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A samurai sent through time fights to return home and save the world.
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Top Rated TV #201 | Won 7 Primetime Emmys. Another 7 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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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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10 August 2001 (USA)  »

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Самурай Джек  »

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In Seasons 1-4, Aku was voiced by Mako, who passed away in 2006. For Season 5, he was replaced by Greg Baldwin. Greg Baldwin also replaced Mako as the voice of Uncle Iroh in Avatar: The Last Airbender, as Mako passed away during Season 2 of that show. See more »

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Chorus: Gotta get back / Back to the past / Samurai Jack!
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At the end of the credits,the Cartoon Network logo gets sliced by jack. See more »

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Referenced in AniMat's Reviews: Hotel Transylvania (2012) See more »

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Never Forget You
Performed by Zara Larsson and MNEK
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The Age of the Samurai has returned...
25 March 2004 | by (Kansas City, MO) – See all my reviews

Samurai Jack is the definition of an action cartoon series.

It shows a magnificent samurai, dubbed the name Jack, on a journey to return to the past after he is sent to a dark and unwelcome future run by his archnemesis, the dark shape-shifting wizard Aku.

Along the way, he helps restore order to the forsaken wasteland run by evil controllers in often incredibly action-packed, or otherwise hilarious, ways (in one episode, Jack is turned into a rooster and is forced to take part in cock fighting--which is actually legal during that time).

Genndy Tartakouvsky is an animation genius, coming out with ideas such as Dexter's Laboratory, The Powerpuff Girls, and the micro-series Star Wars: Clone Wars, which has a second season coming up. The artwork for Samurai Jack is beautiful and the battle scenes are well-thought and brilliantly drawn. The adventures that Jack goes through can be sometimes funny, but still are always action packed. The ideas for Jack's adventures are brilliant as well.

Overall: solid storyline, brilliant characters, well-thought adventures, beautiful artwork, and even more brilliant action.

Rating: 10 out of 10. This series rocks period.


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