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Hello again. I am back from Williamsburg, Virginia.

First of all, while I was vacationing at America’s Historic Triangle in Virginia (consisting of Jamestown, Williamsburg and Yorktown), I have conceived this idea of writing a big, epic fantasy novel based on and inspired by the cartoon Samurai Jack, one that would take Samurai Jack’s entire childhood, training around the world, and return home as an adult in the hopes of freeing his enslaved people and vanquishing the demon Aku before Aku himself sends Jack spiraling into the future that is Aku, recast it in modern literary prose language (and just like T.H. White have done with his masterful epic retelling of Arthurian legend, The Once and Future King), and retell Samurai Jack’s childhood, training and return home to try and free his enslaved people before Aku banishes the warrior into the future that is Aku for a whole new generation.

The title of my planned epic novel:

The Once And Future Samurai

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And the ‘Once And Future Samurai‘ of the title and in question shall be…

 

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Young Jack, to be exact!

My intention for The Once and Future Samurai is to track the epic life’s journey of Samurai Jack from his boyhood through his training ‘round the world among all manners of warriors and heroes to his return home as an adult to try to free his enslaved people and destroy Aku the Shogun of Sorrow, and ending at the point where Jack is about to strike the final death blow against Aku, at the point just before Aku tore open a portal in time and flung him into the future.

Anyway, I will begin my epic novel, The Once and Future Samurai, shortly after Samurai Jack was born at the end of The Birth of Evil Part II, when his father, the Emperor of Japan/Shanghara gather together the great leaders of the world’s many peoples where, in a great United Nations-type council meeting, they all devise a plan that will prepare The Emperor’s Son, the Once and Future Samurai of the title, for the ultimate battle against the ultimate evil that is Aku, in case Aku ever returns or gets his jailbreak.

Hopefully, in fleshing out the details in Samurai Jack’s childhood before Aku’s jailbreak, I hope to include…

Hmm. Let’s see…

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Oh! I Know!

His playing with the crickets and this girl:

 

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His encounter with none other than Lone Wolf and Cub:

 

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The lessons he learned from his father and mother, The Emperor and Empress of Japan/Shanghara:

 

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The time where he plays with his favorite ball…

 

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…and his thwarting of the three bullies who stole Young Jack’s ball:

 

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All was happy for Young Jack and his Japanese/Shangharan empire, until one day, when a solar eclipse brought about Aku’s jailbreak, so he can “smite the world like I had in days long past”.

And guess what will Aku bring with him in addition to his strange powers, don’t ya?

An army of swarthy barbarians from Astronoma, a land to the north of Shanghara, and their ruthless leader, Nam’Krad The Astronomean (which is backwards for Dexter’s Laboratory’s Mandark), who, offended by not being invited to the great United Nations-like council meeting held by Samurai Jack’s father, The Emperor, swears to conquer and invade Japan/Shanghara and the surrounding world in the name of Aku.

The Emperor’s soldiers fought bravely against Aku and Nam’Krad’s invading Astronomean forces but they cannot defeat Aku’s strange powers, not to mention, the explosives employed by the barbaric Astronomean invaders. And Aku also captured the Emperor before he could reached his magic sword.

But one hope remained.

The Emperor’s wife took the sword and Young Jack with her and left Japan/Shanghara to get away from the ensuing violence.

She hid the sword with a secret sect of monks in the cold recesses of Taipania and sent Young Jack ‘round the world to be trained as a samurai warrior among all manner of warriors and heroes from different cultures.

 

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Remember, Jack wears a special symbol around his neck that identifies him as the son of the Emperor of Japan/Shanghara, and somebody to be trusted, too!

 

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On a Japanese/Shangharan Junk, he learns Navigation/Astronomy:

 

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In the land of Elsharzar/Arabia, he learns horseback riding:

 

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In Harlorleanea/Africa, he learns stick fighting from the Zuli people:

 

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In Azigoria/Egypt, he learns how to read, write and translate hieroglyphics:

 

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In Athenodor/Greece, he learns wrestling:

 

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In the forests of Avaland/England, he learns archery from Locksley/Robin Hood, a Robin Hood-like man who is also a friend of Oliver, The Young Captain of Avaland:

 

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In Vargland/Scandinavia, he learns how to sail the high seas from the Varg People of the Northern Sea/Vikings:

 

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In Nevskia/Russia, He learns how to throw an axe at a target:

 

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In Tenjaland/Mongolia, he learns from the Ten’Jai/Mongols how to throw spears:

 

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And in Taipania/China, he learns martial arts from the Shaolin Monks:

 

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In all his travels, Jack grew from a boy into a man.

 

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He may have learned the basic skills of a samurai warrior, but he learned some extra skills as well. All the extra training helped Samurai Jack to become a well-rounded warrior—the only kind of warrior able to take on Aku.

After claiming the sword from his mother, he gathers a coalition of Avalish and Taipanean soldiers as well as the last surviving Shangharan samurai armies and together, they went to the shores of Shanghara and ride to glory against the Astronomeans led by Lord Nam’Krad, with Jack flying the Shangharan standard from a Taipanean Junk.

After losing Captain Oliver to Nam’Krad, after defeating Nam’Krad and the Astronomeans, after subduing Aku’s taskmasters, and after freeing the Emperor of Japan/Shanghara and his people, he challenged Aku:

 

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At the end of my novel, The Once And Future Samurai, Aku and Jack fought a spectacular battle.

And like I said, I shall end my epic novel/retelling of Samurai Jack’s boyhood and training at the very point Jack is about to destroy the demon with one last killin’ blow from his sword, at the very point just before Aku conjured up a time portal that sent Jack spiraling far into the future that is Aku:

 

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Aku: You might have beat me now, but I will destroy you in the future.

Jack: There is no future for you, Aku.

Aku: I disagree.

Like I said, Samurai Jack, to me, is, in question, the Once and Future Samurai refer to in the title of my book, and always will be, would he?

 

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Anyway, even as The Once and Future Samurai will chronicle the boyhood of Samurai Jack, his training around the world, and his return home to challenge Aku and his allies, the Astronomeans, and ending immediately before Aku flung him into the future that is Aku, one of the central themes in The Once and Future Samurai, is going to be an exploration of human nature.

For even though I shall admit the source of my book is the cartoon Samurai Jack (which is my all-time favorite) by Genndy Tartakovsky, I shall reinterpret the events taking Jack from his childhood through his training to his return home to challenge Aku before he sent him to the future, and I shall fill them all with renewed meaning even for a world waiting for dark precarious time to improve (especially in the post-9/11 age and especially in the Great Recession) and especially for a whole new generation of fans of Genndy Tartakovsky and Samurai Jack.

And I shall give the characters in The Once and Future Samurai motivations or traits more complex or even contradictory to those on Samurai Jack the cartoon show.

And I would like to allow Genndy Tartakovsky himself to have a cameo appearance at the end of my Once And Future Samurai book. I will also like to treat the historical characters as mythological or fictional within the world I create for the Once and Future Samurai.

I shall also incorporate not only anachronistic allusions to the past (i.e., dinosaurs, etc.), but also those to events in more recent times (like 9/11, the actions of James Holmes, Adam Lanza or Elliot Rodgers, etc.).

Just like in T.H. White’s The Once And Future King, would it?

 

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Gee, Talk about ‘anachronism stew’ over here! HA HA HA HA!

Anyway, what would you think of The Once And Future Samurai, my epic novel/retelling/chronicle of Samurai Jack’s childhood, training and return home to free his enslaved people and challenge Aku before the demon sends the Samurai into the future? And what would you think of all the things I wanted to incorporate into The Once And Future Samurai?

 

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I know it’s four months early, but…

In August 2003–nearly 10 years ago, perhaps–a two-part episode of Samurai Jack by Genndy Tartakovsky, creator of Dexter’s Laboratory and future director of Hotel Transylvania, aired on Cartoon Network. The following year, it won a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Animated Program, no less.

It is basically a prequel to the Premiere Movie, and it is something that explains the origins of the evil shape-shifting demon wizard Aku, as well as the origins of Samurai Jack’s magic sword, and how Samurai Jack’s dad, The Emperor of Japan, fought Aku and eventually brought about Aku’s ‘jailtime’ by locking up Aku’s remains and demon forces deep in the earth with the magic sword–so that Aku’s tree-like ‘jailhouse’ could stick out admist the damage that the Shogun of Sorrow has wrought. And it ended with the birth of Samurai Jack, my most favorite cartoon samurai warrior of all time.

That two-part Samurai Jack episode I’m talking about is called “The Birth of Evil”.

Again, I know it’s four months early, but I have done two things in preparation for the 10th anniversary of Samurai Jack: The Birth of Evil Parts one and two.

First off, I have done two versions of a fanmade Photoshop collage tribute poster that I had done for that two-part Emmy Award-winning Samurai Jack episode that is Birth of Evil:

Samurai Jack Birth of Evil Fanmade Triburte Photoshop Collage Poster by Timbox Timbox's Fanmade Tribute to Samurai Jack Birth of Evil

Secondly,  If you who have seen and/or remembered seeing Samurai Jack and/or its Emmy Award-winning two-parter Birth of Evil have any comment, you could talk and/or reminiscence about this show and/or Birth of Evil on the comment page below.

And so, here is my question:

Do you remember the two-part Emmy Award-winning Samurai Jack episode Birth of Evil? Do you like it or not? What is your favorite part(s) from Birth of Evil?

Well, what’s your word or review on Birth of Evil, the two-part Emmy Award-winning Samurai Jack episode that I’m talking about?

Hey ladies and gentlemen! Guess what I found?
THESE!!!
There are some preliminary sketches done for my most favorite action cartoon of all time—Samurai Jack:

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There are also storyboards for Aku’s opening attack on Jack’s village at the beginning of Samurai Jack:

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And last but not least, 10 model sheets/episode/character designs from the first half hour part of the premiere movie:

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And where did I found them, you may ask?

Well, I have found them last night at the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine archive cache for the Samurai Jack page at Cartoon Network.com’s now-defunct Department of Cartoons webpage, of course.

And someday, folks, I am going to be famous for my love of cartoons, especially the work of Genndy Tartakovsky like Samurai Jack. And someday, my fame and fortune will grow to worldwide/international proportions on account and strength of what I’m hoping for the most complete Samurai Jack behind-the-scenes art collection ever compiled and assembled, and by no means imaginable—one which will take the form of a multi-volume series of lavishly illustrated Samurai Jack coffee-table art books (in print, digital interactive ebook or both forms) or a major traveling art gallery show exhibit showcase, perhaps—The Art of Samurai Jack: An Epic Behind-The-Scenes Celebration of Genndy Tartakovsky’s epic action cartoon series Samurai Jack, no less.

So, what do you think?