.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: Need to rewatch the original. I recently did a rewatch of Oshii's works. They benefit from second viewings...and sometimes it better to just to run with some of them/let them wash over you largely because he isn't a particularly accessible director, wish he would return to making animated films though.
SuperMario
So Netflixe acquires a korean reanke of Jinroh huh? I guess it's just a matter of time
Kaiser-Eoghan
Dvd of the new, 6th Gundam origin ova came out last Friday but I can't find it on nya =<
Amagi
It's ongoing, two volumes out in Japan. Mangadex seems to be pretty fast with scanlations.
Masky
Ye have any idea whether its already finished one that hasn't been translated or on going series? Like I said, it seems macabre in fun way so would be disappointing to know it didn't do well
Amagi
@Masky: I found this Marry Grave manga coincidentally while browsing a board. It's really oldschoolish but in an entertaining way. It seems to be weekly or biweekly, but not sure.
Amagi
The idea of how this story is told is completely fresh and unused although I don't wanna spoil anything for people who don't know anything about it. And as if the whole mainstory wasn't nice enough there was a little hint at the end of the game that was a quite shocking reveal. Some people even missed this since the hint was pretty inconspicuous and not directly related to the main plot/character.
Amagi
It's real. Wow. This could easily become the best drama anime of the year if done right. The game was (IMO) fantastic despite being a pixelish RPG maker style game.
Amagi
@Kaiser: Holy shit really? To the Moon?
Amagi
Speaking of Urasawa there was announcement of a Pluto adaption last year, I guess they're still working on it. A good choice IMO, Pluto was not only my favorite Urasawa aside from 20thCB so far, it's one of the few that might be easier to adapt and it isn't too long.
Amagi
@Kaiser: Haven't read Chicago yet, maybe I will look into it. Kinda curious what series this mangaka will do next, same with Urasawa.
Masky
Huh? Found weird manga named Marry Grave. It feels like older manga but I'm not sure what its release date is.. Has rather interesting art and premise though first chapter is bit clunky on exposition
Kaiser-Eoghan
slightly disappointed to see happy sugar life not being covered =<
Lenlo
Oh man, 57? Franxx must have really gone down hill, because you seemed pretty into halfway through or so Aidan
Kaiser-Eoghan
<Crazy aunt in happy sugar life will have Belldandy's voice actress
<Terror the terror OMO
Kaiser-Eoghan
How do I save Chi no Wadachi's protagonist =< Manga giving me post traumatic stress ;M ;
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Aidan: And that game, to the moon is getting an adaptation. I haven't played it nor know anything about it though.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Aidan: It seems you were onto something when you said in your satsuriku no tenshi impressions/posts that other freeware games might see a chance at an adaptation. I recall you talking about a game called To the moon on here a few years back.
Vonter
I did like how they decided to use a Halo aesthetic for the lack of a better term. Bases and alien ships have this Halo like design and color schemes to them. Also when I though a harem could only be depicted in one way, this series proves me wrong.
Vonter
But after season 2. Oh boy, the series becomes a really intriguing and exciting sci fantasy journey, with lots of motivations, hillturns and mystery.
Vonter
I catch up to the Voltron series in Netflix and man. It might the best anime-like series I've watched all year. I was having doubt after season one because while not awful at the start, it's very typical Voltron good versus evil and the like.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Amagi: Chicago was one of the first Manga I read when I was 11, by the same author as 7 seeds.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Amagi: A 7 seeds adaptation would be preferable, its the more mature of the two. My favourite parts of that manga is everything relating to Hana and also the flashbacks to Ango's team's past, also that flashback side arc which was set in that shelter centered on that guy who had nothing to do with the cast.
AidanAK47
For Mahou, I just wanna see the first VN translated.
Amagi
We will never see the Mahou sequel VN either
Amagi
Theoretically ufotable but I think they'd prefer to wait for the updated story of the new VN sooo never ever
AidanAK47
Op was pretty good for an anime that didn't exist. Honestly wonder what would come first. The remake of the VN or an anime adaption by Ufotable.
Amagi
Just as the Tsukihime anime doesn't exist (liked the OP of that nonexisting anime though)
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Lenlo: The original Basara anime doesn't exist, only the manga does.
Amagi
@Lenlo: I really loved it and as far as I know most people who didn't read it refused it due to its drawing style not the content. The style could get an improvement as anime and I think the story is something most people would enjoy. The side characters were all awesome and pretty diverse too, which is kinda worthy of mention because the series had a ton of them.
Amagi
Arisa might get a decent fanbase as well considering it's some sort of mystery-thriller shoujo despite it's appearance.
Lenlo
Oooh Basara would be one I would want to see
Amagi
@Kaiser: I wish we'd get an actual Basara or 7 Seeds adaption some day. But guess it's impossible in the age of 12-episode series.
Lenlo
Yeah, the Marvin reveal was done in as tasteful a way as I could see it being done. It was just creepy enough without being voyeur
Kaiser-Eoghan
**Done
Kaiser-Eoghan
*superficially
Kaiser-Eoghan
While I have never read this, LetDai is sometimes compared superficial to banana fish.
Kaiser-Eoghan
More fantasy/horror shoujo/josei manga, old ones, not otomeshit or school lifeshit could be adapted.
Kaiser-Eoghan
And wasn't the reveal regarding Marvin down in a tasteful/restrained enough way while still getting the point across?
Kaiser-Eoghan
Akimi Yoshida is actually quite diverse, aside from banana fish, she also wrote Our little sister.
Kaiser-Eoghan
"and NOT with naked muscular men. That’d be depressing!" Thank fuck we still have the slender ones then lol
Kaiser-Eoghan
By the looks of it Sugar life's only getting 12 episodes, which means it'll stop just before it really gets going.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Lenlo: I think 2 volumes of the manga have been covered so far.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Lenlo: "However its spelt" and there I am, realizing how rubbish I am with names and remembering/spelling them.
Lenlo
Oh man, Banana Fish is 24 episodes? Oh awesome. All the time in the world
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Lenlo: In small doese, small doses he would be tolerable.
Kaiser-Eoghan
An anime about all of us would be fucking magnificent and I will hear nothing to the contrary of this fact.
Lenlo
However that name is spelt
Lenlo
Hmm, Steins;Gate 0 Okabe, or what? Cause Hyoin Kyoma would drive me up a wall.
Lenlo
Oh Grand Blue has some great reaction faces.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Not slice of life, but outside of all the dark stuff, I'd probably think Okabe Rintaro would be a fun guy to be around.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Actually that brings up something, in all of the slice of life dramas/comedies out there, a good measure for how worthwhile some of them are could be "Which ones would I actually like to hang out with the characters in"
Kaiser-Eoghan
I remember when Free! aired, joking with another guy on here who would be who.
Kaiser-Eoghan
You could probably get great reaction faces of the manga/show.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I don't think I could keep up with the drunkening though.
Lenlo
Wait, ive been psychic robbed? When? How?
Lenlo
Ive known people like them before, though less cartoonishly dude-bro. They are fun in bursts. Made for some good experiences. Luckily the ones I knew, also knew when I was at my socializing limit.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Jokingly we'd all be blond otaku-t-shirt guy though =P
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Lenlo: I have committed un-intentional psychic theft of your thoughts.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Mario has to be the skinny dark haired Asian guy because it fits.
Kaiser-Eoghan
As funny as these characters are, I probably wouldn't hang out with then if they were real, I'd probably be iritated by them.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I actually hadn't thought it as far as the personalities .
AidanAK47
For I am the one that trolls
AidanAK47
@Kaiser/Lenlo, Wait then whose who in that screenshot. Cause looks wise I would likely be Iori but personality wise I would be closer to the burly dudes.
Lenlo
As for the updated setting, I think it will work out. Keeps it sorta relevant for modern audiences. I'm curious if the changes will be obvious or not, but the story should still work
Lenlo
As for Banana Fish, after this episode, Im not to worried about the fetishizing of homosexual relationships. Unlike alot of Shoujo/Yaoi-lite/bait stuff, it actually seems to condemn some aspects of the trope in manga.
Lenlo
@Kaiser, I had the exact same thought for that screenshot and the writers.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: lol Now imagine each of the characters in the screenshot representing a writer on this blog =P
SuperMario
Fixed
SuperMario
@Kaiser: I posted using my phone so that was the best I could do
Kaiser-Eoghan
I want to state, regarding banana fish, for those avoiding it because of shounen-ai vibes or because its aimed at women, even though its listed as shoujo, its really the female equivalent to a seinen manga, it also created, even in Japan a massive crossover audience that also included heterosexual males.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Whew lad, might want to center/neat-en up the screenshot on the latest post =<
Kaiser-Eoghan
See lenlo, while I love the adaptation, I'm still worried about the updated setting.
Kaiser-Eoghan
The manga had something about American foreign policy and the Mafia boss having to do with anti-communism, I wonder will the anime commit to that.
Lenlo
So far, Banana Fish is ony of my favorites. Im gonna make it very clear why tomorrow when I post on it, but boy I wasnt expecting it to commit so fully.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Okay, my ranking so far of the premieres: -Angels of death
-Happy sugar life
-Banana fish
-Grand blue
Shichisei and planet with are dropped, will only watch sirius until I get bored. Don't like shounen action so I'm not continuing Angolmeh.
SuperMario
I know he's a good writer, hence I was looking forward to Dog eat dog. That film made me think he passed his prime
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: Raging bull and mishima also he wrote those.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: Nicholas Cage is awful and so was Dog eat dog I can agree to that.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: Its alot better than that I can tell you. Also he wrote the affliction, taxi driver and hardcore, all great films.
SuperMario
@Kaiser: you mean First Reformed? I watched Schraders' previous work Dog Eat Dog and absolutely hated it. Hated it with a passion
SuperMario
@Kaiser: I don't even know that until you pointed out
Kaiser-Eoghan
*movie blog
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: How amusing, you uses "red blood moon" on your movie blood as a section for bad anime, and have the AKA abbreviation right next to it and that has the same spelling as the Japanese word for Red.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: I've got a feeling you might be a fan of Paul Schraders new film, its a mashup of Ordet, Winter light, diary of a country priest and Taxi driver. It is speechy, but it has alot to say and Ethan Hawke is great in it.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I don't think i'd be able to stop myself pulling an animal ears girl's ears if they were real. I'd have to know.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: I think I needed to watch it, just so I could have the feeling of getting away from the world while not needing to think.
SuperMario
@Kaiser: that's basically the appeal of Cgdct shows. They're hardy deep or even have that much conflict, but they're adorable and fluffy. Good enough for me ^^
Kaiser-Eoghan
The filter/visual style angolmis was going for initially completely took my concentration away from the show.
SuperWooper
(which includes a review of the inevitable AOTS) :^)
SuperWooper
Only one more First Impressions post to go.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Grand blue is funny but like with wotaku I'm not sure there'll be an incentive to watch every episode.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: Maybe every season or so I will try to fit in a cute girls doing cute things show. I watched Konohana Kitan yesterday and while hardly essential, it was actually sort of adorable.
Amagi
A bit new info about the next When they Cry. Guess the release date will be the winter comiket. Really wonder how it will be, I have to admit I enjoyed the endless arguments in the Umineko VN a lot. Also it seems it will get the same music composers again.
AidanAK47
@Anon, That airs on July 22.
Anonymous2394727
were is attack on titan 3???
SuperMario
I'll still write a post once the first impressions' over, along with my general thoughts on this season.
SuperMario
Meanwhile, we already decided which shows to blog for this season. The coverage is as follows:
Aidan: Grand Blue, Planet With, Satsuriku no Tenshi
Mario: Chio-chan, Shoujo Kageki, Hanebado
Lenlo: Steins;Gate 0, Banana Fish
SuperMario
Just an update to you, dear readers. We're working on finishing these 1st impressions posts and try to finish it in few days time (3 more posts).
Kaiser-Eoghan
*Harry not Eddie
**Gundam F91
Kaiser-Eoghan
Have the blurays of 08th ms team downloading now to re-watch. Never seen Gundam F91 one . Really looking forward to the final origin ova and whenever more of Thunderbolt is coming out.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Eddie was a bit crap though, especially when you stand him up against other Char-esque characters and some of the other characters aren't quite as compelling. Loved the old American style setting though, crazypants main baddy was fun.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I finally finished/rewatched Turn A Gundam lately. It delivers strongly on its spectacle Heim and Soleil were great and my favourite gundam girls , the artstyle grows on you and because of that art style, it gets away with being one of the weirder phase gundamns, where G Gundam wasn't so lucky in that regard.
Amagi
Highscore Girl is way more annoying than I exptected it to be.
Amagi
Haven't played it (yet) but AFAIK they stay there and only move from floor to floor, I guess it's why they shortly mentioned these murders on the different floors.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Does the entirety of satsuriku no tenshi stay in the building? I could seen the sense of claustropohbia for the audience disappearing if they left it.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Looking back on that comment, I should say, I have not read grand blues manga, so its entirely possible why the animes presentation made me laugh a bit because I've no comparison.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Also, that blonde muscular guy in Grand blue made me laugh.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I like how we have very little idea of the buildings layout in satsuriku no tenshi.
Amagi
Not really looking forward to Gridman as I see the typical warning signs I noticed for Kiznaiver and Franxx as well here. The only positive thing is that the series seems to have an actual villain for once. The lack of that was one of the problems that bothered me with Franxx (not counting literal faceless aliens as "actual villain").
Amagi
I hope next actual Imaishi anime will be a good Trigger again. Honestly didn't really like any of their series done by other directors, Promare would be the first series done by the TTGL team again after KlK and Luluco. My only fear is that it might be a TTGL clone but it's too early to for that.
AidanAK47
I am gunning for Kyohime Lancer and Mordred Rider. Thankfully I don't really care about the five starts so my odds are not quite as bad.
Amagi
@Aidan: Yes I am happy I got her with just one ticket since I am saving for the upcoming rate ups as well, especially Summer. Hell I need Martha.
AidanAK47
@Amagi, Had a few moments like that which were not related to Fate go. Anyhoo I didn't bother rolling Da Vinchi as I got no real interest in him/her(Hard to decide when their reason for genderbending has more to do with beauty rather than gender.) Instead saving my Quartz for either the summer servants for the Knights of the round.
Amagi
Not lying but I had I dream yesterday about getting FGO's Da Vinci with one ticket, woke up, spent one ticket and got her (Yes. "Her"). I am so far into that anime stuff guess I am now developing esp powers just for that.
Amagi
Finally new Sirius subs I hope they are tolerable.
Amagi
Chio-chan is relatable
SuperMario
She's one of the actress I'm really fond of. But of course given how big a status she is
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: If voices could be married I'd marry hers =P
SuperMario
Other 2 shows are Cells at Work and Phantom in the Twilight
SuperMario
Kana Hanazawa's extremely busy this season. She's also voicing for 2 other shows. Give me a minute so I can check up these other shows
Kaiser-Eoghan
The most recent I've heard Kana Hanazawa's voice was in 3-gatsu no lion where she voiced Hina, hearing her voice psychochick from happy sugar life makes it all the eerier =P Also watching this feels like less of a slog than reading the early chapters.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Scanners/photocopier machines however are the greater satan.
Amagi
What kind of cosmic rule forbids printers to ever work properly?
Kaiser-Eoghan
I've heard that satsuriku no tenshi's manga adaptation apparently is paced better and more effective at immersing the reader.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I think my time with shichisei subaru stops here, the cliffhangers just feel liked bad bait and while I hate jumping to buzzwords, this was just really generic and hamfisted. Its like I'm watching a crap adaptation of a bad moe datesim visual novel.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Yeah this is also a pretty stilted translation.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I ended up watching it with mediocre subtitles also.
Amagi
Wait is Sirius subbed? Nonmeme subs I mean.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Banana fish succeeds in making itself work as an action series all the more stronger, because it allows itself to have a good emotional backing. I'd forgotten how much of prick that one cop was in that scene in the manga.
Kaiser-Eoghan
If you want a reasonably quick boredom killer thats gorier than some modern anime allows you could probably do worse than Sirius.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Okay, regarding Happy sugar lifes manga, Late volume 6-volume 8, we're kind of getting somewhere, especially with one particular flashback relating to Shio.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I too am not even impervious to cute and huggable things.
Kaiser-Eoghan
*mikocchi
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: I do plan on watch sorayori, konohana kitan and hakumei no mocchi someday.
SuperMario
*Asobi Asobase
SuperMario
So far, I enjoy Asobi Asobasa and Chio-chan so much that I watched them twice. Guess I do have a thing for cute girls comedy shows after all
Kaiser-Eoghan
Hataraku Saibou, wouldn't be the first edutainment thing in anime , kemono souja and Moyashimon aswell.
Lenlo
Nope, not this week. One week hold since we are sorta between/starting a new season
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Violet Evergarden’s existence has surely been a public one. Acclaimed before everyone lick a taste of it (it was awarded for grand prize in the fifth Kyoto Animation Award’s novel category in 2014 – read, KyoAni awards), it goes without saying that Violet Evergarden is one of the most anticipated show of the sparse Winter […]

A Place Further than the Universe (Winter 2018) Review – 77/100

Cute girls doing cute things is a genre that been done to death at this point. Even within this Winter 2018 we had been overloaded with big eyes fluffy face girls doing a lot of different things of interest. It takes a standout concept or a deeper narrative to make one stand out from this […]

After the Rain (2018 Winter) Review – 89/100

I suppose that most of us, even the perministic ones, enter After the Rain (Ameagari) with some reservations. After all, the premise about a crush from an 18-year-old girl to the store manager who is nearly 30 years senior raises a lot of red flags here. Yet the show handles this tricky premise with deep […]