usagi yojimbo animated series

You’d be hard-pressed to find a comic book series that has been as good for as long as Stan Sakai‘s Usagi Yojimbo. The action-packed, supernatural-tinged samurai epic where all of the characters just so happen to be animals is one of comics’ crown jewels. And now, it’s becoming an animated series on Netflix. Sort of. Rather, an animated series set in the world of Usagi Yojimbo is the works and it’ll be set in the future, following the descendants of characters introduced in the comics.

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Watch Stop-Motion ‘Usagi Yojimbo’ Short Film


Stan Sakai‘s katana-wielding rabbit Usagi Yojimbo is an indie comics staple, and a character that goes back decades as an associate of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Perhaps because Sakai and TMNT creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird were all responsible for anthropomorphized comic characters, their respective creations soon ran into one another in an actual comics story. Usagi Yojimbo eventually showed up in the TMNT cartoon series, and even got his own action figures as part of the original TMNT line.

The warrior rabbit doesn’t appear in the new TMNT film, though there is something that could be considered a tip of the hat to the character. But now there’s a Usagi Yojimbo stop-motion animated short film, which acts as the calling card for an upcoming animated DVD feature. Read More »