Both Afro Samurai
and its movie sequel Afro Samurai: Resurrection
are streaming on Netflix. Based on the manga series written and illustrated by Takashi Okazaki
, who cited his love of soul and hip hop music and American media, as inspiration. Afro Samurai
follows the life of Afro Samurai who, as a child, witnessed the death of his father by a gunslinger named Justice. Years later, as an adult, Afro sets out to avenge his father's death and kill Justice.
It was initially adapted into a 5-episode anime TV series by studio Gonzo in 2007, which was followed by a made-for-TV movie sequel entitled Afro Samurai: Resurrection in 2009.
In addition to the success of the anime series, a live-action feature film based on the series has been in the works for some time. No word on when exactly to expect it.
But while you wait, check out both the TV series and the movie, both now streaming on Netflix: