Samurai Jack:

The Complete Fifth Season

                          review by Bobby Blakey

When one of the best cartoon series ever Samurai Jack debuted in 2001 it was like nothing else and slapped fans right upside the head with awesomeness. After 4 seasons the series ended in 2004 and fans were left feeling cheated. Thankfully in 2017 they unleashed the highly anticipated fifth season that allowed them to finally wrap up the series. Now fans can rejoice as Adult Swim is not only releasing the complete fifth season on Blu-ray and DVD, but also the ultimate Samurai Jack: The Complete Series on Blu-ray.

If you have had the misfortune of never seeing this series it follows a Japanese samurai who embarks on a mission to defeat the evil shape-shifting wizard Aku. Before he can complete his task, though, he is catapulted thousands of years into the future. He finds himself in a world where Aku now enjoys complete power over every living thing. Dubbing himself "Jack," he sets out on a new quest--to right the wrongs that have been done by his enemy and to find a way back to his own time so he can destroy the evil for good. Season 5 jumped ahead 50 years from the end of season four where Jack has stopped aging as a byproduct of the time travel. All seems lost as he must face off against those still fighting for Aku, but Jack may have one final chance to put everything back right again. I was worried that the amount of time between the end of the last season and this one that it might lose something, but thankfully it is just the opposite. This season seemed all the intense and deep making the show stand out even more so than it had previously.

The stories in this series have always been a bit out there and this season is no different. There are some returning characters as well as all new insanity that makes it a ton of fun to watch. The action is better than ever and there is plenty of drama that really sucks you into the world of Jack and his struggles. The addition to Aku’s children was a great cool addition to take the show in a new direction while still being familiar. The ending of the series was surreal and satisfying finally giving the closure fans wanted, but also a sadness of still wanting more. This final season was perfection and one that takes the show to the next level of brilliance.

This final season includes all 10 episodes of the season as well as featurettes. In addition to the fifth season they are also releasing the complete collection that features not only all 62 episodes of the five seasons, but also never-before-seen bonus features and a a one-of-a-kind metal art print created especially for this collector’s item. Don’t miss out on the chance to relive this amazing award winning series when both Samurai Jack: The Complete Fifth Season and Samurai Jack: The Complete Series comes to Blu-ray on October 17th from Adult Swim.

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