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Samurai Jack (2001–2004)

TV Series  |  TV-Y7  |   |  Animation, Action, Adventure
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A samurai sent through time fights to return home and save the world.

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Series cast summary:
 Samurai Jack / ... (48 episodes, 2001-2004)
 Aku / ... (23 episodes, 2001-2004)


In the distant past, a Japanese samurai embarks on a mission to defeat the evil shape-shifting wizard Aku. Before he can complete his task, though, he is catapulted thousands of years into the future. He finds himself in a world where Aku now enjoys complete power over every living thing. Dubbing himself "Jack," he sets out on a new quest--to right the wrongs that have been done by his enemy and to find a way back to his own time so he can destroy the evil for good. Written by Alan Back <ajback@yahoo.com>

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In the future evil takes many forms, and our only hope is one man from the past.


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Release Date:

10 August 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Самурай Джек  »

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The cartoon is influenced by "The New Adventures of He-Man (1990)": Like He-Man, Samurai Jack is a warrior who travels to the future. See more »


Aku: Long ago in a distant land, I, Aku, the shape shifting master of darkness, unleashed an unspeakable evil. But a foolish samurai warrior wielding a magic sword stepped forth to oppose me. Before the final blow was struck, I tore open a portal in time, and flung him into the future where my evil is law. Now the fool seeks to return to the past and undo the future that is Aku.
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the credits,the cartoon network logo gets sliced by jack. See more »


Featured in Screenwipe: Episode #2.4 (2006) See more »

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A brilliant production on every level.
10 August 2001 | by (Columbia, SC) – See all my reviews

It seems that Genndy Tartakovsky was only getting warmed up with "Dexter's Laboratory" and "Powerpuff Girls". With those shows he proved he was a comic genius; with "Samurai Jack" he demonstrates that he is a genius, period. Every single aspect of the movie premiere is top-notch. Phil LaMarr is wonderful as Jack. James Venable's score beautifully captures the tone and has just the right mix of traditional Oriental and electronic sounds. I liked the fact that there did not seem to be any unnecessary dialogue (in fact several scenes--most notably the beginning--have almost no dialogue at all). The animation and backgrounds are very stylish and striking, and the filmmakers even allow the art to escape the confines of the square 1.33:1 TV ratio with some split-screen and widescreen shots used to great effect. It is my hope that the series continues to be as good as the premiere is. This will be on you "must-watch" list.

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