"Bright: Samurai Soul" the anime film from 12 October on Netflix
Magical powers, mythical creatures and historical dramas collide in Netflix's new anime film Bright: Samurai Soul. The streamer presented the trailer, the cast of the voice acting and the date of the premiere of the project on 12 October.
Based in the same magical world as the Hollywood live-action film Bright, the spin-off Bright: Samurai Soul is set in Japan during the end of the Shogunate and the beginning of the Meiji period, exploring a new setting, era and characters. Director Ishiguro carefully crafted this feature to blend the culture of Japan with the world of Bright. The new film features an animation style that blends the characteristics of Japanese wood printing with 3D CG technology, produced by the motion-capture studio ARecT.
The role of Izou, a one-eyed wandering samurai star of this film, is voiced by Simu Liu. The ogre Raiden, who attempts to redeem himself from a life of theft, is voiced by Fred Mancuso. The young elf Sonya is voiced by Yuzu Harada. The Japanese-language cast includes Yuki Nomura, Daisuke Hirakawa, and Shion Wakayama.
Synopsis: In the period between the fall of the Shogunate and the rise of the Meiji era, a powerful bright light emitted by a magic wand ends the long period of the Shogunate to prevent further bloodshed as Japan begins to move into a new era. Under these circumstances, a one-eyed wandering ronin named Izou, who has lost his reason to live, and Raiden, an orc who hates murder and hopes to leave behind a life of theft, separately meet a young elf of Sonya name in the same time. Together, they embark on a journey along the Tokaido Road to take her and the wand she keeps safe to the land of the elves to the north.
Standing in their path is the mysterious Inferni organization, which aims to obtain the wand and revive the Dark Lord, who intends to rule all creation. Inferni also uses the new Meiji government in an attempt to steal Izou, Raiden and Sonya's wand. Traveling along the Tokaido road from Kyoto to Yokohama, Izou and Raiden begin their journey to protect the wand.
Directed by Kyōhei Ishiguro
Written by Michiko Yokote
Protagonist Yuki Nomura, Daisuke Hirakawa, Shion Wakayama
Production company: Arect
Distributed by Netflix
Exit date October 12, 2021
Countries: Japan, United States