Fans of anime are thoroughly impressed with the animations in Netflix’s latest offering in the genre, Blue Eye Samurai. The story of a mixed-race female samurai set on a path of vengeance and self-exploration, this anime has struck a chord with many.
The creators of Netflix’s original animated series, Blue Eye Samurai, Michael Green and Amber Noizumi, have taken a deep dive into the world of feudal Japan during the Edo Period to craft a thrilling narrative filled with action, revenge, and cultural richness.
The series introduces viewers to Mizu, a mixed-race samurai woman seeking vengeance for her mother’s death. As she embarks on her quest, she encounters a host of dangerous foes and uncovers the far-reaching consequences of her vendetta.
One key aspect of Blue Eye Samurai that stands out is its meticulously animated fight scenes. The creators sought to infuse these sequences with authenticity and depth, offering a glimpse into the cultural and historical context of the Edo period in Japan.
Co-creator Noizumi told Den of Geek that to bring these fight scenes to life, they employed the expertise of stunt choreographer Sunny Sun, who, along with the supervising director, Jane Wu, diligently choreographed the action. “The most awesome fight sequences you see are by Sunny Sun. Our supervising director, Jane Wu, was old friends with him, and she had this idea to do stunt choreography. They recorded it – they had a team of people during the shutdown in China to film it – and our animators animated off of that.”
How Blue Eye Samurai’s erotic scenes were crafted
Another notable element of Blue Eye Samurai is its handling of eroticism. The creators approached this aspect with a lot of care, ensuring that every sex scene served a purpose in advancing the story or delving deeper into the characters’ motivations.
Noizumi explained in the same interview, “Some of the scenes that you see are culturally tone-setting. In exploring the culture, there was this whole idea of the woodblock prints. If you look at them, they are extremely erotic and extremely graphic. There wasn’t the same amount of shame for sex that there was in Western cultures during that time. We were trying to capture something, and when Mizu goes to brothels, she sees some of that in service to Mizu confronting her own sexual identity.”
Blue Eye Samurai is not merely a tale of revenge but a love letter to classical Japan. Michael Green and Amber Noizumi’s dedication to authenticity and storytelling shine through in this gripping Netflix series.