The first trailer for Netflix’s upcoming anime series Yasuke has just been released.
The trailer reveals Lakeith Stanfield (of Get Out and Donald Glover’s Atlanta) as the eponymous samurai, who was a real-life Black samurai who lived in Japan during the 16th century. According to a synopsis from Netflix, he struggles to live a peaceful life following a past filled with violence. “But when a local village becomes the center of social upheaval between warring daimyo, Yasuke must take up his sword and transport a mysterious child who is the target of dark forces and bloodthirsty warlords.”
The story will however depart from historical events, as the trailer also reveals the characters are wielding magic.
Yasuke is created and directed by LeSean Thomas, alongside Studio Mappa, while the original score comes courtesy of Flying Lotus, who isn’t new to scoring anime soundtracks. FlyLo’s has previously worked on the short, animated prequel to Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner 2049, titled Black Out 2022, in 2017.
“Working on anime is my new favourite thing,” the musician wrote on Twitter last month. “I think imma try n stay a while. Can happily keep doin it. Makes sense to me.”