Afro Samurai: Resurrection Synopsis
In a strange world of swords, guns and kimonos, cell phones and cybernetic body parts – a black samurai, Afro Samurai, seeks revenge from a man named Justice who killed his father and also happens to be the #1 fighter in the world. After Afro earns the rank of #2 fighter needed to challenge the #1, he starts his lonely walk to revenge. He faces bounty hunters, bar thugs and fanatical monks – all of whom seem to have clues to the whereabouts of Justice and all of whom covet the position of #2 for themselves. Also along the way we are introduced to Afro’s chatty companion – the light hearted Ninja Ninja.
Afro Samurai: Ressurection Plot (Spoiler Alert)
Afro refuses to wear the No. 1 headband as the rules require, and spends his days making wooden sculptures of people from his past instead of fighting. On a bridge, after fishing, a group of people challenge him, but he easily slays all of them. One dark and stormy night, Jinno (now mindlessly taking orders) and a mysterious woman named Sio attack Afro. Jinno easily defeats him and takes the No. 1 headband for Sio and then robs his father’s grave of his remains. Sio is revealed to be Jinno’s sister. Sio tells Afro her plans to resurrect Afro’s father, Rokutaro, so she can torture him as revenge against Afro for the lives he has destroyed, including her brother’s and her own. Sio challenges Afro to find the No. 2 headband to earn the right to challenge her. Afro, determined to recover the No. 1 headband and his father’s remains, sets off to find the No. 2 headband. At “Lady’s Luck Town” in a stripper/sex club, finds brothers No. 1 (who is in a stand-up wheelchair and has a catheter) and 3 and has to play a dice game against Brother No. 3. No. 3 cheats and Afro finds out, threatening to kill him and eventually learns from No. 3 that the bearer of the No. 2 headband is a man named Shichigoro.
Afro, in search of Shichigoro, coincidentally kills the kidnapper of Schichigoro’s son and prompts Shichigoro to buy him a drink. They eventually fight to the death with the No. 2 headband at stake, and upon victory, Afro continues on toward Sio. Shichigoro’s son, who witnessed his father’s death, sobs and then vows revenge over the dead body of his father, much like Afro and Justice. Along the way he is observed by three masked, android warriors from his past. The warriors are revealed to be a part of Sio’s original plan to overwhelm Afro in the final battle, but apparently had decided to battle Afro early in an attempt to finish him off before Sio had to dirty her hands.
Afro battles and defeats the three while Sio attempts to resurrect a mind-controlled version of Afro’s father. However, Rokutaro is revived before he is completely restored, leaving him merely a mindless, though apparently somewhat controllable, killing machine. Afro defeats the three and is soon confronted by Sio, Jinno, and his resurrected father. With Afro hesitant to fight his father, Rokutaro defeats and kills him (stops his heart from beating by strangling him). Jinno comes to Afro’s aid, though pointless as Sio points out, in a sudden flash of selective memories of being a childhood friend and sparring partner with Afro. Landing only a few blows, Jinno is quickly killed by Rokutaro, who kills Sio in the same blow when she attempts to come to Jinno’s aid. The cybernetic remains of Jinno give off an electrical surge, which, conducted through the spilled blood of Sio, restarts Afro’s heart. Afro apparently defeats Rokotaro and emerges from the scene wearing the No. 1 headband.
Afro walks away from the battle, wearing the No. 1 headband and clutching the No. 2 headband in right hand. He comes across Shichigoro’s orphaned son, who had been following him, and hands him the No. 2, telling him to challenge him when he’s ready.