Long ago, in a distant land, I, Aku, the shape shfiting Master of Darkness, unleashed an unspeakable evil. But a foolish samurai warrior wielding a magic sword stepped forward to oppose me. Before the final blow was struck, I tore open a portal in time and flung him into the future, where my evil is law. Now, the fool seeks to return to the past and undo the future that is Aku!
This cartoon from Dexter's Labratory creator Genndy Tartakovsky tells the story of a great warrior displaced to the distant future by the evil shape-shifting wizard Aku. The world has become a bleak place under the rule of Aku, segregated into fantastic tribes and ruled by Aku's evil robot warlords. Jack travels this foreign landscape in search of a time portal that can return him to his home time so he can "undo the future that is Aku!".
Samurai Jack is currently shown around the world on the following networks:
Cartoon Network in US, Australia, Hong Kong, Latin America (dubbed into Spanish) and Japan (dubbed into Japanese).
YTV in Canada
Toonami in UK
A total of 52 episodes have been ordered by Cartoon Network.
On DVD you can still get the opening Movie (first 3 episodes), and from 4th May 2004, the first 13 episodes will be released in a "Season One" box set. (All releases in Region 1(US/Canada) only)
There was a live action movie rumoured to be "in the works" but news of this has dried up, and we don't know its current status.