Samurai Champloo (2004–2005)
"Samurai chanpurû" (original title)

TV Series  |  TV-MA  |   |  Animation, Action, Adventure
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.6/10 from 19,612 users  
Reviews: 50 user | 13 critic

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."

Watch Trailer
0Check in

On Disc

at Amazon

Fall TV: 15 Returning TV Shows Worth Binge Watching

Which returning shows do we recommend binging on? We've picked out 15 great options for you. Read this and more lists in our Fall TV section.

Read our list

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

list image
a list of 26 titles
created 28 May 2013
a list of 26 titles
created 25 Apr 2014
a list of 30 titles
created 26 Jun 2014
list image
a list of 48 titles
created 10 months ago
a list of 37 titles
created 1 month ago

Related Items

Search for "Samurai Champloo" on

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Samurai Champloo (2004–2005)

Samurai Champloo (2004–2005) on IMDb 8.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Samurai Champloo.

User Polls




2005   2004  
Top 250 TV #121 | See the Top 250 TV as voted by our users.



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Cowboy Bebop (1998–1999)
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9/10 X  

The futuristic misadventures and tragedies of an easygoing bounty hunter and his partners.

Stars: Kôichi Yamadera, Unshô Ishizuka, Megumi Hayashibara
Trigun (TV Series 1998)
Animation | Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

Vash the Stampede is the most infamous outlaw on the planet Gunsmoke and with a 60 billion double dollar price on his head the most sought after!

Stars: Masaya Onosaka, Hiromi Tsuru, Satsuki Yukino
Berserk (TV Series 1997)
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  

Guts is a skilled swordsman who joins forces with a mercenary group named 'The Band of the Hawk', lead by the charismatic Griffith, and fights with them as they battle their way into the royal court.

Stars: Nobutoshi Kanna, Unshô Ishizuka, Marc Diraison
Fullmetal Alchemist (2003–2004)
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  

The Elric brothers' deciding to perform a forbidden human transmutation to bring their dead mother back, they end up losing their bodies. Now Edward must find the chemical privileges to restore their body back.

Stars: Vic Mignogna, Aaron Dismuke, Romi Pak
Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995–1996)
Animation | Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

A teenage boy finds himself recruited as a member of an elite team of pilots by his father.

Stars: Megumi Ogata, Megumi Hayashibara, Kotono Mitsuishi
Black Lagoon (TV Series 2006)
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

A Japanese businessman, captured by modern-day pirates, is written off and left for dead by his company. Tired of the corporate life, he opts to stick with the mercenaries that kidnapped him, becoming part of their gang.

Stars: Megumi Toyoguchi, Daisuke Namikawa, Youichi Nishijima
FLCL (TV Mini-Series 2000)
Animation | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

A 12-year old boy named Naota one day meets a strange woman, riding a Vespa and wielding a big guitar. As soon as she appears, mysterious things start happening.

Stars: Jun Mizuki, Mayumi Shintani, Izumi Kasagi
Tengen toppa gurren lagann (TV Series 2007)
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

Two friends, Simon and Kamina, become the symbols of rebellion against the powerful Spiral King, who forced mankind into subterranean villages.

Stars: Yuri Lowenthal, Kyle Hebert, Jamieson Price
Hellsing Ultimate (2006–2012)
Animation | Action | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

The vampire Alucard and his newly sired ward Seras tries to protect England from a war-crazed SS-Major who seeks to start an eternal war with his vampire army.

Stars: Katie Gray, Victoria Harwood, Crispin Freeman
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.1/10 X  

Two brothers search for a Philosopher's Stone after an attempt to revive their deceased mother goes awry and leaves them in damaged physical forms.

Stars: Kent Williams, Iemasa Kayumi, Vic Mignogna
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  

The Empire of Britannia has invaded Japan using giant robot weapons called Knightmare Frames. Japan is now referred to as Area 11, and its people the 11's. A Britannian who was living in ... See full summary »

Stars: Jun Fukuyama, Yukana Nogami, Johnny Yong Bosch
Animation | Action | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A terrorist explosion releases a deadly virus on the masses, and it's up the bounty-hunting Bebop crew to catch the cold-blooded culprit.

Directors: Shinichirô Watanabe, Hiroyuki Okiura
Stars: Beau Billingslea, Melissa Fahn, Nicholas Guest


Series cast summary:
Kazuya Nakai ...
 Mugen (26 episodes, 2004-2005)
Ginpei Sato ...
 Jin (26 episodes, 2004-2005)
Ayako Kawasumi ...
 Fuu (26 episodes, 2004-2005)
 Mugen (26 episodes, 2004-2005)
Kirk Thornton ...
 Jin (26 episodes, 2004-2005)
 Fuu (26 episodes, 2004-2005)


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."

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Death, betrayal, and... hip hop!


TV-MA | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:





| |

Release Date:

11 January 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Samurai Champloo  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


The story takes place around the year 1780. See more »


Fuu: [Mugen and Jinn are about to fight] Alright, enough you two! You two made me a promise. You haven't forgotten, have you? Until we find "the Samurai who smells of Sunflowers", you two are not allowed to kill each other!
Mugen: Oh yeah, this smelly guy, I been meaning to ask ya about that.
Fuu: Huh?
Jin: Who is this "Samurai who smells of Sunflowers"?
Mugen: And what the hell is a sunflower anyway?
Jin: You don't know?
Fuu: It's a flower!
Mugen: So, what do they *smell* like?
Jin: [Both turn toward Fuu] Do you have any other leads?
Mugen: Like a ...
See more »


Referenced in Special Collector's Edition: The Ring (2011) See more »


Obokuri Eeumi
Performed by Ikue Asazaki
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Kickass anime neoclassic
20 October 2004 | by (Washington DC, USA) – See 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.

80 of 88 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
1st Season Compared to 2nd TwilightRaven13
Did this show get cancelled? Monster_under_the_bed
Samurai Champloo composer Jun 'Nujabes' Seba passes away pennishus
What year does this show takes place? Chiscokid88-1
Resisted for a long time lonevision
Is Mugen Ainu? KrebsCycle
Discuss Samurai Champloo (2004) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page