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The music is a big influence for both anime. Hip-hop and jazz. Same director, but completely different settings. Even so, they match up very well. You can't watch one without the other.
report Recommended by BlueYoshi
Animes from the same directors. What Cowboy Bebop is to Jazz music is the same as Samurai Champloo to Hip Hop. Beautiful animation in both and very episodic.
report Recommended by xaynie
Same Director, pretty much the spiritual successor to Cowboy Bebop,completely different world/story, their main similarity is...the awesomeness of the music, other than that, it's totally different.
report Recommended by yukumushio
Although set in opposing eras, both have a strong musical theme weaving through the engaging journey of a group of accidentally travellers (for Champloo) / bounty hunters (for Bebop). Both series may seem episodic but every one is highly enjoyable. Plus all the characters have fascinating deep/dark backstories.
report Recommended by Stripey
The same director is enough to put these series together, because Watanabe's way to create is somehow the same with Miyazaki, who share many ideas in his works. The crew contingent is almost the same, a woman and two men (with some exceptions). The story contingent is also almost the same, one episode - one story, with a great story line which has resolution in the end. You'll find moments to laugh yourself to death and to burst into tears. Besides all the above listed you'll enjoy an awesome work with music in these series. It isn't just a background for the main performance, but   read more
report Recommended by Iahel
Samurai Champloo is like Bebop taking place in the 'Edo-Era'. Both are made with the same style of animeation, and both have their own music themes, Bebop(Jazz/Blues), Champloo(DJ-Mixing/Rap.) Both are highly entertaining filled with action, drama, comedy, ect.. all in the right parts at the righ time. You can't like one without the other.
report Recommended by Criton101
Both anime include a group of odd characters, who eventually develope a relationship. The have the same writer and basically the same style. Samurai Champloo : Cowboy Bebop :: Hip-Hop : Jazz.
report Recommended by btj88
same guy behind the direction and story (shinichiro watanabe) with the same idea of fusing a music culture with a genre ( retro hip-hop and rap + historical samurai setting = samuraichamploo,   read more
report Recommended by koreye
Samurai Champloo is pretty much an inverted Cowboy Bebop. One's a futuristic show about the past, the other's a historical one about the future. They definitely seem like two parts of a whole to me.
report Recommended by Nyuu3
They're both made by Shinichiro Watanabe, and they both share his unique flare. Instead of Jazz in Space meets Western, though, Samurai Champloo is Feudal Japan (Edo Period, I believe) with hip-hop stylings. It makes for a very unique anime, and the characters are awesome.
report Recommended by Wybock
Champloo offers the same kind of artistically edgy depth as the masterpiece that is Bebop. While the two do not share similar story types nor art styles, i believe that there is a certain unspoken class of anime these two are filed under. We all i know how diverse anime can be in terms of art style as well as theme. Though i like to believe there was a resurgence in the popularity of anime in the West with animes in this class im talking about. In my opinion, this is where it truely got started folks. These animes turned a lot of us into   read more
report Recommended by extti
Same director~

Basically a group of people that travel around place to place. There's a similar feel in atmosphere in both of these animes. Of course, Fighting Scenes are awesome! Although one has to do with samurais and the other is more futuristic. A bit of comedy as well :]
report Recommended by LenDrizzle
Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo were both done by the same guy, and so both are based around music concepts. While Cowboy Bebop centers around the free-form of Jazz (Spike) versus ordered form (Jet), Samurai Champloo centers around hip-hop (Mugen) vs. classical music (Jin).
report Recommended by joshspeagle
They're by the same director and one incorporates hip-hop music and culture with samurai, while the other incorporates jazz with cowboys (well, space cowboys). Both are episodic with an overarching plot, and the main characters are somewhat similar.
report Recommended by supersloth
The two are mostly an episodic series with an interesting main story to tie it all together. Although different in atmosphere both have a good balance of humour and action. There are definite differences between the two but if you have watched Cowboy Bebop (or vice versa) you might notice the style reflects that of the director Shinichirō Watanabe.
report Recommended by aesthesises
Both series are made from the same creators so if you liked the style and "coolness" of Bebop, you'll probably like the edgy and cool style of Champloo just as much. Plus the voice of Mugen is the same voice actor who did Spike, Steve Blum!
report Recommended by GoThIcGeek111888
Champloo is another gem from Shinichiro Watanabe, director of Bebop. On the surface that's about the only thing that could be listed as similar. Shinichiro Watanabe has a knack for juxtaposing two well tread ideas to create something completely new and interesting. Bebop can be described as a futuristic, retro 70's, wild west, space cowboy story with a bit of noir sprinkled in for good measure; Champloo can be described as a hip-hop samurai journey. Even though they aren't similar they do compliment each other perfectly.
report Recommended by davemanspiff
Same director, same vision... different setting. Cowboy bebop is on some futuristic cowboy era bounty hunters with a jazz/blues undertone. Samurai Champloo is on some edo period samauri sword swingin drifters with that real hip hop finish.

The character development progresses in the same "bits and peices" style. Spike from cowboy bebop has the same badass smooth tough guy tip as Mugen in Samurai Champloo. I give them both 9's in my animelist... check em out
report Recommended by metaldoom
I'm not going to beat this into the ground. Both go hand in hand perfectly. Each similar in their own unique ways, musically and character wise. If you loved one your going to love the other.
report Recommended by TheJis
-Each episode has its own small story.
-Major plot end ties up everything and wraps up the series.
-Interesting cast of main characters, all having a generally vague backstory.
-Side characters are very interesting as well.
-Stylistic action with subtle humor mixed in (not mostly slapstick)
-The characters act very similarly (Spike-Mugen, Jet-Jin, Faye-Fuu)
-Both directed by Shinichiro Watanabe, which explains the similarities.
report Recommended by TheJengaJam
The main characters, Spike and Mugen are very similar if not related. What I mean by similar might come out strange for some but I believe it'll present itself after more study. The voice actor is the same and the same people worked on both. Both fun to watch and I suggest watching both.
report Recommended by charmischarming
Aside from the fact that they were both directed by Shinichiro Watanabe, the two are chaotically fun cultural mishmashes with amazing art, music, and fight scenes. (Of course, Bebop has a lot more substance...)
report Recommended by imbecilic
Both are great cultural mashups that involve completely different music styles from the era presented and yet work wonders.

Cowboy Bebop takes western culture, space travel and jazz and blends them perfectly creating quite the energising experience.
Samurai Champloo takes the Edo period and hip-hop and surprisingly it works, especially due to the amazing soundtrack.

A key features that is seen in both is the pacing. Both are episodical but not to an extremei. They take different routes and breaks but still you feel like they're getting closer to the main path thanks to the way above average character development.
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report Recommended by AdventDeath
They have different themes, but both are animes very attached to their soundtracks. Love themes are present, but it is ambiguous, leaving a lot of interpretations to the audience.
report Recommended by fiilisboa
They are both directed by Shinchiro Watanabe. They are built on a similar premise: Cowboy Bebop is space bounty hunters set to a mostly jazz soundtrack while Samurai Champloo is samurai set to a hip-hop soundtrack.
report Recommended by DrGorillaPrince
Samurai Champloo's main character is as skilled as Spike and both have afros. The same director created both shows. Cowboy Bebop is a show that mixed the future with past whereas Samurai Champloo mixes the past with the future.
report Recommended by Cornercircle
Both groups are in search of something, and in the process, they live day by day trying to find food and money to get by.
Excluding Ed (regretfully), the characters are pretty similar. Spike=Mugen, Jet=Jin, Fey=Fuu, and (kind of, in the sense that they are both supporting animals) Ein=Momo.
Both groups don't start out being great friends and all, but as time and adventures go by, they end up warming up to each other which makes it hard for them to go their own ways.
report Recommended by b4
There are other great recommendations on these anime, so i just want to talk about their great use of music.

Although they have different styles of music, both are very music centric, using it to mould the scenes and give a great sense atmosphere. Both are rightly praised on their music and they are used in similar ways which are accompanied by familiar settings. You will own both soundtracks before you know it.
report Recommended by Mem521
- same Director, Shinichiro Watanabe
- episodic format. The characters set on an adventure and encounter lots of side characters that take part on each main character's development and back story.
- badass male MC.
- both have anachronistic setting.
- both have nice music. Cowboy Bebop is jazz, while Samurai Champloo is hip-hop. Both OPs are also great!

report Recommended by raviel_ken
Both are directed by Shinichiro Watanabe, follow the misadventures of a small group in an episodic format, have superb music which creates a unique style, and often deal with philosophical issues in their conflicts. Both brilliant!
report Recommended by SheepishNate
Both have similar characters, good music, one episode - one story (at most two episodes), a good plot, and describe life situations and problems in different worlds. They have similar humor and don't hide violence and blood.
report Recommended by Croat
Two legendary series brought to you by the same director in Shinichiro Watanabe that defined an era. Both series has Shinichiro's signature episodic format along with his unique touch on a overarching plot. Both series have amazing soundtracks, Cowboy Bebop with it's Jazz melodies and Samurai Champloo with it's Hip Hop beats. Very similar with their main characters who are one of the most original casts in Anime. If you are looking for great adventures, comedy that is gold and breathtaking action sequences then look no further than these two titanic classics.
report Recommended by papsoshea
Both done by same people and have similar art styles . Main characters are very similar in a certain way; both of them also very Era/Culture-influenced .
report Recommended by Silent_Vizard
Mugen and Spike. Two of the most badass, laid-back and expressions of cool for any character in anime. Whilst both stories surrounding the characters are not similar, the struggles and fights of both these said characters offer entertainment and the same vibe to interest you, if these characters are to your liking.
report Recommended by Saulami_Jedi
Music influences both series in different ways and the characters are unique and really make the anime amazing
report Recommended by roshnixp
Same director. Where Bebop combines a sci-fi setting with a jazzy, western vibe, Champloo combines a Japanese samurai setting with a hip-hop vibe. Both animes are also relatively episodic rather than serial.
report Recommended by Losha
One trait that sets Shinichiro Watanabe’s work apart is his refusal to accept this Japanese conformity. In his anime, all of the characters define themselves by their individuality, fighting for themselves and ONLY themselves in a vast and lonely world. In Cowboy Bebop, the characters were thrown together by chance and stayed together only as long as convenience allowed. Although the anime was for the most part an action comedy, even the hilarious moments were subdued by this profoundly forlorn undercurrent of internal solitude.

Samurai Champloo has a very similar feel; in the series, three misfits who would otherwise have nothing to do with   read more
report Recommended by vivafruit1
Both series have the same director, focus on a small cast of characters, and episodic adventures with enjoyable action.

While Bebop has more experimentation with film noir and exploring the characters themselves, Champloo is more about the adventures the characters partake in.

I will say that it's not on the same level of quality as Bebop and suffers from things Bebop never did, but it does have it share of pros like the animation and action (which is obviously based on sword fighting, giving the anime its own sense of identity).
report Recommended by Aenglaan
Both Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo are written by the same author and feature the same episodic nature. Additionally, the three main protagonists of each respective series are of the same archetypes. If you enjoyed Bebop, you'll likely enjoy Champloo.
report Recommended by SuperVegetarott
The focus of both series is the mix of different styles especially music: Cowboy Bebop is a mix of cowboy western, film noir, Jazz and Blues setting in space. Samurai Champloo is a mix of samurais, modern-day Japan and hip hop setting in Edo-era Japan. Also both series have an episodic storytelling with an overall story. Another important and common aspect is the journey into the main character's past.
report Recommended by Dan-Te
These two anime have an extremely similar vibe. They share many of the same production crew so it is no surprise that stylistically and aesthetically are in many ways comparable. There is a similar character dynamic in Samurai Champloo as in Bebop, but what makes me think you will enjoy this anime is actually how the two shows are different. Many of the plot choice in Samurai Champloo seem to be parallel to the choices in Bebop; however, in Samurai Champloo, many of the subtle issues that were passed over lightly in Bebop are explored in greater depth. These two shows are in no way   read more
report Recommended by mader527
Two absolutely brilliant anime with incredible characters.
No significant plot in either anime because the characters take the spotlight and the interactions between characters are amazing.
Wicked, smooth fight scenes, great dialogue and absolutely awesome characters.
Both anime are memorable for, did i mention, the characters?
On a serious note, amazing, character-driven anime. Period.
report Recommended by XOkabeCitykeyX
Made by the same guy. Both have a group of protagnists who travel for a single goal while encountering random misadventures along the way. Both have amazing art, action, characters, soundtrack and unique during its time.
report Recommended by EmmNemM
The principal idea of my recommendation is based on different factors. First of all we got an awesome opening, the kind of stuff you can download an put on your mp3 to listening on daily routine. Second, even if the story happens in different timelines (Space, 2071 for Cowboy Bebop and Japan, Edo Period for Samurai Champloo), we can see a presente of a "road trip" in both, with all the crew together and helping each other. Different plots, where you have a new adventure in each episode. Same kind of comedy and some resemblance between main characters.
report Recommended by STEREOo
Same style , Same Genres , Same Pattern of events , and both Depends on the course of events more than story , and both have their own music themes , same type of characters
report Recommended by semmarabd14
This recommendation is based on the English dub. Same director, same main character voice actor (Mugen and Spike). Both of these characters are interesting and badass to say the least.

Group dynamic is even the same within the main cast; two guys who are skilled at their roles then an annoying female character who brings more trouble than fortune. The 2 male main characters make up for this however.

Both anime are episodic; although Cowboy Bebop has the better overarching plot from the get-go. Both are enjoyable nonetheless.
report Recommended by SgtSpringRoll
While Cowboy Bebop often accrues more glory, both of these shows are made by the same directors, and, personally, I enjoyed Champloo more. The main characters are all very similar, and both series maintain an episodic style up until the last few dramatic episodes, which are both fantastic in their own ways.
report Recommended by catullus_d_rus
Samurai Champloo and Cowboy Bebop. They present us to the trio, who join, for the same purpose. Mini-histories appear before them, where they must contribute a grain of sand to get money and food, although things always get complicated. We have the boy who only thinks of struggling to get what he wants, sometimes without caring about anyone else's life. The type who prefers not to get involved, if not necessary. The girl can sometimes be a nuisance, subject to looks, but she can be cunning. Two series full of action and comedy along with different events, where they talk about different topics of interest,   read more
report Recommended by OtakuNote87
Both are made by the same director.
Both have a big influence with music ( OST are awesome !) and are really similar in many points
report Recommended by _Pingu_
Both are long action packed adventures that end with an expected and ideal ending. Both have similar art style and both have a heavy influence on the music that is present in the anime.
report Recommended by Weeb_Trash69
These two anime share the same episodic narrative (they're both directed by Watanabe Shinichiro), have very unique and iconic characters and are highly influenced by a specific music genre in their epic soundtracks and overall style, although Samurai Champloo feels more "wacky" in a -indeed- positive way. The two series have some epic fight directing/coreographing, and as much as the settings are very different, both of these two great must-watch shows will feel very similar inspite of their unique characteristics, which will just add value to their overall quality.
report Recommended by Nicola
Same director, and the style of story telling is the same. They both have an overarching story, but most episodes don't really matter in terms of the whole plot itself.
report Recommended by a__noobish__noob
Two offerings from Watanabe, and both are definitely worth watching. The stories and characters are similar - the spirited and determined female character, the rebellious young man that doesn't obey society's rules, and that man's quieter and more reserved counterpart, each journeying together across space/Japan, searching for something. Whereas Cowboy Bebop has a jazz + space combination, Samurai Champloo has a hip-hop + ancient Japan combination, one that might sound strange, but the two work together to create an interesting world, with plenty of humorous moments.
report Recommended by SionnachD
Both series have the same director and have an episodic formula. Furthermore, the relationship between the characters is kinda similar
report Recommended by Bagira20
* In both series they travel as a team
* The MC's start off immediately strong, you don't have the bullsh*t process of 50 episodes of becoming stronger
* The timeline of the episodes doesn't matter, so you don't have to worry about remembering how the story went. You can still catch up after a few months without you having the feeling that you don't understand.
* The music is really good by both shows.
* And both shows are really enjoyable, go watch it :)
report Recommended by Us3rn4m3
Set in the Edo period of Japan, Champloo transforms Japanese history by including themes from the world of Hip-Hop culture and modern America. This anime features lots of great action, dialogues between lead characters and music that will have you hooked from the first action packed episode. Champloo is a great example of what I like to call a "Journey" anime. The plot revolves less around the ending and the place the characters are going, and more around the events and interactions that take place as they attempt to reach that destination
report Recommended by Bagelman102
In both anime, you have really original and badass main characters. The story doesn't take place in the same universe, but if you are looking for a great anime with a lot of fights and action, here you are! And, the most important : EPIC MUSIC !!!!!!!!
report Recommended by Mugensamurai
The main character of Samurai Champloo has a very similar personality as Spike Spiegel. Both of them have that carefree badass type of mindset. So if you liked Spike, you'll definitely like Mugen. Plus, I'm pretty sure that both shows were made by the same studio.
report Recommended by Pink_Chan1113
Same director, very different, both extremely enjoyable. Music plays a central role in both of these, with Cowboy Bebop having mostly jazz, blues and rock and roll influences while Samurai Champloo being more hip-hop and chillhop. While they both have quite different settings there is definitely a similar feel about them. Bebop is more deep and complex than Champloo, and thus is something of a step-up or even upgrade from Champloo.
report Recommended by Heremus
The music is the key factor here, both have excellent songs, Jazz, Blues, Hip-Hop. Memorable moments, fights, and characters.
report Recommended by Nyanzinho
Though both shows may be set in vastly different universes, there's no denying the unique Shinichiro Watanabe touch to them. Most prominently, this can be noticed in the superior combination of good freaking music and great freaking action scenes. While one dabbles in classic blues and jazz, the other rides a wave of feel-good hiphop, all the while poignant in their themes of past, present and future.

You can't watch one and dislike the other, trust me!
report Recommended by rebirthx
Music based themes, characters with a well definite personality and deep back story.
report Recommended by SamZane