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The Legend of Samurai Jack Returns 2016

Updated on December 15, 2015

"Adult Swim is excited to announce that JACK IS BACK. Creator and executive producer Genndy Tartakovsky continues the epic story of Samurai Jack with a new season that will premiere on Adult Swim’s Toonami block in 2016.

The new season is currently in production in Los Angeles at Cartoon Network Studios."

5 out of 5 stars from 2 ratings of Samurai Jack - Genndy Tartakovsky

Samurai Jack Intro

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!

Long ago, the three gods rose against a thoughtless evil. A living darkness that would consume the galaxy if not destroyed. The Gods attacked, ravaging the darkness till there was naught left. However, a small piece of this great darkness had splintered off during the battle and flew towards Earth. After crashing into the land, it begin to ravage the beasts, people, and the very nature of the planet, even corrupting the oceans and forests to suit it's evil needs. This darkness was known by many names, the "Master of Masters", "The Deliverer of Darkness", and the "Shogun of Sorrow". Those who fear him most simply know him as Aku.


After Aku fell he continued to ravage the land, destroying a kingdom where a young samurai prince lived. Vowing revenge, the young prince set out to find a means to beat this evil. After traveling across the remaining lands he finally stands a samurai warrior outside of the corrupted land that was once his home. A darkness now hangs over his homeland. This darkness that is Aku possesses powers far beyond the samurai prince Jack's as Aku is the embodiment of the darkness and evil of mankind if not the universe itself. No mortal creature possesses the ability to harm him! As they trade blows back and forth Aku will morph into several shadowy creatures and press Jack to near defeat. However, Samurai Jack wields the only weapon that can hurt Aku. Jack's only and most prized possession, his magic sword. Before the final blow was struck Aku tricks Jack and hurls him into the future. Aku now rules this world and all it's creatures are his playthings.


So the story begins, as the Samurai lands in a strange world of beasts and wonders. Meeting the natives he soon receives his name, Samurai Jack. He travels the land searching for a power great enough to send him back in time. Whether it be a portal, demigod, or arcane device. Each episode he comes across some new bizarre concept and must understand it lest he be destroyed. The series follows this mysterious samurai warrior as he travels across many varied and exotic landscapes. The art in this cartoon is beautiful and the characters are truly simple and splendid. This is a show that will battle it's way into your heart.

The Talent Behind Samurai Jack

Samurai Jack was created by Genndy Tartakoskvy, well known for his work on Dexter's Laboratory, The Powerpuff Girls, Billy and Mandy, and more. He was born and raised in Moscow, USSR. He and his family moved to Chicago, IL when he was 7 years old, after his father defected to the US. His interest in comic books and animation led him to study animation at Cal Arts in Los Angeles. From there he found his way to making one of the most iconic shows of our childhood.

Aku is the central antagonist of the cartoon Samurai Jack. He is also known as the "Master of Masters", "The Deliverer of Darkness", and the "Shogun of Sorrow". He was voiced by the late Mako Iwamatsu, who also voiced Master Offay from Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go! and General Iroh from the first and second seasons of Avatar: The Last Airbender. The voice of Aku will likely be Greg Baldwin. Makos understudy and the man who took over the role of Iroh in Avatar: The Last Airbender after Mako passed. Greg has learned a lot from Mako's tutelage and should bring a great performance as The Master of Shadows.

Samurai Jack was voiced by Phil LaMarr and he should be returning for the 2016 appearance. He is a graduate of Harvard-Westlake School in North Hollywood and Yale University. LaMarr's television credits include a starring role on Justice League as Green Lantern, a major role as Hermes Conrad and various other characters on Futurama, the title roles on Static Shock, and guest starring roles on Cold Case, Eve, Reno 911!, the British version of Whose Line is it Anyway?, Without A Trace, Invader Zim and many many more



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    • NBYomi profile image

      N B Yomi 20 months ago from Dallas, TX

      It's only been five months since this was announced? Wow... still waiting BTW.

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      Keino Chichester 2 years ago from Brooklyn, NY

      Hah! Welcome back Samurai Jack! Thanks for the update :)