Yasuke and the Complex History of Black Characters in Anime

Yasuke and the Complex History of Black Characters in Anime

Read more: The True Story of Yasuke, the Legendary Black Samurai Behind Netflix’s New Anime SeriesCreating a new Black action hero in animationIn the anime series, Yasuke wields a sword against humans, robots and magical beasts in fight sequences with stunning choreography. “Black creators in the United States have never, if rarely, colored the palms of their Black characters’ skins accurately,” he explained. “As someone who’s self-aware of that as a producer and as a Black creator working with Black characters predominantly, that was something we wanted to add,” he said. He cited Shinichirō Watanabe, most famously known for his anime series Cowboy Bebop, as someone who has been thoughtful in portraying Black characters in his original creations. “I just hope that this project shows the world that there are so many Black anime fans.”Thomas said that as a 16-year-old Black kid, he would have been deeply impacted by a group of Black men, each respected in his field, coming together to create a Japanese anime about a Black hero.

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