Sometimes, you just can't beat a good old-fashioned samurai story.


They've been around for a long, long time - from the masters of such tales including Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai and Ran to more recent additions like Takashi Miike's 13 Assassins, Sucker Punch's Ghost of Tsushima and more, these knights are fabled for their incredible agility, strength and, most of all, mystery.

It's no surprise, then, that Netflix are looking to sharpen their already razor-sharp animation slate, as Blue Eye Samurai has landed onto Netflix with a sharp swipe, boasting some heavyweight creatives and top talent cast behind the voices.

Here's everything we know about Blue Eye Samurai, including cast announcements, release dates and trailers.

Blue Eye Samurai release date

Blue Eye Samurai.
Blue Eye Samurai.

The series was first announced on Variety on 9th October 2020 as part of the first projects signed with an overall deal with writer and producer Michael Green, which also revealed he and Amber Noizumi would be co-showrunning the series.

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Since then, we've had the series officially drop onto Netflix on Friday 3rd November 2023, receiving rave reviews from both critics and audiences alike.

Blue Eye Samurai cast

The cast for Blue Eye Samurai boasts an impressive number of names which includes:

  • Maya Erskine as Mizu
  • George Takei as Seki
  • Masi Oka as Ringo
  • Randall Park as Heiji Shindo
  • Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa as Swordfather
  • Brenda Song as Princess Akemi
  • Darren Barnet as Taigen
  • Kenneth Branagh as Abijah Fowler
  • Stephenie Hsu as Ise
  • Ming-Na Wen as Madame Kaji
  • Harry Shum Jr as Takayoshi
  • Mark Dacascos as Chiaki

What is the plot of Blue Eye Samurai?

A shadowed figure holding a sword

Described as a "larger-than-life action adventure that takes place 400 years ago", Blue Eye Samurai follows a mixed-race master of the sword who lives a life in disguise while seeking revenge in Edo-period Japan.

The series is produced by Michael Green, who also worked on the likes of Logan and Blade Runner 2049, alongside Jane Wu, who is directing the series, known for her work on Guardians of the Galaxy and Star Trek Beyond, so expect some awesome, high-budget action in store.

Blue Eye Samurai trailer

We had our first sneak-peek at the series on 21st April 2023, which you can see above. Since then, the series had its official debut at the 2023 Annecy Film Festival in June, where Netflix showed it off alongside the rest of their upcoming animation slate.

Since then, we've had the official trailer for the first season of Blue Eye Samurai release onto Netflix 12th October 2023, check it out below.

Blue Eye Samurai is available to watch on Netflix now. You can sign up for Netflix from £4.99 a month. Netflix is also available on Sky Glass and Virgin Media Stream.


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