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. – My Anime List
Based on 29 review scores:
I really liked this anime. I loved the artwork, music, the storyline and really, that’s all you need to make an epic anime. There is one aspect that I did not touch upon and that was the character development. The viewer got to delve into the lives of the three main characters, each with their own colorful pasts. It personalized the anime for me and practically demanded that I pick a favorite character. Anywho, Samurai Champloo receives the godlike rating of 10 out of 10. I don’t give that score out a lot, so you better believe that this one is definitely worth watching. Enjoy!
Samurai Champoo is one of the best animes I have seen in a while, the animation itself is different and the fusion of different styles is fantastic. The Japanese era mixed in with some HipHop style and presented in a fantastic manner. Three companions are tied together by this journey and each of one them is completely different from the other. Mugen is wild one, Jin is the cool headed samurai, and Fuu is the girl stuck between the two trying to find her father. It really is a great samurai tale which is extremely enjoyable. In my opinion its a revolutionary anime since they approached the story completely differently then see before, and I loved the beats in the series. You never get bored of the story because its anything but conventional and its extremely entertaining. That is why its one of my top ten animes.
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The biggest knock that could probably be made against Samurai Champloo is that it lacks more than the barest semblance of an overall plot. The first four episodes are episodic, and while they stand alone quite well, they don’t run together to create anything greater. Perhaps that is something to come in future volumes. Overall, though, this is one sharp and exciting series. It’s easy to see why it has already made such an impression on the American fan community, and it should continue to do so.
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Samurai Champloo is a fun, fast-paced, beautifully animated trip of a series. If you’re willing to set aside the issues the show undeniably has and remember that this isn’t the second coming of Spike, Jet, Edward, and Faye, it’s a very good ride indeed.
One of the best T.V. show’s i have ever seen. It captivated me from the very first episode i saw. This is a show that would be for those who are not, or are into anime. Thanks to all that made this show possible.
The show was really great and ended great too. Yet, I wish it didn’t end yet because I wanted to see more battles where Mugen and Jin would totally own somebody while the perfectly fitting soundtrack plays in the background. If you are a watcher of anime and have considered watching it, then I would very highly recommend it. If you don’t normally watch anime, then I would still recommend checking it out, but I say that with the possibility of it not appealing to people who don’t normally watch Japanese cartoons. Samurai Champloo is a show I will not be forgetting any time soon.
Samurai Champloo is one of those shows that has everything: action, comedy, genuine drama, high-class animation, and simply top-knotch in every field one can think of. Samurai traditionalists may not like the show because of its hip-hop infusions, but if you either don’t mind it or find it to be amusing and think it adds a unique sylistic tone to the show (like the disclaimer says: “This work of fiction is not an accurate historical portrayal. LIKE WE CARE! Now shut up and enjoy the show”), you’ll enjoy it immensely.
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Samurai Champloo was a fun journey from start to finish. It keeps your attention and leaves you begging for more. Along the way you’ll laugh, you’ll roar with excitement through each amazing sword fight, and you may even cry who know? I highly recommend Samurai Champloo to anyone.
Samurai Champloo is not a timeless classic anime. It is still one of my favourite anime series though, simply because it’s just so much fun.
I loved it. Absolutely loved it. It was like watching a sequel to Bebop. I laughed, I pumped my fists. I yelled at the villains and cheered for Jin and Mugen as they chopped them up.
Comedy is used in great effect with visual gags and in-line jokes. While predominately not a comedy series, it has healthy amounts of it as much as the darker, gorier fight scenes. The voice acting also deserves mentioning as the Japanese actors fuse with the main characters so well with ranges of emotions and performances.
I highly recommend Samurai Champloo as your next binge-watching exploit, and then once you’re done, binge-watch it again.
Samurai Champloo in alot of ways is just as good as Cowboy Bebop. The characters in Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo are unique and duel opposites in nature that makes their interactions both hilarious and intresting. Their plotlines are simular in seperate storys but one major core storyline that binds everything together. Cowboy Bebop uses American Bebop Jazz, while Samurai Champloo uses American Hip Hop and Rap. The anime does not have to have a perfect plot line, or a perfect music sound track to earn a 10/10 rating. No, you see the anime just has to succeed in its fundemental aspect from its creation, to be entertaining!. However even I have to admit ,that not every single episode in the anime is entertaining, I did find some boring. A 10/10 anime must constantly throughout the series be top quality and samurai champloo falls just short. However still watch the anime because you might be different.
I’ve seen many comparisons between this show and Cowboy Bebop. I haven’t seen that show myself (damn) but if it could achieve the legendary status it has, I think Samurai Champloo would be at least somewhere close.
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.
Hahaha. A samurai story with hip-hop, awesome fights, awesome cinematography, awesome characters, awesome side-stories, and awesome development and conclusion?
Needless to say, one of the most underrated anime out there and a perfectly re-watchable masterpiece.
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Samurai Champloo is a show for everyone. Plenty of great sword-slashing action, clever comedy, and a good share of moments that will tug at your heartstrings — often all at once. If you enjoy anime, this is one you can’t miss.
Although Samurai Champloo is already worth a try just for its style, it is also entertaining and technically amazing. But it does suffer from few episodes that cannot live up to the others and an arguably unsatisfied ending.
Samurai Champloo pokes fun at material both modern day and that of the ancient world. The violent Spanish priest and Hollander disguised as a samurai searching for “manly love” may be a tad offensive, but are clever plays on different cultures, while the interaction between the three main characters boils up a fair share of irony and situational humor. The fight sequences of Samurai Champloo are intricately planned and executed in fluid and interesting dynamics. Things only becomes repetitive on a few occasions, and while some episodes are stronger than others, the overarching story is pretty good. It could have used some finishing touches, but overall Samurai Champloo is one of the better TV-MA action series in anime today.
With the exception of the weak overarching plot, Samurai Champloo really does have it all, and there’s a reason it’s ranked so highly on so many otaku’s lists. It’s not at all a profound show, and it lacks the sophistication of Bebop, but it’s not trying to be. Despite being an entirely style-over-substance anime, the show just exudes cool, and there’s something in it for most everybody.
Samurai Champloo could definitely be perfected in many areas, but it doesn’t mean it’s a bad anime, it had many positives hidden within. The music and lulz were what kept me going. I liked the characters, and even though the story isn’t exactly suspenseful, I was curious about the ending of it. However, for someone who is looking for a grand, exciting adventure, don’t expect much.
Comparisons to Cowboy Bebop in a Samurai Champloo review are unavoidable, so I’ll sum this whole thing up with one. Champloo is the light, popcorn version of Bebop with just enough weight and ambition to feel dramatic but not enough to burden its irreverent comedy episodes with undue melodrama. If Space Dandy is “’Mushroom Samba’ every episode,” as Shinichiro Watanabe billed it when he first announced the series, Samurai Champloo is “’Mushroom Samba’ every other episode” — a comfortable halfway point between Dark Watanabe and Light Watanabe.
Samurai Champloo carries onward the experimental style of Watanabe, but sacrifices a bit too much story and character play in doing so. Still, it’s watchable and diverting.
I have to admit that my opinion of this series suffers from the fact that it feels depressingly inferior to Watanabe’s other work, and I believe that it completely fails in its stated goal of being the first “hip-hop” driven anime. It certainly won’t be the next stepping-stone in anime storytelling (as some critics make it out to be), and it’s way too inconsistent, devoid of drive, and off-kilter to be taken too seriously. But having been entertained and brought to laughter a good amount, I don’t feel like my time was wasted. Samurai Champloo is not a bad show; it’s just little more than an enjoyable but pointless romp that doesn’t hold up to the high expectations I originally had for it.
When it comes to sword fighting and samurai anime Samurai Champloo is a cut (pun very much intended) above most of the competition. The wide variety of inspiration gives Samurai Champloo a wide appeal and will provide the viewer with at least a few good stories. Samurai Champloo isn’t a bad anime; just don’t go into it expecting the next Cowboy Bebop.
Mediocre, but still entertaining.