Monday, February 13, 2012

Afro Samurai

Studio Gonzo  2007
 Funimation Entertainment
Music score : RZA from the rap group Wu-Tang Clan
CreatorTakashi Okazaki
Voice:  Afro and  Ninja NinjaSamuel L. Jackson
Justice,Ron Perlman

Based on the manga written and illustrated by Takashi OkazakiAfro Samurai was originally published in the self-funded Nou Nou Hau dōjinshi magazine. 

Afro's story: The tale centers around a set of numbered headbands. The person to hold the number one band is said to be the most skilled fighter and also to possess God like powers. As the story begins, Afro's father is that man. 

The only fighter who can challenge him, is the wielder of the number two head band, however the unfortunate number two can be confronted by any other fighter eager to prove his worth.

Initially we see a very young Afro walking with his father while holding his hand...enter the number two, a gun slinging, sword wielding samurai by the name of Justice. It suffices to say that Justice becomes number one, and that, that single instance puts Afro on a path of vengeance from which he can not escape, no matter the cost.

Accompanied by his ever so entertaining sidekick Ninja Ninja, he battles through both foe....and friend for the ultimate prize, finding and defeating the number one and avenging his father...

The way I see it: This is one of the most visually striking, artistically rendered anime series I have ever viewed, and believe me....I have seen A LOT of anime ;) The use of light and shadow and the effective minimal use of color is simply captivating. It literally takes on a life of it's own...have I gushed enough??

The young characters of Afro's memories are beautiful, innocent, light and pure... yet as the story returns to his present life they become ugly, tainted and dark. To the point of being disturbing, a reflection of what life has made of them.

The bad, the bad, and the ugly:I think they overdid it a bit on the T&A, although, in all honesty, I think it added to the whole degenerate, grungy vibe ;o 
Also, be warned, if you're offended by sex scenes this is not the anime for

Love it or Leave it: Love it! This series fits an entire storyline from beginning to end into five episodes and does it effortlessly, completely and satisfyingly. Even if you just watch it for it's artistic merit alone, I would highly recommend it :D

                                                         Ninja Ninja


Melissa (Books and Things) said... Best Blogger Tips

LOVE the artwork. I've heard of this one, but haven't caught an episode.

....Petty Witter said... Best Blogger Tips

Great to have you back posting, I've missed you.

Also loving the artwork, Justice I think is particularly well drawn.

animewookie said... Best Blogger Tips's not for gentler souls, but the artistry!!! Just amazing :D
Petty, Awwww, thank you. I've missed being here <3 Yes his detail is really incredible :)

Novroz said... Best Blogger Tips

Looking at the images you have given, I can see how great the artwork is.

One question tho, if you're offended by sex scenes,how bad were the sex scenes in this anime?

Glad to see a new post from you :)

animewookie said... Best Blogger Tips

Nov, it really is.
Well, the main scene is only in one episode and it's basic missionary with full frontal on the girl. It's not just a's a scene.

DesLily said... Best Blogger Tips

wow.. i generally check to see if you post at least twice a week but must have missed this post! The artwork is very good..but I will admit Animi has never been my favorite type of art..not that I have any taste mind you lol..

Glad you are posting again.. now you can do the meme! lol lol

(I have to say I hate the new word takes me a few times to get them anymore!..frustrating!)

animewookie said... Best Blogger Tips

The meme will be on very shortly ;) I know, and I always get it wrong!!! Then I have to keep redoing it...there must be an easier way :o

Novroz said... Best Blogger Tips

I guess I have to skip then.Thank you for the warning Kel :)

okere kingsley said... Best Blogger Tips

Best Eva

okere kingsley said... Best Blogger Tips

Love the cartoon....its for Eva my favourite....especially the swagg