Afro Samurai

TV review by
Scout Davidson, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommend
Stylish animation can't mask extreme violence and language.

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 16+
Based on 5 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

The primary message is simply "You have to kill to get what you want." Characters use violence to achieve their goals, never once attempting to discuss problems with their adversaries. Verbal communication not a priority in this world.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Afro is a killer, no two ways about it. The fact that he's ultra-cool certainly sends a mixed message, but in the end, he's definitely not someone you'd want your kids to emulate.


Even by anime standards, this show reaches extraordinary levels of violence. Beheadings, rivers of blood, body parts flying -- you name it, and someone's likely going to slice it off.


It may be animated, but there's still nudity -- bare breasts, as well as some pretty steamy sex scenes.


Lots of gritty, adult-level cursing, including "f--k," motherf--ker," and "s--t."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Many characters smoke, and no one shies away from any of the major vices.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that although Afro Samurai is animated, it's not a cartoon for kids. There's extreme violence (including beheadings, rivers of gushing blood, and more), sex (including some bare breasts), and adult language ("f--k," "s--t") throughout.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bySergio M. May 20, 2018

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 w... Continue reading
Adult Written bychristian2011 August 11, 2013

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 ki... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byweeboo February 18, 2021

it's a grate anime i saw it when i was 12 and i loved it i think a 15 year old could watch it if thay are mature enough

it's a grate anime I think anyone can I should watch it if they are in to the the kind of thang and are not kids and if thay can handle extreme amounts go... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byHappypuppy August 21, 2018

Should be at least 17+

This is an awesome show but only for mature teens. Even young teens shouldn't watch this. As much as I love this amazing and awesome show I must admit that... Continue reading

What's the story?

As a child, young Afro (voiced by Samuel L. Jackson) witnesses his father -- the "number one" samurai -- being murdered by the number two samurai, Justice (Ron Perlman), who then usurps the title. Afro spends his whole life in training, and, upon adulthood, goes after Justice. He defeats one foe after another in increasingly violent fights before reaching the mountain where Justice lives -- where he prepares for the most important battle of his life.

Is it any good?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what it means to seek revenge. Why is Afro so single minded in his pursuit of Justice? Do the ends ever justify the means?

  • If this is a show for adults, why do you think it's animated? Should cartoons only be for kids?

  • How does the violence compare to that in other shows you've seen? Does it have the same impact that it would if it were filmed in live action? Why or why not?

TV details

Our editors recommend

For kids who love action

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