Samurai Jack

Samurai Jack
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Before there was Mao Mao: Heroes of Pure Heart, we gotta get back, back to the past.
Genre: Action-adventure
Comedy-drama
Dystopian
Science fantasy
Running Time: 22 minutes
Country: United States
Release Date: August 10, 2001 - September 25, 2004 (Cartoon Network run)
March 11 - May 20, 2017 (Adult Swim run)
Network(s): Cartoon Network (2001-2004)
Adult Swim (2017)
Created by: Genndy Tartakovsky
Distributed by: Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Starring: Phil LaMarr
Kevin Michael Richardson
Grey Griffin
John DiMaggio
Tara Strong
Mako (Seasons 1-4)
Greg Baldwin (Season 5)
Tom Kenny
Seasons: 5
Episodes: 62


Samurai Jack is an animated action cartoon created by Genndy Tartakovsky.

Plot

Long ago, a primordial evil entity known as "Aku" pillaged ancient Japan. The son of a Japanese Emperor was trained by the best warriors in the world to become a powerful Samurai and wield a magical sword blessed by the gods which is the only weapon capable of hurting Aku. Before the Samurai could kill Aku however, Aku opened a time portal that sent the Samurai to the distant future, where Aku now rules the world.

The Samurai took the name "Jack" and made it his mission to find a way back to the past and undo the dystopian future that Aku created.

Why It Rocks

  1. The show is a great example of the concept of "Show don't tell", being able to tell stories and explore characters through visual means rather than constant dialogue like many other series.
    • Many times characters go long periods of time without speaking yet the viewer is able to understand and relate to them because of the visual story telling method.
  2. The story, while simple and episodic, is compelling and has a satisfying conclusion.
  3. Great balance between slow silence and bombastic action, making good use of slow pace build up to make the action more intense.
  4. Beautiful art style that makes clever use of simplistic yet fluid animation and often blends in different art styles specifically for certain episodes.
    • Some highlights demonstrating special art styles include Jack vs the Ninja and Jack and the Haunted House.
  5. Jack is a solid protagonist, being a very selfless person who always puts others over himself and always keeps a calm composure, but when angered becomes a serious menace. Season 5 in particular greatly develops his character exploring the long term PTSD that his time in the future caused.
  6. Aku, despite often being depicted as a generic "evil because evil" villain, is still an entertaining antagonist and can also have comedic moments.
  7. Countless supporting characters that while most don't reappear besides the Scotsman, still manage to be memorable.
    • Season 5 had many of those characters return in cameo appearances.
  8. Many episodes make homages to other stories and graphic novels such as 300 or Mad Max.
  9. Season 5 due to airing in Adult Swim, was able to show more graphic violence and gore, even having Jack kill humans instead of just robots. At the same time however, the season didn't go overboard with violence to where it would feel forced.
  10. Season 5 also introduces Ashi as Jack's true long-time companion who would later become his tragic love interest.
  11. That scene from Jack vs. aku.

Bad Qualities

  1. The slow pacing can sometimes make some scenes boring for some.
  2. In the fifth episode of season 5, Jack acts like a complete moron when he thought the children from one of the Aku's factories are dead (despite he didn't kill them).
  3. The series finale, depending on your view, goes on way too quickly when it could've been split into a multi-parter.
  4. Prior to season 5, the show was not allowed to show any direct violence due to airing in Cartoon Network and having younger kids as the target audience, as such it would always have Jack fighting robots.
    • However, it might have been allowed that kind of violence in the first place if the series was originally on Adult Swim.

Reception

Samurai Jack is generally regarded as one of Cartoon Network's best shows, with critics praising its varied artistic methods, the strong blend between slow moments and fast paced action, and memorable characters.

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Comments


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Nitesh Surya Vanapalli

11 months ago
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This [adult swim] show is really great, but why was it aired on Cartoon Network, it should've been aired on [adult swim], because it has gore and violence.
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SuperStreetKombat

3 months ago
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The show started on Cartoon Network, because it was originally a kids show, meaning that only the first 4 seasons aired from 2001 to 2004. During that time, there was no blood or gore, because Jack mostly fought machines and when slashing them with his sword, oil, instead of blood, would come out of the machines.

In 2014, Adult Swim bought the rights to the show and only did reruns of older episodes until 3 years later that they aired the 5th and final season that they made said season more adult-oriented by giving it blood and gore, sexual content, some mild swearing, and other mature themes, due to being now owned by Adult Swim.
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Jego5542Gonzalez

9 months ago
Score 2
Samurai Jack looks like Professor Utonium from The Powerpuff Girls.
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Nitesh Surya Vanapalli

9 months ago
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I actually do agree with that.
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MrAnonymous

3 months ago
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Holy shit, you're right!


What if he's secretly both a scientist and a samurai at the same time? He keeps it a secret from his daughters.
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YouKonade

2 months ago
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Coincidentally, he used to work on The Powerpuff Girls, so the character design might've been inspired by Professor Utonium
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YouKonade

2 months ago
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I meant Genndy, not Samurai Jack.
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Botbuster

9 months ago
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EXTRA THICK! - Aku.
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SuperStreetKombat

3 months ago
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Ashi, tho.
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Master Chief

5 months ago
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To be honest, I don't like how they made the final season for adults only, that's like if Ninjago got cancelled and then brought back but it was super gorey. What about younger people just getting into the show?
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SuperStreetKombat

5 months ago
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Well, in my opinion, the series' shift to a darker and bloodier tone really added to Season 5. Airing that season on Adult Swim allowed it to show more violence than the first seasons did, because 90% of the time, Jack would only fight machines and then use his sword to slash them.

It'd be weird seeing a show like Ninjago (which I never really watched, BTW) turn into an adult-oriented series, due to its nature, but Samurai Jack is obviously another story.
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TtA

3 months ago
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That may be a good interpretation of the reason Mr. Enter doesn't like that season.
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SuperStreetKombat

3 months ago
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Yeah, well, I don't give a damn what Mr. Enter says, 'cause I don't watch his videos, nor am I interested in them.

Besides, it was necessary to make Season 5 adult-friendly since Adult Swim pretty much owns the rights to the series now.

The 5th Season was pretty damn good, in my opinion, but the season/series finale could've been better. That season introduced me to the entire show... the rest of it, at least, since I only watched a little bit of it prior to Season 5.
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Assemble3010

3 months ago
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And a thing is that I really like watching some videos of Samurai Jack, even the memes of it! :D
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Bradyreino

one month ago
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This has been par with DreamWorks' 3 Kung Fu Panda films (2008, 2011, and 2016).

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