Edit Anime Information
What would you like to edit?
 

Samurai Champloo


Alternative Titles

English: Samurai Champloo
Japanese: サムライチャンプルー

Information

Type: TV
Episodes: 26
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: May 20, 2004 to Mar 19, 2005
Premiered: Spring 2004
Broadcast: Unknown
Studios: Manglobe
Source: Original
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)

Statistics

Score: 8.501 (scored by 197,486 users)
1 indicates a weighted score. Please note that 'Not yet aired' titles are excluded.
Ranked: #1002
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #48
Members: 332,869
Favorites: 13,684
8.50
Ranked #100Popularity #48Members 332,869
Add to List
Episodes: /26

Synopsis

Fuu Kasumi is a young and clumsy waitress who spends her days peacefully working in a small teahouse. That is, until she accidentally spills a drink all over one of her customers! With a group of samurai now incessantly harassing her, Fuu desperately calls upon another samurai in the shop, Mugen, who quickly defeats them with his wild fighting technique, utilizing movements reminiscent to that of breakdancing. Unfortunately, Mugen decides to pick a fight with the unwilling ronin Jin, who wields a more precise and traditional style of swordfighting, and the latter proves to be a formidable opponent. The only problem is, they end up destroying the entire shop as well as accidentally killing the local magistrate's son.

For their crime, the two samurai are captured and set to be executed. However, they are rescued by Fuu, who hires the duo as her bodyguards. Though she no longer has a place to return to, the former waitress wishes to find a certain samurai who smells of sunflowers and enlists the help of the now exonerated pair to do so. Despite initially disapproving of this idea, the two eventually agree to assist the girl in her quest; thus, the trio embark upon an adventure to find this mysterious warrior—that is, if Fuu can keep Mugen and Jin from killing each other.

Set in an alternate Edo Period of Japan, Samurai Champloo follows the journey of these three eccentric individuals in an epic quest full of action, comedy, and dynamic sword fighting, all set to the beat of a unique hip-hop infused soundtrack.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]

Background

No background information has been added to this title. Help improve our database by adding background information here.

Related Anime


Characters & Voice Actors

Mugen
Mugen
Main
Nakai, Kazuya
Japanese
Nakai, Kazuya
Jin
Jin
Main
Sato, Ginpei
Japanese
Sato, Ginpei
Kasumi, Fuu
Kasumi, Fuu
Main
Kawasumi, Ayako
Japanese
Kawasumi, Ayako
Sara
Sara
Supporting
Tamagawa, Sakiko
Japanese
Tamagawa, Sakiko

Staff

Sasaki, Shiro
Sasaki, Shiro
Producer
Kouchiyama, Takashi
Kouchiyama, Takashi
Producer
Hamano, Takatoshi
Hamano, Takatoshi
Producer
Watanabe, Shinichiro
Watanabe, Shinichiro
Director, Episode Director, Script, Storyboard

More episodes Episodes(26/26)

Episode Title Aired
1 Tempestuous Temperaments
Shippuudotou: Tempestuous Temperaments (疾風怒涛 - Tempestuous Temperaments)
May 20, 2004
2 Redeye Reprisal
Hyakkiyagyou: Redeye Reprisal (百鬼夜行 - Redeye Reprisal)
Jun 3, 2004
3 Hellhounds for Hire (Part 1)
Ishindenshin Sono Ichi: Hellhounds for Hire (Part 1) (以心伝心 其ノ一 - Hellhounds for Hire (Part 1))
Jun 10, 2004
4 Hellhounds for Hire (Part 2)
Ishindenshin Sono Ni: Hellhounds for Hire (Part 2) (以心伝心 其ノ二 - Hellhounds for Hire (Part 2))
Jun 17, 2004
5 Artistic Anarchy
Bajitoufuu: Artistic Anarchy (馬耳東風 - Artistic Anarchy)
Jun 24, 2004

Edit Opening Theme

"Battlecry" by Nujabes feat. SHINGO2 (eps 1-25)

Edit Ending Theme

#1: "Shiki no Uta (四季ノ唄)" by MINMI (eps 1-11, 13-16, 18-22, 24-25)
#2: "Who's Theme" by MINMI (ep 12)
#3: "YOU" by kazami (ep 17)
#4: "FLY [SMALL CIRCLE OF FRIENDS]" by Tsutchie & fat jon (ep 23)
#5: "San Francisco" by MIDICRONICA (ep 26)



More reviewsReviews

META_BODY
Apr 21, 2010
"Samurai Champloo" may not have the same ring to it as "Cowboy Bebop," yet it is a title that has a similar function: to illustrate a combination of multicultural pulp fiction sensibility. Where Cowboy Bebop was a past + future fusion of jazz, rock, and blues, spaghetti western, kung fu, and noir cinema genres, and a setting equating outer space to the great frontier, Samurai Champloo is a more wildly anachronistic mélange of Edo-period history and contemporary hip-hop and bohemian culture. "Champloo" itself comes from the word "chanpurū," Okinawan for "something mixed," and a source of Okinawa's pride in multicultural acceptance. Cowboy read more
I found this review Helpful
Beatnik
Apr 3, 2013
I caught Samurai Champloo as it aired back in 2004, and though I liked it enough, it didn’t impact me as much as I hoped it would. Though maybe that’s not entirely true, as the soundtrack did indirectly change my life, thanks to the composer Nujabes introducing me to instrumental hip hop and providing a soundtrack to my life for the next few years.

I recently re-watched the show and felt compelled to write a retrospective/review of the series. While watching Jin, Mugen and Fuu traipse around 19th century Japan getting into ridiculous adventures, I realised Shinichirô Watanabe’s follow up to Cowboy Bebop is one of read more
I found this review Helpful
Jin
Dec 16, 2006
Samurai Champloo is the latest work from Writer/Director Shinichiro Watanabe, who is most recognized for his work on Cowboy Bebop. One of the very few things Champloo and Bebop have in common is their great scores. Champloo mixes two subjects which would never be put in one sentence together, western hip-hop and eastern samurai swordplay. Yet the mixture comes out with a brilliant result. The fights scenes are hyped up with the speed and flow from the music and come out magnificent. But Champloo isn't all about fighting. Many things happen along the road for the read more
I found this review Helpful
kiriska
Jun 10, 2008
Historical anime don't usually interest me, but when it's as tongue-in-cheek and as full of anachronisms as this, I'm not sure it really counts as a historical anime anymore.

STORY - Like its predecessor Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo is a very episodic series, and it's perfectly safe to miss a few episodes here or there. Even the overarching story remains incredibly vague for almost the entirety of the series and the audience is sometimes left to wonder if there really is a point to all of that searching when they knew virtually nothing to begin with. There's something about the lack of details that makes this read more
I found this review Helpful

Recommendations


Recent News

Nujabes, the Producer of Samurai Champloo Themes, Passes Away

According to HydeOut Productions, nujabes, the producer of Samurai Champloo themes and sound tracks, was killed in a traffic accident on February 26th. He was 36 yea...read more


Recent Forum Discussion

Poll: Samurai Champloo Episode 26 Discussion ( 1 2 3 4 5 )
Cero - Oct 20, 2008
249 replies by K_Omsa »»
Yesterday, 5:14 PM
Poll: Samurai Champloo Episode 22 Discussion ( 1 2 3 )
SunSir - Mar 20, 2008
102 replies by animedan12 »»
Apr 25, 9:42 PM

Recent Featured Articles

25 Best Anime Opening Songs of All Time

25 Best Anime Opening Songs of All Time

Everyone has their own favorite anime opening, but is the one you cherish featured on this best of list? Let's take a look at 25 of the best and most famous anime openings in anime history!
Top 25 Badass Anime Warrior Girls

Top 25 Badass Anime Warrior Girls

"I love the kind of woman that can kick my ass." Who are we to disagree with the wise words of Spike Spiegel, no slouch himself in the ass-kicking department? We all have our favorite anime warrior girls. Read on to find out if your favorite made the cut in this list.