*this is 40

I am in need of self-control right now. You see this? This would be an amazing centerpiece to my new modern, grey bedroom when I move in two weeks! See those rhinestone buttons??? Omg….
Repeat after me and breathe….do not buy this. Do not buy this. You are a semi mature adult and adults don’t buy fancy kids beds with amazing rhinestone buttons that look like they belong in vegas nightclub! Hnnngh, you don’t need it. You should value security and practicality and the sensibility of a nice damask or tweed and NOT metallic leather with RHINESTONE BUTTONS! I’m too old for this shit and omg I *wants it* worse than golum wants his precious

Light and Shadow

Samurai Jack, episode 40, is another one I remember having an impact on me as a child. The episode is titled “Samurai Versus Ninja” which I think is pretty self-explanatory, but the execution is so much more complex than the title.

For one thing, this particular episode really highlights what I personally believe to be the beauty of the show: the quiet. Most other cartoons, especially at that time, were loud and in your face. Samurai Jack, while being plenty loud at the appropriate times, makes masterful use of its silence in equal measure, sometimes more. There is little to no unnecessary dialogue in any given episode. The show wasn’t in a hurry to get anywhere, and the moments where nothing seems to be happening are just as important as the moments where everything is happening. Honestly the pacing is some of the best I’ve ever seen- but I digress.

This episode makes use of silence more effectively than almost any other, to the point where the silence is more intense than the music at times, and is even used as a tool for building suspense rather than just a simple lack of sound. There are moments when all sound just stops, even while the action continues, prompting me to check if my headphones were still working.

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Another thing about this episode is the animation. The visuals are beautiful as always, but there is a certain point at which everything converts into black and white- literally. It’s amazing, the surroundings disappear, space becomes meaningless, and the way the characters move across the screen is captivating. I can only imagine how difficult it had to have been to animate, especially while showing the passage of time through the setting sun- which, of course, made the light and darkness move accordingly. (Again, especially for the technology of the time.)

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It all becomes truly intense as the episode comes to a climax, at which point Jack, in usual Jack fashion, makes use of the most obvious mechanic to overcome what seems like a hopeless situation. It was a facepalm moment for me, just the thought of why the hell did I not think of that? And on top of all that, just watching Jack go up against a ninja is pure awesomess (especially if you happen to know the history of shinobi in relation to samurai.)

All in all probably one of the top must-watch episodes for any Samurai Jack fan, featuring gorgeous visuals, very little dialogue, an amazing sound track, and robot lobsters. Oh, and voice acting by Tara Strong, yet another big name in the business.

Again I should warn about flashing lights and colors, this episode making use of rapidly alternating patterns of black and white rather frequently. I cannot stress this enough: if you are prone to seizures, take extreme caution while viewing this show. The safest thing would be to not watch it at all.