Howdy ladies and gents, quick news update, so I read yesterday via ComicBook.com that my old show from Cartoon Network; Samurai Jack is coming back to TV in 2016 and I pretty much freaked out. Here’s the official article:
Adult Swim has just announced a new season of Samurai Jack to launch in 2016. The show will return during Adult Swim’s Toonami block and is currently in production in Los Angeles.
You read that right folks, the 4 time Primetime Emmy Award winning series that has its roots in the early 2000’s is back! Samurai Jack, created by Genndy Tartakovsky follows Jack, a samurai who travelled through time with the quest to head back to where he came from and defeat the demon Aku.
The show ended in 2004 but not before cultivating a die hard fanbase that has been clamoring for it’s return for just over 10 years. Fans looking for their Jack fix got a small taste in comic form, thanks to IDW.
“I feel like it’s culminating to a fever pitch almost.” said Tartakovsky in a previous interview with . “I feel like it’s time to maybe finish the story. We’ve been trying to get the feature off the ground but maybe that’s just fate’s way of saying this is a television thing and maybe it should be a mini-series or something like that.”
For me Samurai Jack was one of my favourite shows back in school, it was so different from all the other cartoons that were on. It was full of action, adventure and comedy, but it was also tragic, emotional, large in scope and unless the episodes were directly linked, no two episodes were the same. Jack’s mission to get home took him to various locations meeting allies and villains and even though the end game for Jack was always the same, the stories were always different and didn’t lack creativity. When the show aired “Jack and the Baby” in 2004, leaving the show’s story unfinished I was devastated. To know that there’d be no proper conclusion to the show has dwelled on my mind for years and I prayed that it would get brought back, and before this month the only way for fans to see more of this franchise was in the comics that fan from 2013-2015… But no more. My show is getting resurrected from the dead and it is the best news I could ever get.
Now I do have a few questions like:
- Will this revived series keep the visual style the same as it was before? Those who have watched the show before know that SJ had a very specific art style, tone and atmosphere and I wonder if today’s better technology in animation will influence the look and feel of the show or if they will keep everything the same. The short teaser indicates that things will stay fairly faithful the old show, but I just hope that it will stay that way.
- Who will they get to replace Mako? One huge hole that will be felt in relation to this show returning is the return of Aku without Mako. For those unaware, Mako Iwamatsu was the Japanese actor who provided the voice for the main antagonist Aku and he passed away in 2006. And while it’s not unheard of for voice actors to be replaced after death with someone new, it will be interesting to see who gets picked that will have the right level of charisma, charm, humour and menace that Mako so brilliantly brought to this character.
- How long will the new seasons last? So we know the show’s returning for season 5, but how many more episodes will there be? I know it’s too early to tell now and we probably won’t know until we see how many people watch it and how well it’ll be received from fans and critics, but I can only hope that we’ll get 3 or 4 more seasons of SJ, because we need it.
In the end I’m just glad that my man Jack will be back on TV after all these years, and hopefully they production team won’t fuck this up because Samurai Jack is due for a return to the public eye and it should be done right. Now if we can revive Megas XLR then life will be complete.
So have you heard about Samurai Jack‘s return to TV and if so what do you think about it? Be sure to comment below and I’ll see ya on the next blog post, laters! 😀