Lakeith Stanfield brings the legend of Yasuke, the true black samurai of feudal Japan, to the screen in the trailer for Netflix and MAPAA’s latest animated series to be released this week.
Oscar nominees Judas and the Black Messiah The actor takes on the main character, a servant turned fierce hero in the series created by LeSean Thomas. Set in war-torn feudal Japan filled with mechs and magic, the series follows the greatest ronin ever known, Yasuke, who 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 his sword and carry a mysterious child who is the target of dark forces and bloodthirsty warlords.
The trailer teases Yasuke’s closest circle, his bloody past, the show’s big villain, and a new track from Grammy-nominated music producer Flying Lotus. The vocal cast also includes Ming-Na Wen, Darren Criss, Takehiro Hira, Maya Tanida, Paul Nakauchi, Julie Marcus, William Christopher Stephens, Dia Frampton, Don Donahue, Amy Hill and Noshi Dalal.
Thomas is also executive producer and series director for Japanese animation studio MAPPA, with director and animator Takeshi Koike responsible for character design and Stanfield as executive producer.
The original Netflix anime premieres Thursday. Catch it Yasuke trailer above and the poster below.