What date and time will Netflix release the upcoming anime feature movie and spin-off to the popular 2017 film, Bright: Samurai Soul.

Netflix original movie ‘Bright’ starring Will Smith was arguably one of the biggest disappointments of 2017.

However, the franchise is showing its resurgence with both a sequel movie and a spin-off anime being announced.

The streaming giant recently shared the first video trailers for the spin-off, titled Bright: Samurai Soul. Here, we breakdown everything fans need to know, including plot, release and production staff!

What is Bright: Samurai Soul about?

Bright: Samurai Soul is an anime feature film that serves as a spin-off title to the 2017 movie starring Will Smith, Bright.

The movie is set in 1860’s Japan and will centre around two warriors, a human called Izo the Ronin and an Orc called Raiden.

Raiden and Izo must team up to escort a young elf girl, Sonya, and the infamous magic wand to her homeland in the north of the country.

“In the early years of Japan’s Meiji Restoration, a human ronin must unite with an orc assassin to save an elf orphan from their common adversary.” – Synopsis, via Netflix.

Bright: Samurai Soul release date and time

Bright: Samurai Soul is currently scheduled to release worldwide via Netflix on Tuesday, October 12th, 2021 at 12 AM PDT.

The 80-minute-long movie will premiere at the following international times:

  • Pacific Time: 12 AM PDT
  • Eastern Time: 3 AM EDT
  • British Time: 8 AM BST
  • European Time: 9 AM CEST
  • India Time: 12.30 PM IST
  • Philippine Time: 3 PM PHT

The movie is labelled as a Netflix original title, so fans should not expect Bright: Samurai Soul to release on other available streaming platforms such as Crunchyroll, Funimation or Amazon Prime Video.

Bright: Samurai Soul | Official Trailer | Netflix

Bright: Samurai Soul | Official Trailer | Netflix

Meet the voice cast…

At the time of writing, only a small number of the voice cast have been confirmed. However, the cast does include some recognisable names, most notably Simu Liu from Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.

  • Yuuki Nomura (Japanese) and Simu Liu (English) as Izo
  • Daisuke Hirakawa (Japanese) and Fred Mancuso (English) as Raiden
  • Shion Wakayama (Japanese) and Yuzu Harada (English) as Sonya
  • Miyavi (Japanese) and Matt Young King (English) as Koketsu
  • Maaya Sakamoto (Japanese) and Victoria Grace as Chihaya
  • Kenjiro Tsuda as Tomoku
  • Chafurin (Japenese) and Keone Young (English) as Tsukuyomi
  • Mamoruo Miyano as Roshu
  • Kenichi Suzumura (Japanese) and Paul Nakauchi (English) as Okubo
Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

Who produces Bright: Samurai Soul with Netflix?

The Bright: Samurai Soul anime movie is being produced by Studio Arect. This will be the studios first major project, with their previous work including the 3D computer-generated modelling for Attack on Titan’s final season and Dorohedoro.

Directing the movie will be Kyohei Ishiguro, who is predominantly known for his work on Words Bubble Up Like Soda Pop, Psycho-Pass, Children of the Whales and Lances N’ Masques.

Ishiguro recently sat down with Polygon and revealed that he hadn’t seen the original movie when he received the offer from Netflix to create an anime.

“In order to decide whether to accept the offer, I watched the original version. I liked the story, as well as the acting of Will Smith. It was awesome. So I became a fan, and accepted the offer immediately.” – Kyohei Ishiguro, via Polygon.

Michiko Yokote is in charge of the Bright: Samurai Soul script, who has worked on the likes of Cowboy Bebop, Bleach, Gin Tama and most recently, The Great Jahy Will Not Be Defeated.

Character design will be helmed by Atsushi Yamagata, whose experience includes Spirited Away, From Up on Poppy Hill, Code Geass, Fruits Basket and Blue Exorcist.

By Tom Llewellyn – [email protected]

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