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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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"Aku" is Japanese for "Evil". See more »

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Head Gangster: [talking of a bomb] The gift that keeps on givin'.
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Season 4 ended with Episode 52, and season 5 starts with Episode 92, leaving a gap of 40 episodes to emphasize how much time has passed. See more »

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Referenced in The Wilderness Night (2018) 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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