Batman Ninja is the animé we never knew we needed


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Batman in Japanese, wielding a katana, donning a kabuto-styled mask, fighting Joker in what looks like an Edo rendering of Gotham? You had me at Japanese.

Non-cinematic DC continues to outclass its Hollywood counterpart, this time by teaming up with Takashi Okazaki, the creator of Afro Samurai — one of the most well-known animés, whose dubbed version features Samuel L. Jackson as the voice of Afro.

Seriously though, I had not even conceived of the possibility of a Batman animé, and I was wholly ignorant of there ever being a manga until I checked out the comments beneath the trailer. Now I’m counting the unknown amount of days until its release.

Batman Ninja’s story seems archetypally Batman, but the addition of Japanese adds a far more sincere and emotional quality to it. Okazaki’s style seems perfect for it. The Joker looks and sounds truly terrifying, and the feudal Japanese setting gives us a refreshing and ominous feel to Batman that Gotham has worn out.

Animé might be the best thing to happen to Batman and DC in a long time. My only question is: why didn’t this happen sooner?

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Zaid Shahid

Zaid is BroFeed's big bro. He studies biotechnology at York University, and in his spare time writes about South Asian casteism, powerlifting, and all kinds of gadgets. He's also a major food nerd.

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