Parents' Guide to

Afro Samurai

By Scout Davidson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Stylish animation can't mask extreme violence and language.

TV Spike Drama 2007
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age 17+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 18+

Afro Samurai

There's some kissing and a long sex scene with some female nudity. The violence is very strong, gory and constant. People are constantly killed in gory ways, with Japanese weapons and samurai swords throughout. There are some uses of strong language, such as "f***" and "motherf*****". Milder swears are more frequent: "s***", "bastard", "hell", "damn", "bulls***", "son of a b****", and other profanities. Afro is often seen smoking what looks like a joint, as are some other characters. Drinking is seen briefly.
age 16+

Dark and edgy anime series loaded with graphic violence and profanity.

Afro Samurai is truly one of a kind with it's interesting characters with a flamboyant "swag" attitude, including Afro, whom is a professional killer highly proficient with a samurai sword and quite calm/collected throughout. After the unfortunate death of his father right before his eyes as a child, he swore an oath to bring the killer to justice (which the antagonist's name is Justice) with the iron will of revenge. Even though this is an animated series, it's definitely not for children or young teens, due to the pervasive amount of graphic bloody violence (people are explicitly beheaded, dismembered, sliced in half, torn apart, beaten to death). Language is strong and frequent - uses of f**k, motherf**ker, c**ksucker, sh*t, b*tch, and other crude name-calling. There's a couple graphic sex scenes between characters (breasts, buttocks, thrusting) is shown. Multiple characters are seen smoking and drinking in most scenes, even when fight scenes occur. Mature older teens whom are very familiar and used to this sort of violent and crude content should be fine with it.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (7 ):

While it's decidedly not for children, AFRO SAMURAI is surprisingly well made. Its primary strength is in its art, which is lush and detailed. Many critics have argued that the story is somewhat generic, which is probably true. But fans of anime and martial arts likely won't be swayed by such concerns.

Teenage boys will love this one -- if they're mature enough to handle its themes of violent retribution and sexual conquest. The awesome soundtrack by The RZA (of legendary hip hop group The Wu-Tang Clan) is just icing on this (very bloody) cake.

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