‘Samurai Jack’ Season 5 Promo Art Appears at Annecy Festival
by Adam Striker
Promotional art for the final season of Genndy Tartakovsky’s Samurai Jack was presented at this year’s Annecy International Animation Film Festival. Toonami Faithful’s coverage of the event yielded a significant chunk of information about the long awaited series. It was reported earlier in the year that Samurai Jack would be returning, this time on Cartoon Network’s Toonami block.
Samurai Jack follows the title character, a samurai named Jack, who is trying to get back to his own time to fight a demon known as Aku. He was sent to the future during a conflict with the demon in his own time period, and searches for a way back to the present. The series began in 2001, and was put on hold in 2004 by Cartoon Network with four seasons completed. Since then, fans of Samurai Jack were left with an unfinished series. Now it appears that the wait is over.
The fifth season will take place 50 years after the events of season four, and the promotional art reveals a more mature iteration of the samurai. Jack stands in the rain with a fully grown beard, long, shaggy hair, and is covered in what appears to be blood. This is uncharacteristic of the show that was presented to viewers in the early 2000s. Because the show was aimed at a younger demographic, Jack seldom harmed human opponents with his sword. He would often fight oil-spewing robots or monsters that were made of inorganic material, and this reduced the potential for bloodshed.
However, it appears that the audience that Samurai Jack will appeal to is the one that grew up watching the original series. The same viewers are older and more mature, which likely required Genndy Tartakovsky to crank up the violence. Samurai Jack has entered a darker phase and may even offer new concepts that the show could not have done in its heyday with a younger audience. The gloves are now off, and the end of Samurai Jack could be a brutal one to behold. I am excited to see what Toonami has in store for us.
The release date for the upcoming season is currently unknown, but is expected to be released later this year.
You can read the Toonfaithful Article HERE
The Original Samurai Jack Intro