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Afro Samurai

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In a futuristic and wild west-inspired Japan, there are only two rules: the Number 1 rules the world and only the Number 2 can challenge him; these ranks are worn with pride in the manner of headbands. In these harsh times, Afro is a samurai who is on a mission for revenge – an evil gunman killed his father to become the Number 1, and it’s up to Afro to take him down in a shower of blood and entrails. He has mastered the art of the sword and become Number 2, but many others want to hold his title and the title of Number 1 for themselves. With competition and sword fights at every turn, can Afro finally exact his revenge?

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Anime Name Type Year Relation More Info
Afro Samurai Resurrection Movie 2009 TBD

related manga

Manga Name Year Relation More Info
Afro Samurai 2008 TBD
Name Role
Hiroya IIJIMA Character Design
Fuminori KIZAKI Director
Takashi OKAZAKI Original Manga Creator

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Afro Samurai VivisQueen 6/10 May 4, 2009

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Afro Samurai Hamnegg 10/10 Oct 5, 2013
Afro Samurai AfroSaiyan 10/10 Jun 16, 2013
Afro Samurai PhdInCartoons 6.1/10 Mar 5, 2013
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In both Afro Samurai and Gungrave, the main character is rather quiet, and he does not think too much because his goal is the same throughout the whole series. The animation is somewhat similar and these are both action-packed series which leave you screaming for more. Not to mention they both have great endings.

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