|“||Our race has existed for countless eons. The hunt is our way of life. It runs through our veins. It makes us rich. Rich beyond material wealth. We accept your challenge, but we need not your treasure. Our reward is the thrill of the hunt. For we are... Imakandi!||„|
|~ The Imakandi leader explaining his race to Aku.|
The Imakandi first appeared in Episode XXII: Jack and The Hunters of the Animated Series, Samurai Jack.
Although they were only seen in one episode, the Imakandi were depicted as a proud and honorable as well as skillful people as seen in the Hunters' encounter with Samurai Jack. They hunted either for survival or for the thrill of it. They cared nothing for material wealth as shown when they turned down Aku's offer of treasure to capture Jack, stating that the hunt itself was rewarding enough.
The Imakandi are a leonine race that Aku had enlisted by promising to quench their thirst for the hunt, stating that Jack would be the greatest prey that they could ever find. Once the Imakandi had arrived on Earth, they quickly found a trace of Samurai Jack and caught him by surprise, easily incapacitating him. Disappointed at the lack of challenge, the Imakandi deemed Jack unworthy prey and decided to give him to Aku immediately. Upon hearing Aku's name, however, Jack quickly cut his bonds and escaped into the city, refusing to let Aku take him so easily. Impressed, the Imakandi continued their hunt. Jack attempted to outrun the hunters through different methods (e.g to lose them on a flying cycle only to find that they had easily gained on him without realizing it as well as trying to escape on an elevator that was about to close).
Eventually, after a long chase, the Imakandi had cornered Jack on a ledge high above the streets, finally one of the hunters ended the chase by firing what appeared to be an arrow at Jack, who caught it almost effortlessly, however he had found out too late that the arrow was, in fact, a snake-like creature that bit him and released a type of anesthetic into his blood. Once they had arrived at a balcony with Jack, Aku appeared before them and demanded that they hand him over, but instead they refused, stating that the Samurai was the greatest creature they had ever hunted and deserved to be free, and before Aku could capture them they teleported in a blinding light. They return Jack to where they found him, and when he regains consciousness a message they left him through a small torch activates. They explain why they released him, and tell him to run free Samurai.
- Extraordinary Coordination and teamwork: Each member possesses equivalent strength and skills that of Samurai Jack. When they teamed up and all ganged upon Jack, all he could do was go on the defensive and flee.
- Master hunters: Perhaps the Imakandi's greatest skill is their ability to track their prey quickly and efficiently, as shown by how they had found Jack shortly after arriving. Jack himself said that he had never encountered such skilled hunters before.
- Heightened Senses: The Imakandi have heightened senses of smell, hearing, and sight. Their senses are strong enough that they could hear a single sweat drop splash and figure out where it came from instantly. With such senses, they managed to find Samurai Jack in a very large, complex city populated by millions.
- Enhanced Speed: The Imakandi have proven to be incredibly swift and agile as they were able to keep up with Jack even though he was on a flying cycle.
- Weapons Experts: The Imakandi have several weapons at their disposal from electric spears to even anesthetic insect darts, however it should be noted that each of the hunters possesses their own unique weapons.
- Enhanced agility: The Imakandi have also shown themselves to possess agility that is on par or even greater than Jack.
- Enhanced reflexes: Matching their appearance, the Imakandi also have cat-like reflexes.