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Critics are claiming new Netflix show is its best series of the year

Emily Brown

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Critics are claiming new Netflix show is its best series of the year

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Netflix users have been blown away by a new series featuring Brenda Song, Kenneth Branagh and George Takei.

There's something for everyone on streaming these days, but it's not often that titles prove so successful that they earn a perfect 100 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes.

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Usually a series with 70 percent or above is probably worth a go - but 100 percent? You've just got to give it a try, haven't you?

That's at least the approach we should take with one of Netflix's new animated series, which arrived on the platform last month with eight episodes to work through.

Maya Erskine stars alongside Song, Branagh, Takei, Darren Barnet and Randall Park in the series, which follows the story of a young warrior (Erskine) who has been outcast in Edo-period Japan.

Driven by a dream of revenge against those who wronged her, the protagonist sets off on a 'bloody path toward her destiny'.

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Maya Erskine stars in the animated series on Netflix. Credit:
Maya Erskine stars in the animated series on Netflix. Credit:

Titled Blue Eye Samurai, the series used live-action stunts and turned them into animation, creating lifelike and even more immersive scenes.

This, combined with its storylines, characters and overall visuals, has led critics to sing its praises.

"Blue Eye Samurai is beautifully animated and visually striking," one reviewer wrote after watching the show.

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Rolling Stone critic Alan Sepinwall commented: "The whole thing is an incredible, utterly bada** example of how animation can be used to create worlds, characters, and adventure every bit as vivid as live-action, if not more at times. Choose your weapon and leap right in."

Meanwhile, Forbes critic Paul Tassi said the show would be worthy of the title of Netflix's best series of the year.

Over on X, fans seem to agree.

Fans are already calling for season 2 of Blue Eye Samurai. Credit: Netflix
Fans are already calling for season 2 of Blue Eye Samurai. Credit: Netflix
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"Blue eyed samurai was so excellent i'll be needing a season two," one fan wrote after watching the series, while another added: "Finished watching Blue Eyed Samurai this morning. It's been a long time since I watched something this good. The animation, sound and storyline are all 10/10 for me."

Of course, there will always be people who think that anime isn't for them, instead opting for live-action content, but if you're thinking about dipping your toe into the world of anime then this might be the one to watch.

The show has earned a perfect Tomatometer score of 100 percent, while the Audience Score offers a near-perfect 96 percent.

Plus, with Christmas fast approaching, is there any better time to curl up on your couch with a new series?

Topics: Film & TV, Film and TV, Netflix, Anime

Emily Brown
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