Afro Samurai First Look

Namco Bandai teases event attendees with a trailer for previously unannounced anime-inspired action game.

Earlier this week, as the presentations at its 2007 Editors' Day event were coming to a close, Namco Bandai teased attendees with a trailer for its previously unannounced Afro Samurai game. The early portion of the trailer prominently featured Afro Samurai voice man and GTA: San Andreas veteran Samuel L. Jackson, who talked about how exciting anime sexuality and violence can be when it's done well. Several short, bloody clips from Gonzo's popular anime followed, along with shots of concept art from the show's creator, Takashi Okazaki.

During the trailer, we were told that Afro Samurai is the most powerful, soulful story ever told in manga, and that the upcoming game won't water its content down in any way. Namco Bandai's spokesperson at the event claimed that while many games "use and abuse" the M-rating "like mayo," the uncut, uncensored, unadulterated Afro Samurai will carry an M-rating that everyone can be proud of. The rendered movie sequence that followed was devoid of sex and violence, but showed close-ups of Afro's hands, feet, sword, and clothing soaked in blood. The message "blood is beautiful" flashed up on the screen momentarily before we were treated to our first look at some Afro Samurai gameplay--a handful of clips that added up to around three seconds of footage. All we could really discern from the footage was that Afro Samurai will be a third-person action game and that, at some point, he'll run across a bridge trailing his sword behind him. In all honesty, those two to three seconds looked kind of generic, but then, we were very deliberately being teased, and it's conceivable that we blinked and missed all of the really good stuff.

At the time of writing, Namco Bandai hasn't released any further information on Afro Samurai, save for the fact that it's being developed by a team that counts at least one former Naughty Dog among its number. We'll bring you more information on Afro Samurai as soon as it becomes available. And remember, "nothing personal, it's just revenge."

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33 comments
anubisreign
anubisreign

hell yea! goin to get my copy right now actually!! =]

xbox360progamer
xbox360progamer

i loved the anime i cant wait for the game i hope and pray that they use samuel l jackson as his voice. i hope that it doesnt take away from the anime series...

ravensmight
ravensmight

cant wait 4 this game it shud be awsome

towely62
towely62

Kik4ss show hope the game is the same way

ebookerd1
ebookerd1

Excellent Anime!! a game for it would be priceless!!! I wonder will this be a 360 exclusive?

bushidoboi1
bushidoboi1

"nothing personal... It's just revenge"

C_Blade
C_Blade

Samuel L. Jackson's voice acting alone will make this game worth playing.

VG_Executioner
VG_Executioner

I will take Justice into my own hands and KILL him!!!!

sizzlemebacon2
sizzlemebacon2

ENGLISH DO YOU SPEAK IT MOTHER #$*@#&! -Samuel Jackson

s0njas0n
s0njas0n

never watched the anime, though i heard it was good...

DouglasBuffone
DouglasBuffone

I am really interested to see how this game turns out, the cartoon is pretty good

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

I'll be interested to see how this game turns out. It is a pretty bold statement to say that your story is the most soulful in manga.

samthesolidman
samthesolidman

afro samurai is one of the best cartoons eever!! Im glad that they're makinf a video game of it, i hope they keep all the cool animations, but render it in a Viewtful joe, or killer 7 kind of way, with all the cell shading. If you want to see some afro samurai, you can check it out on youtube

TJchief
TJchief

i wonder when we can get the trailer i want to see if it has the nice style of the anime

asmodeus_z
asmodeus_z

Namco Bandai seems to always be in the news recently for all their numerous upcoming release - Hope the games turn out as well as the preview - Which would significantly boosted the profile of this company.

Jedi_Osborn
Jedi_Osborn

afro was awesome.....who knows what they'll do to it in a game

drangel_jam
drangel_jam

Namco is not famous for great third person beat'em all games, but they are pretty good at making licensed games buzz and sell. Let's just hope that this game has the Gow-gore, with the Resident Evil-sting, and the Ninja Gaiden-precision-&-fluidity.

drangel_jam
drangel_jam

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jasonharris48
jasonharris48

The anime was great but I don't know about the game

riot_soldier
riot_soldier

for the last 4 months all i have been thinking is, damn, afro samurai would make a ballin game. just hope they dont **** it up. to many **** games coming out right now.

AnFangs_Endes
AnFangs_Endes

-.-' *hoping it won't suck like movie games*

Questlove711
Questlove711

Sam Jackson had better be the game voice too.. Or this game will be garbage!!!

cichy69
cichy69

i guess it was bound to be released sooner or later... i just hope it won't became just another money milker title based on movie/tv titles

ZennyX
ZennyX

hell yea this show rocked!!!

awardwinner
awardwinner

FIRST, wow samuel jackson will finally be in another video game. Afro Samurai will be good i hope.