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Samurai Champloo

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
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
L represents licensing company

Statistics

Score: 8.501 (scored by 153176 users)
Ranked: #1112
Popularity: #45
Members: 248,529
Favorites: 10,255
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top anime page.

Popular Tags

action adventure comedy samurai

Synopsis

Mugen's a buck wild warrior—violent, thoughtless and womanizing. Jin is a vagrant ronin—mysterious, traditional, well-mannered, and very strong as well. These two fiercely independent warriors can't be any more different from one another, yet their paths cross when Fuu, a ditzy waitress, saves them from being executed when they are arrested after a violent swordfight. Fuu convinces the two vagrant young men to help her find a mysterious samurai "who smells of sunflowers." And their journey begins. This is a story about love, friendship, and courage... NOT!

(Source: AniDB)

Related Anime

Adaptation: Samurai Champloo

Characters & Voice Actors

Mugen
Mugen
Main
Blum, Steven
English
Blum, Steven
Nakai, Kazuya
Japanese
Nakai, Kazuya
...
Jin
Jin
Main
Thornton, Kirk
English
Thornton, Kirk
Sato, Ginpei
Japanese
Sato, Ginpei
...
Kasumi, Fuu
Kasumi, Fuu
Main
Kawasumi, Ayako
Japanese
Kawasumi, Ayako
Wahlgren, Kari
English
Wahlgren, Kari
...
Oniwakamaru
Oniwakamaru
Supporting
Price, Jamieson
English
Price, Jamieson
Sasaki, Seiji
Japanese
Sasaki, Seiji
...

Staff

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



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Apr 3, 2013
Beatnik
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
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Apr 21, 2010
META_BODY
"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
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Dec 16, 2006
Jin
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
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Oct 18, 2009
YoungVagabond
For anyone who has watched Cowboy Bebop, they know that director Shinichiro Watanabe loves blending completely disparate elements together, be it science fiction, physical comedy, spaghetti Western, bebop jazz, or space epic, all into the same story.

As diverse as "Cowboy Bebop" was, it has nothing on the sheer schizophrenia of "Samurai Champloo", Watanabe's most recent effort. On the surface, it's a mixture of comedy and samurai epic about Japan in the mid 1600s. However, that doesn't do the series any more justice than calling "Cowboy Bebop" a space western.

One episode is a Shaolin Soccer-esque comedy about a baseball game. Another is a zombie horror story read more
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Recommendations

Same style, same director, same type of characters. Spike -> Mugen (whimsical and wild) Jin -> Jet (level headed) Faye -> Fuu (charming but deadly)
reportRecommended by Xinil - Add to favorites
Very stylized action sequences. Both are samurai themed. Each has a very serious samurai as well as a more laid back, energetic samurai.
both samurai and have awesome art and fighting scenes
Have a similar sharp visual style plus a modern edginess.
Both samurai, sword cutting Anime with enough comedy to keep you entertained
reportRecommended by OKII3 - Add to favorites
In case you didnt know, the only difference is mecha. Look out for the baseball special in Champloo, genius! Also the GIGA arrow in samurai 7 is one to look out for too. Classic.
reportRecommended by dec - Add to favorites

Opening Theme

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

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)
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Recent News

Nujabes, the Producer of Samurai Champloo Themes, Passes Away ( 1 2 3 )
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09-17-11, 4:42 PM

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Poll: Samurai Champloo Episode 26 Discussion ( 1 2 3 4 5 )
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This is considered shounen? wut.
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