Yasuke anime by Netflix is the latest addition to the samurai sword genres of the anime. This anime series is loosely based on the historical figure of the same name, a warrior of African descent who served under Japanese daimyo Oda Nobunaga during the Sengoku period of samurai conflict in 16th century Japan. Created by LeSean Thomas and animated by Japanese animation studio MAPPA, the series stars LaKeith Stanfield as the titular character.
And today we are going to provide a list of anime with similar samurai sword genres like Yasuke. Samurai were the worrier nobles of early modern Japan. Samurai has always been a key source of inspiration for many animators and mangaka alike.
10. Sengoku Basara (Samurai Kings)
In the era of countries at war, Japan was fragmented into semi-independent provinces, ruled by feudal lords or daimyo, who faced a never-ending struggle for power. Ambitious daimyos from all corners of the Archipelago had screamed their battle cry. It was Takeda Shingen from Kai, Sanada Yukimura, Uesugi Kenshin from Echigo, Azai Nagamasa from Omi, Tokugawa Ieyasu from Mikawa, and many more … They were days of unrest and chaos.
As the war spread across the country, the map of power underwent rapid and dramatic changes. In this endless conflict, one man finally seemed to be only one step away from establishing full control over the country. He was the lord of Owari, the Sixth Heavenly Devil King. His name was Oda Nobunaga. But now, a young general dressed in blue makes an unexpected appearance in this confusing setting, leading a huge army of cavalrymen from the northern provinces. He is known as Date Masamune, the One-Eyed Dragon. And he comes for the head of Oda Nobunaga and for supremacy!
9. Brave 10
The story takes place during the Warring States period, about a year before the Battle of Sekigahara. Kirigakure Saizou, an Iga ninja in search of his life path, meets Isanami, a maiden from the Izumo shrine, being attacked by assassins. Isanami, who survived the burning of the Izumo temple by Tokugawa Ieyasu’s forces, travels to Shinshuu to seek refuge with Sanada Yukimura. At the same time, Sanada Yukimura is gathering 10 subjects of extraordinary courage, the Sanada Ten Braves, whose combined strength will allow them to alter the course of history. During the course of the continuous battles, the mysterious power hidden within Isanami will soon awaken …
8. Sutorenjira: Muko Hadan
In the Sengoku period of Japan, a young orphan named Kotarou and his dog Tobimaru steal from unsuspecting villagers to make ends meet. However, Kotarou is forced to stay on the run when he finds himself being hunted by assassins sent by the Ming Dynasty of China for mysterious reasons that do not involve his petty crimes.
Fortunately, the duo meets Nanashi, a ronin who has taken refuge in a small temple, when Kotarou is attacked and Tobimaru is poisoned. Although the samurai saves the defenseless couple from his pursuers, he feels there is no need to help them anymore; but when he is offered a gem in exchange for his services as a bodyguard, he reluctantly accepts Kotarou’s offer of employment, only until Tobimaru is healed and the two reach their destination. As the three set out on a dangerous journey, it soon becomes clear that their path is fraught with danger, as the Ming Dynasty has sent a terrifying swordsman after them to capture Kotarou and fulfill a certain prophecy.
7. Shigurui: Death Frenzy
At the beginning of the Edo Era, when people were enjoying a time of peace, Lord Tokugawa Tadanaga organized a fighting tournament. In the past, parties fought with wooden swords. This time, royal swords will be used.
One-armed Fujiki Gennosuke and the blind Irako Seigen will fight each other in this match. Both are disciples of Iwamoto Kogan, known as the best swordsman in Japan. Each of them is determined to prove that he is the successor to Iwamoto’s school. However, there can only be one champion. Thus begins a story of intertwined destinies, conflicts, and strange destinies.
6. Samurai 7
Samurai 7 tells the story of a people called Kanna. Set in a futuristic world that has just witnessed the end of a massive war, dozens of towns are terrorized by Nobuseri bandits. But the Nobuseri are not normal bandits. They were once samurai, who during war integrated their living cells with machines to become dangerous weapons that now look more like machines than men. Absolute power corrupts and its reign of terror increases its dominance over the field.
The old man of Kanna Village has decided that to protect the village they must hire samurai to fight the bandits. However, the village has no money and therefore must find samurai willing to protect it in exchange for a payment of rice. Three members of the village leave to try to recruit samurai. They travel to the city and look for samurai willing to work, and after finding several samurai and having some encounters with the local government, they return to the village of Kanna to prepare defenses against the bandits.
5. Basilisk: Kouga Ninpou Chou
For centuries, the Iga and Kouga ninja clans have engaged in fierce warfare. But when the powerful warlord Ieyasu Tokugawa orders a ceasefire, the two clans are forced to lay down their arms.
Years later, Gennosuke Kouga, heir to the Kouga clan, and Oboro Iga, heir to the Iga clan, have fallen in love. Through marriage, both heirs intend to bring peace to the clans. But their hopes are dashed when the flames of rivalry between their clans reignite and they are drawn into another war.
Ieyasu’s two grandsons have claimed to be the shogunate’s next heirs. To resolve this dispute, both Kouga and Iga are ordered to send their top 10 warriors to fight in a bloody battle royale, with each clan representing one of the possible heirs of the shogunate. Two scrolls are given with the names of the fighters and will be marked with blood when the fighter dies. The prize for winning is the favor of the Tokugawa shogunate for a thousand years. Torn between mutual love and duty to their clans, Gennosuke and Oboro must ultimately decide the fate of their clans.
4. Blade Of The Immortal
Manji is an infamous swordsman in feudal Japan who is known as the “Hundred Men Killer”, as he has killed a hundred innocent men. However, there is something far more terrifying than his ominous reputation: the fact that he is immortal. This is the work of the eight hundred year old Yaobikuni nun, who placed bloodworms capable of healing almost any wound on Manji’s body.
To atone for his crimes, Manji decides to kill a thousand evil men. Yaobikuni agrees with this proposal, saying that if he succeeds, she will undo the curse of immortality from him. Shortly after this promise, Manji meets Rin Asano, a 16-year-old girl who enlists Manji’s help in killing those who murdered her parents.
Initially reluctant, Manji rejects Rin’s desperate plea. However, due to his apparent lack of strength, Manji changes his mind and agrees to protect Rin for four years. With this partnership etched in stone, the two embark on a dangerous journey of bloodshed, revenge, and redemption, each to fulfill his own cause of life.
3. Samurai Champloo
A young woman named Fuu works as a waitress in a tea shop when a band of samurai mistreats her. She is saved by a mysterious rogue named Mugen and a young rōnin named Jin. Mugen attacks Jin after he proves to be a worthy opponent. The pair begin to fight each other and inadvertently cause the death of Shibui Tomonoshina, the magistrate’s son. For this crime, they will be executed. With Fuu’s help, they can escape execution. In return, Fuu asks them to travel with her to find “the samurai who smells like sunflowers.”
2. Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan
A murderer, Kenshin Himura, who played a major role in the defeat of the Tokugawa Shogunate of feudal Japan, carries his reverse-bladed sword (with a promise to kill no more). He embarks on a quest to repent of his sins by helping the innocent. He is staying at the Kamia Kashin dojo, where he becomes acquainted with Kaorou, the assistant instructor of the dojo.
After being saved by Kenshin from the mob, a stubborn young man, Yahiko Myojin joins the dojo as a student. Sanousuke, a casualty of the war, becomes an acquaintance of Kenshin after losing to him in a duel. Together with his new friends, Kenshin carries out his ideal of helping the innocent. A series of events unfold that question his ideal of living for the innocent and not killing men. Kenshin faces each opponent with his reverse sword to defend justice.
1. Afro Samurai
In a strange world of swords, guns and kimonos, cell phones and cybernetic body parts, a black samurai, Afro Samurai, seeks revenge from a man named Justice who killed his father and who is also the number one fighter in the world. After Afro gains the rank of fighter # 2 necessary to challenge # 1, he begins his lonely path to revenge. He takes on bounty hunters, bar thugs, and fanatical monks, all of whom seem to have clues to Justice’s whereabouts and all covet the # 2 spot for themselves. Also on the way they introduce us to Afro’s talkative companion: the cheerful Ninja Ninja.
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