• Afro Samurai


    published in Empire No.76, Sydney


    If Australia commissioned Gonzo to make an anime, it would be based on an idea from Yahoo Serious, indigenous people would be break-dancing, drag queens would be side characters, and the action would be based on camera work from VFL matches. It would look like a Mambo ad and sound like Powderfinger on Rove. That’s my way of qualifying Afro Samurai: produced in Japan, but corralled and intoned by Americans for Americans. The animation is exemplary, but the whole tone, momentum, story arcs and stylistic denouement of the series is a pale copy of Tarantino’s canny eye for spaghetti western vengeance and violence.