Trivia / Samurai Jack

  • Author Existence Failure : Mako Iwamatsu (Aku's Voice Actor), passed away in 2006, leaving The Movie in a bit of a lurch (especially since there were only two primary cast members in the first place.) In a recent video about the Adult Swim continuation, Genndy Tartavosky (the creator and showrunner of the original show) has stated that Mako was a great VA and nobody can replace him 100%, but that he got someone who does a pretty good impression (possibly Greg Baldwin, who has voiced Aku before) since Aku's voice was so iconic and memorable.
  • Celebrity Voice Actor: As mentioned above in the Japanese dub, besides the aforementioned Bunta Sugawara, Jack is voiced by movie actor Takashi Ukaji, who voiced Raoh in Fist of the North Star most recent films and in the Legends of the Dark King TV series.
  • Development Hell: The series was intended to end with a movie, but according to Genndy himself it never got off the ground for one reason or another. He finally decided that it would be best to end the series with an actual show, which was greenlit and is set to air on Adult Swim.
  • Executive Meddling: The reason for the above-mentioned movie not being made was the execs decided not to take the risk on spending money on another movie that might not break even after the poor reception and ticket sales of The Powerpuff Girls movie. They did offer to extend the TV show for another 13 episodes (a full season), but Genndy declined and let the original series finish out its 52 episode contract.
  • Fake Nationality: Afro-American actor Phil Lamarr as the ambiguously Japanese Jack.
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  • Name's the Same: Mad Jack is Jack's Evil Twin. There's also a boss in Donkey Kong 64 named Mad Jack, and a pirate named Mad Jack.
  • The Other Darrin: By necessity, Aku will be recast for the revival.
  • Recycled Script: Most episodes are either about Jack attempting to find a way home, Aku sending a new assassin to kill Jack or finding a way to do it himself, or Jack finding some group of people oppressed by Aku's regime and helping to free them. It works in this case since the show really is more about fight sequences and strategy than storyline. And toward the end of the show, episode plots started to branch out more, with some new twists on ones that were already established.
    Aku: Oh, put that thing away, Samurai. We all know what's going to happen. You'll swing your sword, I'll fly away, and probably say something like, "I'll be back, Samurai!" And then I'll flutter over the horizon and we probably won't see each for... about a week. And then we'll do the same thing again.
    Jack: Your word play will not trick me, villain! (Charges)
    Aku: (Transforms into a bat, floating away) I'll be back again, Samurai! You'll see! MWAHAHAHAHA! (Reappears) See what I mean?
  • Screwed by the Network: When Samurai Jack was announced to making its return to Toonami, its timeslot wasn't revealed until a couple weeks before it actually returned, when it was revealed that it would air... at 4:00 AM. Granted, Samurai Jack is an old show at this point, but considering that 1) Samurai Jack hasn't aired on Toonami for about 6 years, 2) it was replacing FLCL (a show that is older than Samurai Jack, has been rerun into the ground on [adult swim] Action... and was airing at 2:30 AM despite these), and 3) 4:00 AM is the deadest hour of the night and is usually reserved for rerunning shows, it's still very disappointing.
  • Sequel Gap: The show got axed in 2004. After a comic book continuation by IDW Publishing ran from 2013 to 2015, a proper revival series for television was finally anounced in late 2015.
  • Uncancelled: Late 2015, it was announced the series was being renewed and to air in 2017, 13 years after it ended.
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