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The Spring 2021 anime season has a lot to offer us and one of the most anticipated anime series of the current season is undoubtedly LeSean Thomas’ Yasuke which is being animated by the animation studio that was in charge of Jujutsu Kaisen, Attack on Titan: The Final Season and many more other successful anime series, the Animation Studio MAPPA.

Not long ago from now, the news outlet ComicBook.com had a meeting with the creator of the up and coming Yasuke series, LeSean Thomas where he broadly expounded on the characters of MAPPA and that he was so excited to work with the amazing studio saying the following:

“The biggest thing about MAPPA is that they’re a young hungry team, high energy, and creative talents. It’s a good example of the “Anime Studio Production” changing. We changed the way they worked, can’t say enough great things about them.

It was great working with Studio MAPPA. Working with MAPPA all happened really quickly, and when we started working with them, there was no Attack On Titan Season Four or Jujutsu Kaisen. When I saw their first footage on Titan, I thought that’s insane. People are going to lose their s***.”

The cast of the Yasuke anime includes:

  • Takehiro Hira as Nobunaga
  • Maya Tanida as Saki
  • Ming-Na Wen as Natsumaru
  • Paul Nakauchi as Morisuke
  • Darren Criss as Haruto
  • Julie Marcus as Nikita
  • William Christopher Stephens as Achoja
  • Dia Frampton as Ishikawa
  • Don Donahue as Abraham
  • Amy Hill as Daimyo
  • Noshi Dalal as Kurosaka

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The anime is set to release on April 29 worldwide on Netflix.

The anime’s staff includes:

  • LeSean Thomas is credited as the Creator, Director, and Executive Producer for Yasuke
  • Flying Lotus as the Composer
  • Takeshi Koike as the Character Designer
  • Animation Studio: MAPPA
  • Satoshi Iwataki as the Chief Animation Director
  • Takeru Satō as the Chief Technical Director
  • Kenichi Shima as the Sub-character Designer
  • Minoru is in charge of world art design and art setting
  • Junichi Higashi as the Art Director
  • Yuki Nomoto as 3D CG director
  • Hyo Gyu Park as the Compositing Director of Photography
  • Azusa Sasaki as the Color Key Artist
  • Mutsumi Takemiya as the Editor

Netflix officially describes Yasuke:

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.”

LeSean Thomas had this to say about dealing with Yasuke,

“Here is a fortunate nature about this project, how an African-American man goes to Japan to live and work among the absolute best in Japanese anime to make an anime about an African who goes to Japan to live among the Japanese world-class and become a hero. Some portion of me where it counts feels I was intended to make this experience arrangement with MAPPA, Flying Lotus, LaKeith, and the rest of this skilled group.”


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