In ancient Japan, a samurai warrior embarks on a mission to defeat the evil wizard Aku. Before completing his task, he is jettisoned thousands of years into the future. Suddenly, he ... See full summary »
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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
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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.
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Samurai Jack is the quintessence of cartoon storytelling today. there
is no two-ways about it.
let me break it down for you: Long ago in a distant land, Aku, the
shape-shifting master of darkness, unleashed an unspeakable evil, but a
samurai warrior wielding a magic sword stepped fourth to oppose him.
before the final blow was struck, Aku opened a portal in time, flinging
the samurai into the future, where Aku's evil is law. now the samurai
seeks to return to the past, and undo the future that is Aku.
the first story involves the samurai landing in the future, he is given
a name by some enthusiastic street-urchins (Jack), and finds himself in
a rough bar filled with belligerent aliens and talking dogs. these dogs
are in desperate peril, and seek jack's help in a very obvious
reference to Akira Kurosowa's masterpiece The Seven Samurai.
as the series continues, Jack's quest becomes less a focal point of the
story, and more a vehicle for various short stories. great storytelling
needs but three things: a setting, a protagonist, and a goal. Jack uses
this idea to exploit a formula of diversity. anything the
animator/writers throw on the wall, generally sticks. the ambiguity of
the show allows for a free-form format that has made shows like Cowboy
Bebop and Justice League Unlimited fellow masterpieces of the serial
animation format. stories range from horror, science fiction and
fantasy, to comedy, Wu shu, drama, noir, giant robo and epic action.
Jack is a child of a lot of inspiration, things like Star Wars and
Akira Kurosowa are obvious influences, but the works of Marvel and DC
comics, as well as the work of graphic novelist Frank Miller are all
very apparent references. (infact Miller's acclaimed graphic novel
Ronin is very similar in plot to Samurai Jack, and there is an entire
episode based upon the premise of 300, another Miller book which has
also become a Hollywood film.)
Jack is, by all means, an action show. in a given show there is maybe
10-15 minutes of action in a 24 minute episode, however in later
seasons, the formula of Jack as an action show recedes heavily, and the
show becomes more of a sampler-plate of creativeness. the stories are
as charming and moving as they are diverse and epic.
Samurai Jack is a brilliant show, it's influences are long-spread and
it will undoubtedly be remembered as a staple of artistic television.
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