Samurai Champloo

Season 1 Episode 1

Tempestuous Temperaments

Aired Sunday 12:00 AM May 14, 2005 on Cartoon Network
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Fuu is a young waitress in search of a Samurai who smells of sunflowers, but she has some unexpected company with her. Mugen and Jin are two samurais who want to kill each other and are always getting arrested. Can these three learn to work with each other?moreless

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  • Where all three members of the team meet up for an epic journey. The journey to search for the sunflower samurai.

    The clumsey Fuu works at a shop, the traditional Jin a wandering samurai, and the mischievous Mugen also a wandering samurai meet up in Fuu's shop, before that Jin killed some snobby guards, and Mugen wanted food in exchange for getting rid of the guys who were bothering Fuu. Jin walks in and to prove who is a better samurai, they fight. Their fighting syles are completely different, yet they are evenly matched. Caught, and saved by Fuu, but now have to search for the Sunflower Samurai. This was a great episode, there was good action, it was funny, good animation etc... It was an interesting story line and a great way to start a series.moreless
  • The first episode to one of the best anime series out there. Get ready for an action packed adventure with Mugen, Jin, and Fuu on their journey to find the samurai who smells like sunflowers.moreless

    Anime has never really sparked that much of an interest in me. Only a small amount of animes have caught my attention and Samurai Champloo is one of them.Tempestuous temperament was a great way to start the series. Great action, great characters, great music and immediately you will be drawn in with interest for the show. I have not found one person who dislikes the first episode Tempestuous temperament.I definitely recommend this episode with no regret at all. Stats:

    Storyline/Plot: Great adult themed plot that is very interesting and makes you want to keep watching. 10/10

    Visuals: Great style to the anime and has some of the coolest looking main characters in anime. The enviroments look nice and drawn well. 10/10

    Music: Amazing can sum up how I feel about the music. Great music through out the episode. 10/10

    Overall: 10/10 Comments on overall score: It truly does deserve a 10/10 this is one episode you should not miss.

    P.S.: You can watch Samurai Champloo currently on Adult Swim at 1:00 a.m and 4:00 a.m. on Saturdays or you can purchase the volumes at Amazon, Best Buy, Circuit City, and many other places.moreless
  • An excellent first episode

    Meet Fuu an young waitress.Who is also searching for some bodyguard to protect her.Not until she meets Jin and Mugen.Two that would soon become her companion during her journey.Finding out what they are doing to find the samurai that smells sunflower.Altough going with these two would be trouble of course.Than Mugen and Jin decided to fight each other.

    Yeah this is an excellent first episode for Samurai Champloo.
  • The first episode...very good!

    The reason I started watching this show was because it was made by Shinichiro Watanabe, the creator of Cowboy Bebop. It\'s bery similar to Cowboy Bebop in more than one way, but then again it\'s original, too.

    The way the camera zips around in time with the music is really cool. The series takes place in the edo period, and brutal murders aren\'t uncommon. The main characters lives are quickly mixed together because of the unfair magistrate and his constant murdering of innocents. There is one huge fight scene, which was very impressive, as well as stylish.

    And now a quote...Mugen: Kiss my @$$moreless
  • one word....GREAT!

    well lets just say from the first episode it is totally said to be a great anime series!

    out of all them charactors Mugen would have to be the best. i wouldn't be cheering for her, but it is interesting that she wishes to find a samurai that smells of what do sunflowers smell like anyway? and like why ask Jin and Mugen for help when they obviously have other plans in mind? o well...Jin now he is cool but can't he show a little emotion?! well all that and more get answered as the series progresses...i absolutlly love the why Mugen broke that guys fingers! o and the violence, don't get me started on how cool that was!

    all and all i say watch Samurai Champloo, its cool (but not as cool as TMNT!)moreless
Daisuke Gouri

Daisuke Gouri

Shibui Matsunosuke [J]

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Michael McConnohie

Michael McConnohie

Execution Announcer

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Dave Wittenberg

Dave Wittenberg

Ryujiro Sasaki

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Mugen fighting style
      Possibly not an anachronism: many have noted the resemblance between Mugen's fighting style and the African-derived Brazilian martial art of capoeira. Capoeira has existed since the 1620s, so there's certainly a possibility that a practitioner of this fighting art, which originated as a form of self-defense for runaway slaves, might have crossed Mugen's path; and Mugen's ability to learn fast and thoroughly from one combat example is already well documented.

    • In contrast to 99.9% traditional Jin, Mugen is pretty much an original invention from top to bottom. The adaptation of the already loosely-cut gi and hakama to a hip-hop baggy style by just cutting the trousers short and untucking the jacket is simply inspired; I'm counting this as an anachronism because (a) this costume wasn't worn this way in the Edo period and (b) it's a conscious attempt to make period clothing resemble a modern style. I'm a little hesitant about including his metal-soled geta however; while there were a lot of different geta types popular in the Tokugawa era, I feel pretty safe in saying metal soles weren't one of them, so these are purely original, neither period nor modern in form. Ditto his sword, which we've pretty much agreed is one-of-a-kind.

    • That Jin wears glasses is in itself not anachronistic. The Chinese are sometimes given credit for developing spectacles about 2000 years ago, but apparently they only used them to protect their eyes from an evil force. In the year 1268, English philosopher Roger Bacon wrote in his Opus Majus: "If anyone examine letters or other minute objects through the medium of crystal or glass or other transparent substance, if it be shaped like the lesser segment of a sphere, with the convex side toward the eye, he will see the letters far better and they will seem larger to him."-- What makes Jin's specs worthy of listing here is those classy designer frames.

    • A man bearing Jin's likeness makes an extremely short, non-speaking came in an early episode of The Boondocks entitled "Guess Hoe's Coming to Dinner." The creator of The Boondocks, Aaron McGruder, has stated that he is a fan of Samurai Champloo.

    • Mugen and Spike of Cowboy Bebop share a strikingly similar physical appearance, including a similar, if not identical, hairstyle. Their respective fighting styles also favor high kicks. They also share very stubborn attitudes and pasts which they regret, although Spike is much more calm, intelligent, and less anti-authoritarian than Mugen. This similarity is strengthened in the English dub of both shows, as both characters are voiced by the same voice actor, Steven Jay Blum.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • (In regards to being asked if they wanted to beg for mercy, before being decapitated)
      Mugen: If I had to live each day knowing you bastards were in charge, I'd rather stretch as far as I can and die.
      Jin: (laughing) That sounds good, I concur.

    • Mugen: Forget all that formal crap 'bout comin' at me one at a time. I'll take all you bitches on!

    • Jin: (Confronting the Yagyu guards as they are about to dispatch an innocent peasant) To serve your lord and do his bidding, is that honor?
      Yagyu Guard: (scoffs) Of course it is.
      Jin: Even if that lord is an unimportant piece of shit?
      Yagyu Guard: (the Yagyu draw their swords to attack) What the? Watch your mouth! Don't try to interfere!
      Jin: Cutting down a man who's done nothing wrong--is that what you spent all that time honing those skills for?
      Jin: In my opinion, you're worthless.
      Yagyu Guard: (rushes at him) Screw You!
      (Jin kills all three Yagyu guards with his sword)

    • Fuu: (Mugen takes Fuu's coin and flips it high into the air) Uhh, don't you think you tossed it a little far?
      Jin: He doesn't understand the meaning of "restraint."
      Mugen: Kiss my ass.

    • (They are completely sorrounded by the Daikan's men)
      Mugen: Yo, my fight with you is on hold, until we get out of here.
      Jin: Do you plan to kill all of them? You truly are the worst type of man.

    • Jin: You're the lowest of the low.
      Mugen: What'd you say?
      Jin: Your stance leaves you wide open, and your moves are totally inefficient. All in all, your fighting style is a mess.
      Mugen: You son of a...
      Jin: I swear, you are the most undisciplined fighter I've ever known...
      Mugen: Shut your damn mouth!
      Jin: ...and the only one I wasn't able to kill.

    • Mugen: So, are you one of those so called badasses?

    • Mugen: (breaking the fingers of the governor's son) One . . .
      Governor's Son: Ahh!
      Mugen: Two . . .
      Governor's Son: AHH!
      Mugen: Three . . .
      Governor's Son: AHHHH!!!
      Mugen: And four . . . this is getting boring. Let's do 'em all!

    • Mugen: I remember a dream. There was fire all around me.
      Jin: That was no dream.
      Mugen: So you really were in a bathtub with your thing hanging out?
      Jin: Now that was a dream.

    • Jin: (to Mugen) I swear, you really are the lowest of the low.

    • Mugen: If living means bowing down to the likes of you bastards, then I'd rather die with my head held high.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Japanese title: 疾風怒涛
      Romaji title: Shippuu dotou
      Alternate title: Storm and Stress ~ Tempestuous Temperaments

    • Fuji Television (Japan) air date: May 20, 2004

    • Translation note: The word champloo in the title of Samurai Champloo comes from the Okinawan word "chanpuru", which means to mix or blend. This goes with the series' theme of blending the style and music of hip hop culture having to do with the Edo period of Japan.