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It’s one of those tales so improbable, it could only be true: An African warrior arrives in feudal Japan, and becomes a samurai for the most powerful lord in the country.

The historical figure of Yasuke, who served under 16th-century military leader Oda Nobunaga, has featured in novels, children’s books, TV dramas, manga and video games. But he’s never been depicted the way he is in Netflix’s latest anime series.

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