Samurai Jack premiered on Cartoon Network on August 10, 2001, and ended on September 25, 2004. Having totaled 4 seasons and 52 episodes, as well as a short comic series, the show has gained a cult following and won numerous awards. The show’s basic plot follows the tale of a samurai prince who battles the demon Aku. The moment before be deals the final strike, Aku sends him tumbling into the distant future, where Aku already rules the planet with an iron fist. The series detailed his journeys, adventures, and the many many occasions on which he is cheated his escape back to the past through various means. Jack makes a broad spectrum of friends along the way and becomes both beloved and notorious for his rebellion against Aku’s forces. However, despite his many failed attempts to kill Aku he never stops his quest, as his sword is the only means of destroying Aku’s evil essence forever.
Samurai Jack will conclude with a 5th season beginning March 11th, 2017. This sequel season will come 13 years after the end of the last season, and will take place 50 years forward in the Samurai Jack universe. At this juncture, Jack has somehow stopped aging (probably due to the effects of time travel) and Aku’s power is only more solid in the world Jack inhabits. Physically, Jack has grown a large beard (presumably from depression) and looks vastly more emaciated and dirty then his original sleek and elegant appearance.
He has lost his will to find his way back to the past, and is even haunted by his former self in the series trailer. Jack seems much more willing to utilize high tech weaponry, such as numerous guns, armor, and motorcycles in the various scenes that have been released. As the series will be for airing on Adult Swim this time as opposed to Cartoon Network, the show will take advantage of the possibility for slightly more mature content. However, the creator has assured it won’t deviate too far from the original show and will merely be darker in order to tell the desperate warrior’s story, not merely more mature simply for the sake of being edgy.
Genndy Tartakovsky is the creator of Samurai Jack and Dexter’s Laboratory from Cartoon Network, as well as Hotel Transylvania 1 and 2. He moved to the United States at the age of 7, and starting pursuing cartooning art directing professionally in 1993 with the Hanna-Barbera cartoon production company. He has also worked extensively on The Powerpuff Girls, Cow and Chicken, Star Wars The Clone Wars, and many others. He is currently working on several new projects besides this Samurai Jack revival.
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