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Samurai Jack 

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A samurai sent through time fights to return home and save the world.
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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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Until 2017, Jack's real name hasn't been revealed yet. See more »

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[theme song]
Chorus: Gotta get back / Back to the past / Samurai Jack!
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Crazy Credits

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 Mortal Kombat X (2015) See more »

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Never Forget You
Performed by Zara Larsson and MNEK
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Brilliant, magnificent, imaginative, stunning, funny... Way too many adjectives left...
26 October 2002 | by See all my reviews

I thought that America had no imagination left in the realm of animation. Yes, there's Disney and Don Bluth and Bakshi... But that was 'then'... I had no hope left... Then a teeny-tiny channel called "the Cartoon Network" appeared... Hmm... Dexter... Powerpuff Girls... Hmm... Then came a Samurai warrior... HOLY @#$%&*! Where did this come from? WOW! In the history of American animated TV series I have never seen such great craftmanship... The backgrounds are exquisite. Painted, airbrushed, computer-generated -I DON'T CARE!!! They are beautful. Not only in it's execution but it's scheer originality and beauty. The lack of symmetry and use of light and odd colors add to its uniqueness and effect. It adds so much to the wonder of the bizarre Aku-ruled Earth. ACTION! SO MUCH ACTION!!!! Wonderful, swift, exciting and technically magnificent. The fight scenes are choreographed wonderfully and just plain EXCITING!!! I've never said that about any animated show! Jack's eyes and movements flow sweetly and say so much. Very few cartoons come across so well (Ren & Stimpy is an exception) with such grace and simplicity without losing it's integrity. But the artwork isn't the end of it: GREAT WRITING!!! What's that? Writing? Wha? Yes. The terrific stories and engaging characters are just as electric and fresh as the artwork that represents it. Every time I watch an episode there is always something I don't expect. So much creativity pours from either the animator's pens or the writer's pens. BEST ANIMATED SHOW OF ALL TIME. Yes, even better than BATTLE OF THE PLANETS... well maybe... ;)


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