Samurain Rabbit: The Usagi Chronicles is a cool new CGI animated series from Netflix. The show is the in the universe established in the comics by Stan Sakai. In them, the city of New Edo is in danger from evil forces, and the internal struggle among the different factions that control the city, from the inept Lord Kogane, to the dangerous Lady Fuwa. The show is an amazing mix of humor and adventure that will appeal to younger kids, but even parents can find entertainment in it.
The show tells the story of Yuichi Usagi, the descendant of Miyamoto Usagi, the greatest samurai that has ever existed in the universe of the show. Yuichi is proud of his heritage, but when he finally visits the city of Neo Edo, he discovers that his predecessor is considered a traitor. Thus, he embarks on a journey to improve himself as a warrior and to find the clues that will lead him to clean Miyamoto’s name. It all concludes in a fabulous sequence with tons of action and revelations. The following paragraphs contain spoilers for the ending of the first season. So be careful.
Yuichi has finally finished his training as a warrior and is ready to go back to New Edo, however, on the road he gets the sign that things are going down quickly in the city. His friends, Gen, Mayumi, and Chizu are also arriving in the city only to find that Neo Edo has finally been invaded by Kagehito. The dark being that has been trying to seize the Ki-Stone since the beginning of the season. The warriors go through the city and find that Tetsuhin the wise bear that serves as their guide and guardian of the temple is fighting Kagehito.
However, the ancient dark being seems to be too much for the old guardian, and his attacks are completely useless in the face of it. Meanwhile, Yuichi arrives in the city, when he does the whole city power goes down, because the power supply that comes from the Ki-Stone has been interrupted by Tetsujin and Kagehito’s fight. Yuichi goes through the city, meets with his friends and gets ready to fight Kagehito with them.
Yuichi begins to fight with Kagehito and the battle reaches epic proportions. Yuichi’s training has served in making him not only a better fighter but also a person with more confidence about what he must do in the face of danger, and what really matter to him as a person. The training doesn’t seem to be enough, though. Yuichi uses his magical yo-yo, but Kagehito breaks it, showing the intensity of his power.
Kagehito finally manages to put his hands on the Ki-Stone and the explosion of power throws him over the air. When the dark creatures stand up once again, he reveals that he isn’t actually evil, but that he has been under mind control by creatures coming from outer space. These creatures are called, The Makkine, and they are the real enemy.
A portal opens and the Makkine foot soldiers arrive. The Makkine are evil machines, what they do not conquer, they destroy, and now it is New Edo’s turn to be conquered. Our heroes need to close the portal before the main forces of the Makkine arrive. When Yuichi tries to close the portal, an explosion of energy shows to every citizen in New Edo that Miyamoto was not a traitor, but that he actually saved everyone from the Makkine many years ago.
The Ki-Stone is shattered, it needs to be fixed so that it can close the portal by itself. Yuichi remembers that the sword his auntie gave him has a piece of stone on the handle. That piece seems to be the piece missing from the Ki-Stone, and it might fix the Ki-Stone as a whole. The team separates into groups and go look for the sword.
Meanwhile, the Makkine arrive, and they are pretty strong. The group starts fighting them and they struggle. Yuichi finds the sword and finally arrives at the Ki-Stone. Yuichi and his friends launch a final attack, and they are successful in fixing the Ki-Stone. Yuichi finally finishes the mission his predecessor began a thousand years ago.
The city of Neo Edo finds peace once more, and the power supply is restored once again. Now that the Ki-Stone is complete, it doesn’t need machines to provide power to the city. Our heroes celebrate their victory. Each one of them has become a better warrior and a better person throughout their journey. All seems well. However, before the episode is over, we see some survivor Makkine soldiers as they exist they shelter and walk towards the camera. Leaving things open for a second season.