The wolf attacked Little Red Hood, not knowing that Little Red Hood had laser eye beams, great combat skills, and a powerful uppercut that freed Little Red Hood’s grandmother from the evil bowels of the wolf.
There’s something magical about the character of Aku. With a character design that menacing, a voice that ancient and scary-sounding, and that perfectly terrifying synth cord that plays in his presence, common sense (and indeed even the series’ first episode) would dictate him as the most terrifying, serious-business villain ever, akin to something like Slade from Teen Titans. And yet, this super-scary-in-concept character…acts like he’s a Powerpuff Girls villain. It’s amazing and perfect. And the new series seems to continue to understand this duality, with cults worshiping at altars in Aku’s image and giving up their children to be trained as his personal assassins….and yet Aku can also be reached on a cell phone and be like “WHAT?! WHO IS THIS? IS THIS ANOTHER PRANK CALL?”
Also, while we’ve only heard one line and it was distorted from coming from said cell phone, Greg Baldwin sounds great, he’s doing Mako proud. Real glad they got him and not either some other Mako impersonator or just a different voice entirely. Aku is NOT Aku without Mako’s voice, and the only person who can be trusted to mimic Mako accurately is Baldwin. Though I did just have the image of George Takei voicing Aku run through my head, and while I’m glad they didn’t go with that…it certainly would have been interesting.
Say what you want about the finale, but you gotta commend Genndy, the animators, the voice actors… basically the entire crew for their dedication on making this scene look and feel exactly like it did in the first episode, right down to the sound effects.
“He is stronger than I remember… But no matter. For you see, Iittle Samurai, the world is mine! My eyes and ears are everywhere. Nothing you do wiII go unseen. Quest as you may, but we wiII meet again–when I see fit, in a time and pIace of my choosing. And it is I who shaII put an end to the war started in that age Iong past, Samurai Jack!”
I really hope that at the end credits of the last episode, they put in “In Loving Memory of Mako Iwamatsu”. It’d be wonderful if Genndy and co. to pay their respects to the man whole originally and truly brought Aku to life.