Jack is Back: Samurai Jack Returns to Adult Swim

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Jack is Back: Samurai Jack Returns to Adult Swim

Samurai Jack's story will finally get some closure following an 11-year hiatus.

Samurai Jack fans are in for some good news today - Cartoon Network has announced that a new season of the series is in production, and will air during its Adult Swim block some time in 2016. What's more, series creator Genndy Tartakovsky will be back at the helm.

Samurai Jack was one of those cult cartoon classics of the early 2000s, telling the story of Jack, a time-lost samurai and his quest to return to the past and defeat an unspeakable evil. It was surprisingly deep for a children's cartoon, and featured absolutely beautiful artwork and animation. Jack's tale was never fully concluded (apart from some ambiguous hints), so this new season should help give fans the closure they have been waiting for.

It is entirely possible that veteran voice actor Phil Lamar will return to voice Jack, but unfortunately Mako Iwamatsu, the voice of Jack's rival Aku, passed away in 2006.

The original show had a 52-episode run from 2001 - 2005, meaning it's been more than 10 years since we last saw Jack. Samurai Jack's return wouldn't be the first old-school cartoon to make a comeback in 2016, as we recently heard that a new Hey Arnold! movie was currently in production.

We'll have more details on the show when they become available.

Source: Cartoon Network

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FOOLISH SAMURAI!!

*Sigh*

I miss Mako... But the show must go on!

Bring it on, you!

Finally, a reason to watch TV again. So very glad it's got the original creator behind it too.

Although if the Scotsman isn't back too I will be very disappointed.

With it being on Adult Swim I wonder if they are going to change anything or if it will stay the same.

Well it's about damn time! Let's hope they can finally end the story in a satisfying way... (knocks on wood)

Man. This is heartening news. Samurai Jack was a great show. Some of my favorite episodes were the ones that followed villains, and Jack barely appeared in. Like the episode that followed a group of Bounty Hunters trying to catch Jack.

The show also knew how to tell a story in a visual medium. People constantly repeat the mantra of "Show, don't tell" these days. Well, Samurai Jack could do just that. And it did it better than any other show. I heard a critic on Channel Awesome say that you could watch one episode of Samurai Jack and learn more about telling a story in a visual medium than in an entire course of film production. I tend to agree. Entire episodes went by with Jack barely speaking, or not speaking at all. But he often didn't need to.

Oh, and the series has great action and everything else a good show needs. I only hope they can live up to the original series.

I was actually gonna rewatch all episodes a while back, this coincidence makes for a good excuse.

Reads he article

Screams and tears off shirt

Runs through the streets announcing the good news

A mob is born

The hype is real!

It is time to end this story and pierce Akus heart. Get to the past, Samurai Jack.

Yes..

YES!!!!

this is good news. I don't let myself fall for hype to often, but damn it, I loved the hell out of that show and knowing they pulling a veteran from the show to direct is good enough to get the hype going for me. Sad they can't have Mako voice Aku again, but I have hope they will still do the show justice.

...hope. I've not felt that for so long...

I never got what people liked about this show.

Wow, that's really cool. I hope this is a continuing trend, I'd like to see Megas XLR make a comeback. I feel like Clancy Brown would be a good Aku, but at the same time, I feel like his voice is too powerful for the role.

RJ Dalton:
I never got what people liked about this show.

Aside from the action, which is fantastic in its own right, and the choreography, which is also very good for a cartoon, I think one of the great appeals was its atmosphere and its use of "show, don't tell." Some of its best moments happened with no voice acting whatsoever. Even further come a lot of preferential reasons like the art style (which makes effective use of leaving out black outlines), the music, the voice acting, the story/setting, etc.

I think a large reason, also, is the fact that it had copious amounts of "gore" for a kid's show, except that the "gore" was almost always electronic guts or bug guts spewing everywhere.

tl;dr: Shit's cool, yo.

Bring back Megas XLR too and I will love be happy !

Oh, every kind of hell mother fucking yes.

I missed this show, cannot wait to see new episodes of it.

Very skeptical about, I haven't seen a single reboot/remake of anything that didn't end up flat out terrible. Samurai Jack worked so well due to its simplicity. Furthermore, the creator is probably going to be VERY limited by the halfwit producers who, in their stupidity, will make just about every wrong decision possible.

I wish I end up as wrong as possible though, but pop culture has been beyond terrible in recent years

Bat Vader:
With it being on Adult Swim I wonder if they are going to change anything or if it will stay the same.

One of the things I could see happening is Jack actually killing living enemies. In the old show, everything he fought and chopped up usually turned out to be a robot, no matter how organic looking they may have seemed.

I think the closest they came to show him actually killing was in this segment:

If it's really being done by Tartakovsky, then I'm going to go with "cautiously optimistic". I'm not a big fan of reboots and such, but if the original author is at the helm, it might turn out fine.

Jandau:
If it's really being done by Tartakovsky, then I'm going to go with "cautiously optimistic". I'm not a big fan of reboots and such, but if the original author is at the helm, it might turn out fine.

It's confirmed in the article:

Steven Bogos:
What's more, series creator Genndy Tartakovsky will be back at the helm.

Product Placement:

Jandau:
If it's really being done by Tartakovsky, then I'm going to go with "cautiously optimistic". I'm not a big fan of reboots and such, but if the original author is at the helm, it might turn out fine.

It's confirmed in the article:

Steven Bogos:
What's more, series creator Genndy Tartakovsky will be back at the helm.

I know what the article says. I meant if it really turns out that way. Perhaps his involvement won't be so close, perhaps he won't be allowed to do his thing, perhaps he'll end up dropping out entirely but the project will still go on. Basically, all I said was that I'm optimistic if things go forward as the article states (which isn't a sure thing).

But thank you for assuming I simply can't read.

Jandau:
But thank you for assuming I simply can't read.

The assumption was that you glanced passed that point of info. I merely wanted to point out what you might had missed.

But fine, be snippety about it.

ShakerSilver:
Finally, a reason to watch TV again. So very glad it's got the original creator behind it too.

Although if the Scotsman isn't back too I will be very disappointed.

If he comes back, he better damn well come paired with his wife.

chadachada123:
snip

Gods I loved that episode. It was simply striking to watch. Easily one of the more creative fight sequences I've ever seen.

Bat Vader:
With it being on Adult Swim I wonder if they are going to change anything or if it will stay the same.

My hope is that they up the ante a lot. Don't shy away from showing actual blood and guts. Don't dumb down or modify the dialog to make it 'safe'. Fully embrace the adult themes the original series only slightly touched on.

Honestly, this could be amazing if Tartakovsky and Adult Swim don't mess it up. Let's hope the production isn't too cheap.

Good, good. Now bring back Megas XLR and I'll almost forgive you Cartoon Network for sucking ass all these years.

This is good news. Hopefully they do more Megas XLR too

Mister K:
The hype is real!

It is time to end this story and pierce Akus heart. Get to the past, Samurai Jack.

I actually found myself wondering how the story would end if we never got an answer. Jack killing Aku would effectively undo everything he's done leading up to that point (because he'd be rewriting history), which means all the friendships he'd forged on his journey would never exist.

I always thought it would be interesting to see which path Jack would take, or if he'd even consider the repercussions, because for how awful the world Aku created is and how awful what happened to his family was, there are good things that came from the creatures trying to survive in that scenario and they've created their own culture surrounding it.

I want to be optimistic about this, but the Family Guy rule hasn't been wrong yet.
You can't resurrect a show, you can only zombify its remains.

Azex:
This is good news. Hopefully they do more Megas XLR too

There will never be enough Megas XLR. Never.

On Topic, though. I've always wanted to see a proper end to Samurai Jack. Hopefully we'll get some closure this time around.

I do have to wonder if they will treat the comics as cannon. They kill Aku at the end of the comics so maybe this will be post death of Aku?

Quick! Someone check the temperature in Hell, because I think it's frozen over.This is excellent news. I have loved this series since the beginning.

Eclipse Dragon:

Mister K:
The hype is real!

It is time to end this story and pierce Akus heart. Get to the past, Samurai Jack.

I actually found myself wondering how the story would end if we never got an answer. Jack killing Aku would effectively undo everything he's done leading up to that point (because he'd be rewriting history), which means all the friendships he'd forged on his journey would never exist.

I always thought it would be interesting to see which path Jack would take, or if he'd even consider the repercussions, because for how awful the world Aku created is and how awful what happened to his family was, there are good things that came from the creatures trying to survive in that scenario and they've created their own culture surrounding it.

But won't it mean that he is simply creating basically a paralel universe? His friends stay in the universe 1, where he had his adventures, but he himself lives in the universe 2, where he defeats Aku and the world develops without his influence.

So, basically, he gets to keep all his relationships AND create a world he wanted.

Product Placement:

Bat Vader:
With it being on Adult Swim I wonder if they are going to change anything or if it will stay the same.

One of the things I could see happening is Jack actually killing living enemies. In the old show, everything he fought and chopped up usually turned out to be a robot, no matter how organic looking they may have seemed.

I think the closest they came to show him actually killing was in this segment:

Yeah that's censorship for you (showing robot metal guts was the limit he can show).

In saying so the only other violence as in showing non robot guts was that episode with the green lady and she got swollow by a desert worm and she slash its way out of its stomach. The worm is still alived as it sream back down into the sand.

OT- Yup 2016 will be a good year, Fire Emblem: Fate, Hyper Light Drifter and now this!

chadachada123:

RJ Dalton:
I never got what people liked about this show.

Aside from the action, which is fantastic in its own right, and the choreography, which is also very good for a cartoon, I think one of the great appeals was its atmosphere and its use of "show, don't tell." Some of its best moments happened with no voice acting whatsoever. Even further come a lot of preferential reasons like the art style (which makes effective use of leaving out black outlines), the music, the voice acting, the story/setting, etc.

I think a large reason, also, is the fact that it had copious amounts of "gore" for a kid's show, except that the "gore" was almost always electronic guts or bug guts spewing everywhere.

tl;dr: Shit's cool, yo.

While the use of black and white in that clip makes for some striking visuals, I provide . . . a clip I can't find -____- . . . of the Jack and the Scotsman fight, where it features thirty seconds of a looping animation of the Scotsman moving his sword back and forth to block a looping animation of a single slash from Jack as a counterexample to your claim of great choreography.
And fake gore annoys the hell out of me and only serves to remind me of how completely and stupidly arbitrary the censorship laws are.

Well, there are the comics, which finished the story.
I won't spoil it, but I wonder if the cartoon will follow the comics or make a new story.

Personally I thought the comics gave it good enough closure.

Well, I wasn't expecting this to happen. Let's just hope that it'll remain as good as the original show.

RJ Dalton:

chadachada123:

RJ Dalton:
I never got what people liked about this show.

Aside from the action, which is fantastic in its own right, and the choreography, which is also very good for a cartoon, I think one of the great appeals was its atmosphere and its use of "show, don't tell." Some of its best moments happened with no voice acting whatsoever. Even further come a lot of preferential reasons like the art style (which makes effective use of leaving out black outlines), the music, the voice acting, the story/setting, etc.

I think a large reason, also, is the fact that it had copious amounts of "gore" for a kid's show, except that the "gore" was almost always electronic guts or bug guts spewing everywhere.

tl;dr: Shit's cool, yo.

While the use of black and white in that clip makes for some striking visuals, I provide . . . a clip I can't find -____- . . . of the Jack and the Scotsman fight, where it features thirty seconds of a looping animation of the Scotsman moving his sword back and forth to block a looping animation of a single slash from Jack as a counterexample to your claim of great choreography.
And fake gore annoys the hell out of me and only serves to remind me of how completely and stupidly arbitrary the censorship laws are.

1. The Scotsman and Jack fight was during the first season so the reason as to why it feels like Looping is probably due to budget constraints. As the series went on the animation got a whole lot better.

2. Well they will rectify the gore issue since its now an "adults show" on adult swim. But even then there were moments where Jack did KILL living persons:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBYXv97FuAY

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