Netflix released the first images of Samurai Rabbit: The Usagi Chronicles, CGI TV series inspired by comics Usagi Yojimbo from Stan Sakai, fresh winner of the 2021 Eisner Awards in the category “Best Regular Series”.
Below we can take a first look at the show thanks to the video, presented during Comic-Con @ Home, which includes both computer graphics images and hand-drawn flashback sequences.
First look at Samurai Rabbit: The Usagi Chronicles
The images in question are visible starting from minute 34 of the video.
Sakai, who has written and drawn Usagi Yojimbo for 37 years, said he was totally involved in the development of the show, which does not follow suit. Miyamoto Usagi, protagonist of the comic, but Yuichi, a descendant of the legendary samurai:
I have a say in every step of the creative process, from history to design to animation to the choice of voice actors. It’s something I’m very involved in. Gaumont, Netflix and I have a great working relationship. There is mutual respect, respect for Usagi’s property and also respect for Japanese culture, which is very important to me.
Synopsis and details of The Usagi Chronicles
The series will take place in the distant future, set in a world that brings together modern high-tech imagery with classic Japanese references and will follow teenage Rabbit Samurai Yuichi, descendant of the great warrior Miyamoto Usagi, on his epic path that will lead him to become a true samurai.
But Yuichi is not alone because he will lead a group of misfit heroes formed a dishonest bounty hunter, a cunning crafty ninja, an acrobatic pickpocket and a faithful house lizard together with whom he will fight moles, bats with metal claws and monsters of a ‘ other dimension, all with the aim of becoming the best Usagi samurai ever!
The series is produced by Netflix in collaboration with Stan Sakai who holds the role of executive producer, along with Gaumont (with Nicolas Atlan, Terry Kalagian, Sidonie Dumas and Christophe Riandee as executive producers), Dark Horse Entertainment (with Mike Richardson, Keith Goldberg and Chris Tongue) e Atomic Monster (with James Wan, Michael Clear and Rob Hackett).
Ben Jones (DC Animated Universe) oversees production and Khang Le (Mao Mao: Heroes of Pure Heart, Big Hero 6: The Series) is the art director.