Netflix has announced the first animated series based on Stan Sakai’s long-running Usagi Yojimbo comic book. Samurai Rabbit: The Usagi Chronicles is set in a world that mixes modern high-tech images with classic Japanese references.
Usagi Yojimbo follows the teenage Rabbit Samurai Yuichi, descendent of the great warrior Miyamoto Usagi, on his epic quest to become a true samurai. But he isn’t alone. He leads a ragtag team of misfit heroes – including a roguish bounty hunter, a cunning ninja, an acrobatic pickpocket and a faithful pet lizard – as he battles depth-charging moles, metal-tipped winged bats and monsters from another dimension, all in the pursuit to become the best samurai Usagi.
Usagi Yojimbo launched in 1984 by creator, writer, and illustrator Sakai, who will serve as executive producer. Also executive producing are Gaumont’s Nicolas Atlan, Terry Kalagian, Sidonie Dumas, and Christophe Riandee, along with Dark Horse’s Mike Richardson, Keith Goldberg, and Chris Tongue and Atomic Monster’s James Wan, Michael Clear, and Rob Hackett.
Candie and Doug Langdale are also attached as showrunners and executive producers.