Afro Samurai will stay in my collection, a samurai saga that has more than a touch of being made just right for die-hard fans of blood-drenched anime. The story is basically his father is killed by a man called “Justice”, this leads him on a journey of vengeance. Yes quite a cliché story, some science fiction to a degree, or at least futuristic in scope, mixing feudal Japan with crafty cyborgs and robots and other technology thrown in. It’s not anything exactly masterpiece-like, and after a few episodes it does come close to being a little tiresome in seeing Afro, who has little-to-no personality on his quest to achieve something higher.
Overall then, not for everyone’s tastes but in targeting its audience it is as ruthlessly efficient as Afro Samurai himself. Stylish, bloody, brooding and with an overall air of effortless cool, it is a fine series that I enjoyed. Put it this way, if you like the sound of it then you will almost certainly like it – it is that good at what it does.