The long-awaited follow-up to Rick and Morty’s anime samurai and shogun short has been released — and it’s as bloody and gleefully violent as you’d expect from the show.
Once again directed by Kaichi Sato, Part 2 sees Rick defending the WTM-72 Shogun from a gang of Ninja Ricks – and Ninja Summer – in search of Morty.
As before, it’s not for the faint-hearted: organs are swiftly removed from the body, buckets of blood fill the screen and, in one particularly gruesome moment, Rick WTM-72 turns into a villainous, prickly Tongue bites Rick’s eyes.
It all culminates in that centuries-old anime trope: a deuce ex machina. Despite being surrounded and kidnapped, the Rick WTM-72’s hara-kiri attempt turns into an inexplicable counter-attack due to his ‘Ultimate Power’ ability. Never change, anime. never change.
It’s the latest in a series of Rick and Morty shorts that may prove to some that the franchise’s best recent work can be found far from the mainline series.
A surprise 15-minute bonus episode titled “Summer Meets God (Rick Meets Evil)” was released earlier this year. Another short recap, “The Great Yokai Battle of Akihabara” soon followed – and showcased a whole host of Japanese talent to Western audiences.
Rick and Morty Season 6, meanwhile, is confirmed to air in 2022 — which will be music to the ears of fans who have been waiting patiently with the last two seasons airing in three years.
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