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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…

 

This child:

 

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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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Here is A Touching Screenshot from the Cartoon Network series Samurai Jack created  by Genndy Tartakovsky:

It shows Young Samurai Jack and his mother embracing themselves in a hug.

So what do you think of this emotionally resonant screenshot?