February 1, 2009

“Afro Samurai: Resurrection” (2009)

I am never a fan of Japanese manga. Too fucking emo and shit for me. And besides, I don’t understand Japanese and I absolutely hate dubbed audios (though it doesn’t make any fucking difference for animated characters).

But “Afro Samurai” is different. The first time I saw it, I immediately fell in love with its styles and stuff. Over the top violence and gore… Exaggerated poses and maneuvers. I immediately knew this is my kind of shit. Remember those nice short animated manga in “Kill Bill” with blood jetting out of mutilated bodies? Afro Samurai is many times more violent than that. That’s why I love it.

“Afro Samurai: Resurrection”, despite being the first full length movie ever released, does not have a standalone plot. It is somewhat a continuation from a 5-episodes-series released back in 2007. That means, you’ve got to watch the 5-episodes-series to be able to fully grasp what the fuck’s going on in “Afro Samurai: Resurrection”.

The plot revolves around the life of Afro Samurai (voiced by Samuel L. Jackson), a samurai warrior of African descent, and 2 head bands – the No.1 head band, a much coveted prize of being the most awesome samurai ever existed (almost godlike), and the No.2 head band, the only headband that allows a samurai who possesses it to challenge the No.1 title. Sort of confusing but, one really needs to watch the 5 episodes to understand (email me if you want to know where to download the 5 episodes). Afro Samurai, who possesses the No.1 head band (explained in the 5 episodes) and a semi-retired peaceful life, one day got his ass creamed by a band of villains (who had a long violent history with him – again, explained in the 5 episodes) and lost his No.1 head band, is then forced to become the cold blooded killer he once was, to cut through countless of foes that stand in his path, to get the No.2 head band, and then seek to save his dead ‘father’ from being resurrected by the villains (again, one has to cross reference back to the 5 episodes to understand what’s the deal with his father).

A gripping and action packed flick – teeming with gory violence, foul language and unbelievably detailed graphics. But then still, in my humble opinion, the 5 episodes rawked even harder. I consider this a ‘toned down’ version of the 5-episodes-series (probably to go easy on the ratings), that features deeper plots and more badass battles. Notwithstanding being a little bit floppier than the series, the “Afro Samurai: Resurrection” is still one of the most enjoyable full length animated films I’ve ever watched… 7/10 (I’d give the series 8/10 though…)

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