Samurai Champloo

Season 1 Episode 9

Beatbox Bandits

Aired Sunday 12:00 AM Jul 09, 2005 on Cartoon Network
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Episode Summary

Mugen, Jin, and Fuu need to cross a border so they purchase Travel Passes since they don't have any.The Travel Passes turn out to be fake. Mugen, Jin, and Fuu are sentenced to death. The guards were going to have them killed until they found out about a errand they needed to run. So they send Mugen to run the errand for them. He must travel past a forest full of bandits and trouble to deliver an object. If Mugen does not make the delivery and come back in time, Jin and Fuu will die!moreless

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  • They get caught with fake identification to get across a checkpoint and Mugen has to deliver something to save Jin and Fuu.

    Fuu, Jin and Mugen buy fake identification from a man to cross a checkpoint just to get arrested and sentenced to death then it so happens that one of the prisoners has a bounty on his head but the prisoner is dead so the choose Mugen to carry the head to a destination and I f he does not return by sunset Jin and Fuu will die. Some bandits catch Mugen. i wont tell anymore as I have already told too much so I would a ssume that you will watch it yourself. It was very funny at the ending toomoreless
  • Our three main characters try to pass the check point with fake identification and get busted. The guards send Mugen on a mission and if he doesn't complete it Fuu and Jin will be killed.moreless

    This episode was too funny! It started as usual with Jin, Mugen, and Fuu walking down a road. To make a long story short they are caught with fake documents and Mugen has to deliver a head to someone to earn Jin and Fuu's freedom. The show went on being its usual awesome self until the end. I'm not going to say what, but something unexpected happened at the end. Watanbe said, quote "it was very important not to say what actually happened". I agree with him. For everyone who does not know and wants to find out, you'll just have to watch the episode.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • The jogger who passes Mugen
      Not only would this cheerful fella almost certainly not have been running just to get exercise, a concept that didn't exist yet, but he would definitely not refer to it as "jogging", a term first applied to athletic running in the late 1960's & 1970's. Though running as a competitive sport goes back as far as the concept of sport itself, it wasn't introduced in Japan until after the Meiji Restoration (1868) along with other Western sports such as baseball. (Up until then, Japanese competitive sports were all derived from warrior skills: archery, kendo, jujitsu and the like).

    • The revolutionary rhetoric and the importance of marijuana to the plot are certainly intended to make one think of the general climate of America's 1960s, though there are no direct points of comparison I can see. However, some have pointed out that the souhei master's inflammatory speech is reminiscent of crowd addresses by the likes of Malcolm X and Che Guevara.

    • Marijuana has been used as an agent for achieving euphoria since ancient times; it was described in a Chinese medical compendium traditionally considered to date from 2737 BC. Its use spread from China to India and then to N Africa and reached Europe at least as early as AD 500. A major crop in colonial North America, marijuana (hemp) was grown as a source of fiber. It was extensively cultivated during World War II, when Asian sources of hemp were cut off.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Yamane: I remember that look in his eyes. He was like a stray dog that had long ago broken free of its leash.

    • Mugen: Passport? What's that?
      Fuu: You really don't know?
      Jin: I'm amazed you made it into Edo without knowing that.
      Fuu: If you don't have a passport you can't pass through the Checkpoint. Don't you have one Jin?
      Jin: Of course, I had one, but...
      Fuu: But?
      Jin: I lost it.

  • NOTES (5)

    • Japanese title: 魑魅魍魎
      Romaji title: Chimimouryou
      Alternate title: Evil Spirits ~ Beatbox Bandits

    • Translation note: the leader of the "fake" Tengus defines Jin a dog that doesn't seem to belong to the bakufu. This term indicates a shogun's office, literally meaning "office in the tent", suggesting a "private government". The tent is symbolic of the role of the military in fighting wars in the field but also denoted that such an office was meant to be temporary.

    • Translation note: young Yamane discovers that, in truth, what everyone thinks are Tengus are Souhei instead. This term is used to indicate militant priests.

    • Creature note: Tengu are mountain and forest goblins that have Shinto and Buddhist attributes. Their powers include the possibility to speak to humans without opening their mouth, the sorcery to appear uninvited in the dreams of the living, shape-shifting ability into human or animal and the possibility to instantly moving from place to place without using their wings.

    • Fuji Television (Japan) air date: July 22, 2004


    • "Maybe that Musashi guy" . . .

      Miyamoto Musashi, as he was most commonly known, was the samurai who developed the style of Niten Ichi Ryu, or "Two Heavens, One School" in the 17th century. His style involved the use of both the katana and the wakizashi, and in his 65 years of life, he was never defeated once. He was a young man when he and Oda Nobunaga, the other man mentioned, fought at the large-scale Battle of Sekigahara. They fought for opposite sides, and both survived.