Samurai Jack is an American animated television series created by Genndy Tartakovsky for Cartoon Network. The series follows time-displaced samurai warrior "Jack" (voiced by Phil LaMarr) in his singular quest to find a method of traveling back in time and defeating the tyrannical demonic wizard Aku (voiced by Mako). Episode plots range from dark and epic to lighthearted and comic, but often contain little dialogue. Stories instead rely on the series' highly detailed, outline-free, masking-based animation, as well as its cinematic style and pacing. Many battle scenes in the series are reminiscent of samurai films, and since Jack's robot enemies bleed out oil or electricity and his monster and alien foes bleed out slime or goo, the action of these films can be exhibited while avoiding censorship for blood and violence.
Samurai Jack premiered on August 10, 2001, on Cartoon Network and has since garnered high critical acclaim. It won four Primetime Emmy Awards, six Annie Awards, an OIAF Award, and received eight additional nominations. Cultural influences on the series range from the 1970s TV series Kung Fu to the works of director Akira Kurosawa. The series ran for four seasons, totaling 52 episodes, and the final episode aired on September 25, 2004. All four seasons have since been released on DVD by Warner Home Video.
Punch Time ExplosionEdit
Samurai Jack and The Scotsman appear as playable characters in Punch Time Explosion. Aku appeared as an assist character in the first game but was added as a playable character in the XL version of the game.
Samurai Jack has three stages; Samurai Dojo, Burning Village and Futuristic Highway. Because Aku was added in the XL version, the XL version doesn't feature assist characters from the show.
Cartoon Network Crossover Chaos!Edit
Samurai Jack appears once again as a playable character in Cartoon Network Crossover Chaos! He currently is the only character of his show to appear in the game.