Samurai Champloo

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From the makers of Cowboy Bebop comes Samurai Champloo! Sometime during the 17th-19th century, during the Japanese "Edo era", two Samurai Warriors known as Mugen and Jin, have a chance meeting with a 15 year old girl named Fuu. Through a series of events, Fuu leads the warriors on a quest into several differant Japanese locations to find the samurai who smells of sunflowers. Little do the 3 unique characters realize just where fate will take them.

Theme Song (Battlecry by Nujabes) Lyrics:

Sharp like an edge of a samurai sword the mental blade cut through flesh and bone though my mind's at peace, the world out of order missing the inner heat, life gets colder oh yes, I have to find my path no less, walk on earth, water, and fire the elements compose a magnum opus my modus is operandi is amalgam steel packed tight in microchip on my arm a sign of all-pro the ultimate reward is honor, not awards at odds with the times in wars with no lords a freelancer, a battle cry of a hawk make a dove fly and a tear dry wonder why a lone wolf don't run with a clan only trust your instincts and be one with the plan some days, some nights some live, some die in the way of the samurai some fight, some bleed sun up to sun down the sons of a battlecry (repeat)moreless

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  • I am deeply saddened that there are only 26 episodes...

    10
    After watching all 26 episodes of Samurai Champloo I was bewildered to find that there are no other episodes and their may never will be. This series has to be my favorite animated series by far. It's gritty, exciting, funny, and deep. It had me on the edge of my seat till the end. The story line was fascinating along with character development and the music used along with the artwork were to die for. the production as a whole was spectacular. Some episodes will go off tangent and never return in any of the next episodes, making the continuity of the series questionable, but it still stays on the overall story-line from beginning to end which is very unique. within the 26 episodes you'll see the 3 main characters journey through danger and certain death all in the hopes of finding themselves. You also see how well the series sets itself up for more episodes, which is why I was so bewildered to find there were no more episodes.



    As an enthusiast of Japanese culture and history, and a proud fan of this show, I have to say that I really enjoyed this series, and I would want nothing more right now than to watch more of it. It's a real shame that they ended it only after 26 episodes, there's so many possibilities for new episodes and so much money to be made by Fuji TV.moreless
  • Shinichiro Watanabe may well be the best anime director out there.

    9.5
    Strangely enough I was never much of a fan of Cowboy Bebop, I watched a few episodes but never seemed to get into it. Contrary to this, from the same director Shinichiro Watanabe comes Samurai Champloo, an anime that I deeply enjoyed and is easily one of the best animations I have ever experienced.



    I am to understand that 'Champloo' means 'mix' and that is certainly the case here. This is a tale of feudal Japan and samurai in all its traditional culture and context blended with a hip-hop soundtrack and ghetto-punk sensibilities. It sure makes for an interesting combination, but I'm sure for many viewers this may be hard to look past and may seem disjointed, however I feel that it creates a show that is never stale and although is filled with deep emotional content, never takes itself too seriously or seems too laboured. Some of the tracks used as backing compliment the action sequences perfectly as well, and seen as this is a show about samurai, viewers will be expecting great fight scenes, and this definately does not disappoint. Another aspect of this anime is that it isn't afraid to borrow aspects of other cultures and settings to help with its storytelling and to keep things fresh.



    The general plot is that on a chance encounter, a waitress named Fuu rescues two wandering ronin to help her look for 'A samurai who smells of sunflowers'. Mugen and Jin act as her bodyguards throughout their travels as the three stumble upon many challenges and adventures. It will be worth noting that this show is far more episodic than a lot of other anime in that although there is a general storyline, each episode usually shows a single substoryline, often unrelated to the general plot. However this shouldn't be offputting as each episode shows great character development and often provides clues as to finding the sunflower samurai, on top of that each episode is brialliantly written and never seems forced or samey. Champloo takes us to many settings, from Yakuza hideouts, to brothels, dojos to graffiti tagged houses. No moment is a wasted one and each is very enjoyable.



    The characters are very likable, which is great considering this show tends to focus more on that aspect as opposed to storyline. Fuu is a headstrong, yet kind young woman. Mugen is a brash, arrogant warrior, who is skilled at break dance inspired sword play and has a habit of getting on people's nerves, who tends to solve (or rather create) problems with his sword. Lastly Jin is another greatly talented samurai, who is calm and collected and serves as a complete contrast to Mugen. One of the best aspects of this show is the great chemistry between the three main characters. Often in episodes, each would get their own sub-storyline which cleverly entwine with eachothers' and it is nice to see how three completely different personalities handle situations.



    Samurai Champloo is not without its emotional impact. Some episodes are very harrowing and have had me close to tears, the soundtrack switches to more traditional Japanese music at these times to fit the mood beautifully. However it is not all doom and gloom as this anime certainly has a good sense of humour, I've yet to meet someone who isn't entertained by Mugen's hasty actions. Episodes such as 'War of the Words' and 'Baseball Blues' are very amusing and yet clever at the same time, these contrast well with other episodes like 'Misguided Miscreants' and 'Elegy of Entrapment' which are very powerful and really make their mark on you, unlike a lot of anime.



    Taking a couple of steps away from the average anime style, Champloo is very well drawn and animated. It's style is somewhat unique and really gets gives the characters more life than most other anume. The painted background art is serene and does a good job in transporting you into the setting of Feudal Japan, this show is very much a feast for the eyes without relying on obvious computer enhancement techniques; this looks like more classic animation. I would consider this an action oriented anime, and the fight sequences live up to this and are consistantly impressive throughout the entirity of the series. Being that Mugen and Jin are both very different, it's nice to see the animators bring their two completely opposite fighting styles to life, be it Mugen's capoeira-esque fighting or Jin's precise martial-arts.



    Overall this show is absolute genious, and although a couple of episodes (one of which being a recap episode) slip from greatness. The rest of it easily makes up for it. I think I'd be right in saying that most anime viewers would not be happy about the more episodic storyline Champloo has, as most anime have quite long story arcs, however by no means is that a bad thing, as it is well written and the voice acting is stellar (I watched the subbed version). This is one of the few anime in which every shot matters and has been put in there for a reason, there is no wasting time or random frames added in for the sake of it. This is the reason I praise the director so highly for Samurai Champloo is such a well thought out, well executed show, that has its roots in traditional culture and animation and yet manages to be totally unique. Anyone with any sense should check this anime out, for it is nothing short of brilliance.moreless
  • amazing fights...

    8.5
    I'm gonna cut to the chase, if you are looking for a deep intellectual anime then plz stop reading. This is a great show that has such a interesting vibe that even though the story line wasn't great i still was hooked. The episodes aren't really strung together. Its a lot of random stuff that happens, but its still enjoyable. The fights are crazy but still somewhat realistic. One of the main characters actual has a Capoeira looking fighting style. The incredible unique flare to this show keeps it fresh throughout the entire series, and its humor will keep you laughing. Overall it was a great show, not a memorable one, but a show that kept me entertained throughout the series.moreless
  • A really different take on the classical samurai genre and a really great show too.

    8.0
    The show follows the exploits of two very different samurai named Mugen and Jin durring the edo era. Following a chance meeting with a young girl named Fuu the waring duo embark on a journey with her to search for her lost father. On the way they encounter friends and enemies as well as confronting their own pasts.



    This is a very original take on the much used genre. The characters are starngely endearing and their interactions are both touching and funny. The show also has a great soundtrack which perfectly accompany the fabulour fight sequences. All in all a really great show.moreless
  • Great

    9.0
    Samurai Champloo has become a favorite anime of mine. Since the two maine characters samurai have differnt fighting styles, it's always interesting to watch the fight. Mugen is a breakdance fighter and likes to use his feet, along with everything round him. Jin, on the otherhand, is a more traditional fighter, and uses quick slashes. The fight scenes are fast paced and intense. Special effect are also well done in the fights.



    The music they used seemed odd at first, because it is hip hop, but as the series progresses, it becomes better integreted, and I started to like. If you have a bit of free time and want to see a great action packed anime, check out Samurai Champloo.moreless
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Anime, unlikely friendships, history defining moment, epic adventure, hip soundtrack