Philosphy and questions about the human soul abound in a bland premiere that has a lot of promise, but just doesn’t hit the mark despite having a fascinating foundation.Exception – Episode 1 — Anime Feminist
Yasuke feels like LeSean Thomas’s love letter to not only the jidaigeki genre and Yasuke himself, but also Blackness and found family and every remixed history movie where the lead gets to be fantastical. And really, the entire show makes me proud to be a Black anime journalist, a Black anime critic, and a Black anime fan. Hopefully, anime Blerds who catch Yasuke on Netflix will feel the same sense of pride I felt. In fact, I hope anime fans of all walks of life will celebrate and uplift Yasuke, if not for the show itself, then for what it represents in the landscape of anime production.
Mercedez Clewis sat down with director LeSean Thomas to discuss the mystery of Yasuke, creating a new hero, and why Thomas doesn’t create anime for otaku.
Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey is a hope-filled Black Christmas musical that brings a message of belief and potential to a year filled with difficulty.