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Rick And Morty Anime Spectacularly Recreates The Lone Wolf And Cub Manga

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BY April 4, 2020
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A Rick And Morty anime is not a phrase one would expect to hear. But it’s happened. Adult Swim did just that. They recently released a Rick and Morty anime that is spectacular. It’s something Adult Swim does often. Releasing Rick And Morty shorts done in a variety of styles. They did many claymation versions as well. This time it was to take the sting away for fans waiting for the completion of Rick and Morty season 4, which will be arriving on May 3, 2020. This new anime short definitely gives audiences something great until the real series returns. 

The Craziness That Is Rick And Morty

Rick And Morty poster. Image via Adult Swim

Rick And Morty is an extremely popular adult animated show. The show was for Cartoon Network’s adult programming block of Adult Swim. The series has since become a cult fan favorite. The story follows the titular Rick, a mad scientist who is quirky and at times, completely off his rocker. His family life is a lot more conventional, as he lives with his daughter’s very nuclear family. Rick And Morty combines this blend of mundane family life, and Rick’s insane adventures. Through multiple realities, different planets, and outrageous situations. The hilarity continues as Rick brings along his nervous 14-year-old grandson Morty along. The series is a funny sci-fi show that surprisingly gets contemplative and thought-provoking. 

The Rick And Morty Anime Is Incredibly Engaging

The newly released Rick And Morty anime is a short animated episode released by Studio Deen. The almost 5-minute episode sees a more somber and serious Rick, taking care of a Shogun Morty. This anime is set completely in the Samurai world. Some Ninjas, led by an eye-patched version of Rick himself, attacks Rick and Morty. A furious battle ensues. The 2 to 3-minute long fight sequence is exceptionally well-done. It harkens back to many classic Anime styles. The violence and gore are over-the-top enough to be gruesome but are never silly. The homage to anime and the Samurai style of fighting is stunningly gorgeous. 

For what is basically a one-off experiment of story and art, the Rick And Morty anime pays off very well. It’s so innovative that it’s truly captivating. And nostalgic enough to be a great addition to the Rick And Morty universe. The story of an experienced warrior protecting a child may be familiar to audiences. And there’s a reason for that.

Lone Wolf And Cub Manga Inspired Many Other Works

Rick And Morty anime image. Image via Adult Swim.

The Rick And Morty anime is clearly inspired by the Lone Wolf and Cub manga. The manga is one of the seminal works of the medium from Japan. The manga doesn’t have many adaptations in modern media, or Hollywood. But the story of Lone Wolf and Cub has had a lot of impact. A Hollywood remake of the manga has seen many attempts by filmmakers, without success. But the trope has been a lot more successful in iconic Western storytelling. Inspiration for Road To Perdition, Kill Bill and Sin City have come in part by elements of Lone Wolf And Cub. Most recently, even Star Wars’ The Mandalorian had a premise very much like that of Lone Wolf And Cub.

The Rick And Morty anime is now on YouTube on the Adult Swim channel.  The remaining 5 episodes of Rick And Morty season 4 will premiere on Adult Swim on May 4.

What did you think about the Rick And Morty anime? Let us know in the comments below. 

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Shah Shahid is an entertainment writer, movie critic (so he thinks), host of the Split Screen Podcast (on Apple Podcasts & everywhere else) and filmy father on a mission to educate his girls on decades of film history. Armed with uncontrollable sarcasm and cautious optimism, Shah loves discussing film, television and comic book content until his wife’s eyes glaze over. So save her by engaging him on his own blog at BlankPageBeatdown.com or on Twitter @theshahshahid.

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