Netflix boasts a vast array of top-tier anime in its catalog. From all the Studio Ghibli movies to series like Attack on Titan and Haikyu!!, it has undoubtedly made great efforts to reach out to the otaku audience. Moreover, it features original productions that often match the quality of Japanese exports.
Among these recent originals is a series that has stirred up excitement among fans of Japanese culture since its recent release. Its name is “Blue Eye Samurai,” and it has surged into the global top series list with 12.3 million viewing hours. Currently, it consists of one season comprising 8 episodes, each averaging around 45 minutes—a somewhat unusual duration for this genre, which elevates it as a highly intriguing television production.
The best animated series of the year
In Edo-period Japan, a blue-eyed Samurai, a master of the sword with mixed ancestry, lives a covert life while seeking revenge. A classic story in the style of Akira Kurosawa, brimming with action, death, betrayal, vengeance, and adventure set in one of the most vividly portrayed eras in the history of cinema and video games.
The reviews of the series make it very clear that it’s one of the best audiovisual products ever released by Netflix. From “An impressive action series that lives up to its promises,” as stated by Collider, to “The best animated series of the year by far,” as defended by Ready Steady Cut, it’s evident that it’s worth checking out.
Michael Green’s skill as a creator, seamlessly blending anime style with a more Western vision akin to Samurai Jack, undoubtedly makes Blue-Eyed Samurai a one-of-a-kind fiction.