The creators of 'Yasuke' have big plans for the hit Netflix anime series.
'Yasuke' is a brand new anime series developed by 'Cannon Busters' creator LeSean Thomas, in collaboration with Grammy Award-nominated artist Flying Lotus and Academy Award-nominated LaKeith Stanfield.
The anime landed on Netflix on April 29, 2021, and was met with a warm reception from viewers across the globe.
'Yasuke' follows the journey of an eponymous African man, who went from being in the service of Jesuit missionaries during the Nanban trade to being a fighter & retainer in the service of Lord Oda Nobunaga.
Although the series is still in its first week, the creators already seem to exude a positive attitude about its future.
Will 'Yasuke' return for season 2? Here's what we know.
Renewal Status: Pending
The anime series might not be renewed for season 2 yet, but based on the anime's recent performance on the platform, the renewal should be here any time soon. The series managed to land in the top 10 on numerous territories. Most anime that performs well on the platform usually gets renewed unless they are originally planned as a limited series. Animes are easier and faster to produce than live-action.
Composer and executive producer behind Yasuke, Flying Lotus has also teased about the potential future of the series, saying:
"We hope these 6 episodes would serve as an introduction to this world and get you hype for more. We have big plans for Yasuke. It’s just the beginning."
We hope these 6 episodes would serve as an introduction to this world and get you hype for more. We have big plans for Yasuke. It’s just the beginning. ⚔️🖤— YASUKE (@flyinglotus) April 29, 2021
The show's director and producer, LeSean Thomas, has also expressed a similar sentiment about season 2.
"I can't say too much, but the response has been really great, and it would be great to become more than what it is. I'm just really excited for the fans digging into this, and then we'll see. Obviously, it would be great to have a big splash and then keep things going," Thomas said via Comicbook.
Our best guess is that the renewal for the anime will come in the next few weeks or months. Once that happens, we will immediately update this article.
Yasuke has battled Daimyo's cavalry led by his long-time nemesis Mitsuhide aka The Dark General (Noshir Dalal), towards the end of the series. We've seen a few alliances formed within the season. Morisuke (Paul Nakauchi) gave Saki astral plane guidance, while Abraham's former bounty hunters offer support to Yasuke.
Unfortunately, there were also some unlucky deaths. Ishikawa (Dia Frampton) and Nikita (Julie Marcus) are killed in the process. Amid the showdown, Saki learned to understand how to harness the power of life. She successfully killed Daimyo, but when she approaches Yasuke to celebrate...he too has died. However, Saki's tears and powers brought back Yasuke's life, which paved the way for his rebirth.
In the post-credit scene, we saw Yasuke finally letting go of the past. He visits the grave of his friend Natsumaru (Ming-Na Wen) and also handed over her sword to Natsumaru's brother.
Season 1 wrapped up the plot for the anime nicely, which means that the second season will likely focus on a new adventure for our hero.
We are still waiting for the anime's renewal, but our safest bet is that it will release at least a year after the first season premiered. 'Yasuke' released on Netflix on April 29, 2021, so a new season could probably come out next year, assuming it gets renewed soon.
We will update this space once we get more information.
'Yasuke' is not greenlit for a new season yet, so the season 2 official trailer is still not available. Here is season 1's official trailer to enjoy in the meantime. In case you haven't seen the anime series yet, head over to Netflix now to enjoy the full episodes.