Thanks to the ongoing Annecy animation festival in France, we have our first solid look at Genndy Tartakovsky’s new and likely final season for Samurai Jack. All signs point to this version being a more adult and darker take on the multiple Primetime Emmy-winning series that ran in the early 2000s and will return for a fifth season later this year. Unfortunately, no hard dates are available just yet, but we do have some more details as to the look, tone, and duration of the new season.
Toonami Faithful rounded up social media reports from Annecy which gave up a lot more info on Samurai Jack, which is still a work in progress. The season will take place 50 years after the close of Season 4, which shouldn’t be too surprising considering the time-traveling nature at the heart of the series. It will also close out Jack’s story in the run of 10 new episodes, which form to complete a five-hour movie. If this first promo image for the final season of Samurai Jack is any indication, it will be a violent end to an epic story. Sounds good to me!
Annecy attendee Chevistian also shared some info and other images over social media that offer up more glimpses of the upcoming season:
— Chevistian (@Chevistian1) June 15, 2016
As a bonus, head over to Adult Swim for a work-in-progress storyboard to get a look at and listen to a potential plot point for the new series. And if you missed it late last year, here’s the Adult Swim teaser announcing the new season in 2016:
Adult Swim is excited to announce that JACK IS BACK. Creator and executive producer Genndy Tartakovsky continues the epic story of Samurai Jack with a new season that will premiere on Adult Swim’s Toonami block in 2016.
The new season is currently in production in Los Angeles at Cartoon Network Studios.
Look for the fifth and final season of Samurai Jack later this year on Cartoon Network, and in the meantime, check out this fun fan-made film about the time-traveling samurai.