Netflix has become a place for creativity to flourish, with several of their original series going to receive both critical acclaim and audience. Well, add this one to the list, because the streaming service has now ordered Samurai Rabbit: The Usagi Chronicles, a new animated series based on the iconic Usagi Yojimbo comic book series. You can read the full announcement from Netflix below.
"The series takes place in the far future, set in a world that mixes modern high-tech images with classic Japanese references. It follows the teenage Rabbit Samurai Yuichi, descendent of the great warrior Miyamoto Usagi, on his epic quest to become a true samurai. But he isn't alone! He leads a ragtag team of misfit heroes - including a roguish bounty hunter, a cunning ninja, an acrobatic pickpocket and a faithful pet lizard - as he battles depth-charging moles, metal-tipped winged bats, and monsters from another dimension, all in the pursuit to become the best samurai Usagi!"
The acclaimed comic book series has received a number of awards over the years, with the central character often included on lists of the greatest comic book characters of all time. It sounds like the upcoming Netflix series will act as a sequel to the source material, following the teenage descendant of the comic books' protagonist Miyamoto Usagi in a futuristic setting, as he navigates this world of anthropomorphic animals on a quest to become a Samurai.
The Usagi Chronicles will be executive produced by the legendary creator, writer and illustrator of the comic-book series, Stan Sakai, along with James Wan. The series will also be overseen by a wealth of talent including Gaumont Animation's Nicolan Atlan, Teery Kalagian, Sidonie Dumas and Christophe Riandee of Netflix's F is For Family, Dark Horse Entertainment's Mike Richardson, Keith Goldberg and Chris Tongue, as well as Wan's Atomic Monster production partners Michael Clear and Rob Hackett. Ben Jones (Batman vs Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Teen Titans, Iron Giant) is a supervising producer and Khang Le (Mao Mao: Heroes of Pure Heart, Big Hero 6: The Series) will be the series' art director.
Mumbai-based animation studio 88 Pictures, whose previous credits include Trollhunters, 3Below: Tales of Arcadia, and Fast & Furious Spy Racers has been appointed to tackle the CGI animation.
The creator behind Usagi Yojimbo, Stan Sakai, said of the partnership with Netflix.
"It is a pleasure working with Gaumont and Netflix. I am involved in each step of the production and am enthusiastic with the direction we are going into. It is wonderful to expand the Usagi universe by collaborating with so many talented people. I am working with an awesome team and I'm looking forward to finally seeing an Usagi series on the screen! I thank my wonderful fans, friends and family for their support and encouragement over the last 35+ years."
Nicolas Atlan, President, Gaumont U.S. said, "All of us at Gaumont were honored when Stan trusted us to develop his iconic property into an animated series. This is a first for Usagi Yojimbo. We are thrilled to have Netflix on board as our creative partner so we can together, with the combined artistic talent of Stan Sakai, Dark Horse Entertainment and Atomic Monster take this iconic brand to the next level."
This comes to us from Variety.