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Fifty years have passed, but I do not age. Time has lost its effect on me, yet the suffering continues. Aku's grasp chokes the past, present and future. All hope is lost.

Got to get back. Back to the past. Samurai Jack.

—Samurai Jack, Opening Sequence for Season 5

Season 5 is the fifth season which premiered March 11, 2017.

On December 2, 2015, Adult Swim announced that it would be airing a new season of Samurai Jack on its Toonami programming block. The fifth season of Samurai Jack will be the final season and will officially conclude the story with a proper ending. It also consists of the least amount of episodes; a total of ten as opposed to the usual thirteen.

Genndy Tartakovsky, the series' creator, returned as executive producer for this season.

Development

Background

Created by Genndy Tartakovsky, Samurai Jack originally aired on Cartoon Network from 2001 to 2004, comprising four seasons. The series was left open-ended since 2004. Tartakovsky previously expressed interest in a film adaptation of the series to provide a genuine conclusion, but the project never materialized.

Production

"Technology is different, we're using computers now,

instead of hamsters like the old days."

—Craig Kellman (character designer), Behind the Scenes featurette

Starting in 2014, reruns of Samurai Jack were aired on Toonami, an action-oriented programming block on Adult Swim. The network released a short teaser in December 2015 after it green-lit the return of the series with Genndy Tartakovsky as executive producer and Cartoon Network Studios as the season's production company. Artwork used in the teaser derived from the cover of an issue from IDW Publishing's comic book adaptation of the series. The new season received further mention ahead of the network's 2016 upfront press release. The fifth season was announced for the 2016–17 television season. Work-in-progress excerpts were shared at the 2016 Annecy International Animated Film Festival.

Voice Cast

Additional Voices

Episodes

See also: Episode Guide

Season Episodes Season premiere Season finale
5 10 March 11, 2017 2017
No. # Title Airdate Prod. Code
53 1 "Episode XCII" March 11, 2017 501
Samurai Jack has been trapped in the future world for 50 years, and has been driven to despair by his endless (and hopeless) quest to return home and defeat Aku. Then, Jack fights the robot assassin Scaramouch. Meanwhile, seven young girls are raised and trained from birth by an Aku-worshiping cult to become an elite team of assassins, with the sole purpose of killing Jack.
54 2 "Episode XCIII" March 18, 2017 502
Aku has lost his interest in killing Jack as he expected him to die,but cant.Jack is ambushed by the Daughters of Aku, who disarm him of all his weapons, and force him into an intense fight and wild chase for his life. Meanwhile, a wolf must survive a similar confrontation with its own enemies.
55 3 "Episode XCIV" March 25, 2017 503
Jack barely escapes with his life, but is gravely injured. He must recover both his physical wounds and mental traumas while hiding in a cave with the wolf. Soon, he must continue where he left off from his battle with the Daughters of Aku.
56 4 "Episode XCV" April 8, 2017 504
After Jack defeats the last Daughter of Aku (Ashi), the two are both swallowed whole by a gargantuan beast. Now Jack (and an unwilling Ashi) must find a way to escape the enormous creature's body.
57 5 "Episode XCVI" April 15, 2017 505
Samurai Jack fights to save a group of enslaved people from being harvested as the power source for a monstrous Mega-Robot. Meanwhile, an older Scotsman leads a rebel army to attack Aku's home base.
58 6 "Episode XCVII" April 22, 2017 506
Ashi's search for Samurai Jack helps her to see his effect on the world after encountering numerous people and places where he has changed things for the better.
59 7 "Episode XCVIII" April 29, 2017 507
Jack and Ashi overcome a series of dangerous physical and spiritual tests in order to recover Jack's sword.
60 8 "Episode XCIX" May 6, 2017 508
The burgeoning relationship between Jack and Ashi takes a turn after they are hunted by one of the galaxy's deadliest creatures.
61 9 "Episode C" May 13, 2017 509
TBA. Penultimate episode.
62 10 "Episode CI" May 20, 2017 510
TBA. 

Trivia

  • A five-second teaser was released on YouTube the same day of the announcement.
  • Artwork used in the teaser derived from the cover of an issue from IDW Publishing's comic book adaptation of the series.
  • Work-in-progress excerpts were shared at the 2016 Annecy International Animated Film Festival.
  • The new season has more mature elements and forms a cohesive story. The story picks up fifty years after the end of the original series and follows Jack on a journey that will conclude the story of the series.
  • The season is set to have 10 episodes instead of the usual 13.
  • Jack is significantly different this season from prior appearances, both in terms of his character design with a shaggy beard and tattered clothes, and in terms of his personality.
  • Tartakovsky, at a panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2016, affirmed that the Scotsman will return to the series.
  • Due to the passing of Makoto Iwamatsu in 2006, who originally voiced the series' lead villain Aku, Tartakovsky at first considered using a completely different voice for the character. However, considering how Mako's voice was an important element of the character, Tartakovsky stated that he has hired "a guy who does a pretty good imitation; I'll be upfront about it—nobody can replace Mako." Voice actor Greg Baldwin was brought in to mimic the original voice.
  • The season was expected to air in 2016, but on October 11, 2016, Chris Reccardi announced on his official Facebook page that the new season will premiere on March 2017. However, there were conflicting reports of that date, as Toonami's showrunner Jason DeMarco has said there was no definite premiere date set. Reccardi later deleted his post.
    • Later on, Adult Swim reconfirmed the rumour, in response to a question. The premiere date was set to be March 11, this time being true.
  • #JackIsBack was used to promote Season 5 of the series.
  • Tyler Bates will be providing the music score for this season.
  • This season will be co-produced by Williams Street.
    • This is the first season that is co-produced by Williams Street despite of Seasons 1 till 4 were co-produced by Cartoon Network Studios.
  • In an interview at Comic-Con 2016, it was revealed that Jack will experience directly killing his first human being in this season. [1] (1:58)
    • The closest in the series to this so far was when Jack was shown to have possibly killed three human bounty hunters in the episode "The Princess and the Bounty Hunters". However, it is likely he simply incapacitated them. This can be seen on the absence of blood. And despite being hit by the explosives, it is likely that Boris was simply badly injured.
  • The episodes of Season 5 are listed as 'XCII' as the official name of the first episode of Season 5 instead of 'LIII'.
    • They started with 'XCII' because when naming it 'LIII' for the first episode of Season 5, it would be consider as a continuation after the events of Episode LII.

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