Netflix and anime are inseparable, especially with recent releases such as Bright: Samurai Soul. The film is an animated spin-off to Netflix’s original action film Bright, and it explores the world of its predecessor as a prequel. Bright was a Netflix smash — at least for audiences, who streamed it in record numbers at the time — four years ago, while critics slammed it. However, some of those critics may get a shiver up their spine just thinking about a Bright Cinematic Universe: A sequel is in the works, and the anime spinoff Bright: Samurai Soul is now available on Netflix.
To paraphrase a certain Drill tweet, you almost have to give them credit for trying; “Bright: Samurai Soul” may be a deeply mediocre riff on a modern fantasy so bad that “movie magic” feels like a contradiction in terms, but it’s still a significant step up from its source material. As entertainment behemoths continue to stretch their pre-existing IP in every possible direction. Moreover, ubiquity and volume replace enthusiasm and quality as the most important metrics. Moreover, this 19th century-set adventure feels like a more telling indicator of where Netflix is headed next than “Bright” itself ever did.
Review Of Bright: Samurai Soul
Bright: Samurai Soul is a 2021 anime film spin-off of Bright directed by Kyhei Ishiguro and based on a script written by Michiko Yokote. Netflix released the film on October 12, 2021. Furthermore, the novelty is in the animation, which combines the hand-etched texture of traditional Japanese woodblock printing with the maximalist velocity of modern CGI. In maintaining with franchise tradition, the results of that interesting mash-up are close enough to see what Netflix was going for. However, fall so far short that you’ll wish you’d watched something else instead.
The big hook in “Samurai Soul” is that the Meiji Restoration — a period of modernization and industrial growth in Japanese history that began with the consolidation of imperial power in 1868. Moreover, it remains actually triggered by someone discovering a magic wand or something. It appears to be an amenable job for an expert swordsman ready to drink his life away. However, things heat up quickly at work when a tiny. Nevertheless, a seemingly pre-pubescent elf girl is sold into Izou’s care — though “care” may be too affectionate a word to describe how our hero-to-be throws Sonya into a cage as soon as he recognizes she isn’t human.
The gruff but endearing galoot is a common anime type, and “Samurai Soul” neither offers a new riff on that trope nor meaningfully uses it to explore the notions of prejudice. Furthermore, an otherness that is baked into the Bright Cinematic Universe, but Raiden is nice and simple. It’s not his fault when this movie begins hemorrhaging exposition around the midway point and bleeds out before our eyes. Therefore, as the action builds to a sea-bound climax, the story narrows its focus to an old grudge between Izou and a power-hungry human from his past. Furthermore, it’s a bond formes on eye-rolling coincidences, as “Samurai Soul” desperately tries to find its own soul.
Trailer of Bright: Samurai Soul
The release date, timing, and other facts of Movie
The Main Cast
- Yūki Nomura
- Daisuke Hirakawa
- Shion Wakayama
- Maaya Sakamoto
- Kenjiro Tsuda
- Mamoru Miyano
- Kenichi Suzumura