Sunday, May 21, 2017

Random Post: Samurai Jack Ending

For all those who are a fan of Samurai Jack, let me know what you think of the ending.  For those who've never watched it, I highly recommend this series.  Also, if you haven't watched the series, just know that spoilers will follow this section so stop reading if that bothers you.

This whole (last) season of Samurai Jack has been full of ups and downs, surprises and tearful moments.  Jack's relationship with Ashi was sweet but I'd actually thought the creator was going the route of master-student between the two and not lovers. Originally, Ashi was brainwashed but because she's also very talented, I thought it might have ended with her eventually slaying Aku after seeing the truth through Jack.  It would have been a troll move just like in the Elders Scroll: Oblivion when Martin was the real hero and not you (the player) since he battled the daedric prince to save Tamriel.  Turns out the creator went the lovers route.  The age difference makes Jack seems like a pedo right?  Nah, they're both adults so whatever.  

At first I didn't know what to think of the pair.  I was confused, same as Jack was, apparently.  But then, over the course of their interactions, they seemed right for each other.  I'd thought one day he'd return to the past and marry that one girl from childhood who kissed him on the cheek after catching frogs together.  But, I think a warrior does make a better match for him.  Jack is timid and experienced in the ways of the world.  Ashi can be quite loud and belligerent but also naive.  Together, they complete each other.  I would have liked to see him marry her and live happily ever after with a few pups of their own.

Still, the moment he went back into the past with Ashi, the whole time paradox thing was nudging the back of my mind.  I though "oh crap, this isn't going to end well."  Once he slew Aku and Ashi was still there, I thought, "Okay, maybe the creator will be nice."  Nope.  Truth be told, I didn't cry the first time she disappeared but after watching it again, I did.  I don't know which is more painful, to never have the person you love or to leave them behind while you... never existed in the first place.  Of course if she never existed then it reasons that he can't really miss her because they never would have met... or would they?  I don't know.  Anyhow, at the end, Jack smiles when a lady bug with a black face and two round eyes land on his finger, a faint reminder of Ashi's Aku form or maybe a reminder of the time they spent together on that island when Ashi started to doubt her worldview.  The sky then opens up to bright light, a sign of a hopeful future or a realization that she is to him, everything beautiful in the world, in my opinion.  Whatever it was the creator intended to convey, I'd like to think Ashi and Jack will meet again one way or other.

In summary, this wasn't the ending I expected but I still love the series.  The way things ended leave a lot of room for interpretation and fanfic.  I'm going to go with his suffering in life along with everything good he has selflessly accomplished will bring him to god status and permit him to unite with Ashi into eternity.  What are your thoughts?  Leave comments below.

~Lenne Penry

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