Samuel L. Jackson as a lean, mean, kick-ass Samurai killing machine?!! HELL YEAH!!!
Afro Samurai tells the story of a young boy who witnessed his dad being killed in a duel and grows up with nothing but revenge for the person who killed his father. Along the way, he has to fight his way to the top and earn the right to challenge his father’s killer.
Although this storyline isn’t all that original, the way its presented in this 5 episode anime is simply spectacular. If you’re a fan of Ninja Scroll, you’ll have a lot to like in this anime. Both are violent, sword-slashing, no-holds barred, action packed anime at its finest. Although Ninja Scroll features more unique and interesting villains with unconventional weapons, Afro Samurai’s enemies is presented in a very stylized way, with each having a different take on how to defeat Afro Samurai.
Since I’m not a fan of english-dubbed anime, I was plesantly surprised on how good the english dubbing was on this anime, which is no surprise since its Samuel L. Jackson who you’ll hear most of the time, having lent his voice to two characters, Afro Samurai (who usually doesn’t talk much) and his sidekick Ninja Ninja (who talks all the time).
The animation is simply remarkable and has a very unique look to it. It kinda reminded me of Todd McFarlane’s early Spawn artwork, what with all the action poses and some of the clothing blowing in the wind, like Afro’s headband. ^^