What is happening, J1sters!
DevilDriver1313 here and I’m bringing news about a new anime series coming to Netflix that tells the story of the real “Afro Samurai.” Yasuke is inspired by the story of a man of Africa origin who served under the Japanese daimyo Oda Nobugana during the Sengoku Period in the 1500s. The title character will be voiced by half-African American, half-Japanese actor Jun Soejima in Japanese while actor Lakeith Stanfield, who portrayed rapper Snoop Dogg in 2016’s Straight Outta Compton and William O’Neal in 2021’s “Jonas and the Black Messiah, will voice Yasuke in English.
The Japanese cast for Yasuke includes:
- Jun Soejima will be voicing Yasuke
- Takehiro Hira will be voicing Oda Nobunaga
- Kiko Tamura will be voicing Saki
- Yoshiko Sakakibara will be voicing Yami no Daimyоo
- Fusako Urabe will be voicing Natsumaru
- Shigeru Ushiyama will be voicing Abraham
- Yu Kamio will be voicing Morisuke
- Eri Kitamura will be voicing Ishikawa
- Kenji Kitamura will be voicing Achоja
- Shunsuke Kubozuka will be voicing Hart
- Hiroki Nanami will be voicing Nikita
- Rie Tanaka will be voicing Ichika
Netflix’s 6-part Yasuke anime series debuts April 29 and is directed by LeSean Thomas, whose notable credits include Black Dynamite for Adult Swim, The Legend of Korra for Nickelodeon, Aaron McGruder’s The Boondocks for Sony Pictures Television, Children of Ether on Crunchyroll, and the Netflix anime original series Cannon Busters.