Title: Yasuke
Original Title: YASUKE -ヤスケ-
Episodes: 6
Year: 2021
Studio: MAPPA

A village in danger, a mysterious child, warring daimyo, and the greatest ronin never known all clash in a Japan of magic and mechs. Learn the story of the first African samurai.
(from Netflix)

I started the anime only vaguely knowing the original story of Yasuke and I sincerely thought that this was an animation of it… so buckle up as this will be another review of failed expectations!

Starting from the general story, this isn’t in fact a re-narration of Yasuke’s time with Nobunaga Oda but it talks about what happened to him after Oda’s death… but this wasn’t a bad idea if it wasn’t for all the things they added to it.

If you were hoping for a historical anime and you didn’t read Netflix’s small synopsis, you need to read this: the anime seems even realistic while seeing the landscapes and the real historical events depicted in it but it’s full of magic and even mechas! While these make combats all more flashy and entertaining they tend to clash with all the rest of the setting.

Speaking about the plot it seemed it wanted to do a mix between something likely to be Yasuke after Nobunaga’s death and a fantasy story but it ends up distorting the first one so much that the protagonist ends up being only a black Samurai, the real Yasuke seems to be present only one the flashbacks were his story with the Oda is narrated.

Even the narration style seems to continuously mutate by switching from various genres: it won’t be rare moving from a fantasy scene to one that seems coming from a pulp movie. The animations are really good but the story is really affected by all the elements coming from different types of media clashing together.

In my opinion, there was the potential to create a really awesome anime on the real story of the black slave turned samurai, but they decided to waste it and preferred doing a “badass” shonen anime with random big robots and magical powers.
I might be harsh (I know lol I’m always with things I dislike lol) but I don’t recommend you this anime as I was only able to watch half of it it and then dropped due to boredom. 

One comment

  1. That’s a bummer. But not surprising. Ever since Netflix showed their lack of understanding about anime with their live action version of Death Note I’ve pretty much ignored any offerings by them.

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