Samurai Champloo

Season 1 Episode 6

Stranger Searching

Aired Sunday 12:00 AM Jun 19, 2005 on Cartoon Network



  • Trivia

    • 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.