Ranked #100

Samurai Champloo

Alternative Titles

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


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)


Score: 8.501 (scored by 186,201 users)
Ranked: #1002
Popularity: #47
Members: 310,996
Favorites: 12,910
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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!

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Characters & Voice Actors

Nakai, Kazuya
Nakai, Kazuya
Sato, Ginpei
Sato, Ginpei
Kasumi, Fuu
Kasumi, Fuu
Kawasumi, Ayako
Kawasumi, Ayako
Tamagawa, Sakiko
Tamagawa, Sakiko


Sasaki, Shiro
Sasaki, Shiro
Kouchiyama, Takashi
Kouchiyama, Takashi
Hamano, Takatoshi
Hamano, Takatoshi
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

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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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
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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
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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
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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
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