Yesterday we posted the ‘teaser trailer’ Adult Swim had published across their social media on Friday, which featured only a few seconds worth of footage, namely Jack’s sword. As of this morning a full trailer has been released, 3+ minutes worth. Most talked about in the clips (yes spoilers a little) is the fact we see blood, something that was missing from the original Cartoon Network run, but going back to the conventions this past summer, we are to expect a more mature theme. I just read somewhere they say Jack will have to deal with taking actual lives in this final 10 episode arc and finale.
Long ago on a cable channel populated by Johnny Bravo, Grim & Evil, and the Powerpuff Girls, a new show came out of the ashes of an old one. Genndy Tartakovsky, creator of Dexter’s Laboratory, made a new cartoon that was a mixture of action, magic, ancient samurai ways and futuristic sci-fi dystopia rolled into a single series, that began to air in 2001. Three years and four seasons later, the series like many others were retired from Cartoon Network’s lineup.
Eleven years later in 2015 it was announced the series, which had not fully concluded in 2004, would get a 5th and final season. Originally a general date of “Fall 2016” was set, but then the series was delayed slightly, and now has an official starting date of March 11th 2017.
Details of what to expect from this new and final season were talked about during the San Diego Comic Con, including the fact the show had been pushed back to 2017. The final season will be ten episodes and is dubbed to be more ‘movie’ than show in tone. Since it will be airing on Adult Swim’s Toonami the series will take on a darker and more mature path than the original four seasons that aired on Cartoon Network. The storyline itself will take place fifty years after the end of Season 4.
So be sure to tune in to our sad attempt at ‘covering’ the show, whatever that even means now. If you don’t have cable and if the internet managed not to leak it beforehand, you know were to find it and or catch a stream of it. And hey, if you’re interested in possibly scrambling crude words on the bathroom wall for this website to copy down, hit us up, maybe we can squeeze at least one reviewer for the show.
Samuari Jack – Season 5 – Toonami – March 11th – 11:30pm et.
This is when I’m thankful we have a ‘general’ section.
You might remember Genndy Tartakovsky from your childhood, creator of Cartoon Network animated series such as Dexter’s Lab, Star Wars: Clone Wars and co-creator to Sym-Bionic Titan.
And of course there is Samurai Jack, a story of a samurai on a quest to kill the evil demon known as Aku. The original 22 minute series ran from August 2001 until it was cancelled after its fourth season in 2004 after 52 episodes. The show won 4 Primetime Emmy Awards, 6 Annie Awards, and 1 OIAF Award along with close to a dozen other nominations. The series was known for its animation style, battle scenes and movie like story.
Well good news everyone. Toonami (and Adult Swim) announced roughly noonish today that a new season of the show is currently under production. The announcement was made across social media (Facebook, Tumblr), will premiere sometime in 2016, and being continued by Genndy Tartakovsky.
“I feel like it’s culminating to a fever pitch almost.” said Tartakovsky in a previous interview with ComicBook.com. “I feel like it’s time to maybe finish the story. We’ve been trying to get the feature off the ground but maybe that’s just fate’s way of saying this is a television thing and maybe it should be a mini-series or something like that.” (source)
So, might be time to freshen up on the series if its been awhile, or like myself, haven’t taken the pleasure of watching it fully. There are only so many hours in the day.
While many of the television guides have not reached far enough into the future to give us synopsis, whoever keeps the Wikipedia episode page for Steven Universe up to date is definitely on the ball, which has revealed four new episodes slated for the month of April.
- Steven and the Sword Fighter (04/09/2014)
- Coach Steven (04/16/2014)
- Lion 2: The Movie (04/23/2014)
- Beach Party (04/30/2014)
Along with the new episodes though comes change. Steven Universe will now premiere episodes on Wednesday night. This is probably due to some of the changes happening at Cartoon Network, namely the expansion of their sister channel Adult Swim which will begin airing at 8pm est nightly instead of 9pm. While I wish there was some new shows on [AS], unfortunately that extra hour is going to be filled with the Cleveland Show.
A more interesting note to the move is the fact that the other established CN shows (Adventure Time & Regular Show) will continue to premiere their episodes on Mondays. Adventure Time has just recently wrapped up Season 5 on March 17th, though Season 6 will begin on April 21st with a double episode. Uncle Grandpa, the other new comer to the CN family is airing its season finale on April 1st (Tuesday) with “Prank Wars”. Thus it seems our fair show will walk solo. We’ll see how the ratings fair without the boost of AT & RS beforehand.
And while this last chunk of news isn’t related to Steven Universe, it is related to Cartoon Network and any dedicate fan of the channel. It was announced earlier in the month that VP of Turner Animation and COO of Cartoon Network Stu Snyder would step down from his position. This is the guy who was responsible for the attempted shift on CN from animated shows to live action shows. He more or less stepped down to the fact that all his green lighted live action shows failed miserably, while the few new animated shows he allowed (Adventure Time & Regular Show) became wildly successful in comparison.