Netflix viewers have been raving about a brand-new Japanese action drama, branding it the ‘best show’ they have seen on the platform.
Described as ‘Kill Bill meets Yentl’ by co-creator Amber Noizum; Blue Eyed Samurai follows a mixed race master of the sword named Mizu (Maya Erskine), as she leaves a bloody trail of revenge in her wake.
In secluded 17th century Japan, outsiders are a rare sight except in the occasional occurrence of illegal trading.
Mizu is in the pursuit of revenge for her white father who gave her blue eyes and made her a ‘creature of shame.’
The protagonist is aware there were only four white men in the Japan at the time of her birth, and she is certain one must be the father she ever-resents.
Bloody Revenge: Netflix viewers have been blown away by Blue Eyed Samurai which follows the master of the sword named Mizu, as she leaves a bloody trail of revenge in her wake
Ocean Eyes: Mizu is certain there are only four white men – who lived in Japan at the time of her birth – that could be her father
But her path to revenge is not smooth sailing, as she must camouflage her gender and ocean blue eyes in her quest for vengeance.
Along her arduous and blood-stained journey, Mizu is accompanied by Ringo (Masa Oka) an excessively eager soba maker, Princess Akemi (Brenda Song), as well as an arrogant rival samurai named Taigen (Darren Barnet).
The new animation series has not only blown fans away – it has also enamoured critics, bagging a perfect Rotten Tomato score of 100 percent.
Viewers have taken to X, formerly known as Twitter to gush over the stellar Netflix show, with one writing: ‘Blue Eye Samurai is one of the best shows I’ve watched on Netflix.’
‘Blue Eyed Samurai really is as good as people are saying. Beautifully written and strikingly animated. Well worth a binge,’ a second commented.
Another chimed in: ‘Blue Eyed Samurai is so good, I haven’t felt this much endorphins for a series in a while.’
‘Nah Blue Eyed Samurai goes crazy,’ said one fan: ‘I don’t think I’m getting sleep tonight.’
The popular show may not be based on true events but it was inspired by real people.
Outsider: The hero wants revenge on her father for taking her mother and making her a ‘creature of shame’
Rave reviews: Netflix fans gushed about the new programme labelling it ‘beautifully written’ and ‘strikingly animated’
Husband and wife writing team, Amber Noizumi and Michael Green (Logan, Blade Runner 2049) birthed the idea after they welcomed their first child into the world.
Noizumi – who is half Japanese – began to question why she was filled with so much excitement when she discovered her daughter had blue eyes.
She told Netflix: ‘What’s the big deal about that? And why am I so excited that I have a baby who looks more white?’
This sparked discussions between the creative pair about how during the Edo-Japanese period it would have been illegal to be white.
Noizumi said: Nobody would’ve wanted to look white like that.’
Referring to their daughter, Green added: ‘We said something like, “She’s like a little blue-eyed samurai”. I wrote that down, knowing it was a good title.’
Blue Eyed Samurai is available on Netflix
Inspired: The show may not be based on real life events – but it was inspired by the daughter of Blue Eyed Samurai co-creators Amber Noizumi and Michael Green