Welcome To The Party Pal — Yasuke

Welcome To The Party Pal celebrates Yasuke, the Japanese-American anime series based on the African warrior who served under daimyo Oda Nobunaga during the Sengoku period of samurai conflict in 16th century Japan…

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Welcome To The Party Pal delves into Yasuke, the Japanese-American original anime series loosely based on the historical figure of the same name, an African warrior who served under Japanese daimyo Oda Nobunaga during the Sengoku period of samurai conflict in 16th century Japan. Created by LeSean Thomas and animated by Japanese animation studio MAPPA, the series stars Lakeith Stanfield as the titular character. In this episode, host Michael Shields, with the help of author and film & television enthusiast Douglas Grant, tout LeSean Thomas and Lakeith Stanfield’s talents, explore the real life history of the the famed samurai Yasuke, laud the captivating score crafted by musician Flying Lotus, discuss the distinctive humor present in the series, and much, much more.

 

Douglas Grant is an author whose first novel, Preemptive, was published in 2010. Preemptive is an examination of the lives intertwined by the cause and effect relationship the U.S. had with Afghanistan in the 1980s. Imaginary Lines, his second novel, explores socioeconomic influences in the strained relations between an Irish-American and a Latino family. His works are usually narratives in which he comments on the human condition or on social inequity, narratives that often pay tribute to some of the most banal of literature and film genres.

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