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Afro Samurai
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Posted 1/2/07

look at the trailer and write youre feelings about it, but in the long run the show still has some pointless Vengance plot and an omnipotent samurai, who does Neoish stunts against crossbows.....

So lets say it does have a "pointless Vengeance plot". That automaticly makes it bad? Sorry it doesn't. Not only does it not make it bad, you can hardly tell what it's really about from the trailer. "omnipotent samurai"? Look what channel they're going to show it on. It's an American guys channel mostly. So they're probably going to show the most intense fighting scences to get attention, because what American guy doesn't like a bunch of blood and arms flying everywhere?


But lets try to keep the fighting to a bare minimum until it actually airs k?


Since when was debating wether or not it is or isn't a anime fighting? I wasn't flaming anyone, and no one was flaming me.


i wont say that this isint anime because it isint made in JAPAN, since alot of Korean animes/mangas just plain rock,


Thanks for proving my point that this should be considered Anime. Though it doesn't even really matter since it WAS made in Japan.


Wikipedia

"Afro Samurai (アフロサムライ, Afro Samurai?) is a Japanese dōjinshi manga series, created by Takashi Okazaki, originally featured in the NOU NOU HAU dōjin magazine. It was adapted into an 5-episode anime television series, produced by Japanese animation studio GONZO, and set to air in January 4 2007 on Spike TV, but premiered online on December 31, 2006."

Source - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Afro_Samurai
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Posted 1/2/07
Okay first off: anything with mr. sam l jackson in it will be golded. So I will be watching it. And you should all watch it too.
Even if you dont like it. We need to see more anime come to the shores man!!!!
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Posted 1/3/07
I wanna see it even thou me and my brother have argued about afro man guy. he says he cant be a samurai because he is black and a samurai is some highclass swordsman from japan.....can afro man guy be a samurai?
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i saw it last night. as expected from GONZO, the production quality is top-notch.
the only thing i liked was the crossbow with the attached grenade launcher
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Posted 1/5/07
I wouldn't call it anime, it does have an anime-ish style but its not made by the japanese. But then again Martin Mystery, Totally Spies are made by Americans and are considered to be "american anime". So When you think about it Afro Samurai is anime, but its american anime. Thats all, but thats my personal opinion
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Posted 1/5/07

Sota228 wrote:

I wanna see it even thou me and my brother have argued about afro man guy. he says he cant be a samurai because he is black and a samurai is some highclass swordsman from japan.....can afro man guy be a samurai?


sam·u·rai (săm'ə-rī') pronunciation
n., pl. samurai or -rais.

1. The Japanese feudal military aristocracy.
2. A professional warrior belonging to this class.
3. Member of the warrior class.



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Posted 1/5/07
Japanese Anime > American Anime | until proven wrong
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Posted 1/5/07
*shrugs* It reminded me of Animatrix. Just another attempt of American animators trying to copy Japanese animation.

But I agree with Dularc, "Japanese Anime > American Anime | until proven wrong"

redberet wrote:

I wouldn't call it anime, it does have an anime-ish style but its not made by the japanese. But then again Martin Mystery, Totally Spies are made by Americans and are considered to be "american anime". So When you think about it Afro Samurai is anime, but its american anime. Thats all, but thats my personal opinion

Actually, Martin Mystery was made in Italy. (was bored one night while watching TV and it showed some show talking about it)
Also.. those shows dont even come close to "Anime". They are still cartoons.
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Posted 1/5/07
As other's have already said, Afro Samurai is an Anime. It's animated by a Japanese company (Gonzo).

So SilentS, it's not "just another attempt of American animators trying to copy Japanese animation".
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SilentS wrote:

*shrugs* It reminded me of Animatrix. Just another attempt of American animators trying to copy Japanese animation.



I always thought that most of the animatrix were made by Japanese animators. It looks okay. I think I'll watch the series first before i decide whether it's good or not



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Posted 1/8/07
ontopic: just seen it yesterday only because of funimation every stream was deleted
even the ones on youtube. so after a quite delay, i was able to see what is this title
all about... and what is it really all about? - ninja scroll + samurai champloo + samurai 7 in one product called afro samurai ... only because the grey art and the
voice acting of S. Jackson i watched it all. everything else is just marketing trick to
sell blood scenes. i don't wanna know about the action figures and everything else
that they will try to sell with the name "afro samurai"
offtopic:
SilentSIt, animatrix was great animation. in the cast u can see many japanese names. as to the quality, well it was AWESOME damn it .
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I just got done watching it right now and I have to, Afro Samurai is one crazy ass show!!

kudos to Spike tv

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Just watched episode 2 and usually I'd wait to see most of the series to comment, but seeing it will only be 5 episodes we're sort of there anyways.

Now like all of us we have our favs that we got to watch regardless to at least get a taste of what is being shown, let it be genre (samurai in this case), actors (I'm a huge Samuel fan and very much a fan of Ron Pearlman's voice acting work) or even style. I'm happy that North American and European animators are opening up to this new age 'blending' of styles, as aforementioned in other series watched like Avatar the Last Airbender (a fav of mine too), stuff from the Totally Spies/Martin Mystery/Team Galaxy crew and Shuriken School (a nice light comedy on ninja school) to name a few. From that viewpoint it's good for the recognition.

Now from the actual show standpoint I'm not about to say it's the best nor that it's even constitutes as 'anime' as far as any point of view as enough people chimed in on that topic. To one their own on that in regard of definition. As far as being a show standing alone, it's good but has its weak points. Samuel does show a bit of flux to define 2 voices in the series but sometimes I feel Ninja's voice is a bit too over the top. Afro doesn't get to say much so gaging it is tougher. Kelly Hu is OK and I find once again Pearlman having the right edge to be the #1. Artwise it reminds me of Samurai Champoloo or Ninja Scroll, but I do agree it does try for shock with the nudity and blood. Not to any point though to be offensive or pointless as the action moves fast (and has to with 5 eps). Music is OK as I know RZA from the Kill Bill movies and they mix decently but it's not for everyone. The part like some have pointed out (though again when the budget sores this is bound to happen) is that the story moves too fast. The flashbacks have to be kept a bit too brief and it is harder to connect with characters short of the voice presentation or visual presentation. Ninja Scroll itself I found to be even more enjoyable (but not to say the movie wasn't but it didn't have the time to cover a complex story) when it became a TV series that could have more time. If you want the adrenaline rush this show has it for a lacking animation scene from North America, but on the whole it could cut a bit on budget (yes I know too lots goes to cast) to craft the story more thoroughly along. But as far as what is being sold, and I applaud it being one of Sam's first gigs into this world, it delivers in that sense decently enough. For movie/TV stars who move to do more voice acting I hope it blossoms too for Sam and Hu, as it's evident for Pearlman and others who have found new life in voice acting (eg. Just to name a few off the top of my head: Mark Hamill (DC cartoons), Sara Gilbert (Batgirl in Batman the Animated Series), Phil Lamarr (again DC, Samurai Jack, etc.), Donnie Backo (I think I spelt it off but he's now Zuko in Avatar), the late Mako (Aku and Iroh, god bless his soul for bringing them to life), Michael Rosembaum (Flash and other DC), Seth Green (Family Guy, Robot Chicken and even Batman, I rewatched an ep he was in called 'I am the Night'), Pamela Segall (Leela) etc.).

So here's hoping that it might not be the best but a further sign of anime acceptance and more blending of styles in the future to further animation on both sides of the pond. Later.
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Who is Takashi Okazaki? If the creator is not Japanese, how come is name is labeled on the website? Its seems that Sam Jackson plays the voice of someone else. It doesn't seem like he'd fit the main character role anyway. I've noticed so far with Boondocks and Avatar, it looked like anime at first but seemed to start looking less and less like it after a while so I feel like that may happen to this one so I can't say it can be called anime yet.

Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles doesn't seem to be Japanese made either but it still claims to be anime. If that's the case, other non-Japanese made works can be considered too right?
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I watched the first 2 eps and LOVED it ! As trigunkwan rightly said its not the BEST anime ever, but its pretty good. For a short series it'll be really good to watch. Its really like Ninja Scroll actually. A simple story about someone, but its not as straightforward, there's a little bit of back story involved. Really want to see how the rest is going to turn out. Hopefully it won't be rushed and i left felt being cheated
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