By Lesley Goldberg
December 11, 2023
Netflix will get its samurai on again.
The streaming giant has handed out a second-season renewal for its recently released animated drama series Blue Eye Samurai.
“When we started this project, we made a commitment to take this very personal story set in Edo-period Japan and bring it to life in the most authentic and beautiful way possible. Our animators, historians, musicians, martial artists and voice cast made this a reality beyond our expectations,” said creators, executive producers and (married) writers Amber Noizumi and Michael Green in a statement announcing the news Monday. “We are thankful to our entire team and to our viewers from all over the world who have shown such passion for Mizu and her path of revenge. Mizu has a lot more blood to spill! We are deeply grateful to our incredible partners at Netflix for letting the journey continue.”
Noizumi and Green previously told The Hollywood Reporter’s TV’s Top 5 podcast that they envisioned a four-season run for Samurai, which is inspired in part by the couple’s daughter. The series debuted Nov. 3 with its eight-episode first season series notching a rare 100 percent rating among critics (and 96 percent score among viewers) on Rotten Tomatoes as the drama has already started making critics’ best of 2023 year-end lists.
The voice cast includes Maya Erskine (Mizu), George Takei, Masi Oka, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Brenda Song, Darren Barnet, Randall Park and Kenneth Branagh. Blue Spirit is the animation studio for the show.
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