DirectorFuminori Kizaki CountryJapan
Release dateJanuary 25, 2009 (2009-01-25)
Afro Samurai: Resurrection(アフロサムライ レザレクション,Afuro Samurai Rezarekushon) is a 2009 Japanese-American anime television film sequel to the 2007 miniseries Afro Samurai. It aired for Spike TV on January 25, 2009, and stars Samuel L. Jackson and Lucy Liu.
Afro spends his days making wooden sculptures of historical people and follows the rule of not wearing the Number 1 headband. However, Jinno and Sio take both the headband and Rokutaro's mandible. Sio tells Afro that she will resurrect Rokutaro and use him for vengeance. Brother 3 is caught cheating at a dice game and tells Afro that Shichigoro has the Number 2 headband. After Afro saves Kotaro and Shichigoro thanks him for it, both men fight until Afro takes the headband and Kotaro sadly vows revenge.
Afro destroys three cyborg warriors who are revealed as Sio's relatives. Sio resurrects Rokutaro as a mindless killing robot. After strangling and seemingly killing Afro, Rokutaro kills Sio by impaling her through Jinno's body with a broken sword. Jinno's robotic body gives off an electrical surge through Sio's blood to revive Afro. After defeating Rokutaro, Afro retrieves the Number 1 headband. He gives the Number 2 headband to Kotaro and tells him that they will be ready to fight.
Samuel L. Jackson - Afro Samurai, Ninja Ninja
Phil LaMarr - Teen Afro Samurai
Lucy Liu - Lady Sio
Ariel Winter - Young Sio
Yuri Lowenthal - Jinnosuke/Kuma
Mark Hamill - Bin
Jeff Bennett - Brother 3
S. Scott Bullock - Professor Dharman
Grey DeLisle - Tomoe
Greg Eagles - Rokutaro
Zachary Gordon - Kotaro
Liam O'Brien - Shichigoro
RZA - DJ
The RZA Presents: Afro Samurai Resurrection OST was released on January 27, 2009.
The film aired for Spike TV on January 25, 2009. It was released on DVD on February 3, 2009 and for the PlayStation Store in May 2009. The film premiered at the San Diego Asian Film Festival in October 16, 2009. It aired for Funimation's YouTube stream, from July 31 to August 5, 2011. For the United Kingdom release of Netflix, Resurrection was among one the initial titles for the January 2012 launch.
DVD and broadcast scene difference
A few scenes in the DVD and Spike TV broadcast edition of the series differ completely from each other.
There are two different endings: In the Spike TV version, Afro reclaims the Number 1 headband and runs into a masked man seeing Justice. In the Director's Cut edition, Afro reclaims the Number 1 headband, sees Ninja Ninja and leaves. After the credits, Justice reappears.
Zac Bertschy of Anime News Network stated about Afro Samurai: Resurrection that "it's a gorgeous film," with "incredible animation, spectacular action setpieces [sic] and a thumping score by Ghostface". Zac noted that the plot is just "window dressing" and that if it's about anything it's about "cool". Zac criticized that the film as just an excuse to string fight scenes together and that the farther it goes on it becomes clearer how "weak the writing is". Hyper commends the anime for its art, saying, "stylised poses and sharp, dynamic visuals have long been a trademark element of this series, and they hold true [in the anime]." For the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program, the film was lost to Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends. Though film's art director, Shigemi Ikeda, won a Primetime Emmy award for "Outstanding Individual Achievement In Animation".