Afro Samurai (TV)

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[ adapted from Afro Samurai (manga) ]

Related anime:
    Afro Samurai: Resurrection (movie) (sequel)

Alternative title:
Afrosamuraj (Polish)
Афросамурай (Russian)
アフロサムライ (Japanese)
아프로 사무라이 (Korean)
Genres: action, fantasy
Themes: samurai
Objectionable content: Intense
Copyright notice: ©2006 TAKASHI OKAZAKI, GONZO / SAMURAI PROJECT
Plot Summary: On the dark path of swordsmanship in a "futuristic" yet feudal Japan, it is said that the one who becomes the No. 1 warrior will rule the world with powers akin to a god. Only the No. 2 warrior is allowed to challenge the No. 1, but anyone can challenge the No. 2. The current No. 2, the Afro Samurai, travels the road looking for revenge on Justice, the man who murdered his father (who was then the No. 1) in front of him when he was just a boy, a skilled gunman who became the current No. 1 after defeating Afro's father.
User Ratings: 2272 ratings have been given [details]
 Masterpiece: 151 votes (dub:96, sub:46, edit.dub:4, ?:1, others:4
2 Spanish subtitled
1 Portuguese subtitled
1 German dubbed
)
 Excellent: 368 votes (dub:251, sub:99, edit.dub:4, raw:2, ?:2, others:10
8 Spanish subtitled
2 Polish subtitled
)
 Very good: 545 votes (dub:367, sub:151, edit.dub:7, ?:6, others:14
6 Spanish subtitled
3 Portuguese subtitled
1 Korean subtitled
1 German subtitled
1 French subtitled
1 Portuguese dubbed
1 Turkish subtitled
)
 Good: 540 votes (dub:373, sub:138, edit.dub:7, ?:2, raw:1, others:19
8 Spanish subtitled
4 Portuguese subtitled
2 German subtitled
1 German dubbed
1 French dubbed
1 French subtitled
1 Italian subtitled
1 Russian dubbed
)
 Decent: 286 votes (dub:186, sub:91, edit.dub:2, ?:1, others:6
2 Spanish subtitled
1 German dubbed
1 French subtitled
1 Italian subtitled
1 Chinese Mandarin subtitled
)
 So-so: 138 votes (dub:89, sub:40, edit.dub:3, ?:1, raw:1, others:4
3 Portuguese subtitled
1 German dubbed
)
 Not really good: 83 votes (dub:53, sub:22, edit.dub:1, ?:1, others:6
3 French subtitled
1 Italian subtitled
1 Portuguese subtitled
1 Spanish subtitled
)
 Weak: 72 votes (dub:50, sub:20, edit.dub:1, others:1
1 Russian subtitled
)
 Bad: 48 votes (dub:24, sub:21, edit.dub:1, ?:1, others:1
1 German dubbed
)
 Awful: 26 votes (dub:15, sub:7, ?:3, others:1
1 Russian subtitled
)
 Worst ever: 15 votes (dub:14, sub:1)
Seen in part or in whole by 4610 users, rank: #159 (of 6020)
Median rating: Good
Arithmetic mean: 7.059 (Good), std. dev.: 1.9876, rank: #2131 (of 6014)
Weighted mean: 6.970 (Good), rank: #2310 (of 6014) (seen all: 7.14 / seen some: 5.61 / won't finish: 3.61)
Bayesian estimate: 6.974 (Good), rank: #2063 (of 4522)
Running time: 25 minutes per episode
Number of episodes: 5
Episode titles: We have 5
Production cost: ¥119,580,000 ( $1,000,000)
Vintage:
2007-01-04 to 2007-02-01 (Canada & USA - Spike TV)
2007-05-03 (Japan)
2007-06-14 (France)
2007-11-17 (MTV Brasil)
Opening Theme:
"Afro Theme" by RZA
Ending Theme:
"Afro Outro" by RZA
Links: We have 3
Trivia: We have 1
Reviews:
Afro Samurai Blu-Ray (Nov 4, 2008)
Afro Samurai (Aug 13, 2007)
News: Show:
Funimation Productions (Dec 7, 2007)
Afro Samurai DVD in May (Jan 30, 2007)
GDH VP Talks Afro Samurai (Jan 18, 2007)
Afro Samurai Website (Dec 2, 2006)
Afro Samurai in Action (Jul 26, 2006)
Comic-Con News Wrap (Jul 24, 2006)
Anime Expo 2006 - Gonzo (Jul 3, 2006)
Anime Expo - Gonzo (Jul 4, 2005)
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Blu-Ray
    Afro Samurai - Uncut (Blu-Ray) 2008-08-26 (from $8.34)
DVD (Region 1)
    Afro Samurai - Spike TV version (DVD) 2008-08-26
    Afro Samurai - Uncut (DVD) 2008-08-26
    Afro Samurai Blu-ray Complete Murder Sessions (DVD) 2010-06-22 (from $23.02)
    Afro Samurai - Spike TV version (Dub.DVD) 2007-05-22 (from $3.99)
    Afro Samurai - Uncut (Dub.DVD) 2007-05-22 (from $5.99)
    Afro Samurai/Afro Samurai: Resurrection Edited (Dub.DVD) 2009-11-03 (from $7.99)
    Afro Samurai/Afro Samurai: Resurrection Uncut (Dub.DVD) 2009-11-03 (from $20.15)
Soundtrack
    Afro Samurai - CD Soundtrack (Explicit Lyrics) (OST) 2007-01-30 (from $11.37)

Japanese staff
Japanese cast
Director:
Fuminori Kizaki
Takeshi Koike (Pilot)
Screenplay: Yasuyuki Muto
Original Manga: Takashi Okazaki
Character Design:
Hiroya Iijima
Takeshi Koike (Pilot)
Art Director: Shigemi Ikeda
Animation Director: Hiroya Iijima
Sound Director: Yota Tsuruoka
Executive producer: Chihiro Kameyama
Animation Check: Kumiko Ohta
Animation producer: Nobutaka Kasama
Assistant Animation Director: Gosei Oda (ep 3)
Background Art:
Azusa Kakoi (Atelier Musa)
Chiharu Kono (Atelier Musa)
Eiko Shinozaki (Atelier Musa)
Fumiaki Kaneko (Atelier Musa)
Mai Hamako (Atelier Musa)
Masaki Kato (Atelier Musa)
Masami Ohta (Atelier Musa)
Minori Omori (Atelier Musa)
Shigemi Ikeda
Shin Yamazaki (Atelier Musa)
Shuichi Okubo
Takae Iijima
Yoshimi Mineta (Atelier Musa)
Yuko Doi (Atelier Musa)
Background Design: Shepard Fairey
CG Design: Mitsuharu Okita
CG Producer: Norikazu Kambayashi
Color Check: Takae Iijima
Color setting: Takae Iijima
Editing: Kiyoshi Hirose
Setting: Takeshi Koike (Pilot)
Sound Design: Koji Kasamatsu
Sound Production Manager: Yoshimi Sugiyama
Special Effects: Shigenobu Kaihou
Title Design: Masashi Ichifuru
VFX Director: Kenji Fujita
(none)
Japanese companies
Animation Production: Gonzo
Background Art:
Atelier Musa
BIC Studio (ep 4)
GK Entertainment (eps 2-3)
Ogura Kobo (eps 3-4)
Studio Daiyo (ep 4)
Broadcaster:
Fuji TV
WOWOW
CG Production: Trilogy Future Studio
In-Between Animation:
drop (ep 4)
Frontline (eps 3-5)
GK Entertainment (eps 1-4)
Meruhen-Sha (ep 1)
Phoenix Animation
Uni Animation (eps 1-4)
Key Animation:
Gonzo
Studio Hercules (eps 1, 3-5)
Paint:
drop (ep 4)
Frontline (eps 3-5)
GK Entertainment (eps 1-4)
Phoenix Animation
Studio Targe (eps 2-3, 5)
Uni Animation (eps 1-4)
Wish (ep 1)
Recording Studio: Studio 2001
Sound Design: Digital Circus
Sound Production: Rakuonsha
English cast
English staff
Music: RZA
Consulting Producer: Tommy Blacha
Music Editing: Mike Baiardi
Post-Production Supervision: AJ Ullman
Production Coordination: Lindsey Myers
Re-Recording Mixing: Steve Romero Jr.
Recording engineer:
David Barr
Eric Lewis
Talent Coordination: Laura Lopez
Voice Direction: Jamie Simone
Ron Perlman as Justice
Samuel L. Jackson as
Afro
Ninja Ninja

Crystal Scales as Afro(Young)
Greg Eagles as Rokutaro(Afro's Father; eps 1-2)
John Di Maggio as Brother 2
Kelly Hu as Okiku
Phil LaMarr as
Afro(Teenager)
Brother 1
Brother 3
Yuri Lowenthal as Jinno(eps 2-5)

Dave Wittenberg as
Assassin(ep 1)
Matasaburo(ep 4)
Patron 3(ep 1)
Punk(ep 1)
Dwight Schultz as
Assassin 1(ep 1)
Patron 1(ep 1)
Ronin(ep 1)
Fred Tatasciore as
Juzo(ep 1)
Patron 5(ep 1)
Shuzo(ep 4)
Greg Eagles as Brother 6
Grey DeLisle as
Oyuki
Woman(ep 1)
James Arnold Taylor as Yashichi
Jason Marsden as Sasuke(ep 4)
Jeff Glen Bennett as Hachiro
John Di Maggio as
Giant(ep 1)
Patron 2(ep 1)
John Kassir as Soshun(ep 1)
Liam O'Brien as
Kihachi(ep 1)
Patron 4(ep 1)
Phil LaMarr as
Brother 5
Dharman(ep 4)
Kuro(ep 1)
S. Scott Bullock as Dharman(Director's Cut; ep 4)
Steven Jay Blum as Assasins(ep 4)
Tara Strong as
Jiro(ep 4)
Otsuru
TC Carson as
Brother 4
Swordmaster
Yuri Lowenthal as Kuma(eps 3-4)
English companies
Adaptation: Titmouse Inc.
ADR Production: STUDIOPOLIS, Inc.
Broadcaster: Spike TV
Distributor:
Madman Entertainment (Australia & New Zealand)
Manga Entertainment (Great Britain & Ireland)
Licensed by:
FUNimation Entertainment
Koch Records (soundtrack)
Opening Animation: Titmouse Inc.
Post Production: illuminate
French staff
French cast
ADR Director: Luq Hamet
Executive producer: Carlo Levy
French companies
ADR Production: Calumet Productions
Broadcaster: Canal +
Distributor: Dybex
German staff
German cast
(none)
Bernd Rumpf as Justice
Jan-David Rönfeldt as
Afro Samurai
Ninja Ninja

Gerrit Schmidt-Foss as
Jinnosuke
Kuma
Jan Spitzer as Bruder 1
Marie Bierstedt as Okiku
Sebastian Fitzner as Afro Kid

Bernd Vollbrecht as
Ronin 2(ep 4)
Soshun
Erich Räuker as Bruder 4(ep 3)
Gerald Paradies as
Barbesucher(ep 1)
Ronin 3(ep 4)
Klaus-Dieter Klebsch as Swordmaster(eps 2-4)
Lutz Schnell as Hachiro(ep 2)
Marie Bierstedt as Otsuru(ep 2)
Michael Iwannek as
Bruder 5(ep 3)
One Eyed
Ronin 1(ep 4)
Oliver Stritzel as Bruder 2(eps 1-3)
Rainer Doering as Spion(ep 2)
Reinhard Kuhnert as Mann(ep 4)
Roland Hemmo as Bruder 6(eps 1, 3)
Sascha Rotermund as Yashichi(ep 2)
Tammo Kaulbarsch as Sasuke(eps 2, 4)
Vera Teltz as Oyuki
German companies
Broadcaster: Animax Germany
Streaming: Anime-on-Demand
Arabic staff
Arabic companies
(none)
Broadcaster: space power
Arabic cast
(none)
Portuguese staff
Portuguese companies
(none)
Broadcaster: MTV Brasil (TV version subtitled)
Portuguese cast
(none)
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