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Rick and Morty are back in new bloodsoaked short

Rick and Morty may not be returning for a fresh batch of season 4 episodes anytime soon, but we’ve got the next best thing: a surprise short filled with buckets of blood, your usual Adult Swim-style wackiness, and more ninjas than you can shake a samurai sword at.

The five-minute-long mini-episode (which you can watch for yourself above) dropped out of nowhere over the weekend and features the grandpa-and-grandson duo getting the anime treatment – complete with Japanese dub.

The bloodletting begins early in this one as Rick – dubbed “Rick WTM-72” – is surrounded by those wanting to take Shogun Morty off his hands. So he takes off their hands. And eyes. And face. A fair word of warning: it’s probably not for the squeamish.

Shogun Morty even gets in on the act by removing the shins of his foes, before Rick engages in a fight with a hulking brute ninja that can only be described as a Sekiro (opens in new tab): Shadows Die Twice boss fight on speed. Then, there’s a hallucination dream sequence – which is probably influenced by something a little stronger than speed – as Rick and Morty make their escape.

Despite the Rick and Morty season 4 return date (opens in new tab) still evading us, the short continues the trend of new content from the world of the sci-fi show. It follows on from a series of surreal Rick and Morty teasers (opens in new tab) that had fans thinking new episodes might be imminent (opens in new tab). Unfortunately, no dice – but this is a nice (if very bloody) compromise.

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Bradley Russell
Bradley Russell

I'm the Entertainment Writer here at GamesRadar+, focusing on news, features, and interviews with some of the biggest names in film and TV. On-site, you'll find me marveling at Marvel and providing analysis and room temperature takes on the newest films, Star Wars and, of course, anime. Outside of GR, I love getting lost in a good 100-hour JRPG, Warzone, and kicking back on the (virtual) field with Football Manager. My work has also been featured in OPM, FourFourTwo, and Game Revolution.