Toonami announced today via its official Tumblr and a brief video teaser that a new season of the beloved American action cartoon Samurai Jack is being produced by series creator Genndy Tartakovsky and Cartoon Network Studios. New episodes are expected to air at some point on Toonami in 2016, though there is no specific date given yet.
Samurai Jack originally aired from 2001-2004 and lasted four seasons with 52 episodes total. The series, which took a great deal of influence from things such as classic anime and the filmography of Akira Kurosawa, followed the titular character and his battles against the evil shadow demon Aku (voiced by the late Mako Iwamatsu). In the opening episode, Aku manages to send Jack into the distant future, and the rest of the series involves Jack’s efforts to get back to his proper time period of Feudal Japan so he can slay Aku once and for all; the show was notorious for being cancelled well before it ever resolved its overriding story.
What do you think of this news? Are you excited for a new season of Samurai Jack as well as the return of American action to the Toonami block? How do you think the story will continue from where it left off? Do you think Jack will finally get back to his time and defeat Aku once and for all? Let us know down in the comments below.
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