For those who don’t know what Samurai Jack is and why we should be stoked that it’s coming back:

There’s a loner with a man-bun

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Who was pulled out of his timeline

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And sees modern things through the lens of 17th century Japanese prince.

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There are awesome fight scenes

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And dramatic narrative moments

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And best of all, the show fluctuates between being awesome and freaking ridiculous at the drop of a hat, often in the same narrative breath.

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It’s a really good show to watch if you want to learn about the use of color and shapes in storytelling, as well as exaggerated perspective, use of negative space, timing, and narrative arcs. I recommend it to all comic artists, storyboarders, illustrators, cinematographers, writers… heck, ANYONE. GET HYPE.

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Samurai Jack set to return for a fifth and, presumably, final season

“The season will take place 50 years after the close of Season 4, which shouldn’t be too surprising considering the time-traveling nature at the heart of the series. It will also close out Jack’s story in the run of 10 new episodes, which form to complete a five-hour movie. If this first promo image for the final season of Samurai Jack is any indication, it will be a violent end to an epic story.” (x)

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By Maria Layus

Animation is in a really fantastic place right now isn’t it!

Shows like Steven Universe and Wander over Yonder are creator driven and given ample support from their parent studios to help them be as successful as they can be. While Steven Universe may seem trapped in an endless hiatus while Teen Titans Go airs non-stop, the Steven bombs are planned and promoted events that the studio counts on to be successful because they trust the show.

‘Adult’ animation has become the home for some of the best jokes with the age of Mcfarlen-style humor on the decline and the rise of great shows like Rick and Morty, Bob’s Burger and Archer. With “Sausage Party” we’re getting our first rated R mainstream feature animated film. Critique it all you want but this is opening the gates to more adult oriented animated content which is great because animation is not a genre, its a medium.

Established properties like Powerpuff Girls and Samurai Jack are being given a new treatment with a new generation of talented artists. People who love the old shows and are excited about continuing them and trying something new with them. 

Shows like Spongebob and Fairly Odd Parents soldier on and continue to be popular well beyond their expected lifetime. Established long running properties bring home the bacon for a studio and help to pay for those shows that the studio is willing to take a chance risk like Avatar the last Airbender. There are shows that are made with an ending in mind like Gravity Falls that are given the creative freedom to tell the story they want to tell.

Storytelling is healthier now than it ever has been. It is becoming the selling point as series like Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead continue to out perform traditional television. New and exciting opportunities for cross platform storytelling are coming with shows like OK KO which started as a show and became an awesome game! The people making animated content now grew up with great shows like Batman, Gargoyles, X-Men, The Simpsons, the list goes on and on!

It feels like everyone is just sort of…getting started :)


I’m an animation professional and I get frustrated when I see stuff like this.

“But a foolish samurai warrior wielding a magic sword stepped forth to oppose me.” -Aku

Very stoked to see that Samurai Jack is coming back!! I hope we can see Jack finally find his way home. <3

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