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Blue Eye Samurai: Netflix Hosts LA Screening & Reception

by Neil Bui

On November 1, Netflix hosted a special screening of the upcoming animated series Blue Eye Samurai at Regal LA Live and a reception at Terasaki Budokan.

In addition to watching the first episode of the series, attendees at the special screening also had the unique opportunity to engage in a fireside conversation with the co-creators, executive producers, writers Michael Green and Amber Noizumi as well as supervising producer/director Jane Wu, moderated by Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment (CAPE) Executive Director Michelle Sugihara.

After the fireside conversation, guests were shuttled over to the reception at Terasaki Budokan in Little Tokyo where a celebration of Japanese culture was held. A fusion of traditional Japanese and modern Japanese American street food, cocktails, and treats from Amezaiku artist Shinobu “Shan” Ichiyanagi, and a mochi giveaway/demonstration from Fugetsu-do.

The evening also included special performances by Asano Taiko U.S. and the calligrapher for the series, Aoi Yamaguchi, with music accompaniment by Tsugara Terry.

Check out all eight episodes of Blue Eye Samurai, out now on Netflix.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 01: An artist paints during Netflix’s “Blue Eye Samurai” LA Tastemaker at the Japanese American National Museum on November 01, 2023 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Netflix)


This provocative and visually stunning cinematic series immerses the viewer in a world of vivid adult animation with a live-action edge. Set in Edo-period Japan, BLUE EYE SAMURAI follows Mizu (voiced by Maya Erskine), a mixed-race master of the sword who lives a life in disguise seeking the deliverance of revenge. TV-MA.

BLUE EYE SAMURAI is created by Amber Noizumi and Michael Green, who also serve as executive producers and writers. Erwin Stoff is executive producer. Jane Wu is supervising director and producer.  Blue Spirit is the animation studio. Voice cast includes Maya Erskine (Mizu), George Takei (Seki), Masi Oka (Ringo), Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (The Swordmaker), Brenda Song (Akemi), Darren Barnet (Taigen), Randall Park (Heiji Shindo), and Kenneth Branagh (Abijah Fowler). Supporting voice cast includes Stephanie Hsu (Ise), Ming-Na Wen (Madame Kaji), Harry Shum Jr. (Takayoshi) and Mark Dacascos (Chiaki), among others.

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