Netflix has announced an original anime called Bright: Samurai Soul. The new anime film is set in the same universe as the 2016 Netflix film starring Will Smith but takes place in Japan during the end of the Shogunate and the start of the Meiji Period.
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Set to release on October 12, the unique animation style used in Samurai Soul is meant to combine “Japanese woodblock print art with 3DCG technology.” There’s a talented voice cast behind the film as well with Simu Liu (Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings) playing the main character Izou, Fred Mancuso playing the Orc Raiden, and Yuzu Harada playing Sonya.
Check out the Bright: Samurai Soul trailer below:
“In the time between the fall of the Shogunate and the rise of the Meiji era, a powerful bright light emitted from a wand brings an end to the long Shogunate period to avoid further bloodshed as Japan begins to shift toward a new era,” says the official synopsis for Bright: Samurai Soul. “Amid these circumstances, a one-eyed wandering ronin name Izou, who has lost his reason to live, and Raiden, an orc who detests murder and hopes to leave a life of thievery behind, separately meet a young elf girl named Sonya around the same time.
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“Together, they go on a journey along the Tokaido road to bring her and the wand she holds safely to the land of the elves in the north. Standing in their path is the mysterious organization Inferni, which aims to obtain the wand and revive the Dark Lord, who intends to rule all of creation. Inferni also uses the new Meiji government in its attempt to steal the wand from Izou, Raiden and Sonya.”