LaKeith Stanfield Stars as a legendary African samurai in the Netflix animated series ‘Yasuke‘, which will launch globally on April 29.
The story takes place in a war-torn feudal Japan filled with mechs and magic, the greatest ronin ever known, Yasuke, struggles to maintain a peaceful existence after a lifetime 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. Watch the trailer below!
Yasuke is created by LeSean Thomas (cannon breakers) who is also executive producer and director, revered Japanese animation studio MAPPA (Attack on Titan: The Final Season Jujutsu Kaisen), with director and animator Takeshi Koike (Lupine the Third: The Woman Named Fujiko Mine) responsible for character design, music by the Grammy-nominated artist flying lotus and award-winning actor LaKeith Stanfield serving as executive producer and the voice of Yasuke.
Along with the trailer, Netflix has released the show’s additional voice cast, which includes Darren Criss (American crime historyand Ming Na Wen (Mulane, The Mandalorian, ER). Additional cast below!
Additional voice cast:
- 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 (General of Darkness) – Noshi Dalal
YASUKE’S STORY: He was a man of African descent who rose to the rank of samurai during the reign of Oda Nobunaga – a powerful 16th century Japanese feudal lord who was the first of Japan’s three unifiers. In 1579, his arrival in Kyoto, the capital at the time, caused such a sensation that people clambered over each other to catch a glimpse of him, some being crushed to death, according to historian Lawrence Winkler.
Within a year, Yasuke had joined the upper echelons of Japan’s warrior class, the samurai. Before long, he was fluent in Japanese and rode alongside Nobunaga in battle. “His height was 6 shaku 2 sun (about 6 feet 2 inches (1.88 m)…he was black and his skin was like charcoal,” another samurai, Matsudaira Ietada, described him in his diary in 1579 .
LaKeith Stanfield stars as the legendary African samurai in the Netflix animated series “Yasuke” LaKeith Stanfield stars as the legendary African samurai in the Netflix animated series “Yasuke”