ByWalter Ng, writer at
I love great characters, solid plots and an intriguing story line to pull me in. There's also nothing better than a visual medium that makes
Walter Ng

Long ago in a distant past (well not so distant), there was this animation called Samurai Jack and it was awesome. Before we got Avatar: The Last Airbender(ATLA) the only Eastern artistry that we had and I think because of Samurai Jack, we were much more open towards other philosophies, and also because, we are always obsessed with the time traveling idea and that we loved Samurai Jack. And how he learned from different martial artists, from Africa to the Shaolin temple. We loved it. Because of the art and because of the animations, and actually when I watched Song of the Sea and I saw the artistry I kinda was reminded of Samurai Jack just because of the color palette that they chose.

But obviously, it's been such a long time, that I've actually watched it and I grew up with this, and I really did watch the episodes and re-watching it after graduating high school, I was just reminded of my nostalgia, and I was like reminded of how great this show was, and actually, this show did not end.
And it was left on a cliff hanger note and that was it and it was promised to us that there would have been a movie about it, just to kinda send it off but the only thing we got was just like ATLA with the comic books.

And the thing that drew me in a lot for Samurai Jack is of course Aku.

Samurai Jack
Samurai Jack

And it was just so interesting because, I'm thinking to myself, wait this is aimed at Americans right like how much would they understand that Aku is basically a dark spirit and a dark eminent that actually holds some of a type of culture with the Japanese and a little with the Chinese as well, but looking back on it now with the comparisons of Korra and ATLA as well, I think opened my mind more, with that, Americans love creativity, and with the creativity it allows you to be in that environment and even if you don't really understand what's happening you could look it up and you could take a hold into other people's lives and it's very interesting since I grow up in a very conservative country and not a lot of new ideas or art or depth is really fully accepted, it's only accepted because they are forced to accept it as well. And I'll go on record saying that I actually found Samurai Jack quite gritty and once I watched it again, I thought to myself wow, this actually aired in my country as well because it is kinda gritty but not too gritty. And that's in it's core of the theme of the show.
Because what you have to remember is, basically Samurai Jack was from Feudal Japan and I just love those scenes from then because you could take lots of comparisons, and you could analyze it from there because, in the past, the colors are very light and very bright and not too dark, it's also very soft and very proper. And then him going to the future, and seeing all this machinery and hearing all the nose, you gotta ask yourself how did he take it all in. Wouldn't he be excited as well even though, his main goal, was to find Aku and finally take him out and go back to his own time.

Because if you remember Aku was the one that throws him into the future, to basically damn him to a purgatory that he can't do too much because technology has become a very big part in the future, and you know his ways, don't really work, and I liked that he understood that, but I also like that he still kinda questions a few things about the future, and I just love his face in the episode where he saw talking dogs, and even when it happened, I mean we are just as surprised as him because it hasn't happened but that was a very interesting idea, and a very good comparison, and a look into the possibilities of the future.

And the thing that gripped me the most is the scenes where he finally fights Aku, and here and there before and leading up to the fight with Aku he actually consistently gets better like he has to fight the minions, or he has to continue learning how to get better and to go back in the future and there is actually an episode I thought they could stop and we'd be just fine, but I'll talk about it later. But the thing is like Aku is his yang, like Aku is his opposite and he portrays it to him as well, especially the episode where Aku recognizes that he can't defeat him because Jack has the sword and the sword essentially is Aku's kryptonite, so he decides to create Evil Jack, but, while most argue that's just Aku playing around with Jack, and Aku realizing he's weaker then Jack, but I don't think so, I think, it's supposed to; one, get Jack to come to terms that, that is a part of himself, and two, it is basically reaffirming that Evil Jack is basically Aku, but just in another form because, as we know Aku is a shape-shifter and he is a despicable shadow demon/spirit, and that is basically the premise of the show, and I think by the end even though Jack wants to go back and wants to return to his own time, I think there is a point that he would probably accept that he can't return because, it seems like everything he does and finds a way back it seems like the universe, or basically Aku, puts him to a test, or just finds a way to keep him in this realm, and I think that's what the comic that we got basically implies that, and while I'll accept that, that's the only thing we'll get to an ending to Samurai Jack, is that comic, and even though, I'm still nostalgic for it and I actually would like to see some sort of movie medium goodbye, with Genndy as the director because we know he can do really good animation movies, especially with Samurai Jack, and if we don't then I'm fine with that as well.

But now, I'll talk about the ending that they could have done with the show, with the episode, where everything he did, and there was a guard at the portal back to time, and he fights this gigantic guard and Jack actually loses, and that's just the lesson that, he's not ready yet to go back, because that's basically what the guard says, but you'll see that Jack really is dejected and he felt that everything he does is just gonna land at that not ready to go back yet sense. But just imagine that Jack goes back and is now a master, and has all the essential tools to defeat anyone and everyone, but with that guard, they are both equally matched and I know that's basically that episode, but, because he has no real desire to go back just to defeat anyone and everyone, and in his heart he has accepted that, most probably won't be able to go back ever, and I know that's the ending to that comic as well, but, he just manages to defeat that guy. And now he's left with the dilemma to continue living in this realm and just keep getting stronger and stronger or go back and end things once and for all. And he just leaves to meditate somewhere, and it takes a long time, that we see the time flow by really fast. But in the end, he says to himself "I'm sorry father, the future, is now my home" finally putting the past behind, and truly showing that he is much more matured and much more developed and he rides off in the setting Sun.

But with that said, I dunno, I think it's very hard to satisfy everyone and I think that Genndy has a hard time saying goodbye to Samurai Jack himself because that is like the most interesting he's ever animated, but I think giving us a comic is really a nod and a final homage to Samurai Jack.

And that is as good as it gets.


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