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Afro Samurai (TV)

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Alternative title:
Afrosamuraj (Polish)
Афросамурай (Russian)
アフロサムライ (Japanese)
아프로 사무라이 (Korean)
Genres: action, fantasy
Themes: samurai, swordplay
Objectionable content: Intense
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: 2443 ratings have been given [details]
 Masterpiece: 159 votes (dub:101, sub:48, edit.dub:4, ?:1, others:5
2 Spanish subtitled
1 Italian subtitled
1 Portuguese subtitled
1 German dubbed
 Excellent: 395 votes (dub:269, sub:106, edit.dub:4, raw:2, ?:2, others:12
9 Spanish subtitled
2 Polish subtitled
1 Spanish dubbed
 Very good: 583 votes (dub:383, sub:168, edit.dub:7, ?:6, raw:1, others:18
7 Spanish subtitled
5 Portuguese subtitled
1 Korean subtitled
1 French subtitled
1 German subtitled
1 Polish subtitled
1 Turkish subtitled
1 Portuguese dubbed
 Good: 581 votes (dub:389, sub:157, edit.dub:7, ?:3, raw:1, others:24
9 Spanish subtitled
6 Portuguese subtitled
2 German subtitled
2 French subtitled
1 German dubbed
1 French dubbed
1 Russian dubbed
1 Hungarian subtitled
1 Italian subtitled
 Decent: 306 votes (dub:200, sub:96, edit.dub:2, ?:2, others:6
2 Spanish subtitled
1 Italian subtitled
1 German dubbed
1 French subtitled
1 Chinese Mandarin subtitled
 So-so: 156 votes (dub:97, sub:49, edit.dub:3, ?:1, raw:1, others:5
3 Portuguese subtitled
1 German dubbed
1 Russian subtitled
 Not really good: 92 votes (dub:59, sub:24, ?:1, edit.dub:1, others:7
3 French subtitled
1 French dubbed
1 Spanish subtitled
1 Italian subtitled
1 Portuguese subtitled
 Weak: 79 votes (dub:53, sub:24, edit.dub:1, others:1
1 Russian subtitled
 Bad: 48 votes (dub:25, sub:20, edit.dub:1, ?:1, others:1
1 German dubbed
 Awful: 29 votes (dub:17, sub:8, ?:3, others:1
1 Russian subtitled
 Worst ever: 15 votes (dub:14, sub:1)
Seen in part or in whole by 5004 users, rank: #152 (of 9520)
Median rating: Good
Arithmetic mean: 7.050 (Good), std. dev.: 1.9812, rank: #3478 (of 9639)
Weighted mean: 6.956 (Good), rank: #3890 (of 9639) (seen all: 7.12 / seen some: 5.53 / won't finish: 3.73)
Bayesian estimate: 6.959 (Good), rank: #3525 (of 7236)
Running time: 25 minutes per episode
Number of episodes: 5
Episode titles: We have 5
Production cost: ¥119,580,000 ( $1,000,000)
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 4
Trivia: We have 2
Afro Samurai Blu-Ray (Nov 4, 2008)
Afro Samurai (Aug 13, 2007)
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Afro Samurai in Action (Jul 26, 2006)
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Blu-ray (Region A)
    Afro Samurai - Season 1: Director's Cut [Uncut] (Dub.Blu-ray) 2008-08-26 (from $7.73)
    Afro Samurai - The Complete Murder Sessions [Uncut] (Dub.Blu-ray) 2010-06-22
DVD (Region 1)
    Afro Samurai - Director's Cut [Uncut] (Dub.DVD) delayed/cancelled
    Afro Samurai - [Edited] (Dub.DVD) delayed/cancelled
    Afro Samurai - Director's Cut [Uncut] (Dub.DVD) 2007-05-22 (from $3.18)
    Afro Samurai - [Edited] (Dub.DVD) 2007-05-22 (from $5.95)
    Afro Samurai - The Complete Murder Sessions [Edited] (Dub.DVD) 2009-11-03 (from $13.99)
    Afro Samurai - The Complete Murder Sessions [Uncut] (Dub.DVD) 2009-11-03 (from $66.59)
    Afro Samurai - CD Soundtrack (Explicit Lyrics) (OST) 2007-01-30 (from $50.36)

Japanese staff
Japanese cast
Fuminori Kizaki
Takeshi Koike (Pilot)
Screenplay: Yasuyuki Mutō
Chris Prynoski (OP)
Fuminori Kizaki (ep 5)
Ken Ōtsuka (eps 1-3)
Takeshi Koike (Pilot)
Yukio Nishimoto (ep 4)
Episode Director:
Fuminori Kizaki (ep 5)
Yasuhiro Geshi (eps 1-3)
Yukio Nishimoto (ep 4)
Original Manga: Takashi Okazaki
Character Design:
Hiroya Iijima
Takeshi Koike (Pilot)
Art Director: Shigemi Ikeda
Animation Director:
Hiroya Iijima
Michinori Chiba (ep 3)
Sound Director: Yota Tsuruoka
Executive producer: Chihiro Kameyama
Animation Check: Kumiko Ōta
Animation producer: Hisataka 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 Katō (Atelier Musa)
Masami Ohta (Atelier Musa)
Minori Omori (Atelier Musa)
Shigemi Ikeda
Shin Yamazaki (Atelier Musa)
Shūichi Ōkubo
Takae Iijima
Yoshimi Mineda (Atelier Musa)
Yuko Doi (Atelier Musa)
Background Design: Shepard Fairey
CG Design: Mitsuharu Okita
CG Producer: Norikazu Kanbayashi
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 Kaihoko
Title Design: Masashi Ichifuru
VFX Director: Kenji Fujita
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)
CG Production: Trilogy Future Studio
In-Between Animation:
drop (ep 4)
Frontline (eps 3-5)
GK Entertainment (eps 1-4)
Märchen-Sha (ep 1)
Phoenix Animation
Uni Animation (eps 1-4)
Key Animation:
Studio Hercules (eps 1, 3-5)
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
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
Woman (ep 1)
James Arnold Taylor as Yashichi
Jason Marsden as Sasuke (ep 4)
Jeff Glen Bennett as
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)
TC Carson as
Brother 4
Yuri Lowenthal as Kuma (eps 3-4)
English companies
Adaptation: Titmouse Inc.
ADR Production: STUDIOPOLIS, Inc.
Madman Entertainment (Australia & New Zealand)
Manga Entertainment (Great Britain & Ireland)
Internet Streaming:
Anime News Network
AnimeLab (Australia and New Zealand)
FUNimation Entertainment
Tubi TV
Licensed by:
FUNimation Entertainment
Koch Records (soundtrack)
Opening Animation: Titmouse Inc.
Post Production: illuminate
Korean staff
Korean companies
Distributor: Mirage Entertainment (Blu-Ray)
Korean cast
French cast
French staff
ADR Director: Luq Hamet
Executive producer: Carlo Levy
French companies
ADR Production: Calumet Productions
Broadcaster: Canal +
Distributor: Dybex
German staff
German cast
Bernd Rumpf as Justice
Jan-David Rönfeldt as
Afro Samurai
Ninja Ninja

Gerrit Schmidt-Foß as
Jan Spitzer as Bruder 1
Marie Bierstedt as Okiku
Sebastian Fitzner as Afro Kid

Bernd Vollbrecht as
Ronin 2 (ep 4)
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
Internet Streaming: Anime on Demand
Russian staff
Russian companies
Broadcaster: 2*2
Distributor: MC Entertainment
Russian cast
Polish staff
Polish companies
Broadcaster: Hyper
Polish cast
Portuguese staff
Portuguese companies
Broadcaster: MTV Brasil (TV version subtitled)
Portuguese cast

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