Dear Anime lovers,
Don’t you just love history? It is finally time for another anime review and this is just not only an interesting one it is focused on real life people. Yes, we are talking about Oda Nobunaga, a real-life Feudal lord in Edo Japan who lived in the Sengoku period (mid 1500 century). Oda Nobunaga was a lord who was known as a unifier of Japan for attempting to unite all the cities of Japan but was unfortunately betrayed by one of his trusted generals Akechi Mitsuhide. Oda Nobunaga was forced to perform Seppuku on himself as a final way of suicide (disembowelment) to protect his honor. I have always enjoyed the story around Oda Nobunaga and all the other known figures like Mori Ranmaru his assumed lover and Oda Nobuyuki his brother that he killed for betraying him. What not many people are aware of is that in that time there was a real-life African Samurai who was in the service of Oda Nobunaga called Yasuke.
There is unfortunately not a lot of information on the real African samurai but what we know is that he was favored by Oda Nobunaga because of his size and was taken from the Italian men including Alessandro Valignano an Italian missionary who was visiting Japan.
In regard to the anime they changed some things to fit the story including who might have been with Oda Nobunaga during his last time before committing Seppuku. Some sources claim it was his lover Ranmaru but the Netflix adaptation had Yasuke be the one, to emphasize on how close Nobunaga saw Yasuke.
The Yasuke Netflix anime is a supernatural tale that uses a black samurai having to take care of a young girl who in the first episode is noted as being ill. He is to help the little girl and her supposed mother to find a doctor that is in a far place, and as a boatman of the village it was assumed he would be the best choice. As usual chaos happens as there are people hunting the little girl. Yasuke is being forced to pick up his sword again as a samurai to protect the girl. It was quite an entertaining show. I was especially happy to see that there are black characters showing up in anime shows e.g., anime characters like Killer Bee from Naruto, Ogun Montgomery from Fire force and Afro from Afro Samurai. The hope is that there would be more of an opportunity to see new races in anime worlds and not just English adaptations like Blood of Zeus and Dragon Dogma. If you have Netflix, you are in luck because that is where Yasuke is currently being aired. If you are anything like me, you would be interested in the story of Oda Nobunaga and Yasuke, so it’s a perfect time to study and freshen up on those Japanese history topics. The review score is an 8.5/10 and that is because it was an enjoyable watch, and it only loses points, because not every show can be perfect except Beyond Evil the Korean drama that I reviewed 11/10 on my page previously. Just as I predicted it won the 57th Baeksang Arts Awards 2021 for best drama. Watch it if you have still not yet seen it on DramaCool. It’s a debate between Vincenzo and Beyond Evil to be honest in my opinion.
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