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Afro Samurai: Resurrection – Review March 20, 2009

Posted by Cello in Anime Reviews.

PRO; Afro Samurai Resurrection will go down in history as one of the most beautiful animated anime’s of our time. CON; Ninja Ninja is the most annoying movie character since Jar Jar Binks. Apparantely asians think black people still say ‘this is wack’ or ‘off the chizzzain’, or the classic ‘it’s hot up in this piece’. I am pretty certain that if you are a black male still saying these phrases, you need to get with the times. I suppose the imaginary counterpart to a badass samurai gives him a pass. The plot of Afro Samurai Resurrection is that a few years after the events of the original series, Afro is living alone seeking peace because he already got his revenge. One stormy night, Afro is attacked and has the remains of his father’s corpse and the number one headband stolen. Now Afro is forced to pick up his sword one more time to find the number two headband to challenge the new number one.

The movie still has an anime style that is top notch and a nicely written story. Oh, and the music, which is still composed by The RZA, is still mind-blowingly amazing. More important than upping the ante on the storyline is the time and care Gonzo has put into the visuals of the sequel. The primary color palette on the original Afro was made of grays and deep reds, “monochrome” as some of the animators put it. With Resurrection, rich blues and golds have been added, making a much richer visual experience. The action sequencing is still top notch, and the vocal performances from Samuel L. Jackson, Lucy Liu and company is on the money.


Usually, I won’t get to excited and speak on DVD extra’s, but this one is actually noteworthy. The extra’s that come with this movie is a 24 paged booklet that contains concept art, production art, and promotional images. The special features DVD has a lot of behind-the-scenes on the movie, video game, and soundtrack and an exclusive insight of the world of Afro Samurai done by the creator, Takashi Okazaki. Particularly of interest if you are an artist, like me.

Afro Samurai Ressurrection caters to those that like animes, hip hop music, revenge stories and samurais. Resurrection is still a pretty solid effort that expands the Afro Samurai universe. Watching it on Blu-Ray disc makes it all the more better.  Week after week I keep getting blown away by high def animation and I can’t wait to see what else is on the horizon. With amazing beats, scantily clad women and brutality galore, how could you possibly skip this movie? Check it out and enjoy. Strong Recommendation.



1. hagiblog - March 22, 2009

While I enjoyed this one, I still felt that the series was a little bit better. I’m sure that all has to do with the fact that a series has much more time to spend on it’s subject matter.
Great review by the way.

2. Phear - March 26, 2009

This was an excellent movie. The series was fantastic too, but being a feature film, this movies animation just seemed a bit more polished, which made the art absolutely INCREDIBLE.

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