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Afro Samurai: Resurrection TV Film Nominated for Emmy (Updated)

posted on by Egan Loo
Spike TV/Gonzo work vies against Foster's Home movie in long animation category

The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has announced that Spike TV and Gonzo's Afro Samurai: Resurrection television film has earned a nomination in the "Outstanding Animated Program (for programming one hour or more)" category in the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards and 2009 Creative Arts Emmy Awards. Afro Samurai: Resurrection is competing against Destination Imagination, a television movie based on Cartoon Network's recently ended Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends series. The 2009 Creative Arts Emmy Awards will be presented on September 12, while the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented live on national television on September 20.

Afro Samurai: Resurrection, which is the animated television movie sequel to 2007's Afro Samurai mini-series, premiered on Spike TV on January 25. Both television projects adapt Takashi Okazaki's manga about an afro-haired samurai wandering across a futuristic yet feudal alternate-world Japan. In the sequel, Lucy Liu (Charlie's Angels, Kill Bill) and Mark Hamill (Star Wars) joined Samuel L. Jackson on the cast, and RZA returned to provide the soundtrack. Funimation collaborated on the production and merchandising, and it released the DVD on February 3.

Thank you to jlightstar for the news tip.

Image © Takashi Okazaki, Gonzo/GDH

Update: More background and story information added.

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