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Afro Samurai

1.04 Kuma

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  • TV Version
  • Director's Cut
Release: Apr 19, 2011 - Author: Jim - Translator: DaxRider123 - external link: IMDB - more from this series
At its very beginning, Afro Samurai was a so-called Doujinshi - a Manga/Comic made and released by a private individual. However, the series was so successful that Fuminori Kizaki along with the studio GONZO (who produced such series as Basilisk, Samurai 7, GANTZ) produced a five-part Anime. The budget for this production was one million dollars per episode (!) - a record for the Japanese comic studio; but this was only one reason for the series' huge success - the other reason was the fact that Samuel L. Jackson voiced the series' protagonist as well as his sidekick for the English version of the series.

Funimation - the studio that released the series in North America - decided to release 2 different versions of the series. One version included the regular TV versions (which were e.g. aired on Spike TV in the US or Fuji Television in Jaan). The other version included Director's Cut versions of the episodes. Not only are these versions longer, they also include a few new voice actors. Dharman - the mad scientist - got a new voice actor for the Director's Cut. Apart from that, the Director's Cut does not only include a few new scenes but also characters that were not included in the TV versions. Funimation announced that most of the changes focused on evolving the plot a little further - a little disappointment for all the gorehounds out there. Still, "Afro Samurai" is pretty violent and not at all intended for kids. Funimation also promised to include one of Samuel L. Jackson's trademarks - the word "motherfucker" - and they didn't disappoint us there (you hear it in almost every episode).

Whenever there are image comparisons, they're listed as follows:
Left Side: TV Version
Right Side: Director's Cut

In this episode the overall difference in time adds up to 211 seconds (= 3 minutes and 31 seconds). Opening and ending credits were disregarded for the difference in time.

The time designations refer to the Director's Cut.
Flashback
The TV Version includes a 20 second flashback of the previous episode. This was disregarded for the difference in time.

Opening
At the beginning of the opening, Afro was re-drawn.

No difference in time.



0:01:15
In the DC, Brother 1 is soaked in blood - there's way more blood than in the TV version.

No difference in time.



0:01:40
Ditto.

No difference in time.




0:06:20
You hear Afro's master talking from off-screen during a shot of the door (in the TV version you hear nothing). He says that the first rule is that it is impossible to kill only with strength or speed.
Then we cut to a flashback. Afro is a little older than in the previous flashbacks and trains his fighting skills along with the others, while the master gives them some advice. He tells them to kill the enemies with a calm but powerful momentum. Then he tells them the second rule: the real art is to act. He says that you can only kill an enemy when you don't think about it. Then he screams "Stop!"
The students holster their wooden swords.
The master tells them to listen closely. He says that the only purpose of a duel is to kill the enemy. It's not about twisting and turning. In his opinion, the only position to take is no position at all. The situation tells them how to handle their swords. He tells them to be like the sea if the enemy is like a mountain and to be like a mountain if the enemy is like the ocean. They're not supposed to forget this. Ever.
They all affirm it.
Then the master tells them that real attacks are not static and don't work with a cooperative partner. If they stick to the things they learn in school they will die. He tells them that even a small punch kann unbalance an enemy and therefore quash his next attack.

66 seconds




0:07:43
Jinno talks to Otsuru a little longer. He says that it is very useful if one has to fight more than just one opponent.

5 seconds



0:07:48
The scene was re-drawn.

No difference in time.



0:07:57
The fish was re-drawn.

No difference in time.



0:09:21
The shot of the killer was extended for the DC. In the TV version he immediately starts to talk.

2 seconds



0:09:33
This scene was minimally revised and the swords were re-drawn. Afro's sword is not bloody in the DC.

No difference in time.



0:11:13
Afro and Jinno sit next to the river to wash themselves - the water turns red.

12 seconds



0:11:39
The shot of Afro drinking lemonade was extended.

2 seconds



0:11:59
The kids watch the fireworks.
Sasuke (the little boy wearing glasses) thinks that one day he will be as strong as the master. Another boy (front row in the middle) replies that with his skills Sasuke will probably need about 50 years to acchieve this goal.
Sasuke: "50 years?"
The boys all laugh and continue watching the fireworks.
Jinno (not in the shot) says that it takes some time to become as strong as the master. He thinks that the master's training was about a hundred times harder than theirs. Sasuke says that in 50 years he might already be dead. Or even worse - old. The boy (front row in the middle) asks Sasuke why he always has to be so morbid. Jinno (back row on the right) replies that Sasuke's right. He thinks that no one knows if they're still alive 50 years from now. They can't even tell whether or not they're alive in 10 years. Therefore he thinks that it doesn't make sense to worry whether or not they will be as strong as their master. They should rather live eyery day, fight every fight and enjoy every meal as if it was their last.
Then they continue watching the fireworks.




A boy Junge (not in the shot) says that they're so bright.
Another boy (in the middle) replies that he hopes that his last meal will contain a lot of mushrooms.
The boy on the left says that he wants his last meal to be covered in chili peppers.
Sasuke says that he wants a chicken cutlet.
The other boys sigh.
Jinno then asks Afro what he would want to have as his last meal. The two of them look at each other, however, Otsuru intervenes before Afro is able to say something.
Otsuru says that Afro would probably want to have "lenomade". Sasuke says that it is called lemonade and not "lenomade". The boys laugh and Afro pats Otsuru's head. Then Afro says that this is not a meal. When he asks what Otsuru wants to have, the latter points at the fireworks and says that he would want to have this because he loves these fireworks the most.




Now follows a scene where an unknown person is cut in half by the master. He leaves the corpse lying on the street.
(This scene doesn't count for the overall difference in time since it was also included in the TV version, however, a little later.)



110 seconds


0:14:04
Jinno talks to the man a little longer. He thanks him for making buisness with them.

4 seconds



0:16:29
This scene was slightly revised.

No difference in time.



0:19:18
The two kids were re-drawn. The boy's wound on his arm is a little bloodier.

No difference in time.



0:19:27
In the TV version the camera pans top down, while in the DC it pans bottom up.

No difference in time.



0:19:33
The corpse with the sword sticking lies there in a slightly different position.

No difference in time.



0:19:40
Ditto.

No difference in time.



0:20:21
The scene changes back and forth from shots of the master to short bits of Afro's memory when he had to watch his father getting killed by the then-number 2.

4 seconds



0:20:27
Additional short flashbacks to Afro's father's death.

5 seconds



0:21:00
The master is covered in blood - not so in the TV version.

No difference in time.



0:21:23
Afro was re-drawn.

No difference in time.



0:21:45
Ditto.

No difference in time.



0:22:27
Ditto.

No difference in time.



0:24:28
In the DC there's a screen saying "To be continued..."

1 second



Credits
The credits are different for both versions. In the TV version there's plain text while in the DC there's some artwork from the series. Additionally, the DC's credits are longer - this was disregarded for the overall difference in time.

Here are 2 examples of what the credits look like:



At the end of the credits there's an image of Afro.