The Netflix animated show Blue Samurai will air on the streaming service on November 3rd, later this year. It will focus on a 17th-century Edo-period mixed-race sword master by the name of Mizu, who will be voiced by the actor Maya Erskine.
The show has been created by Amber Noizumi and Michael Green of Logan and Blade Runner 2049. Niozumi called the show “an Edo-period tale of revenge — Kill Bill meets Yentl” in a feature with Netflix.
Netflix has stated, “Our hero, Mizu (Erskine), knows there were only four white men in Japan at the time of her birth and sets off to kill these men, one of whom might be her father, who made her a ‘creature of shame.’ But revenge is not an option for women, so Mizu must forge her revenge quest while hiding her gender as well as her blue eyes.”
As well as Erskine, the show will also feature the voice acting of Masi Oka, Darren Barnet, Brenda Song, George Takei, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Randall Park, Kenneth Branagh and many more.
Discussing his hopes for the show, Green noted, “We want people to sink into it and be taken by the story and the level of artistry and forget they’re watching animation.”
He added, “We would love this to cross over into every interest — that if you like The Witcher, if you like animation, if you like Game of Thrones, if you like The Crown, if you like historical drama, if you like Shakespeare in Love, if you like Tarantino movies, there’s something
in Blue Eye Samurai for you.”
Check out the teaser trailer for Blue Samurai below.