4 Years Later, Bright Lives… as an Anime?

Shang-Chi’s Simu Liu Netflix Anime Bright Prequel Samurai Soul

Neither Ayer nor Landis is attached to the project, the latter of whom was already rumored to not be returning in light of several allegations of sexual harassment and assault. Instead, the movie is the work of animation studio ARECT, directed by Words Bubble Up Like Soda Pop and Your Lie in April’s Kyohei Ishiguro, and written by Michiko Yokote. Their many credits include writing on Cowboy Bebop and a plethora of other anime, as well as several Super Sentai series, leading the writing teams on Juken Sentai Gekiranger and Tensou Sentai Goseiger.

All jokes about Bright’s questionable quality aside—and whether or not people are really keen to see it become a franchise four years down the line—it’s interesting that Samurai Soul is, ultimately, so far removed from what Bright was (and really, the aspects of the film that didn’t work), that it feels like it could almost just drop the brand entirely and be its own pseudo-historical fantasy creation. We’ll see if the Bright association helps or hinders when Samurai Soul begins streaming on Netflix on October 12.

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