Do you enjoy human on robot violence? How about motorcycles? Fresh full minute of the upcoming premiere of Samurai Jack, Season 5, starting March 11th.
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.
The premiere of the new season of Samurai Jack has finally been revealed. pic.twitter.com/qicRjJOYD4
— Nate (@CabooseJr) January 23, 2017
Our friend over at Madame Pom News (Chevistian) was able to snag some details from the Samurai Jack – San Diego Comic Con panel. It was mostly a show of the work they’ve been doing for the upcoming 5th season, 10 episode “mini-movie”, including the prototype opening, and discussion about the show itself, such as the storyline picking up 50 years after the end of Season 4. The biggest news though was the fact the show has been pushed back to 2017. Check out Chevistian’s Twitter account for other SDCC news.
So we’re a little late with this one. About a week ago, Adult Swim released a video about the Season 5 production of Samurai Jack. The almost 8 minute video features the cast and crew talking about coming back to the show after a decade, the changes we’ll see in the show, and what to expect. As previously announced, Samurai Jack Season 5 will consist of 10 (30 minute) episodes with an arcing storyline from start to finish. They actually touch on the reason, which boils down to Tartakovsky and others pitching a Samurai Jack movie that would have attempted to finish off the series. Repeated pitches to Cartoon Network and Adult Swim were passed on until Tartakovsky suggested an episodic series. Mike Lazzo returned his call the next day.
As for the show itself, we’ve already heard the “darker & edgier” reference from the last news report. Tartakovsky goes deeper into this, explaining that with the show being produced by Adult Swim rather than Cartoon Network, there is technically more in terms of what they can and cannot do in the show. And while he could probably have Jack decapitating people with blood flying all over the place, they’re well aware the original series is watched by both kids and adults, and making sure the show will be watchable by all.
The video also covers the topic that the original show was crafted in old school traditional animation, where as Season 5 will be (like all shows now) digitally crafted. And while the show is going digital, the crew is working hard to maintain the artistic style of the original, but admit that working digital gives them an advantage and the ability to do more.
Zero word on when the show will begin. Since promotional material is starting to slowly roll out, sounds like it’ll be sooner than later. Here is the video.
The Annecy International Animated Film Festival is an annual event held in Annecy, France since the 1960 and features a showcase of animated features, from shorts to full length features. Genndy Tartakovsky, creator of Samurai Jack and Dexter’s Lab gave the world a first look via a few still images of the upcoming continuation of Samurai Jack. The original series began in August of 2001 and concluded in September 2004 after 52 episodes. It was announced last December that the series would be making its way back to television, not as a reboot like so many other series, but as a continuation headed by Tartakovsky.
While there isn’t a ton of details revealed from the Annecy festival, reports from various social media outlets say that it was revealed that the series would be 10 half hour episodes that together would form a 5 hour movie. It was also said that the story would pick up roughly 50 years after the last episode.
— Chevistian (@Chevistian1) June 15, 2016
— Chevistian (@Chevistian1) June 15, 2016
While a definite date has not been established, Tartakovsky said that the series would be coming to Adult Swim’s Toonami “soon”.
If our three readers haven’t figured it out, we do plan on covering the show here on Derpy News. For the past several months one of the blank show icons in our menu has had the very vague outline of Aku’s head (minus his actual head) embedded in it. At some point we are hoping to review / revisit the original series. So stay tuned.