‘Afro Samurai’ Gets A Director’s Cut Edition To Mark The Launch Of Titan Manga

by Olly MacNamee

Takashi Okazaki’s Afro Samurai Vol. 1 is to get a new ‘Director’s Cut’ edition from Titan Comics this July. And it will not only mark Afro Samurai’s 15th anniversary but also usher in Titan Comics’ new manga imprint, Titan Manga. This remastered, fully authorised edition features a specially commissioned new cover and foreword by creator Okazaki.

“Inspired by Okazaki-san’s love of hip hop music and American pop culture, the story, set in a feudal futuristic Japan, follows the young Afro Samurai who witnesses his father, the holder of the No.1 headband, being challenged and killed by the No.2 – a lethal gunslinger named Justice. Swearing revenge, he starts off on a bloody path of retribution that will eventually make him the No.2 warrior and lead to a final dramatic face-off with his father’s killer.

In this first of two volumes, we see the beginnings of young Afro’s quest, his battles with an array of assassins and warlords, that climaxes in the epic confrontation with the powerful Empty Seven Clan and a showdown with an old enemy…”

Originally airing as an anime series in 2007 and starting Samuel L. Jackson with a soundtrack by the Wu-Tang Clan, the manga Afro Samurai Vol. 1 (of two volumes) will be an oversized graphic novel, just as the creator intended.

Titan’s Duncan Baizley explained the cultural impact this manga title had on himself those many years ago:

“Not only did the AFRO SAMURAI manga have a huge impact on me personally at the time. The after shock from Okazaki-san’s stone-cold classic is still being felt in today’s anime and manga cultures. Effortlessly cool with beautifully choreographed bloody mayhem – like Kurosawa exploding through a Tarantino lens – it was always going to be our number one choice to launch Titan Comics’ spectacular new Titan Manga imprint.”

Afro Samurai Vol. 1 “Director’s Cut” Edition will be out in comic shops, bookstores, and digital devices on Wednesday July 26th 2022. Pre-orders are open now online at the usual places.

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