Samurai Champloo

Season 2 Episode 11

Baseball Blues

Aired Sunday 12:00 AM Feb 16, 2006 on Cartoon Network
out of 10
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Episode Summary

An anachronistic batch of American belligerents sail into town and a canny ninja-turned-team manager enlists our heroes to do battle with them on the field of honor...which in this case is a baseball diamond. Behold Mugen's pitching skills and tremble!

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  • THe best episode yet! THis episode could have been the finale it was so good!

    Wow from start to the finish of the show it was packed with humor and everything about the series that i come to it for. I mean when Mugen runs from the store, and then gets hit with a baseball in edo period of Japan, it just doesnt get any better than that. That plus all the characters that play in the game, the old man that dies, Jin and Mugen using different sword techniques during the game, and the dog, and the Saw Manzou getting up to bat. i mean it just doesnt get any better than that. " Balk! Its a Balk!" "Ninja baseball"moreless
  • A very funny episode of the anime.

    I'm american, and I loved this episode. If you can't laugh at yourself, or your way of life just once. Then there must be something wrong with you.

    This is just an anime, there is nothing to it at all. And this was funny, like when people got killed by baseballs. And Mugen got his face puffed up a baseball bat.
  • In this episode Mugen Jin and Fuu find themselves playing baseball against a fleet of Americans for the Safety of Japan. It has nothing to do with the plot line but that's ok, who says everything has to be serious!!!moreless

    This episode is really funny, its way better in the original Japanese (obviously). I don't know why everyone is ragging on it. I thought it was great. And for those people who say "It's an anti-American episode!" Just a little news flash. Most people in other countries don't like Americans. And at this point in Japanese History, they didn't really like anyone from any other country. "Expel the foreign Barbarians!" was indeed their slogan. But this episode is just a fun distraction, sit back and enjoy it, you don't have much time left in the series.moreless
  • Watch as everyone becomes humorous cardboard cutouts and stereotypes.

    This ep really is kind of frustrating. As so often happens, the creators break up the tense continuity of the on-going plot lines for a "fun" stand-alone. Unlike the other viewer who rated extremely negatively, I saw stereotypes cover both Americans and Japanese; admittedly there were more concerning Americans, but oh well. Deal. Imperialism isn't the best geopolitical phenomenon to happen and the episode takes some good jabs at it.

    I would have liked this a little more if things didn't remain so static. All the characters fulfilled token, card-board cut-out roles (for example, Mugen as the typical tough guy/all-star last hope). There was really no development or advancement of characters at all. Just filling in empty spots for the small semblance of a plot to shuffle along to conclusion. Again, not awful, but if you are watching the series straight through, don't expect any depth or conflict resolutions from this ep. You will be sorely disappointed.moreless
  • Funny!

    I've watched this episode, and it's really aweesome! I like this episode a lot! Jin & Mugen play baseball with a bunch of americans! LOL.

    It's Japanese against Americans in baseball. Mugen, Jin, Fuu, and other Japanese people and a dog against the Americans, who actually talk in english, but have an accent.

    Go Mugen! He beat all the american people! He should make it to the world series! That's why I give this episode all thumbs up!moreless

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