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Samurai Jack needs to return to the world and save it from Aku, but where is he? Will he take upon himself the life purpose destined upon him again? Can he ever return to the past and avenge this world? Only Time and Fate will be the deciding factor...

Gotta get Back, Back to the Past, Samurai Jack is a novelization of the final season of Samurai Jack written by d-Clarence. The author aims to build upon what is canon and expand on it with many new scenes, backstories, to the point it leans towards an Alternate Universe territory.

Gotta get Back, Back to the Past, Samurai Jack provides examples of:

  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: This version of Jack takes it further as a wandering ronin unlike his canon self. In canon, after Ashi saved Jack from seppuku and regain his hope, Jack goes to find his sword straight away. Here, at the end of Chapter 11 and throughout Chapter 12, Jack remains unsure until a few chapters later.
  • Adaptational Early Appearance: Mad Jack's conscious appears early in Chapters 6 and 8.
  • Adaptation Expansion: This story expands many things to flesh out Jack's journey.
    • Jack receives his samurai armor, motorcycle, and weaponry from the Scotsman years before the story begins.
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    • The mentor relationship between Jack/Ronin and Ashi/Shinobi are fleshed out. They even include more arguments from them not seen in the canon show.
    • The scenes where Ashi meets Jack's old companions are expanded with more characters such as the Spartans and Kuni. Also unlike in the show, Ashi briefly met Scaramouche's head.
  • Adaptation Origin Connection: In Chapter 13, the High Priestess is given an origin story connected to the time when Aku tells his fairy tales to children around the world, she's the only child that shows pure admiration to the demon. Hence, after running away from her parents, she is raised by the Cult of Aku and had an encounter with Jack (after he lost his sword). The death of the original high priestess makes Azula seeking revenge on Jack by becoming the current high priestess.
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  • The Alliance / La Résistance: They are named the Zintaris Resistance Movement. This is one of the main concepts of the story. The readers know that eventually, Jack is going to lead this alliance for the final war against Aku.
  • Bad Future: The obvious setting in a world ruled by Aku.
  • Broken Ace: Just like in canon, Jack is this.
  • Climax Boss:
    • In Chapter 11 in retelling Episode XCVII, The Omen is this.
  • Darker and Edgier: Similar to Season 5, only that the author allows to have more time to expand on the mature themes.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Similar to his canon self, only we get to see Jack's written thoughts as a ronin from the author's perspective.
  • Driven to Suicide: Like in the show, Jack came close to this, culminating the scene with The Omen goading him to commit seppuku. Fortunately, Ashi snaps him out of it.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Vice Priestess Ayala and the surviving Daughters of Aku in Chapter 14.
  • The Hero: Jack himself.
  • My Eyes Are Up Here: Used by Ashi, though she's so naive that she doesn't understand the implications.
  • Religion of Evil: The Cult of Aku. Later, it's revealed that Jack fought a predecessor group before called The Children of Aku.
  • Rhetorical Question Blunder: When hearing Ashi needs proof that Aku's evil, Jack laughs and asks if she was raised in a cave, only for Ashi to confirm that yes she was.
  • Shout-Out: There are many things.
    • One of the characters who is Extor's son is named Dexter.
    • Chapter 9: Jack and Ashi fighting the security bots pays tribute to John Wick. The Fox and the Hound is mentioned as a movie. A senior named Borisovich has a son going by the name Genndy, which in turn, Genndy's wife is named Dawn and their son named Jake.
    • Two characters are named Phil and LaMarr. Phil is the name of the baby Jack raised and saved from the robot ogres.
    • Jack's real name is Makoto 'Mako' of the Iwamastsu Clan.