Samurai Jack

Season 3 Episode 11

XXXVII: The Birth Of Evil (Part 1 of 2)

Aired Saturday 12:30 AM Aug 16, 2003 on Cartoon Network
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Episode Summary

In this tale of Aku's arrival, Jack's father the Emperor must defeat the evil wizard upon his arrival on Earth.

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  • This is how it all started.

    This episode I guess, is basically the beginning of the series, but is not technically a pilot. It shows us how Aku first came to Earth. (He destroyed the dinosaurs when he arrived on Earth!) It also shows how Jack's father defeated Aku in two episodes. The first episode is of Aku arriving on Earth and the second is Jack's father fighting Aku. I really like the action and the suspense in this one. Alot more "killing" in this prequel then about any other episode. If you haven't seen this episode yet, you should be shamed. This is one of the best of them all.moreless
  • The Birth of Aku.

    As the writers and animators have always lifted up the hopes of me, this episode was no different. The beginning was really nice, and scary. As Jack's father went to defeat the black thing, it grew to become AKU! Yes, Aku was set free by Jack's dad and he felt sad. The ending made me cry. I felt so sorry for him. Well, part 2 will continue and tell us if he wins....moreless
Phil LaMarr

Phil LaMarr

Caveman #2/Holy Monk/General

Guest Star

Keone Young

Keone Young

Young Emperor/Caveman/Dog Owner

Guest Star

Lauren Tom

Lauren Tom

Young Samurai Jack's Mom

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Trivia: Aku's first act of evil when he comes to Earth: annihilating the dinosaurs.

    • When Aku comes to Earth it is the time of the dinosaurs, but when Earth is shown the landscape is not Pangea.

    • When the monk that gives Jack's father the elixir is seen from a faraway view, the container of the poison is like a cup. When the view zooms in, it looks like a perfume bottle. Then when Jack's father puts it in his belt, it's a cup again.

    • Odin wields a trident, but in Norse mythology, Odin wielded a spear called Gungnir, which never misses its target.

    • In medium shots of the village that becomes Jack's civilization, a river can be seen running though the village, but it's not there in long shots.

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Aku: Nothing of this world can harm me. For I am Aku – the Shogun of Sorrow, the Deliverer of Darkness, your new master, and you will bow to me!

  • NOTES (3)

    • Genndy Tartakovsky was nominated for the 2004 Annie Award for "Outstanding Directing in an Animated Television Production" for this episode.
      Scott Wills won the 2004 Annie Award for "Outstanding Production Design in an Animated Television Production" for this episode. Genndy Tartakovsky, Brian A. Miller, Don Shank, Robert Alvarez, Randy Myers, Mun Jeong Yu, Bong Koh Jae and James T. Walker won the 2004 Emmy Award for "Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming Less Than One Hour)" for this episode.

    • When this episode originally aired, there were no Roman numerals identifying the episode at the end.

    • When first aired by Cartoon Network on 8/16/03, this and Part II were aired as a single one-hour episode with no ending credits at the end of Part I, and no opening credits at the beginning of Part II.