Rick & Morty has not announced a return date for the second half of season 4 yet, but a new short has given us a little bit of non-canon content to keep us going. Samurai & Shogun, which was made by Studio Deen (The Seven Deadly Sins, Junji Ito Collection), is a Lone Wolf and Cub tribute that sees Rick (dubbed Rick WTM-72 here) fighting off an army of samurai doppelgangers.
The film uses 3D animation, and Rick and Morty are played by Yohei Tadano and Keisuke Chiba, the same voice actors who play the characters in the show’s Japanese dub. Tadano even does Rick’s burp.
There’s plots of blood spraying and anime/samurai movie tropes to look out for in the short, which you can watch in full below.
Fans of the series will likely enjoy the moment here that pays tribute to the Goodbye Moonmen song from season 2 (as well as David Bowie’s Space Oddity, which inspired it).
Rick & Morty co-creator Justin Roiland has been very busy lately, working on both the Quibi series Gloop World and the Hulu exclusive Solar Opposites–along with, we hope, the rest of Rick & Morty season 4.