Samurai Champloo

Season 1 Episode 6

Stranger Searching

Aired Sunday 12:00 AM Jun 19, 2005 on Cartoon Network
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The gang enters into an eating competition with Mugen and Jin's swords on the line. After a mysterious man wins the eating competition, they must find a way to get their swords back and save the mysterious man. Will they succeed?

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  • Mugen and Jin's gamble their swords on an eating contest, when they lose their swords to the winner, they try to bargain them back. The winner has a strange past and is being sought by his former buddies.moreless

    This was interesting episode at first glance, I thought it be a standard story about the guys

    getting their swords back by going on a wild good chase. Instead they meet a gay character, whose been followed by some of his former associates.

    In a way the episode is a commentary on homosexuality and it's also a commentary on western vs. eastern culture. There’s also a brief history lesson again into Japan.

    Decent episode overall.

Eiji Maruyama

Eiji Maruyama

Biwa Minstrel [J]

Guest Star

Isshin Chiba

Isshin Chiba

Ingen Osho [J]

Guest Star

Tetsuo Sakaguchi

Tetsuo Sakaguchi

Saikaku Ihara [J]

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • This is the first episode to call attention to Fuu's sidearm, so it's a good chance to discuss it in detail. This cute pink tanto with its dangle of little ornaments is both Edo Period and 21st century; it's as decorated as any kid's backpack or cellphone on the DC Metro. Not only is the convention of "pink for girls" completely modern, but the decorating of one's portables with cute little dangles has only been a major craze in the past four years or so. [Peter Payne from Japan, however, points out an important historical precedent: the Japanese use of carved bone or wooden figures and charms called netsuke, which were traditionally used to secure the drawstring of a pouch holding money or valuables, dated to the 17th century.

    • In this episode we find out that Fuu is fifteen years old.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Jouji: I wanted to live as a Japanese person in this country. But it's still impossible.
      Fuu: Cheer up!
      Jouji: But some day, the country will come to accept people like me. Some day, this country will definitely open up its ass hole.
      Mugen: Who the hell would open up their ass hole for you?

    • (They went backstage to meet the actress)
      Jouji: (Shocked) No way... a man?
      Mugen: Oh... a man does it.
      Fuu: Didn't you know?
      Jouji: How... (holding a Katana)
      Fuu: Hey! Stop it.
      Jouji: I... like men better.

    • (After a fight with the police)
      Jin: Why do you always aggravate things?
      Mugen: Those kind of guys piss me off.

    • Mugen: You sure do eat a lot.
      Fuu: There's always room for free food.

    • (After Jin, Fuu, and Mugen lose in the eating contest)
      Jin: Those swords are my life. Will you return them to me?
      Red-haired stranger:No.
      Mugen: Well that was fast.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Japanese title: 赤毛異人
      Romaji title: Akage ijin
      Alternate title: Redheaded Foreigner ~ Stranger Searching

    • Fuji Television (Japan) air date: July 1, 2004

    • Translation note: Bushido literally means "the way of the warrior"; popularly held to refer to the so-called "code of honor" of the medieval Japanese samurai class, involving an intense degree of loyalty to one's lord and a readiness to die for that loyalty at any given moment.