Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Afro Samurai...... Animated!

The new 5 part, Spike TV animated series "Afro Samurai" has a nice trailer on its website you might want to check out it if you like Wutang, "Samurai Champloo" or "Cowboy BeeBop." (and who doesn't?)

"Afro Samurai" follows the lone journey of "Afro" an ample haired badass with one of those long, sharp, pointy things, made from tempered metals, that he uses, with profound ability, to perform the ancient and well loved practice of separating mean guys from their favorite limbs.

Afro Samurai is the creation of Takashi Okazaki, who first created the story as a comic book in a manga anthology called "Nononhow" in 1999.

Samuel L. Jackson is the voice of "Afro" and a co-producer. There has been much talk of a live action movie version, which Sam keeps saying he will soon be too old to play. At least he's honest, come on Harrison Ford!!

I think this looks like a fun project, but I miss the days of Sam taking on really challenging roles and characters. I guess I miss those old Tarentino movies, when the dialogue meant something and Sam's ability to mellifluously speak Quentin's words was simply the coolest thing since Fonzie.

The press release says : "AFRO SAMURAI is the tale of a black samurai in a futuristic, yet feudal Japan who is on a mission to avenge the wrongful death of his father. Samuel L. Jackson stars as "Afro," a warrior who travels a solitary path encountering a myriad of enemies, friends and challenges beyond imagination. The series, produced in Japanese animation, blends samurai style with hip-hop, creating a kind of action that American audiences have never seen before."

Funimation and Spike TV have planned five episodes to air in the Fall of 2006, with a DVD in 2007.
Check out the Trailer HERE!
Or watch it on You Tube!
Props to Hungrytim
who found the trailer on YouTube, his blog is Hungrytim's Blog!


hungrytim said...

I deffinantly can't wait for this show to come out this fall. I've waited for about a year already. I like your writting style by the way. Cool blog too.

Stuff Daddy said...

Thank You and Thank You for reading!! This does look like it could be a pretty good show.

ronin_tengu said...

The promotional copy is a little over the top... Samurai Champloo has been mixing hip-hop and samurai for a couple of years now. I wonder who will do the voices if this gets released in Japan?

It looks pretty cool, in any event.

Oh, and as always, your blog is great.

Stuff Daddy said...

ronin_tengu, thank you for your kind words. Whenever you are ready, let's set you up a blog.

You are so elusive.