Samurai Jack

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Samurai Jack
Samurai Jack
Premiere August 10, 2001
Finale May 20, 2017
Creator Genndy Tartakovsky
Network Cartoon Network (seasons 1-4),
Adult Swim (seasons 5)
Style 30-minute animated sci-fi action
Company Cartoon Network Studios
Seasons 5
Episodes 62
Origin USA

Samurai Jack is Genndy Tartakovsky's epic science fiction animated series about a Samurai who is sent far into the future where he must help the world against Aku, his arch enemy who hurled him from his normal place in time into a dystopian world where Aku's law rules.

The series is best known for its highly stylized, yet detailed, animation style, particularly the stark contrast of the simple characters against the complex backgrounds. It was also well known for using actions to tell the story, occasionally removing dialogue entirely from episodes in order to better convey the story through music and animation.

Despite its critical and fan acclaim, the series was abruptly cancelled on September 25, 2004 apparently due to Cartoon Network's 52 episode clause.

On December 2, 2015, Adult Swim announced that Tartakovsky would continue the epic story of the titular character in a new season, which premiered in March 2017. In this new series, it had been fifty years hence but Jack has not aged--an effect from Aku sending him back. Jack continued to fight Aku's minions but has all but consigned himself to never returning to destroy him. Aku became morose as a despotic ruler, realizing that he will never destroy Jack, just keep him from returning. What Aku doesn't know is that Jack does not have his sword (from the original series). Jack obtained a traveling companion. Ashi is a girl who was sent to kill Jack, brainwashed by her mother (who is under Aku's influence) to believe Jack is evil, until Jack shows her the truth. As they battle, Jack and Ashi fall in love. They finally reach Aku's lair, but Aku uses his powers to make Ashi attack Jack until she uses her own will power to resist. Jack is overcome and imprisoned by Aku as those Jack helped in the past come to his aid. Jack manages to free himself and destroy Aku once and for all. In his homeland, Jack prepares for his wedding to Ashi, but all is not well. Ashi was born from Aku, and now without Aku, Ashi cannot exist herself. The series concludes with Jack in a field looking with melancholy at a ladybug, with whom he managed to convince Ashi that he was not evil.

Contents

Cast

Actor Character Duration
Main Cast 1 2 3 4 5
Phil LaMarr Samurai Jack * * * * *
Mako Aku * * * *
Greg Baldwin *
Supporting/Recurring Cast 1 2 3 4 5
John Di Maggio The Scotsman * * * * *
Tara Strong Ashi *

Seasons

Season  Premiere Finale #
Cartoon Network
Season One August 10, 2001 December 3, 2001 13
Season Two March 1, 2002 October 11, 2002 13
Season Three October 18, 2002 June 7, 2003 13
Season Four June 14, 2003 September 25, 2004 13
Adult Swim
Season Five March 11, 2017 May 20, 2017 10

In-Depth

DVD Releases

Title Release Date #
Season Sets
Season 1 May 4, 2004 2

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Season 2 May 24, 2005 2

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Season 3 May 23, 2006 2

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Season 4 August 28, 2007 2

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Individual Episodes
The Premiere Movie March 19, 2002 1

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External Sites