Samurai Jack

Season 4 Episode 2

XLI: Robo-Samurai versus Mondo Bot

Aired Saturday 12:30 AM Jun 21, 2003 on Cartoon Network
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Jack must use a giant robot to defeat the monstrous Mondo-Bot.

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    • Mondo-Bot Appearance
      The Mondo-Bot is nearly identical to the legendary female bounty hunter Samus Aran of Nintendo's Metroid video game series. Both have red armor and the helmet is almost an exact copy.

    • Merging With Robot
      To merge with a robot and become it, to also move like it and feel its pain, is similar to the concept of the Guymelaf mechas from the anime series 'Escaflowne'.

    • Red Robot Saving Jack:
      The shot where the red robot saves Jack after he falls from mondo-bot is obviously lifted from the scene near the end of The Matrix: Reloaded where Neo saves Trinity from falling from a building.

    • Robot Leader: He is 'The One'.
      The leader of the robot survivors makes a reference to a prophecy that 'The One' will someday come and destroy Mondo Bot. Jack is that one.Parallels to the Matrix movies abound:
      * Survivors who live in the sewers beneath their destroyed city
      * Jack leaping through a glass window in slow motion and landing on a building rooftop
      * Jack awakening underground (or is it a dream)
      * Shells falling in slow motion as Mondo Bot blasts the Samurai Giant

    • Travelling by Sea:
      When travelling on the sea, the samurai robot resembles Daimajin, from the 1966 movie trilogy produced by Daiei (which was also a basis for the 1972 anime series "Mazinger Z," which began the super-robot wave).

    • Entering the Robot:
      When Samurai Jack locates the samurai robot under the sea, he enters it from a beam through his forehead. This was right out of the 1975 anime series "Brave Raideen" (who was also featured in the Shogun Warriors toy collection).

    • Voltron:
      This whole sequence was doubtlessly inspired by the old anime series "Voltron" (and the numerous cartoon and live action "giant robot" series that came after it).

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