Netflix looks like they’re doing a spinoff series of that Bright film called Bright: Samurai Soul. You know, that really horrible attempt at mixing a gritty buddy cop story with fantasy? Well, this spinoff looks to be way better than that judging from the new trailer below:

Everything is better as an anime. Even something like Bright.

Netflix is proud to announce their new 3DCG anime film Bright: Samurai Soul. As you can guess, this will be an anime spinoff film from Bright (2017). ARECT will produce this film, with Kyohei Ishiguro (Lance N’ Masques, Children of the Whales, Words Bubble Up Like Soda Pop) directing. Michiko Yokoto is the writer, while Atsushi Yamagata does character design.

The original Japanese cast of Bright: Samurai Soul consists of Yuki Nomura as one-eyed samurai Izou, Daisuke Hirakawa as orc Raiden, and Shion Wakayama as elf girl Sonya. The English dub cast will feature Simu Liu, Fred Mancuso, and Yuzu Harada voicing the same roles respectively.

Bright: Samurai Soul will debut on Netflix on October 12, 2021. As usual, this anime film will be a Netflix exclusive. If you want to see if this anime film is better than the original live-action version, prepare to shell out some cash for a Netflix account.

Bright: Samurai Soul ~ Details

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Even in CGI, it looks better than the live action version.

Out of all the live-action films to get an anime adaptation, you’d think Bright would be among the last on your list. You wouldn’t think so, given the premise. An urban fantasy involving a human police officer working alongside an orc officer seems like it should be an interesting premise. And yet, the critics say otherwise with their largely negative reviews.

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Basically how everyone felt about the original film this is based off of.

In spite of that negative lineage though, Bright: Samurai Soul does look promising, even if that isn’t exactly a high bar to jump. While it does take place in the same universe as the original film, this anime film features its own original story entirely separate from the film. A story that does look interesting, mind you. The official synopsis from Netflix is as follows:

In the time between the fall of the Shogunate and the rise of the Meiji era, a powerful bright light emitted from a wand brings an end to the long Shogunate period to avoid further bloodshed as Japan begins to shift toward a new era. Amid these circumstances, a one-eyed wandering ronin named Izou, who has lost his reason to live, and Raiden, an orc who detests murder and hopes to leave a life of thievery behind, separately meet a young elf girl named Sonya around the same time. Together, they go on a journey along the Tokaido road to bring her and the wand she holds safely to the land of the elves in the north.

Standing in their path is the mysterious organization Inferni, which aims to obtain the wand and revive the Dark Lord, who intends to rule all of creation. Inferni also uses the new Meiji government in its attempt to steal the wand from Izou, Raiden and Sonya. Traveling along the Tokaido road from Kyoto to Yokohama, Izou and Raiden begin their journey to protect the wand.


Netflix officially announces Bright: Samurai Soul. This anime film spinoff of the pretty terrible live-action film will debut exclusively on Netflix on October 12, 2021. Judging from the trailer above, it does look promising. If you want to see if this anime film is better than the original, prepare to bring out your wallet. Netflix isn’t a free streaming service, unfortunately. Not unless you’re lucky enough to get a free trial of it.

Source: Netflix