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Samurai Jack (TV Series 2001–2017) Poster

(2001–2017)

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Tartakovsky has acknowledged taking some of his inspiration from the Frank Miller graphic novel Ronin, including the premise of a master-less samurai warrior thrown into a dystopic future ahead of our present.
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"Aku" is Japanese for "Evil".
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In Brazil, the name Aku was changed to Abu due to the original name's unfortunate similarity to a Portuguese swear word meaning anus.
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Many characters Samurai Jack encounters in the dark future reference cartoon characters, mainly from Hanna/Barbara cartoons who's characters are owned by Cartoon Network and also from various Japanese anime.
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This show is most famous for being able to tell the story of each episode visually and with little to no dialogue.
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When Samurai Jack came back for its 5th season, it got a lot of support from fans as the show shifted from airing on the usual Cartoon Network to Adult Swim. This interesting shift meant that the writers had a more creative way to advance the plot without the restrictions placed by Cartoon Network, whose target audience is children and young adults.
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Phil LaMarr loved making this show so much, he would've reprised his role as Jack for free. However, Cartoon Network's Adult Swim offered him a salary before he got to admit this.
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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.
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Until 2017, Jack's real name hasn't been revealed yet.
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The Season 5 has more mature content, this is due to the show is now being aired on Adult Swim so all the restrictions the show had previously are off.
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Ashi has a resemblance on Ilana from -Sym Bionic Titan (2010)_, another show done by Genndy Tartakovsky. Both characters are also voiced by Tara Strong.
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Genndy Tartakovsky has stated that if Season 5 is a success he may revive "SymBionic Titan"(2010) another show done by him, on a Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim (2013) style.
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Tyler Bates composed a new opening theme for Season 5, but the orginal theme is used on the end credits as usual.
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Season 5 instead of being animated traditionally, it was done using more Digital Programs but keeping the same style of the series.
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In the season the seven assassins have trained most of their life to kill Jack. This is similar to how Jack was trained most of his life to kill Aku.
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James L. Venable didn't return for Season 5, he was replaced by Tyler Bates instead. However some of the themes Venable composed were reincorporated.
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Throughout the series, certain subtle features can be seen in Genndy Tartakovsky's other famous animation, Dexter's Lab. In both, the animation style of the protagonists were kept simple, yet obviously more sharp-angled than other characters to make him stand out. Also, certain sounds are seen in both, such as the clinking sound when the sun hits an object (e.g. Jacks katana and Dexter's robot).
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Samurai Jack was the second Cartoon Network original series that moved to Adult Swim, with the first one being Space Ghost Coast to Coast.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

As the last episode of this series aired there were many cameos throughout the episode. Including the Giant Samurai, the frogs, rave party people, cave man who taught Jack how to jump good, arrow warriors, and of course the Scotsman children and himself.
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Jack's name was never revealed.
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