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Samurai Jack

Season 4 Episode 12

LI: Young Jack In Africa

Aired Saturday 12:30 AM Sep 25, 2004 on Cartoon Network
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This episode takes place during Jack's childhood. After Aku's first attack, Jack is brought to a tribe in Africa where he is admitted into the adult community after a small ritual and the chief of the village teaches him the art of fighting with a stick. But an enemy tribe attacks the village in order to get a reward promised by Aku for Jack's capture and everyone is captured except for Jack. So he follows them, mastering the captors' weapon, using qualities of the animals he has observed to do so. After a difficult series of fights, Jack releases all the prisoners and with their help, the enemy tribe is defeated. At the end, Jack leaves the tribe because he is now considered to have learned all he can from them.moreless

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  • Another fresh and quite brilliant ep from the masterful 4th season

    This episode really surprised me at how good it was. The show never spent too much time w/ young Jack and I was skeptical at how entertaining an entire episode devoted to his youth would be. I was quickly proven wrong. This is another beautifully animated and art directed episode. I especially liked how their interpretation of Africa and its inhabitants evoked African art. The episode has a very transporting feel. One can almost feel the heat of the sun blaring down. The music (an under-appreciated aspect of the show) is once again fitting and atmospheric w/o being over bearing. Overall I find this one of the very special episodes the show has to offer, a meaningful and effective glimpse into Jack's training as a kid.moreless

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