Samurai Champloo

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Alternative Titles

Japanese: サムライチャンプルー
English: Samurai Champloo
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Type: TV
Episodes: 26
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: May 20, 2004 to Mar 19, 2005
Premiered: Spring 2004
Broadcast: Saturdays at 10:30 (JST)
Studios: Manglobe
Source: Original
Genres: ActionAction, AdventureAdventure, ComedyComedy
Themes: HistoricalHistorical, SamuraiSamurai
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 8.511 (scored by 643339643,339 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #1312
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #109
Members: 1,251,588
Favorites: 38,348

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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.

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Samurai Champloo is the only anime to have featured music from the Japanese hip-hop producer Nujabes prior to his death in 2010. The anime also spawned the 2006 video game Samurai Champloo: Sidetracked for the PlayStation 2.

The show aired in two parts, with the first half airing Thursdays at 2:28 AM on Fuji TV from May 20, 2004 to September 23, 2004, and the second half airing Saturdays at 10:30 AM on BS Fuji from January 22, 2005 to March 19, 2005.

Geneon Entertainment USA originally licensed and released the show in North America, but after their closure in late 2007, the show went out of print. FUNimation Entertainment later entered a distribution deal with Geneon to distribute some of their titles, including Samurai Champloo. After the distribution deal ended, FUNimation later outright licensed the series.

Characters & Voice Actors


Nakai, Kazuya


Sato, Ginpei

Kasumi, Fuu

Kawasumi, Ayako


Tamagawa, Sakiko

Sakami, Manzou

Ishizuka, Unshou

Imano, Yatsuha

Hidaka, Noriko

Kariya, Kagetoki

Sugou, Takayuki




Wakamoto, Norio

Kitching, Isaac

Ootsuka, Houchuu


Satomi, Tetsurou
Watanabe, Shinichirou
Director, Episode Director, Script, Storyboard


Opening Theme

Apple Music
Amazon Music
Youtube Music
"Battlecry" by Nujabes feat. Shing02 (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 (eps 12)
3: "YOU" by kazami (eps 17)
4: "FLY [SMALL CIRCLE OF FRIENDS]" by Tsutchie & fat jon (eps 23)
5: "San Francisco" by MIDICRONICA (eps 26)

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Jul 19, 2024
What sets "Samurai Champloo" apart is its distinct fusion of genres. The soundtrack by Nujabes and Fat Jon perfectly complements the action and mood of each scene, creating an immersive experience that resonates beyond the visuals alone.

The animation style is dynamic and fluid, capturing the intensity of the fight sequences while also embracing moments of quiet introspection. Each character is fleshed out through their actions and backstory, gradually revealing layers of complexity that add depth to their interactions and motivations.

At its core, "Samurai Champloo" is a story about identity, honor, and the quest for meaning in a chaotic world. It skillfully blends historical elements with ...
Sep 1, 2021
Mixed Feelings
A series of one-off stories where "the journey is more important than the destination". Samurai Champloo's first episode introduces us to 3 intriguing characters. Mugen and Jin who are complete opposites of each other and yet are equals when it comes to fighting strength, however in different ways - and Fuu who is the weak non-combatant out of the 3, but at the same time the driving factor behind the anime's main quest and the wedge that keeps Mugen and Jin from killing each other.

I've got nothing against this anime, it's very much respectable, but that's all it is. None of the episodes really do ...
Jun 3, 2020
Alright this is the first review I've ever written so sorry if it's not the best quality.
Hope this helps you if you're planning on watching this show.

Story: 5

Now honestly i was pretty disappointed by Champloo's story, you see I'm a massive fan of Watanabes most popular work 'Cowboy Bebop' and I expected this story to be of similiar quality as it is held in the same high regard but considered 'heavily underrated' compared to Bebop but that is completely false. Firstly this show is mainly episodic which could have worked in it's favour as Cowboy Bebop was mainly episodic and amazing but Champloo's ...

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