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The writer of Netflix's 'Yasuke' talks potential spinoffs and how his military service informed the series

11 May, 2021

Anime is booming at Netflix. The streaming giant announced in March that it would release 40 anime series this year after the success of “Blood of Zeus” in 2020.

“We want to be able to pride ourselves as being the top entertainment destination with good quality content,” Taiki Sakurai, Netflix’s chief anime producer, told Bloomberg in March. “The growth of our business is directly connected to the growth of our anime.”

One of those anime series is “Yasuke,” a fantasy take on a real African samurai warrior set in feudal Japan, which debuted April 29. Yasuke was a man of African decent who served the Japanese feudal lord Oda Nobunaga during the 16th century.

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