Many years have passed since Afro fought to become the number one samurai and succeeded in avenging his father's murder. Living quietly and without violence, Afro maintains a quiet life until his peace is shattered by an old enemy Jinno and a mysterious woman. Together the two of them take the Number One headband from Afro as well as his father's decayed skull. Promising to torture him, the woman challenges Afro to seek out the Number Two Headband. Only then may he challenge her and grant his father peace once more. Who is this woman who wishes so much suffering on Afro, and how many lives must he take before he may once again put violence behind him?
Making sequels is a fickle thing. It's vary similar to owning a house. Once you've bought said house , you have two ways of going about doing what you wish for the house: 1# you could put in nice furniture, a new paint job, clean up the attic, just make it better then it was or #2, you can do an entire overhaul on the damn thing, make the roof look like a chicken coop, put in new rooms that look tacky as hell on the outside, put a statue outside of a little boy peeing into a waterfall which will probably not go well with the neighborhood watch, basically go hog wild on the place. Sometimes #2 works, but most of the time it doesn't (hello Matrix sequels.) Afro Samurai: Resurrections is easily the former and an improvement over the first installment. The characters are actually interesting, we get an analization of Afro and the Consequences of his actions, bringing up the subject of revenge. It might not do it fantastically and sometimes it wavers on it's premise and I can't be sure if Afro learns from his mistakes now but from the ending of part 2, I'm really revved up for part 3. The story starts off with Afro sitting around his dads old house living what seems to be a simple monastic lifestyle. He has a big bushy beard, sits around whittling figures of the people who he used to know, when all of a sudden out pops ol' teddy bear head on a motorcycle with the sexy new villainess where he goes all ape-shit on Afro, steals the #1 headband and the jawbone of Afro's Father (I'm positive that's a biblical reference. it's just too strange not to be.) and leave Afro so that he can ultimately come back to them slashing his way through as many guys as he humanly cane. The overall theme of this movie is Revenge and Constant cycle seeking such revenge continues. This is a natural growth from the original film so it being the full-blown subject of the second film is no surprise, except I didn't actually think they were going to do it. The first film gives off the Attitude that, though Afro is a vicious homicidal killer, we should like him because he's cool and acts cool and he's voiced by Samuel Jackson, one of the coolest actors alive. It comes off as a paragon of the ol' "style over substance" mentality which films, Television and other forms of media have continued to do ever since Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers first started making Banal movies where they just tap dances nicely. This sequel, certainly not the most intelligent film ever made, at least tries harder to go beyond the surface of the characters and find out what makes them tick. I might be giving more credit to the movie then it rightfully deserves, maybe but I can't help but encourage more of this in sequels. Unlike the original which gives you the feeling of inconsequential things happening at roughly the same exact time which makes up the movie, this time each and every character, incident and battle Afro has culminates to an ending where Afro has to look straight into the eyes of his own past, his own ways of life, and to see the deep dark secrets and inner demons we ourselves refuse to see when the source of that which you;ve done immense evil for stares back and you and makes you question why you did it. it shifts the entire characters world and helps make Afro something he had never been in the first movie: Human. What he does to acquire the #2 headband is cruel, mean-spirited and unjust and the best part? The character of Afro seems to actually agree with that sentament. What's even better is that those things that made the first movie good are back and sometimes even better then before. The art-style is even more fused with a cross between Urban Graffiti art and traditional Japanese Water colors seemingly blending into an art that, maybe not extremely substantial, is unbelievably stylish. The return of the Rza is a happy occasion since he sometimes makes the most interesting music you wouldn't necessary see in such a scene (Kill bill Vol.1, right before the Crazy 88 fight. would you hear that song playing in the background if it wasn't a Tarantino movie? I thought so.). The BGM is arguable if it is better in the first movie or this one but either one helps set the mode. Even better is the fact that this time the action steps up a notch, Afro's adversaries aren't just mindless drones to tear to ribbons under his steel, this time a lot of them hold up against him in imaginative, creative and thrilling fights that need to be seen to be believed. Not only are the fighters this time more competent, but they hold philosophies and beliefs that make them want to fight, make them need to defeat Afro almost as much as Afro feels he needs to defeat them, probably even more. Am I overpraising this film? Probably, but I can't help site a work which increases the overall feeling, tones, themes, and imagery that the original did. It keeps what made the original work and develops what it didn't have, and brings in things you only wished they had in the original. This film is definitely better then the original and, Given the perfect way they ended this film, I'm hoping the third tops this one in spades. Whew boy is this long! well, either way that's all I'm saying. I know it's opinions and everyone has opinions, but I'm smart, smarter then you, so I'm right :-D
Afro Samurai. The insanely interesting as well as one of a kind sienen anime that is bound to be engraved into your mind with it’s beautiful changing color schemes, smooth animation, brutal action, unique characters, and crazy use of perspective. Takashi Okazakiha took his love of North American hip hop and soul music as well as his creative genius to create a one of a kind artistic ambience aimed for western audiences. This distinct aura presents itself from the unorthodox mix of urban African American influences, futuristic technology, and feudal Japan making one memorable piece of unconventional work. Afro Samurai is a guilty pleasure gore feast of flashy sword fighting and stylish villains that partake in the battle of getting the number one headband. This is where our main protagonist of African descent comes in. Unlike many anime, Afro Samurai succeeds in depicting black people in a realistic way. Lacking racist over the top features or poor attention to anatomy of people from African descent Afro Samurai makes way for a beautifully drawn black main character. This movie is a brutal continuation of the original five episode anime franchise Afro Samurai. After Afro succeeds in taking the number one headband he tries to live in peace honoring his father while dealing with the bloodshed he created from getting this very headband. Things seem to go smoothly until Afro’s thought to be dead entanglements of his dark past come back snatching the headband as they call for war a second time because of their thirst for revenge. The characters in Afro Samurai are distinctively flashy with each villain Afro stumbling upon having a unique character design with obvious influences of cyberpunk and traditional Japanese culture. The art style is a strikingly delightful unconventional blend of realism with cartoon-ish design, easily making seemingly corny cartoon villains look wickedly picturesque. To add onto all of this we have beautiful sceneries that contrast from lush green forests with waterfalls to dystopian-esque deserted and polluted japanese towns thriving upon dead dusty land. With the conspicuously bizarre varying color scheme from dingy blacks, gentle whites, soft beiges, and meek greys to bright reds, dark blues, vivid purples, and intense dark greens it makes an irregular colorful display of a color scheme. While Afro Samurai has beautiful visuals and smooth animation the plot is well, average. I enjoyed the whole revenge and ruthlessness and striving to bury a bloody past but it's pretty common and can lack substance. Don’t let this stop you from watching though. Afro Samurai manages to pull through because of its eccentric characters, great visuals, splendid rap/hip hop soundtrack, and amazing fight scenes. There were many moments in this anime that could have been heightened by giving Afro a little more emotion. His character seemed a little one dimensional with the “emotionless” act. I do realize he is a product of his surroundings being a hard boiled samurai from the deaths of his loved ones lingering on his blade but I still craved more. Even though Afro is emotionless we have Ninja Ninja. Ninja Ninja was a fun side character made for expressing Afro’s more bubbly hidden personality hidden within his consciousness. Ninja Ninja is a great vessel for lightening moods in this anime and giving hilarious commentary. With this I still wish there was some development in Afro’s character that we could see. Not saying his character wasn’t entertaining to watch but I wish we could see more dimension within him. One aspect I do like is the significance the head bands have when it comes to craving power. I liked how it conveyed the theme of no one can be innocent when climbing up the ladder for power and revenge. This was executed through Afro and the people around him in a grimly entertaining way. One aspect I enjoyed was that Afro knew that the gory path he had despised as well as wished to stop was never ending and will always be prominent in that world. With this in mind he just had to accept this fact and bear with his sins. Overall Afro Samurai is definitely worth your time and is underappreciated. It's an action packed and fun watch that won’t leave you disappointed.
"Afro Samurai Resurrection" - A Gritty and Stylish Return to Vengeance - 8/10 Story: 7/10 "Afro Samurai Resurrection" continues the saga of Afro, the relentless warrior on a quest for revenge. The story maintains its simplicity and revolves around Afro's pursuit of justice, with the resurrection of his former lover, Sio, adding a new layer of complexity. While it doesn't delve into profound narrative depths, the plot serves its purpose by providing a backdrop for intense action sequences and moments of introspection. It's a solid continuation of Afro's journey, earning a story rating of 7 out of 10. Animation: 9/10 As with its predecessor, "Afro Samurai Resurrection" excels in animation. The visual style is just as striking, blending traditional samurai aesthetics with futuristic elements. The action sequences are a highlight, offering fluid and visually stunning battles that maintain the series' signature style. Character designs remain distinctive, and the animation quality is consistently high, warranting a strong 9 out of 10 for animation. Sound: 8/10 The sound design in the film effectively complements the action sequences and adds depth to the overall experience. The soundtrack, once again featuring contributions from RZA, enhances the movie's tone and atmosphere. Voice acting, especially Samuel L. Jackson's reprisal of his role as Afro, remains strong and memorable. The sound quality contributes positively to the viewing experience, earning an 8 out of 10 for sound. Characters: 7/10 While the characters in "Afro Samurai Resurrection" continue to be driven by their motivations and thirst for vengeance, the film introduces new elements that add complexity to their relationships. Afro's internal struggle and his interactions with Sio provide moments of character development and introspection. However, some supporting characters still lack depth and may leave viewers wanting more. Overall, the characters contribute well to the narrative but fall slightly short of excellence, earning a character rating of 7 out of 10. Overall: 8/10 In summary, "Afro Samurai Resurrection" is a gritty and stylish continuation of Afro's quest for vengeance. It successfully maintains the visual excellence and action-packed sequences that define the series. While the story remains relatively simple, it adds depth through character interactions and introspective moments. If you enjoyed the original "Afro Samurai," this sequel is a satisfying return to the world of Afro and his relentless pursuit of justice. Overall, it earns a commendable 8 out of 10 in my assessment.
Sorry, no one has started a discussion yet.
Login or sign up to start a discussion.
There are no custom lists yet for this series.