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Netflix’s Bright: Samurai Soul Reveals Trailer, Cast, and Premiere Date

Netflix’s Bright: Samurai Soul Reveals Trailer, Cast, and Premiere Date

Netflix will soon debut its new samurai-themed movie titled Bright: Samurai Soul.

Based in the same magical world of the Hollywood live-action film Bright that starred Will Smith, the spin-off Bright: Samurai Soul is set in Japan during the end of the Shogunate and the beginning of the Meiji period. It will explore a new setting, era, and characters.

The upcoming anime film will debut on October 12, 2021.


In this remake set in the Meiji period, we get to see ronin Izo and orc Raiden try to protect a young elf girl Sonya on her journey to the land of elves.

Netflix has released a promotional video for Bright: Samurai Soul.

Bright: Samurai Soul will feature historical drama, mythical creatures, and a lot of magical powers. Director Ishiguro carefully crafted this feature to infuse Japanese culture into the world of Bright.

The newly released trailer introduces us to the wand, an important part of this remake. The wand holds a lot of power and it follows the user’s will, be it good or evil. We see Sonya being protected by Izo and Raiden from various situations, even against Izo’s familiar Master Kotetsu.


Netflix describes the series thus:

In the time between the fall of the Shogunate and the rise of the Meiji era, a powerful bright light emitted from a wand brings an end to the long Shogunate period to avoid further bloodshed as Japan begins to shift toward a new era. Amid these circumstances, a one-eyed wandering ronin named Izo, who has lost his reason to live, and Raiden, an orc who detests murder and hopes to leave a life of thievery behind, separately meet a young elf girl named Sonya around the same time. Together, they go on a journey along the Tokaido road to bring her and the wand she holds safely to the land of the elves in the north.

Standing in their path is the mysterious organization Inferni, which aims to obtain the wand and revive the Dark Lord, who intends to rule all of creation. Inferni also uses the new Meiji government in its attempt to steal the wand from Izo, Raiden and Sonya. Traveling along the Tokaido road from Kyoto to Yokohama, Izo and Raiden begin their journey to protect the wand.


The key visual was unveiled on Twitter and it shows Izo, Raiden, and Sonya standing in front of a castle while the story’s antagonist, Master Kotetsu, stares maliciously from the background.

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Among the cast for the English dub are

  • Simu Liu who plays the role of Izo, a one-eyed wandering samurai and the protagonist of this movie
  • Fred Mancuso who voices the orc Raiden, who attempts to redeem himself from a life of thievery
  • Yuzu Harada who voices the young elf girl Sonya

The Japanese-language cast features Yuki Nomura, Daisuke Hirakawa, and Shion Wakayama.

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