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A samurai sent through time fights to return home and save the world.
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Top Rated TV #202 | Won 7 Primetime Emmys. Another 7 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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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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10 August 2001 (USA)  »

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Самурай Джек  »

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This show is most famous for being able to tell the story of each episode visually and with little to no dialogue. See more »

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[season 5]
Samurai Jack: 50 years have passed. But I do not age. Time has lost its effect on me. The suffering continues. Aku's grasp chokes the past, present and future. All hope is lost. Got to get back, back to the past, Samurai Jack.
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Never Forget You
Performed by Zara Larsson and MNEK
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If Kurasawa directed a cartoon, SAMURAI JACK would be it
11 August 2001 | by (Allentown, PA) – See all my reviews

Rich in visual design, and with an dark, gritty atmosphere, SAMURAI JACK is a landmark cartoon in the making. It tells the story of a Japanese warrior with the unlikely name of Jack who undergoes some serious training to take on a ruthless wizard named Aku (which means "evil" in Japanese). Filled with hard-edged action (but with no grapic violence, since SAMURAI JACK is a product of the Cartoon Network) and a nifty storyboard that switches from feudal Japan to a BLADE RUNNER-like future, SAMURAI JACK is an animated revevaltion waiting to happen.


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