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Watch a trailer for the Flying Lotus-scored anime series Yasuke

Lakeith Stanfield stars as the titular samurai in the upcoming Netflix show

Netflix has shared the first trailer for its upcoming anime series, Yasuke. Starring Lakeith Stanfield (of Get Out and Donald Glover’s Atlanta) as the eponymous samurai, the series is created and directed by LeSean Thomas, alongside Studio Mappa, while the original score comes courtesy of Flying Lotus.

Set in war-torn feudal Japan, Yasuke revolves around the real-life story of a Black samurai who lived in Japan during the 16th century. According to a synopsis from Netflix, he struggles to live a peaceful life following a past filled with violence. “But when a local village becomes the center of social upheaval between warring daimyo, Yasuke must take up his sword and transport a mysterious child who is the target of dark forces and bloodthirsty warlords.”

Marking a slight departure from historical events, the trailer teases characters wielding magic, while promotional materials hint at the importance of mechs.

Of course, this isn’t FlyLo’s first time providing an anime soundtrack, having previously worked on the short, animated prequel to Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner 2049, titled Black Out 2022, in 2017.

“Working on anime is my new favourite thing,” the musician wrote on Twitter last month. “I think imma try n stay a while. Can happily keep doin it. Makes sense to me.”

Yasuke is set to arrive on Netflix on April 29. Watch the new trailer below.