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Samurai Jack: I: The Beginning (I)

In the distant past, the evil Aku attacks the land with his black magic. A brave samurai prepares to face this danger and stop it before Aku breaks the resistance of the entire world.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x1
Production Number: 101
Airdate: Friday August 10th, 2001

Guest Stars
Phil LaMarrPhil LaMarr
voiced Guard
Sab ShimonoSab Shimono
voiced Emperor
Jennifer HaleJennifer Hale
voiced Girl
Main Cast
Phil LaMarrPhil LaMarr
voiced Jack
voiced Aku


In a distant land, a black tower stands in the middle of devastated lands. A black moon passes before the sun and the “tower” glows with energy. The black structure springs out of the ground and forms into a demonic figure. The figure, Aku, boasts that it is once again free to terrorize the land. ..

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Episode Quotes
Aku: Who dares to summon the Master of Masters, the Deliverer of Darkness, the Shogun of Sorrow, Aku?

Jack: No matter what form you take, Aku, you will never defeat the side of righteousness.

Aku: You might have beaten me now, but I will destroy you in the future.
Jack: There is no future for you, Aku.
Aku: I disagree.

Episode Goofs
The minion swings its whip at the Emperor and it is ahead of him.

But in the next shot, the minion's arm is behind him and the whip is outsretched.

Jack is holding his sword as he fights Aku.

However, when Aku slashes Jack's back, the sword briefly vanishes.

And then reappears in the next shot.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorGenndy Tartakovsky
Executive ProducerGenndy Tartakovsky
Supervising ProducerBrian Miller (1)
ProducerGenndy Tartakovsky
Associate ProducerDiana Ritchey
MusicJames L. Venable
Music EditorJoe Privitelli
Production AssistantTodd Garfield
Production CoordinatorLisa Rodriguez-Noreiga
Re-Recording MixerBob Harmon  |  Eric Freeman
Storyboard ArtistGenndy Tartakovsky  |  Paul Rudish
Art DirectorScott Wills  |  Dan Krall
Post Production CoordinatorAlicia Parkinson
Animation DirectorJae Bong Koh  |  Tu Mun Jeong
Main Title ThemeWill Adams  |  George Pajon, Jr.
Production AccountantJoanne Halcon
Talent CoordinatorSharra Gage
Executive In Charge Of ProductionMichael Lazzo  |  Linda Simensky
Casting DirectorCollette Sunderman
Dialogue EditorJames Hearn
Supervising Re-recording MixerTimothy J. Borquez
Recording EngineerRobert Serda
Character DesignLynne Naylor  |  Dexter Smith  |  Paul Rudish
Supervising Film EditorPaul Douglas (2)
Background PainterJenny Gase
Color StylistKaren Greslie  |  Roger Webb (1)
Prop DesignChris Battle  |  Andrew Bialk
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