There was a time when I was a huge fan of Toonami, and I was quite sad to see it go. When it returned, I was excited, but I quickly saw a new death on the horizon. Without new content, there was little point to watch Toonami. Things aren’t like they used to be. We have access to a swath of anime series through Crunchyroll and Funimation. Not only that, but we have access to simulcasts! How could Toonami compete?
Samura Jack Returns
That’s why I am so excited to see the return of Samurai Jack. Not only is it new content, but it’s also a show that I happen to miss. Unfortunately, as of now, little is known about the new season, except that it is set to air in 2016, as part of Adult Swim’s Toonami block.
If you’re not familiar with the series, the show’s premise takes place in a Dystopian reality where a demon named Aku has enslaved the world. The only one who can stop his reign is a Samurai from the past. Or as Aku would put it…
Long ago in a distant land, I, Aku, the shape-shifting Master of Darkness, unleashed an unspeakable evil! But a foolish Samurai warrior wielding a magic sword stepped forth 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!
The show ran for four seasons, had 52 episodes, and ran from 2001 until 2004. The story was never resolved when the show was cancelled.
Just the Beginning?
Hopefully this is just the beginning of new, and even exclusive content for Toonami. If nothing else, this one show could result in a fair boost to the ratings, and let’s face it, Toonami needs a ratings boost. How much of a boost depends on a few things, including when the show will be on and the quality of the new season itself.