Samurai Rabbit: The Usagi Chronicles
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|Samurai Rabbit: The Usagi Chronicles|
|Based on||Usagi Yojimbo|
by Stan Sakai
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||20|
|Running time||24–26 minutes|
|Animation services||88 Pictures|
|Picture format||HDTV 1080p|
|Original release||April 28, 2022 –|
Samurai Rabbit: The Usagi Chronicles is a CGI-animated action-comedy streaming television series developed by Doug and Candie Langdale. The show is loosely based on the Usagi Yojimbo comic books by Stan Sakai. Unlike its source material where the comics takes place in the past, the show takes place in the future and Miyamoto Usagi is not the lead protagonist.
Produced by Netflix Animation, Atomic Monster Productions, Dark Horse Entertainment and Gaumont Animation, the series premiered on April 28, 2022, on Netflix. A second season was released on September 1, 2022.
Samurai Rabbit: The Usagi Chronicles takes place in the far future and centers on rabbit teenager Yuichi, who is the descendant of Miyamoto Usagi, and his group of eccentric companions (Gen, Kitsune and Chizu) while defending the city of Neo Edo from the menace of Kagehito and the Yokai.
- Darren Barnet as Yuichi Usagi and Spot
- Aleks Le as Gen
- Shelby Rabara as Kitsune, Mayumi, and Kiyoko
- Mallory Low as Chizu and Jihanki
- SungWon Cho as Lord Kogane, Warimashi, and Head Keisatsukan
- Eric Bauza as Kagehito, Chikabuma/Mechabuma, Admiral Nochi, O-Dokuro, and Yabushito
- Mela Lee as Lady Fuwa, Kaiyo, Toshiko, Fumiko, Hana, Kana, Warbotto, and Sawaguchi
- Keone Young as Tetsujin, Hakai, and Keisatsu
- Sumalee Montano as Karasu-Tengu and Auntie
- Yuki Matsuzaki as Miyamoto Usagi
|1||10||April 28, 2022|
|2||10||September 1, 2022|
Season 1 (2022)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original release date|
|1||1||"The Big City"||Derek Lee Thompson||Candie Kelty Langdale & Doug Langdale||April 28, 2022|
|2||2||"Yokai"||Alfred Gimeno||Candie Kelty Langdale & Doug Langdale||April 28, 2022|
|3||3||"Possessions"||Derek Lee Thompson||Candie Kelty Langdale & Doug Langdale||April 28, 2022|
|4||4||"Run Rabbit Run"||Alfred Gimeno||Charlotte Wilson Langley||April 28, 2022|
|5||5||"Common Sensei"||Derek Lee Thompson||Gene Grillo||April 28, 2022|
|6||6||"Nobody Likes A Ninja"||Alfred Gimeno||Matt Wayne||April 28, 2022|
|7||7||"Belly of the Beast"||Derek Lee Thompson||Jeffrey Reddick||April 28, 2022|
|8||8||"Go"||Alfred Gimeno||Candie Kelty Langdale & Doug Langdale||April 28, 2022|
|9||9||"Kagehito Unleashed"||Derek Lee Thompson||Gene Grillo||April 28, 2022|
|10||10||"Soul Oath"||Alfred Gimeno||Charlotte Wilson Langley||April 28, 2022|
Season 2 (2022)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original release date|
|11||1||"Runaway Training"||Derek Lee Thompson||Candie Kelty Langdale & Doug Langdale||September 1, 2022|
|12||2||"Game Dogs"||Alfred Gimeno||Chris Barger||September 1, 2022|
|13||3||"The Fuzzy Pony"||Derek Lee Thompson||Matt Wayne||September 1, 2022|
|14||4||"Adventures in Ninjasitting"||Alfred Gimeno||Jeffrey Reddick||September 1, 2022|
|15||5||"Interdimensionals"||Derek Lee Thompson||Gene Grillo||September 1, 2022|
|16||6||"Warbotto"||Alfred Gimeno||Charlotte Wilson Langley||September 1, 2022|
|17||7||"Willow Branch"||Derek Lee Thompson||Atsuko Tsuji||September 1, 2022|
|18||8||"The Chizu Stands Alone"||Alfred Gimeno||Matt Wayne||September 1, 2022|
|19||9||"Eggs!"||Derek Lee Thompson||Chris Barger||September 1, 2022|
|20||10||"Invasion!"||Alfred Gimeno||Jeffrey Reddick||September 1, 2022|
The series was first announced in February 2018 that a CGI adaptation of the comics is in the works from Gaumont Animation. In mid-July 2020, Gaumont stated that the adaptation will be a series on Netflix under the title Samurai Rabbit: The Usagi Chronicles, in partnership with Netflix Animation. Production companies Atomic Monster Productions and Dark Horse Entertainment are also involved with the series, with Mumbai-based studio 88 Pictures handling the CGI animation. Khang Le serves as art director.
Doug and Candie Langdale serve as show-runners as well as executive producers. At the virtual Comic-Con@Home event in July 2021, the show's main voice cast was revealed with Darren Barnet in the lead role of Yuichi Usagi. In April 2022, Yuki Matsuzaki announced that he would be reprising his role as Miyamoto Usagi; he previously voiced the character in the 2012 iteration of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series.
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- Matsuzaki, Yuki [@Yuki_Mats] (April 1, 2022). "I am humbled and honored to announce that I will be reprising the role of Miyamoto Usagi in the new Netflix series Samurai Rabbit: The Usagi Chronicles. I really can't wait!" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
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