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NEWS: Afro Samurai Creator Takashi Okazaki Confirms Sequel


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sabriyahm



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2007 8:39 am Reply with quote
Yeah!! This should be interesting
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2007 10:56 am Reply with quote
That's great news Smile . Thought the first Afro was a lot of fun, and super kick butt!
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2007 10:58 am Reply with quote
sounds like good news to me. sweet.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2007 12:15 pm Reply with quote
The more Sam Jackson, the better Anime catgrin.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2007 12:28 pm Reply with quote
Lets hope the sequel will be more than a generic revenge story.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2007 12:52 pm Reply with quote
But will there be snakes?
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2007 12:58 pm Reply with quote
Oh, this is good news. I really enjoyed the first series and always wished it was longer. Anyone else feel the way Okazaki explained the sequal made it sound a little kenshin-ish. I don't mind though.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2007 3:21 pm Reply with quote
Samuel L. Jackson is coming back, right?

If so, I can see this airing on Spike again.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2007 4:11 pm Reply with quote
This is good news. Hopefully there will be more episodes and the plot is expanded further. Hopefully, Samuel L. Jackson will reprise his role and the RZA will be brought back to do the music.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2007 1:58 am Reply with quote
Early 2008? That's pretty quick release. Will it be in English first? I still don't know if Afro Samurai 1 was actually animated for English voices, or just that the English dub got first dibs are doing voicework for the Japanese lip-synced animation.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2007 6:54 am Reply with quote
RogueJedi86 wrote:
Early 2008? That's pretty quick release. Will it be in English first? I still don't know if Afro Samurai 1 was actually animated for English voices, or just that the English dub got first dibs are doing voicework for the Japanese lip-synced animation.


It was animated for English.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 27, 2007 2:52 pm Reply with quote
Of course Samuel L. Jackson is coming back!
If it wasn't for him, the project wouldn't have gotten off the ground in the first place! Laughing

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“Back when I was working as an illustrator,” continues Okazaki, “I met a guy from the animation company Gonzo and gave him an Afro doll. He thought [it] was cool, but said my style of drawing isn’t popular in Japan, so we should work on something else. But then a guy from Gonzo US came to the Tokyo office, saw my Afro toy, and thought ‘Wow!’ So I met him, and he suggested we make an animation for America. That was 6 or 7 years ago, but we couldn’t move forward for years. We would talk about it over a drink but nothing happened.”

Eventually, a pilot anime was made and taken to the US, and one day the people at Gonzo got an unexpected phone call—from Jackson. The Oscar-nominated actor had somehow seen the pilot and loved Afro. “That character is mine!” he told Gonzo, and threw his star power behind the project, becoming executive producer. “Once Samuel was on board,” Okazaki recalls, “everyone wanted to give us money.”

The artist was flown to LA to have a meeting with the star. “The first time I met Samuel was about two years ago at his office in LA. I couldn’t believe it. I was really nervous, but he was wearing a Star Wars: Episode II cap and a Lone Wolf and Cub T-shirt,” Okazaki says, obviously impressed. “I thought ‘Wow! He really understands my concept.’ I was surprised; he is definitely an otaku.”
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2007 6:02 pm Reply with quote
I LUV AFRO SAMURAI =) i bought the director's cut dvd about a month ago... i made all my friendz watch it, they all loved it... i hope Ninja Ninja returnz in the sequel... my friend wuz sayin like, how can Ninja Ninja return if he died & shit rite.... but hez just Afro Samurai's imaginary friend, how can an imaginary friend die? LOL
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2007 6:59 pm Reply with quote
Cool.

Afro Samurai was decent. It was way too short and lacking on plot to be at all memorable, but it was pretty cool to watch 5 episodes of almost non-stop graphic violence.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2007 1:33 am Reply with quote
I didn't hold the lack of a complex plot against Afro Samurai because as I was watching it became very evident that the concept was a kind of like the pagoda in Bruce Lee's 'Game of Death' where Bruce Lee fights one guy, advances to the next level and fights another guy, etc.. In Afro Samurai there's a guy on the top of the mountain that Afro Samurai wants to get to, so he has to go through the enemies trying to block his way.

It's a very simple plot, but sometimes simple works and for Afro Samurai it worked very well.
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