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Samurai Champloo 

Samurai chanpurû (original title)
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Fuu, a waitress who works in a teahouse, rescues two master swordsmen, Mugen and Jin, from their execution to help her find the "samurai who smells of sunflowers."
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Series cast summary:
Kazuya Nakai Kazuya Nakai ...  Mugen 26 episodes, 2004-2005
Ginpei Sato Ginpei Sato ...  Jin 26 episodes, 2004-2005
Ayako Kawasumi ...  Fuu 26 episodes, 2004-2005
Steve Blum ...  Mugen 26 episodes, 2004-2005
Kirk Thornton ...  Jin 26 episodes, 2004-2005
Kari Wahlgren ...  Fuu 26 episodes, 2004-2005
Doug Stone ...  Various 16 episodes, 2004-2005
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Fuu, a waitress who works in a teahouse, rescues two master swordsmen, Mugen and Jin, from their execution to help her find the "samurai who smells of sunflowers."

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Death, betrayal, and... hip hop!


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Japan

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Japanese

Release Date:

11 January 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Samurai Champloo See more »

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Stereo

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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The series was only allowed to be aired past 12:00 am in Japan for the network deemed it too graphic for prime time television. See more »

Quotes

Jin: [after Mugen starts a fight with the authorities in a tea house] Why do you always find it necessary to stir up trouble?
Mugen: [shrugs] Can't help myself. Besides, guys like that put a bug up my ass.
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Version of Samurai Champloo: Sidetracked (2006) See more »

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Who's Theme
Ending Theme (episode 12)
Performed by Nujabes featuring Minmi
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Kickass anime neoclassic
20 October 2004 | by angelynx-2See all my reviews

With 1998's "Cowboy Bebop", one of the most acclaimed anime TV series ever (go read the comments index for it here on IMDb if you don't believe me!), Shinichiro Watanabe became a creative force to watch out for. The innovative energy, drama and beauty of "Bebop" are carried forward in his second original series, "Samurai Champloo". Fans have been quick to look for similarities between "Bebop" and "Champloo" (even the titles have clear parallels), and it's true there are some: the assembly-of-rootless-loners cast of characters, the dramatic and cinematic visual style, and especially the importance and integration of music into the storytelling mix--in SC's case, everything from hip-hop beatboxing to Ainu and Okinawan folksong. But "Champloo"'s differences from "Bebop" are much more interesting than its likenesses. "Bebop" is drenched in melancholy and regret, dreams of the lost past and the future that couldn't be. "Champloo" is all about facing the future, the wave of change, the onrush of history that can't be stopped, and how three kids from widely diverse backgrounds--not even friends when they set out-- find themselves right on the crest of that wave. We're in Edo Period Japan; since 1638 the Tokugawa Shogunate has banned contact with all countries except China and Japan, a ban that lasted two centuries. The outside world can't be kept outside forever. Even the long-respected samurai class is losing its power, and there's restlessness in the land plus accompanying pressure from the Shogunate on all sides. Through this uneasy landscape (rendered in lushly beautiful watercolors that might remind you of Miyazaki) wander our cast of characters: outlaw ronin Jin, a gifted swordsman, stoic, disciplined and heartbreakingly gorgeous, devoted to the bushido code but exiled for killing his sensei; Okinawan wild-boy Mugen, orphan, former pirate and brilliant innovator, whose fighting style mixes everything from Brazilian capoeira to break-dancing, and whose feral-child innocence faces the toughest tests in the series; and teahouse waitress Fuu, spunky, compassionate and packing a lot of secrets, who rescues the two swordsmen from the executioner's block and enlists them on her quest to avenge her mother's death. On their long walk from Edo to Nagasaki they'll see a lot, face a lot of trials, starve, quarrel, save each other's lives, break up, re-bond, and become inseparable. Except that Jin and Mugen still swear they'll fight to the death one day, and no one (not even Fuu) is saying anything about the Sunflower Samurai, the object of Fuu's quest.

Have I made this sound like a straight historical drama? I ought to mention that it can be hysterically funny as well as vividly bloody, contains knockout fight scenes and anachronisms by the carload (the aforementioned break dancing and beatboxing, Jin's Armani glasses, the appearance of landmarks not built till the 1900s...), has made me cry more times than any anime since "Bebop", and has sharp things to say about the heavy hand of authority and tradition on groups as diverse as gay men, married women, foreigners, aboriginal natives and illegal aliens. It's unfailingly beautiful to look at (well, 95% unfailingly) and listen to, delectably well-written, and simply brilliant. When it gets to America, go find it.


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