The future is still Aku in this first trailer Samurai Jack season five

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The early 2000s weren’t exactly the best time to be a fan of cartoons. The industry was emerging from an era that saw numerous movies adapted for the small screen (brilliantly as well mind you), while numerous Japanese animation efforts were all being dubbed for western audiences in a push to find the next series that would go global in much the same manner that did Pokemon did.

Basically, original quality programming was in short supply. And then there was Samurai Jack. Animator Genndy Tartakovsky had made a name for himself with Dexter’s Lab, but his next effort was something else entirely. Stylish and with an edge as sharp as the katana wielded by its titular character, Samurai Jack’s original opening still resonates today:

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.

Brilliant stuff. Samurai Jack’s original tale ended back in 2004, with a conclusion that made it look like Jack would fight Aku for may more years before he’d ever return to his rightful place in time. And the trailer for the 2017 revival is cementing the fact that the future is very much still in grasp of Aku:

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AW YISS. You might have noticed that the latest trailer for Samurai Jack is a tad bit more…violent. It’s not just PG-friendly robots who’ll be getting sliced and diced, but there’ll be actual blood shed this time. And it looks like Jack will have plenty of crimson to splash around with Aku’s minion’s running around as he faces the reality of an eternity of not being able to find any peace in a world ruled by the malevolent shape-shifting tyrant. It’s just a pity that Aku’s voice actor Maku Iwamatsu died back in 2006, with some other substitute most likely lending his pipes to the master of evil.

Jack is back, on March 11. WHAT’CHA.

Last Updated: February 7, 2017

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  • Awww yuss!

    Now we are talking classics!

    • Hammersteyn

      Does he know how to use that sword of his though? Last I heard it’s the only thing that can kill Aku yet 50 years has passed. Not even Goku works that slow.

      • VampyreSquirrel

        It took Goku 15 (guesstimating) episodes to kill Freeza… that was ONE fight.

        • Hammersteyn

          True, but we’re at season 5 with Samurai Jack

          • VampyreSquirrel

            Yeah, but how long did it take for Ichigo to beat Eizen? huh?

            That was Episode 310… SEASON 14!!! xD

          • Hammersteyn


        • HairyEwok

          And out of those 15 episodes it took him 13 to power up.

          • VampyreSquirrel

            Yeah, and then the planet took 6 more episodes to explode.

        • Are we really not going to mention the spirit bomb that took 2 weeks to power up and he ends up missing!?!

          • VampyreSquirrel

            I swear he’s squint… how many times did he miss a point blank attack?

  • miaau

    Jack was AWESOME. Some of the stories were not to be found elsewhere, simple stuff.

    Like the episode where he met the Scotsman on the ridiculously long rope bridge.

    • Hammersteyn

      I remember that episode. The series has seemingly turned darker and more bloody. I like it!

      • Yes well, back then I had to ask if I could get some juice… now season 5 is here and I already have a very progressed bier pens.

        • Hammersteyn

          XD ditto

        • Admiral Chief

          Progressive bier pens syndrome

  • Original Heretic

    Yeah, cool, awesome, woo-hoo…..

    But when is Rick & Morty season 3 coming out?!?

    • It’s been delayed some more. Because the creators are having a fight

      • Original Heretic

        I know that. I hate knowing that.

        What I WANT is a release date. I want it right meow!

      • Hammersteyn

        Kids these days

  • Hammersteyn

    Second Jack that’s back in two days O_o
    Holding thumbs for Jack Burton

  • VampyreSquirrel

    Hahaha I read Aku’s speech in his voice… even the “Unspeeeaaaakable EVIL” part.

    • Hammersteyn


    • Magoo

      Bow wacha! Bow wacha wa bowacha, wwwwwHITCHA!

  • konfab

  • HairyEwok

    The music in the middle of the trailer sounds so Hotline Miami… I like it!

  • Admiral Chief

    My body is ready

    • Admiral Chief

      My goosebumps have a bajillion goosebumps

  • DragonSpirit009

    Such glorious news! Can’t wait! Loved watching it when I was in collage!

  • GooseZA


  • Craig “CrAiGiSh” Dodd

    The episodes where Jack meets more Scotsman and they tune “Why’s he wearing a dress” – Laughed for days xD

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