‘Samurai Jack’ Is Returning To Adult Swim In 2016
Good news for people who love time-displaced samurai and stylish techno-fantasy dystopias but hate all-powerful demonic overlords: Samurai Jack is making its way back to television next year, and creator Genndy Tartakovsky is coming with it.
The new series will continue the original run, which aired for 52 episodes between 2001 and 2004 and introduced the world to a warrior nicknamed “Jack” who was tossed through time into a future where his arch-nemesis, the demon Aku, had taken over the world. The show quickly gained a fan following for its moody, stylish storytelling and episodic adventure through a variety of settings, where dialogue could be kept to a minimum to keep the emphasis on its stunning visuals.
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As you can tell from the brief teaser above, there’s not a whole lot of information about the new season just yet, other than that it’s happening and that Tartakovsky will be back running the show. Everything else, like whether Phil LaMarr will be returning to voice Jack, and who, if anyone, will voice Aku after the death of legendary actor Mako in 2006, remains to be seen.
It’s worth noting that while the show will have a twelve-year gap between seasons on TV, the revival of the show comes on the heels of IDW’s Samurai Jack comic from writer Jim Zub and artist Andy Suriano, who also worked as a character designer on the show. The comic was very well-received by readers, and while it’s likely that the events of the comic won’t be reflected in the new show — Jack was always pretty light on continuity even between episodes — it definitely showed that there was still an interest in the characters.