Yasuke, the LeSean Thomas/MAPPA joint about the real-life African samurai Yasuke, is set to hit Netflix April 29.
The series will run six episodes.
It’s directed by LeSean Thomas (Cannon Busters) with character designs from Takeshi Koike (Redline) and animation by MAPPA (Yuri on Ice). The titular samurai will be played by LaKeith Stanfield (Judas and the Black Messiah). Here’s how Netflix describes the story:
In a war-torn feudal Japan filled with mechs and magic, the greatest ronin never known, Yasuke, struggles to maintain a peaceful existence after a past life of violence. But when a local village becomes the center of social upheaval between warring daimyo, Yasuke must take up his sword and transport a mysterious child who is the target of dark forces and bloodthirsty warlords.The story of Yasuke, the first African samurai who actually served the legendary Oda Nobunaga, will be released to the world.