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ID: 78edd  No.1132

ID: 10159  No.1133

There is a god, and his name is Genndy Tartakovsky.

I just hope this also means we will get Sym-Bionic Titan back someday. Let us pray for the liberation of Galaluna!!

ID: a11d7  No.1134

I was never really a fan, but it's good news to hear considering there was never a a satisfying conclusion to it from what I understand.

ID: e654f  No.1135

Makes me wonder who the next voice actor for Aku is gonna be ever since Mako Iwamatsu passed away.

ID: 09ff0  No.1136

>>1135

Maybe he'll just be silent.

Heck, maybe the whole thing will be silent, you know how Genndy loves his artsy episodes.

ID: 57e49  No.1137

>>1135
Likely Greg Baldwin, Mako's student. Apparently he's already voicing Aku in a Cartoon Network game.

ID: 4b1c6  No.1974


ID: 722e9  No.1975

>>1974

Heh, at last they do away with the oil spills and go straight for the gore. Not a fan of that armor though, looks way too gaudy for my taste. And guns eh? I can let that slide, you don't go 50 years in Aku's hell without getting with the times, plus you can only stagnate to old ways for so long until your enemies know your every trick. All the same, I hope the scotsman returns. Definitely one of my favorite supporting characters.

Oh and that Aaron Nicewonger fellow in the comment section is such a tool.

ID: 79fb3  No.1976

>>1975
Well thats only cause this is sorta following the comics…and in the comics Jack lost his sword

ID: 91cbc  No.1978

>>1976

I admit I don't remember much about the show, but isn't the sword kind of the only thing Jack has that can hurt Aku? For some reason I keep thinking he's immune to damage from ordinary weapons.

How does he even lose his sword?

ID: 69320  No.1979

>>1978

Yes, he needs the sword to kill Aku, presumably part of his mission statement in the new thing will be to get it back.

And it's not like the thing comes when called or is stuck to his hand, he lost it for parts of an episode several times.

ID: df4c9  No.1981

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>>1979
To me, my sword

ID: 79fb3  No.1982

>>1978
I was incorrect
his Sword WAS broken not lost, but he got a new one by the same 3 gods that gave his father the sword he originally used.

Apparently the comics (they did 20) ended with Jack leading a resistance and opted to instead no longer seek a way back to the past but help the current time.

http://readcomiconline.to/Comic/Samurai-Jack/

ID: f9a27  No.2177

Season 5 begins airing March 11 at 11:30.

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ID: f9a27  No.2197


ID: f9a27  No.2198

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Get hype.

ID: f9a27  No.2200

The plot thus far:

Jack has been trapped in the future for 50 years, but is no older than when he first arrived (presumably due to being thrown through time). Decades of failure in his mission to destroy Aku and return home have left him bitter and cynical (he's beginning to avoid trouble rather than coming to rescue people in trouble), and have also taken a toll on his sanity, causing him to suffer graphic hallucinations of his family and (dead) innocents accusing him of giving up on them. He's also lost his sword (we haven't learned how yet), and scavenges his arsenal from fallen opponents.

Meanwhile, over the course of many years, a group of female assassins belonging to an Aku cult have been born and ruthlessly trained for the specific purpose of hunting down and killing Jack. One of them–the only one given a name–may be a potential defector.

For the moment, Aku is nowhere to be seen, and it's implied that he's been absent for a while.

ID: f9a27  No.2210

Episode 2:

Aku isn't missing after all, but he hasn't confronted Jack personally in years, simply sending robots after him (which Jack has regularly dispatched). It's confirmed that Jack's lack of aging is a result of being thrown through time by Aku, which is something Aku didn't plan on; he's actually been waiting for Jack to get old and die, but that hasn't happened, much to Aku's annoyance. Aku also doesn't know that Jack has lost his sword.

(On a side note, the new guy voicing Aku does a decent job of it. No one can replace Mako, but he's better than I thought he'd be.)

Jack battles the Daughters of Aku for the first time and finds himself genuinely outclassed; it's the first time he's faced such powerful opponents without the aid of his sword. He spends virtually the entire fight on the defensive or in hiding (and, in a moment of reflection, reveals that he has been contemplating suicide, as Aku has destroyed all of the existing time portals, leaving Jack with no way home). He manages to kill one of them in close quarters combat, and discovers, to his horror, that they're human under their masks (this is supposed to be the first time Jack's ever killed another person as opposed to a robot, although it's happened in the series before and was just ignored). Jack is stabbed during the fight, but manages to escape, with the remaining Daughters of Aku in pursuit.

ID: f9a27  No.2211

>>2210
According to the credits, the new Aku is Greg Baldwin, who served as Mako's understudy and took over several of Mako's roles (including Iroh) after he passed away.

ID: e8647  No.2212

>>2210

I'm pretty sure Jack wasn't horrified about killing a living person, but was horrified about killing what is essentially a child. From what I understand, the Daughters of Aku are most likely teenagers, all of his past "living" opponents were adults.

ID: f9a27  No.2213

Behind the scenes featurette.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FT6yhhfiUh8

ID: f9a27  No.2214

Episode 3:

An injured Jack drifts downriver after escaping from the Daughters of Aku, eventually taking shelter in a cave. His mental state is still unbalanced, and he's guilt-ridden over having taken his first human life.

Jack gradually recovers, and is nursed back to health by a white wolf (a character from the previous episode, meant to symbolize Jack himself). During his convalescence, he reflects upon an experience in his youth when his father foiled an assassination attempt by killing all of the assassins. The memory helps Jack come to terms with having killed someone and allows him to (partially) regain his confidence.

Meanwhile, the surviving Daughters of Aku track Jack's path downriver. (The passage of time is unclear here; Jack's blood is still relatively fresh, but he rests long enough for the seasons to change and for his fairly serious knife wound to heal almost completely.) The Daughters find themselves out of their element. They've never been in the outside world before, and have never seen animals; they don't recognize a deer when they see one, and mistake a buck, with its large antlers, for a minion of Aku.

Jack confronts the Daughters again and offers them the opportunity to decline the battle, as his father did to the team of assassins. When they refuse, Jack strikes first, and fares much better than before, quickly killing half of the remaining Daughters. He then retreats to a log overhanging a cliff. The battle ends ambiguously, with the last three Daughters falling from the cliff… as does Jack, when the log breaks.

ID: b314b  No.2216

>>2210

What I find amusing about episode 2 is how Jack's seemingly eternal youth bothers Aku to the point he can't even do his "evil overlord" job properly anymore; when those mud people make a mess in his hall, he just shoos them out (when he'd quite likely smite them if he were in his usual Aku mood), and he reacts to the scientists' news with seeming disinterest, and just tells them "if you really wanna kill the Samurai, go ahead, I don't care" (when he'd probably give them a "this better work or you're dead" threat in his usual Aku mood).

Either that, or he just got bored of all that shit. I imagine spending centuries as an unbeatable lord of evil, that is feared by all, becomes boring at some point.

ID: e18b0  No.2217

>>2216
I kind of saw that scene as a massive case of sour grapes.

ID: f9a27  No.2218

No new Jack this week; pre-empted by CN airing April Fool's material.

ID: f9a27  No.2220

We're back this week, picking up where we left off in March.

Jack survives his fall from the cliff, apparently unscathed. He finds the body of one Daughter of Aku, and is attacked by another, leaving only one of them unaccounted for (assuming she's not already dead). The surviving attacker is Ashi, the only named Daughter of Aku. Jack binds her with the chain attached to her kusarigama and attempts to reason with her, but to no avail; Ashi's lifelong conditioning as a Daughter of Aku has left her with a deep-seated, irrational hatred of Jack, and she does nothing but ceaselessly spout insults at him while singing Aku's praises.

Their conversation is interrupted by an attack from a huge, worm-like creature–so massive that it destroys the entire visible landscape–that devours both of them. They begin to traverse the worm's cavernous body in search of a way out, but Jack does all the work; Ashi is dead weight and attempts to kill Jack at every opportunity, forcing him to leave her chained up. Jack is still wrestling with mental illness, and his "dark side" attempts to convince him to leave Ashi to die, but Jack refuses, saying that she is just another innocent who has been corrupted by Aku.

Jack and Ashi eventually arrive beneath a blowhole that appears to lead outside, but the exit is located high above a pool of acid, forcing Jack to ride a series of large, plankton-like creatures (and evade a massive shark) in order to escape. (This is a visually impressive sequence with a lot of great interplay between light and darkness, and fits the classic series vibe very well.)

Jack and Ashi are blown free of the worm, but are left marooned upon a small atoll in the middle of the ocean. Ashi, now free of her chains, retrieves her scythe and prepares to sneak up on a weary Jack, but observing his gentle interaction with a ladybug–in contrast to the ruthless training of her mother–gives her pause, and she finally drops her weapon.

Next week: Aku battles an army of insurgents, including the Scotsman!

ID: d9c15  No.2221

>>2220

Actually, it -was- Ashi that he found, but he asumed she's dead because of the blood trail and her being nonresponsive. She was playing possum to make Jack lower his guard, and attacked him when he was arguing with the crows.

ID: 2594f  No.2224

Episode 5:

Aku's fortress is assaulted by an army of tanks, rhino-mounted riders, and Scottish warrior women (all of whom are daughters of the aged, wheelchair-bound Scotsman, who leads the army). However, their attacks cause no damage. Aku emerges from the fortress and annihilates the tanks and riders while the Scots retreat. The Scotsman tells off Aku to his face, calling him a baby who cowers in fear of Jack.

Aku kills the Scotsman with eye lasers. :(

… but his spirit rises from his ashes, bound to the Celtic magic in his sword, and restored to his physical prime! He tells his daughters that they will mount another assault with a larger army, and will seek Jack's aid in doing so.

Meanwhile, Jack and Ashi ride a sea serpent back to the mainland. Ashi has finally begun to question her lifelong indoctrination as an acolyte of Aku, and asks Jack to provide proof that Aku is truly evil. He agrees to do so the following morning. As they rest for the night, Ashi asks if the stars above were created by Aku; Jack tells her a creation myth from his youth that brings her comfort.

The next day, Jack takes Ashi on a "tour" of the surrounding area, showing her the devastation that Aku has wrought upon the world. Jack manages to convince her that he is telling the truth, but also reveals that he has given up all hope of defeating Aku, after failing to do so for so many years. As they visit the site of a recent massacre, they happen upon a survivor (a member of a race of blue, furry, Cookie Monster-like creatures) who tells them that Aku's minions raided the village and took all of the children to a nearby factory.

Jack and Ashi investigate the factory, where they find that a sonic signal is being used to turn the children into ravenous monsters. Jack leads the children away while Ashi searches for the source of the signal. Jack is outnumbered and overwhelmed by the children, but refuses to fight back, since they are all innocents; Ashi is captured (and tortured) by the factory foreman, but manages to kill him, destroying the equipment he is using to broadcast the signal. Doing so causes the control chips implanted in the children's necks to short out, and they all collapse to the floor, apparently dead. Jack is horrified by the sight, and cries out in despair.

In every episode, Jack has seen visions of a dark rider, shrouded in mist and clad in traditional samurai armor, standing in the distance. Who or what this character is has yet to be explained, with theories ranging from Aku to a corrupted Jack to Death itself. For the first time, the rider speaks, telling Jack that "it is time"; Jack, having completely given in to despair, willingly accompanies the rider. Ashi finds the children (who are alive, but dazed), but Jack has disappeared.

Next week: Ashi searches for Jack, and encounters the Woolies, who seek to protect him.

ID: 3011a  No.2227

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ID: 98826  No.2228

>>2227

he died as he lived, forever trolling his enemies.

ID: 2594f  No.2229

Woo! Episode 6!

In the wake of the incident at the factory, Ashi attempts to trace Jack's steps. During her search, she encounters several people whose lives were changed for the better because of Jack. (Numerous characters from past episodes make appearances, including the Woolies, the three archers, and Da Samurai, but the most unexpected cameo has to be Demongo.) Ashi completes her face turn here, and it's revealed that she's not actually wearing a black jumpsuit; it's a layer of soot that was seared into her skin as part of her training.

Meanwhile, Scaramouche is revealed to have survived his battle with Jack in the first episode, but has been reduced to only a head. He's the only one who knows that Jack has lost his sword, and tries to make his way back to Aku to share the news, but runs into a few difficulties along the way.

Ashi eventually locates Jack with the help of a mysterious stranger. She finds him in a graveyard, preparing to commit seppuku for his failures. (It's also revealed that the "dark rider" is not merely one of Jack's hallucinations, but is some kind of samurai spirit encouraging him to commit suicide in order to preserve his honor.) Ashi pleads with Jack, reminding him of the hope he has spread throughout the world, the many lives he has touched, and tells him that he saved hers. Jack finally snaps out of his funk, rescues Ashi, and banishes the spirit, saying that the time has come for him to find his sword.

Next week: Jack embarks on a vision quest to recover his sword (or receive a new one) while Ashi defends him from an army of would-be assassins.

ID: 7f4ed  No.2232

>>2229

>and it's revealed that she's not actually wearing a black jumpsuit; it's a layer of soot that was seared into her skin as part of her training

Jesus fucking Christ, that part just made me hate Ashi's mother even more; not only is she a goddamn delusional psychopath, but a hypocrite as well-note how during the scene where she's giving birth, it's obvious that she didn't undergo same treatment, but wore a cloak all this time.

ID: b9e48  No.2235

>>2229
>wow, what a freak, looked like a talking penis

This line took me so off-guard I had to pause the video so I could laugh my head off.

ID: 6441d  No.2236

>>2229
Next week: Jack embarks on a vision quest to recover his sword (or receive a new one)

I wonder if they will follow how the comics did it where Jack's sword is tied to his VERY being thus can be summon when ever he wants

ID: 3c21f  No.2239

http://yaleherald.com/reviews/tv-samurai-jack/

Surprising absolutely no one, SJWs found -something- to complain about involving Samurai Jack.

>Jack’s first villain, Scaramouche, with his flamboyant dress and mannerisms which include ending every sentence with “babe,” reads as somewhat tone deaf and homophobic.


That's because Scaramouche's mannerisms have been based off of flamboyant scatboxers and jazz musicians like Sammy Davis Jr., for fuck's sake. It doesn't necessarily make him homophobic.

>The portrayal of samurai seems to be rooted in a Wikipedia level understanding of the historical figure and feels appropriative at times.


There goes that word again, "appropriation". Yet another in a long line of words abused to hell and back by the SJWs who don't even know what it means.

>While this season introduces the strong, nuanced female character of Ashi, women’s bodies are often depicted as hyper-sexual, a fact made uncomfortably clear by the daughters of the Scotsman in the latest episode.


SJWs complaining about women showing even slightest hints of curves? I'm so shocked.

>The show has wandered into this territory before, most notably with the character of “Da Samurai” in the fourth season, who was nothing more than a racist caricature.


Wasn't Da Samurai meant to be a mix of modern-day DJs and 60s-70s funk musicians? How's that racist?

>Samurai Jack is thus flawed in the many ways that most mass entertainment is flawed, and thus deserves the same critical eye. With this in mind, whether the show is still worth experiencing should be left to the discretion of the individual viewer.


And anyone with more than two working brain cells should ignore this uppity retard's "review" and enjoy the show for what it is.

ID: e18b0  No.2240

>>2239
>Wasn't Da Samurai meant to be a mix of modern-day DJs and 60s-70s funk musicians? How's that racist?
I thought he was more a parody/homage to the Blaxplotation genre.

ID: 2594f  No.2242

Episode 7. This one felt more rushed than previous episodes, but a lot happens.

The circumstances behind the loss of Jack's sword are revealed. Years prior, he ascends a spiraling mountain, led by a trio of cute little mountain goats. Jack playfully inquires as to whether there might be a time portal at the top; it turns out that there really is! Jack immediately leaps through it, but Aku reaches in and yanks him back out. He then destroys the time portal–the last one in existence, according to Aku–leaving a massive hole in the ground. Jack flies into a rage and attacks Aku, who backs off and transforms the goats into monsters that go after Jack; Jack brutally kills them, but when he does, they turn back to normal. Horrified by what he has done, Jack drops his sword, which rolls into the pit, beyond his reach.

In the present, Jack and Ashi return to the same mountaintop and descend into the pit atop a giant bird. They reach the bottom, but the sword is nowhere to be found. Jack realizes that he didn't lose the sword; the sword abandoned him once he was no longer worthy of wielding it.

Atop the mountain, Jack decides to meditate to determine how to recover the sword, leaving Ashi to keep watch. He enters a trance and encounters an aged monk who asks him to prepare some tea. Meanwhile, Ashi spots an army of orc-like soldiers approaching the mountain. They're there to kill Jack, but Ashi is having none of it. She's trained her entire life to be a murder machine, and this is the first time we really get to see her cut loose; she single-handedly decimates the entire army in a sequence that may be an homage to Heavy Metal. Scenes of her slaughtering mooks are interspersed with Jack, who ritualistically prepares the tea in silence.

On the battlefield, Ashi stands victorious, but notices that someone has slipped past her and is ascending to the mountain. She hurries to the top just in time to shield Jack from a shower of arrows, and finds that the archer is her own mother. They have a disappointingly brief and kind of silly fight (Ashi throws an arrow–by hand–hard enough to impale her with it), and Ashi's mother appears to fall to her death, though we don't see a body. Exhausted, Ashi collapses.

In his trance, Jack finishes brewing the tea, but the monk says that it tastes terrible because it was prepared without balance, which is why Jack's path to his sword remains clouded. Jack pleads to know how to find his sword, but the monk says Jack must earn that information. Jack's dark side emerges, raging about the pain and suffering he has endured, and suggests extracting the location of the sword by force, but Jack flatly refuses, saying that his anger and frustration are what caused him to lose the sword in the first place. Jack finally banishes his dark side, and in doing so, achieves balance. He is immediately summoned before Odin, Ra, and Vishnu, who deem him worthy and grant him a new sword (and restore his classic appearance).

Jack wakes from his trance and tends to the disoriented Ashi. Now that he has recovered his sword, Jack has a new target: Aku.

Next week: Jack and Ashi race through a maze-like facility while being chased by an unseen monster.

ID: 2594f  No.2245

Episode 8. Only two episodes remain after this one, and the series will be finished by the end of the month. This has been the weakest entry of the revival; the entire episode serves chiefly to set up the ship between Jack and Ashi, and it all feels very heavy-handed.

Jack and Ashi travel through a desert region while hunting for Aku. Along the way, they begin to develop feelings for one another; it's the first opportunity they've had to relax while in each other's company, but neither of them is well-socialized, so they're both very awkward about it.

A sandstorm forces Jack and Ashi to find shelter, and they seek refuge in an alien ship that crash-landed during the prologue. Jack recognizes a cell when he sees one and determines that they're aboard a prison ship; after Ashi is bitten and nearly poisoned by an alien leech (forcing Jack to suck out the toxin), they both determine that they need to leave quickly.

The interior of the ship is large, and Jack and Ashi are unable to find an obvious way out. They are being pursued by a large, unseen creature that roars as it chases them, spurring their efforts to find an escape route. They eventually find the creature's broken cell, where it reveals itself as a giant, amorphous mass of leeches that has devoured the rest of the prisoners aboard. Their efforts to fight it prove futile, and they spend the whole battle on the defensive before retreating.

Jack and Ashi stumble across the ship's control room/armory, where the onboard computer identifies the alien monster as 'Lazarus'. The computer provides a disc-like device as a weapon to destroy Lazarus, but Jack misses the instructions on how to prime it (he was distracted by Ashi playing with a gun).

Jack and Ashi fight Lazarus again, with both of them pressing random buttons on the weapon in an attempt to initialize it. Just as they are overwhelmed by a torrent of leeches, the weapon activates, and Lazarus is destroyed. Jack and Ashi stand in silence, panting, exhausted, and filthy, before sharing a passionate embrace.

Next week: Jack encounters a battlefield that he finds familiar; at first glance, it looks like it might be the area where he fought The Guardian.

ID: b9e48  No.2246

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ID: 2594f  No.2247

Episode 9!

We pick up immediately where we left off last week, with Jack and Ashi sharing a passionate kiss (turns out they didn't have sex after all). They share an awkward moment together before Ashi goes in search of clean clothing (she finds a uniform in one of the ship's storage lockers), while Jack bathes himself under a water pipe. Jack is happy for Ashi's company, but also feels uneasy, as he has never been in love before.

That night, around a campfire, Ashi asks Jack if he ever thinks about his home. He replies that he does so every day, and tells her about the change of the seasons in his home village, before Aku came and destroyed everything. Ashi regrets bringing up the subject, but Jack says it is nice to remember life before Aku, especially since he will never see his home again, except in his memories.

Meanwhile, Scaramouche finally arrives at Aku's citadel (on the legs of an octopus) and tells him that Jack has lost his sword. Aku is overjoyed at the news, going so far as to restore Scaramouche's lost body.

In the morning, Ashi wakes to find that Jack has left during the night. He has ventured into the desert, where he comes upon the battlefield where he encountered the Guardian; the time portal he protected has been destroyed, like all the others, and all that remains of the Guardian are his shattered glasses. Ashi catches up and demands to know why Jack left her; Jack replies that Aku has destroyed everything he has ever loved, leaving him with only memories, and he doesn't want to lose Ashi, too. Ashi reaffirms her commitment to help Jack destroy Aku.

Just then, Aku himself appears, accompanied by Scaramouche. They make some snarky comments about Jack losing his sword; when Jack draws his new blade, Aku promptly destroys Scaramouche for his stupidity. Aku prepares to retreat, but he detects his own scent coming from Ashi. Flashbacks reveal that Aku once visited the Daughters of Aku and left behind a fragment of himself in a chalice for them to worship; Ashi's mother then drank from the chalice, then gave birth to Ashi and her sisters, meaning that Ashi is literally a daughter of Aku.

Jack moves to strike Aku down, but Ashi involuntarily moves to block his attacks; Aku is either in direct control of her, or his essence within her compels her to protect him. Jack urges her to break free of Aku's control, but she is helpless to resist. Seeing that Jack and Ashi are evenly matched, Aku gives Ashi an upgrade, turning her into a wicked-looking demonic familiar of himself.

Jack and Demon-Ashi fight in one of the more visually impressive sequences of the last few episodes. Jack scores a glancing blow on Ashi that temporarily allows her true personality to emerge; she begs Jack to kill her and destroy Aku, but Jack cannot bring himself to strike her down, and instead drops his sword. The episode ends with Jack disarmed, Aku holding his sword, and Ashi still possessed.

Next week: the series finale. No preview footage was aired, just clips from previous episodes.

ID: 2594f  No.2249

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ID: 2594f  No.2253

The series finale. A lot gets crammed into 22 minutes.

Aku makes a worldwide broadcast to every television on the planet (and everyone, no matter their level of technology, appears to own a flatscreen) in which he airs the original Samurai Jack intro in its entirety and announces that he has captured both Jack and his sword. He intends to publicly execute Jack as a warning to anyone else who might oppose him, but mulls over his choice of weapon, realizing that after so many years, he hasn't given the matter much thought. Meanwhile, Jack begs Ashi (still possessed) to resist Aku's influence, but his words seem to have no effect.

Aku eventually decides to have Ashi kill Jack for him, but as she prepares to strike, the walls of Aku's fortress begin to crumble; it has come under assault from an army of Jack's friends and allies (including the Spartans, the archers, the "jump good" monkey tribe, the mer-people, and one of the canine archaeologists) who have seen the broadcast and have come to rescue him. While Aku is distracted by the rebels, Jack attempts to retrieve his sword, but it is defended by Ashi, who is more than a match for Jack.

Aku is impervious to the rebels' weapons and creates an army of small duplicates to fend them off. The battle does not go well, until the Scotsman and his daughters arrive riding large deer as mounts. The Scotsman offers to let Jack have his pick from his daughters (haw) while friendly robots arrive to battle Aku in a giant, mechanized samurai. Aku, fed up with the rebels' attack, launches himself into the sky and bombards the area around his fortress with spines, while the Scotsman tanks with a forcefield created by his magical bagpipes.

Ashi absorbs Jack into herself, and he tries in vain to break her free from Aku's control. Jack confesses his love for Ashi, which finally snaps her out of it, causing her to revert to her former (black-suited) appearance. Aku moves in to kill Jack, but Ashi defends him, revealing that she has retained her demonic abilities.

Upon realizing that she possesses all of Aku's powers, Ashi retrieves Jack's sword and opens a time portal, immediately sending both of them into the past. They arrive seconds after Aku originally sent Jack into the future, and in his weakened state ("You're back already!?"), Aku is no match for Jack. Jack draws Aku into his sword before driving it into the ground; Aku's essence spreads throughout his fortress, which then explodes. Aku is dead. Ashi falls to her knees, saying that she felt Aku leave her; Jack comments that Aku will never hurt anyone again.

Jack's childhood teachers and masters all travel to Japan, where Jack and Ashi are to be married in a grand ceremony. But on her way down the aisle, Ashi collapses; she says that without Aku, she never would have been born, and fades from existence, Back to the Future style. Everyone in attendance is horrified, and Jack breaks down in tears.

In mourning, Jack rides through a misty forest, seating himself beneath a tree. A lone ladybug alights upon him, which brings a smile to Jack's face. The final shot of the series is of sunlight breaking through the clouds while the cherry blossoms upon the tree bloom.

Game over, man, game over!



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