220https://i.ur.com/cJagSgF.jpg I went into Yasuke a bit weary but excited. I liked the last Netflix Original DOTA: Blood of the Dragon despite its flaws and was hoping Yasuke would have at the very least the same level of quality. Unfortunately instead of the Champloo inspired thrill ride I was hoping for I instead got a frustratingly mediocre fantasy action show that fails to make use of the creative liberties theyve taken. The addition of robots and magic only serve to accentuate the lack of originality in the script and direction of the show. Theres nothing new to be gained from watching Yasuke other than an even deeper appreciation for Champloo for being an anachronistic samurai show that was willing to use its historical license to tell a wacky and engaging adventure story. Yasuke instead opts for yet another droll prophecy plotline which constantly sidelines Yasukes the title character own plotline which while traditional was a hell of a lot more interesting than magic chosen one plotfuckery. Yasukes arc of coming to terms with his status as a servant his betrayal by the one he thought would best understand him and his undying loyalty to Nobunaga all fall by the wayside in favor of boring magic battles and cliche villains. The characters are all uninspired except for Yasuke himself and that hot Russian bear lady who unfortunately gets the most brutal death in the entire show. There are attempts to make you care for certain characters but we are never given enough time to meet them and it all ends up feeling incredibly rushed. The production overall ranges from occasionally great to serviceable. Theres some cool moments here and there but for the most part its what you have come to expect from the average action anime.The synth soundtrack isnt nearly as memorable as their sister Netflix show DOTA: Blood of the Dragon either which is a shame because it could have helped a lot of the fights hit that much harder. Its not that the soundtrack is particularly bad I just find that it doesnt really make the show pop. Regardless the fights when they happen are actually quite fun and wellanimated but it is all in service of this uninspired plot which makes me care less about the fights overall. Lastly I just want to mention that I have no problems with anachronistic stories that take liberties with their historical fanfiction. In fact I relish those kinds of creative endeavors due to the freedom granted to creators but Yasuke lacks any ambition with its premise to be interesting. Sticking robots and magic onto your boring script does not spice it up any more than adding ketchup to vanilla ice cream does not make it a better dessert. When you add new elements to your story it has to actually add something to it not make it feel confused and unfocused. Overall Yasuke was incredibly disappointing. Its got some cool moments here and there but it is marred by the incredibly bland premise and lack of welldeveloped characters besides Yasuke who himself gets sidelined in favor of said bland premise. Yasuke may not have anything offensively bad about it but theres nothing particularly good about it either save a few fun fight scenes. While I would love to see Yasuke used in more stories this was not the way to go about it.
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