Meet the voice cast of Netflix’s Blue Eye Samurai

Blue Eye Samurai (L to R) Maya Erskine as Mizu in Blue Eye Samurai. Cr. COURTESY OF NETFLIX © 2023
Blue Eye Samurai (L to R) Maya Erskine as Mizu in Blue Eye Samurai. Cr. COURTESY OF NETFLIX © 2023 /

It’s officially out! Blue Eye Samurai is finally streaming on Netflix, and this is definitely a show you don’t want to miss.

It’s a visually stunning adult animated series created by husband and wife duo Michael Green and
Amber Noizumi. It tells a tale of revenge. Set in Japan’s Edo period, the story follows a mixed-race swordmaster living life in disguise while on a quest for vengeance.

In 17th century Japan, the borders were closed to foreigners, meaning the Japanese would never see any other race besides themselves. Well, except in rare cases of illegal trade. Mizu, a young mixed-race samurai, knows that there were only four White men in Japan at the time of her birth, and she’s determined to take every last one of them down. Why? Well, she believes that one of them is her father, and they’re the reason why she’s been an outcast all her life.

While watching the show, you might recognize some of the voices of the characters while others you may not. No worries! We shared who voices who right below.

Who voices the characters in Blue Eye Samurai?

It was very important to the creators that the show was cast authentically. So, the majority of the voice cast is made up of actors of Asian heritage.

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BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 01: Maya Erskine attends the 2020 Writers Guild Awards West Coast Ceremony at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 01, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for WGAW) /

Maya Erskine voices the protagonist of the animated series, Mizu. As a young girl, Mizu was taken in by a swordmaker and learned how to forge and wield swords. Once she became old enough, she set off on her quest for revenge.

Erskine is best known for co-creating, co-executive producing, and starring in the comedy series PEN15. She played the role of Maya Ishii-Peters. Some of her other work includes roles in the TV shows Insecure, Casual and Obi-Wan Kenobi. She also voiced characters in the animated shows BoJack HorsemanBob’s Burgers and Big Mouth. We’ll see her next in the upcoming comedy film Sacremento and the spy comedy series Mr. & Mrs. Smith.

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KYOTO, JAPAN – AUGUST 23: Masi Oka attends the ‘Bullet Train’ stage greeting at Toho Cinemas Kyoto on August 23, 2022 in Kyoto, Japan. (Photo by Jun Sato/WireImage) /

Masi Oka voices the character Ringo in Blue Eye Samurai. Ringo is a loyal soba maker who leaves his father’s restaurant to join Mizu on her journey for revenge. He dreams of being a samurai like Mizu and hopes that she’ll take him under her wing and train him.

Oka is known for starring as Hiro Nakamura in the superhero series Heroes. His other notable role was playing Doctor Max Bergman in Hawaii Five-0. Some of his other work includes the TV shows Heroes Reborn and Mozart in the Jungle. He also had roles in the movies Friends with BenefitsDeath NoteThe Meg and Bullet Train.

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SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 12: Darren Barnet attends the 2023 GFS Fall Benefit on October 12, 2023 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Ghetto Film School) /

Darren Barnet brings to life the Taigen character. Taigen is an arrogant samurai. He was considered an undefeated warrior until Mizu came along and beat him in a duel. Since he lost, he also lost his engagement to Princess Akemi. This leads him on a path to take down Mizu to restore his honor, but things don’t turn out quite how he thought. He and Mizu end up forming a complicated friendship.

Barnet is best known for playing the role of Paxton Hall-Yoshida in Netflix’s Never Have I Ever. He also portrayed the role of Tag Abbott in the Christmas movie Love Hard and Matty Davis in the sports drama Gran Turismo.

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STUDIO CITY, CALIFORNIA – JULY 16: Actress Brenda Song visits ‘The IMDb Show’ on July 16, 2019 in Studio City, California. This episode of ‘The IMDb Show’ airs on July 25, 2019. (Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for IMDb) /

Brenda Song voices Princess Akemi in Blue Eye Samurai. Akemi dreams of being independent and living her own life without someone else being in control. She is the daughter of Lord Daichi of the Tokonobu clan and Taigen’s betrothed. But when Taigen loses his battle against Mizu, Akemi’s engagement to him ends, and her father tries to set her up with someone else. Akemi is determined not to let this happen, so she sets out on the open road to find Taigen.

Song was pretty popular on the Disney Channel in the early to mid-2000s. She played the role of London Tipton in Disney’s The Suite Life of Zack & Cody and Wendy Wu in the Disney fantasy film Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior. Some of her other work on the Disney Channel included roles in the movies Get a Clue and Stuck in the Suburbs. You might also recognize Song from her role as Madison Maxwell in the short-lived Hulu series Dollface.

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Here are the names of other cast members and who they voice:

  • George Takei as Seki
  • Randall Park as Heiji Shindo
  • Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa as Swordmaker
  • Kenneth Branagh as Abijah Fowler
  • Stephanie Hsu as Ise
  • Ming-Na Wen as Madame Kaji
  • Harry Shum Jr. as Takayoshi
  • Mark Dacascos as Chiaki

Blue Eye Samurai is now streaming on Netflix.

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