Samurai Rabbit: The Usagi Chronicles

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Samurai Rabbit: The Usagi Chronicles
Samurai Rabbit The Usagi Chronicles poster.jpg
Season 1 promotional poster, featuring the lead protagonist: Yuichi Usagi
Genre
Based onUsagi Yojimbo
by Stan Sakai
Developed by
Voices of
ComposerAiko Fukushima
Country of originUnited States
France
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes20
Production
Executive producers
  • Doug Langdale
  • Candie Kelty Langdale
  • Stan Sakai
  • Daniel Fujii
  • Gaumont:
  • Nicolas Atlan
  • Sidonie Dumas
  • Terry Kalagian
  • Christophe Riandee
  • Atomic Monster:
  • James Wan
  • Michael Clear
  • Rob Hackett
  • Dark Horse:
  • Mike Richardson
  • Keith Goldberg
  • Chris Tongue
Producers
  • Judge Plummer
  • Kimberly Dennison
  • Alex Soto
Editors
  • Aeolan Kelly
  • Joelle Kristy
  • Sachin Kurhade
Running time24–26 minutes
Production companies
Animation services88 Pictures
Release
Original networkNetflix
Picture formatHDTV 1080p
Audio formatStereo
Original releaseApril 28, 2022 (2022-04-28) –
present (present)

Samurai Rabbit: The Usagi Chronicles[1] is a CGI-animated action-comedy streaming television series developed by Doug and Candie Langdale.[2] 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.[3] A second season was released on September 1, 2022.[4][5]

Synopsis[edit]

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.

Voice cast[edit]

Episodes[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally released
110April 28, 2022 (2022-04-28)
210September 1, 2022 (2022-09-01)

Season 1 (2022)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
11"The Big City"Derek Lee ThompsonCandie Kelty Langdale & Doug LangdaleApril 28, 2022 (2022-04-28)
22"Yokai"Alfred GimenoCandie Kelty Langdale & Doug LangdaleApril 28, 2022 (2022-04-28)
33"Possessions"Derek Lee ThompsonCandie Kelty Langdale & Doug LangdaleApril 28, 2022 (2022-04-28)
44"Run Rabbit Run"Alfred GimenoCharlotte Wilson LangleyApril 28, 2022 (2022-04-28)
55"Common Sensei"Derek Lee ThompsonGene GrilloApril 28, 2022 (2022-04-28)
66"Nobody Likes A Ninja"Alfred GimenoMatt WayneApril 28, 2022 (2022-04-28)
77"Belly of the Beast"Derek Lee ThompsonJeffrey ReddickApril 28, 2022 (2022-04-28)
88"Go"Alfred GimenoCandie Kelty Langdale & Doug LangdaleApril 28, 2022 (2022-04-28)
99"Kagehito Unleashed"Derek Lee ThompsonGene GrilloApril 28, 2022 (2022-04-28)
1010"Soul Oath"Alfred GimenoCharlotte Wilson LangleyApril 28, 2022 (2022-04-28)

Season 2 (2022)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
111"Runaway Training"Derek Lee ThompsonCandie Kelty Langdale & Doug LangdaleSeptember 1, 2022 (2022-09-01)
122"Game Dogs"Alfred GimenoChris BargerSeptember 1, 2022 (2022-09-01)
133"The Fuzzy Pony"Derek Lee ThompsonMatt WayneSeptember 1, 2022 (2022-09-01)
144"Adventures in Ninjasitting"Alfred GimenoJeffrey ReddickSeptember 1, 2022 (2022-09-01)
155"Interdimensionals"Derek Lee ThompsonGene GrilloSeptember 1, 2022 (2022-09-01)
166"Warbotto"Alfred GimenoCharlotte Wilson LangleySeptember 1, 2022 (2022-09-01)
177"Willow Branch"Derek Lee ThompsonAtsuko TsujiSeptember 1, 2022 (2022-09-01)
188"The Chizu Stands Alone"Alfred GimenoMatt WayneSeptember 1, 2022 (2022-09-01)
199"Eggs!"Derek Lee ThompsonChris BargerSeptember 1, 2022 (2022-09-01)
2010"Invasion!"Alfred GimenoJeffrey ReddickSeptember 1, 2022 (2022-09-01)

Production[edit]

The series was first announced in February 2018 that a CGI adaptation of the comics is in the works from Gaumont Animation.[9] In mid-July 2020, Gaumont stated that the adaptation will be a series on Netflix under the title Samurai Rabbit: The Usagi Chronicles,[10] in partnership with Netflix Animation.[1] 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.[2] 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.[6] 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.[8]

Release[edit]

Samurai Rabbit: The Usagi Chronicles was released on April 28, 2022, on Netflix.[3] A trailer was released on April 1.[11][12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Comic legend Stan Sakai and 'Usagi Yojimbo' embark on a new adventure with Netflix in an all-new animated kids series 'Samurai Rabbit: The Usagi Chronicles'". Netflix Media Center (Press release). July 15, 2020. Retrieved July 15, 2020.
  2. ^ a b Pederson, Erik (July 15, 2020). "'Samurai Rabbit: The Usagi Chronicles': Netflix Sets Toon Series Based On Stan Sakai's Comic Books". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 15, 2020.
  3. ^ a b Dar, Taimur (March 23, 2022). "SAMURAI RABBIT: THE USAGI CHRONICLES animated series release details announced". Comics Beat. Retrieved March 23, 2022.
  4. ^ "Kids and Family Summer Slate Highlights 2022" (Press release). Netflix. June 30, 2022. p. 3. Retrieved June 30, 2022.
  5. ^ "Samurai Rabbit: The Usagi Chronicles". Netflix. Retrieved August 4, 2022.
  6. ^ a b c d e Shaunette, Morgan (July 24, 2021). "Netflix Debuts First Look at Usagi Yojimbo Series, Samurai Rabbit". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved July 25, 2021.
  7. ^ a b Harris, Jeff (April 8, 2022). "Stan Sakai's Usagi Yojimbo Embarks on New Adventure with Netflix Series 'Samurai Rabbit: The Usagi Chronicles'". The Illuminerdi. Retrieved April 18, 2022.
  8. ^ a b 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.
  9. ^ "'Usagi Yojimbo' Optioned For Animated TV Series". ComicBook.com. February 8, 2018. Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  10. ^ Milligan, Mercedes (July 15, 2020). "Stan Sakai's Usagi Yojimbo Embarks on New Adventure with Netflix Series 'Samurai Rabbit: The Usagi Chronicles'". Animation Magazine. Retrieved July 15, 2020.
  11. ^ Egan, Toussaint (April 5, 2022). "Samurai Rabbit: The Usagi Chronicles slashes its way to Netflix in April". Polygon. Retrieved April 5, 2022.
  12. ^ Netflix After School (April 1, 2022). Samurai Rabbit: The Usagi Chronicles | Official Trailer | Netflix After School. YouTube. Retrieved April 1, 2022.

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