Samurai Champloo

Season 2 Episode 10

Cosmic Collisions

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Aired Sunday 12:00 AM Feb 02, 2006 on Cartoon Network
6.8
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10

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On the way to Nagasaki the trio falls in a hole and ends up in a mine. The trio ends up working for the owner of the mine for a share of the treasure. As the days drag on Fuu discovers that they are becoming more and more like the seemingly-alive workers.moreless

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  • From Hiroshima to Nagasaki...

    10
    This episode is looking back at world war 2...there's a lot more going on here than just zombies and looking for treasure. The mushrooms not only signify what made them all trip and have this dream, but also the mushroom clouds made from a nuclear explosion. And they are in between Hiroshima and Nagasaki...this should definitely ring bells.
  • Mushrooms any one? A possible/probable explanation for this very weird but cool episode

    7.5
    Alot of the other reviews for this episode said they didn't understand what the hell was going on as the episode made little sense but im preaty sure the whole thing can be explained by the first 2 or 3 minutes.



    ***************SPOILER***********



    I think this whole episode was actually a magic mushroom trip dream type sequence brought on from the mushrooms Jin and Mugen ate at the begining of the episode. Fuu states that the newspaper horoscope said to beware of mushrooms after they have had their fill, then the weirdness ensues and the ground just so happens to collapse on the road below Fuu and they end up in a mining quarry that was only about 50 meters away but they hadn't noticed, so if I'm wrong and they weren't triping then thats some lame assed writing



    This explains why there are zombies and magic present in the episode as the series doesn't strike me as the type to incorporate such fantasy elements as the rest of the series shows very little to nothing of the supernatural, the only thing that even comes close in my opinion is the use of chi as an actual force in ep.10 Lethal Lunacy. This also explains why they apparently die in a meteor explosion at the end (the impact creating a mushroom cloud.... eh eh) and yet are alive and don't even mention it in the next episode.



    The the mushrooms shown in the show are said to be Matsutake mushrooms but also closely resemble a strain of magic mushrooms called Psilocybe Cubensis having small stubby caps and quite long stubby stalks so its possible they group could have confused the two.



    So yea anyway I thought the episode was pretty cleverly written though still not the greatest and not really important to the plot, but it seems to have confused the hell out of most people which is always funny. So I still think it was a decent episode from an excellent series. looks like I went a bit overboard with the review length...... if only I could say the same for my uni essay that I should be doing right now instead....... ah well :pmoreless
  • What were the creators smoking when they made and released this? Does'nt fit in with the timeline at all.

    2.0
    What the hell?

    this episode made next to no sense whatsoever , the episode didnt fit in anywhere in the plotline , they just appeared there randomly. they also left randomly as in the next episode they're away and all safe etc. This episode had no meaning , no point and no conclusion!

    the episode practically ends with them surrounded and then a huge frickin comet hits them. Does anybody die? do the enemies die?



    This episode will definately leave you confused and wondering what the creators were smoking when they created this episode. Maybe its some sort of inside joke on their behalf..



    ~Mengzor / Meng



    ps. maybe this is some sort of retarded alternate ending where everybody dies and fuu never finds the sunflower samurai? *shrugs*moreless
  • It had absolutely no point whatsoever.

    6.6
    This episode was pretty much a waste of twenty minutes. It didn't follow with the story, nothing you wanted to know happened...it was just pointless. It not only was a really "out of there" episode, but it could have been better done as well. So it was useless to the series and not plotted well at all. I will admit that the idea of fillink in the series with an abnormally strange episode like this was original; usually these kinds of things are overly humorous.

    I didn't like watching this unlike the rest of the Samurai Champloo series and I'm glad there's not another episode like this.moreless
  • When making hip hop, one should never be off-beat.

    7.0
    This is a solid episode. Strange and unnerving, certainly, but then it's supposed to be. The problems is, it strays too far from what this series usually brings to the table. Less badass action and comedy, more supernatural horror. It just feels completely out-of-place. Not a bad episode, but a weird one.

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • The use of dowsing to find something underground is not at all anachronistic; it's what Shige uses that puts this one on the list. Zantetsuken reports: "The use of dowsing tools goes back in China to at least 2500 years ago, 4000+ in Egypt. No idea if they were used in ancient Japan, but being in China that early I'd think it likely. Traditionally, pendulums and forked rods ("Y-rods") appear to be the oldest forms: note the Chinese rods were of the forked variety.

    • Shige's line to our trio about the whereabouts of the treasure ("Aru to shika ienai. Dakara koso nai to ii kire nai" that was translated as "I can tell you only that it exists exactly. Therefore I can't tell you that it doesn't") is a direct quote from Shigesato Itoi in reference to the Tokugawa treasure, and the name "Shige" could very well be a reference to him also. As Itoi is well known to be a huge fan of the Beatles and 1960s rock music, he may even have some bearing on the appearance of Shige, who many have noted has a "rock star" presence and attitude, and whose haircut and biwa lute give him a particular resemblance to the late Rolling Stones' founder Brian Jones

    • Although the venom of the deadly Japanese fugu ("pufferfish") is frequently quoted as an ingredient in zombie-making potions (and there are cases of people eating improperly prepared fugu who fell into a deathlike sleep for several days and then returned to life) there is absolutely no tradition of zombies in Japanese folklore. None: neither the traditional Haitian "walking-dead slave" nor the film-style "cannibal corpse". Shige's flesh-eating revenant laborers are a wild combination of 20th Century American film zombies of the "Night of the Living Dead" school, genuine traditions about the restless spirits of the Heike/Taira warriors, and the modern-day use of zombies in Japanese plays and fiction as a metaphor for the cost of forgetting the lessons of the past and of past wars, especially World War II.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • (Shige discovers that he isn't really a descendant of the Heike clan)
      Shige: (Completely surrounded) Well, at this point, whether I'm a descendant or not has nothing to do with it. We have no blood in our bodies to connect us anymore, anyway. Couldn't we just forget about that and let things continue as they have been? I guess not.

    • (After Mugen and Jin ate a lot of mushrooms)
      Fuu: Oh... thats right. In the newspaper horoscope, it said to be careful of mushrooms.
      Mugen: (Yells) Don't tell us after we've eaten them!

    • Fuu: (Sees a shooting star) Oh, a shooting star. (Making a wish) Let us find the samurai who smells like sunflowers. Let us make it safely to Nagasaki. And I want to eat enough so my stomach is full.

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