Netflix has unveiled a new trailer for Samurai Rabbit: The Usagi Chronicles, the anime series based on Stan Sakai’s historical action fantasy comic Usagi Yojimbo. The show will premiere on April 28.
Located in the futuristic city of Neo Edo, Rabbit Samurai: The Usagi Chronicles follows the story of Yuichi Usagi, a teenage swordsman and distant descendant of the legendary warrior Miyamoto Usagi. With the help of a team of misfit warriors including a hard-headed bounty hunter named Gen, an acrobatic pickpocket named Kitsune, and an aloof ninja named Chizu, Yuichi will have to contend with foul and fearsome creatures summoned from another dimension if he hope save Neo Edo and become a real samurai warrior.
The trailer looks like a futuristic chanbara version of Star Fox Adventuresfeaturing multiple anthropomorphic animals in Japanese garb running, swinging, and leaping through a futuristic sci-fi metropolis while being chased by Buzzsaw-wielding construction robots, evil yokai, and other nefarious adversaries as they blast through path to victory.
For those unfamiliar with the series, Usagi Yojimbo is a highly successful comic book series that draws inspiration from the films of Akira Kurosawa as well as the exploits of legendary swordsman Miyamoto Musashi. He is perhaps best known in the West for his close connection to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series. Miyamoto Usagi’s character appeared several times in the 1987 anime series, the second season of the 2003 anime series, and the fifth season of the 2012 CG anime series.