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Writers:
Kazuto Nakazawa (episode)
Keiko Nobumoto (episode)
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Seasons:
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Release Date:
11 January 2005 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
Death, betrayal, and... hip hop!
Plot:
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."
User Reviews:
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Cast

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Kazuya Nakai ... Mugen (26 episodes, 2004-2005)
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)
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Series Directed by
Mamoru Hosoda (26 episodes, 2004-2005)
Shinichirô Watanabe (18 episodes, 2004-2005)
Hirotaka Endo (5 episodes, 2004-2005)
Sayo Yamamoto (5 episodes, 2004-2005)
Takeshi Yoshimoto (5 episodes, 2004-2005)
Kazuto Nakazawa (2 episodes, 2004-2005)
Masato Miyoshi (2 episodes, 2004)
Akira Yoshimura (2 episodes, 2004)
Shûkô Murase (1 episode, 2004)
Mitsutaka Noshitani (1 episode, 2005)
Kei Tsunematsu (1 episode, 2005)
 
Series Writing credits
Shinji Obara (26 episodes, 2004-2005)
Shinichirô Watanabe (21 episodes, 2004-2005)
Dai Satô (4 episodes, 2004-2005)
Seiko Takagi (3 episodes, 2004-2005)
Touko Machida (1 episode, 2004)
Kazuto Nakazawa (1 episode, 2004)
Keiko Nobumoto (1 episode, 2004)
Ryôta Sugi (1 episode, 2004)

Series Produced by
Hideki Goto .... planning producer / executive producer: Geneon Entertainment (26 episodes, 2004-2005)
Takatoshi Hamano .... producer (26 episodes, 2004-2005)
Shinichirô Kobayashi .... planning producer (26 episodes, 2004-2005)
Takashi Kôchiyama .... producer (26 episodes, 2004-2005)
Sanae Mitsugi .... planning producer (26 episodes, 2004-2005)
Shiro Sasaki .... executive producer / planning producer (26 episodes, 2004-2005)
Tetsuro Satomi .... producer (26 episodes, 2004-2005)
Mami Okada .... assistant producer (6 episodes, 2004)
Kaeko Sakamoto .... producer (6 episodes, 2004)
Eric P. Sherman .... producer (6 episodes, 2004)
Hiroe Tsukamoto .... producer (6 episodes, 2004)
 
Series Original Music by
Force of Nature (26 episodes, 2004-2005)
Fat Jon (26 episodes, 2004-2005)
Nujabes (26 episodes, 2004-2005)
Tsutchie (26 episodes, 2004-2005)
 
Series Cinematography by
Kazuhiro Yamada (26 episodes, 2004-2005)
 
Series Film Editing by
Shûichi Kakesu (26 episodes, 2004-2005)
 
Series Art Direction by
Takeshi Waki (26 episodes, 2004-2005)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Kazunobu Kawagoe (5 episodes, 2004)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Hirotaka Endo .... assistant director (3 episodes, 2004)
 
Series Art Department
Mahiro Maeda .... weapons designer (26 episodes, 2004-2005)
Eri Suzuki .... color key (26 episodes, 2004-2005)
Toshiyuki Yamashita .... graphic designer: opening credits (26 episodes, 2004-2005)
Anna Tsubaki .... artist: Ukiyoe (8 episodes, 2004)
Shinichirô Watanabe .... storyboard artist (5 episodes, 2004-2005)
Sayo Yamamoto .... storyboard artist (4 episodes, 2004-2005)
Kazuyoshi Katayama .... storyboard artist (3 episodes, 2004-2005)
Akitoshi Yokoyama .... storyboard artist (3 episodes, 2005)
Tsukasa Sunaga .... storyboard artist (2 episodes, 2004-2005)
Kazuki Akane .... storyboard artist (2 episodes, 2004)
Masahiro Emoto .... artist: Ukiyoe (2 episodes, 2004)
Takako Ito .... color key (2 episodes, 2004)
Shûkô Murase .... storyboard artist (2 episodes, 2004)
Kiyomi Yamazaki .... color key (2 episodes, 2004)
 
Series Sound Department
Pat Rodman .... adr engineer / dialogue editor (26 episodes, 2004-2005)
Mark A. Rozett .... sound re-recording engineer (26 episodes, 2004-2005)
Deb Munini .... sound editor / dialogue editor (21 episodes, 2004-2005)
Kevin Patzelt .... sound editor (10 episodes, 2004-2005)
Shigeru Fujibayashi .... sound recording assistant (8 episodes, 2004)
Tsutomu Kashiwakura .... recording director (8 episodes, 2004)
Shizuo Kurahashi .... sound effects (8 episodes, 2004)
Toshiaki Oota .... sound production: Boderline / sound production: Border Line (8 episodes, 2004)
Yukari Tobase .... sound recording assistant (8 episodes, 2004)
Makoto Uchida .... sound recordist (8 episodes, 2004)
Masashi Yabuhara .... sound mix engineer (8 episodes, 2004)
Fujio Yamada .... sound recordist (8 episodes, 2004)
Naoto Yamada .... sound effects assistant: Sound Box (6 episodes, 2004)
Sean Foye .... dialogue editor (5 episodes, 2004)
Masashi Hagiwara .... mixing engineer (2 episodes, 2004)
Naoto Yamaya .... sound effects assistant: Sound Box (2 episodes, 2004)
 
Series Special Effects by
Toshio Hasegawa .... digital special effects: Marix (2 episodes, 2004)
 
Series Visual Effects by
Shuichi Kusamori .... compositor: ending credits (26 episodes, 2004-2005)
Mari Gomyo .... compositor: Asahi Production (8 episodes, 2004)
Kanta Kamei .... visual effects (8 episodes, 2004)
Fumihiko Morohashi .... compositor: Asahi Production (8 episodes, 2004)
Minoe Ohkubo .... compositor: Asahi Production (8 episodes, 2004)
Suguru Oidaira .... compositor: Asahi Production (8 episodes, 2004)
Kenji Takahashi .... compositor: Asahi Production (8 episodes, 2004)
Kazuki Watanabe .... compositor: Asahi Production (8 episodes, 2004)
Kayoko Takaya .... compositor: Asahi Production (7 episodes, 2004)
Toshio Hasegawa .... digital special effects: Marix (6 episodes, 2004)
Shinya Ueda .... compositor: Asahi Production (6 episodes, 2004)
Yuki Hama .... compositor: Asahi Production (5 episodes, 2004)
Taeko Nihei .... compositor: Asahi Production (5 episodes, 2004)
Yui Tanaka .... compositor: Asahi Production (5 episodes, 2004)
Naoyuki Wada .... compositor: Asahi Production (5 episodes, 2004)
Toshihiro Sasaki .... compositor: Asahi Production (2 episodes, 2004)
Akiko Suio .... compositor: Asahi Production (2 episodes, 2004)
 
Series Animation Department
Ken Koike .... animator: opening credits (26 episodes, 2004-2005)
Shuichi Kusamori .... background artist: ending credits (26 episodes, 2004-2005)
Shûkô Murase .... animator: ending credits (26 episodes, 2004-2005)
Kazuto Nakazawa .... character designer / chief animator / ... (26 episodes, 2004-2005)
Yoshimitsu Yamashita .... animation director / key animator (26 episodes, 2004-2005)
Takeshi Koike .... animator: opening credits / key animator (8 episodes, 2004)
Ayari Wake .... background artist: green / background artist: Green (8 episodes, 2004)
Michie Watanabe .... background artist: green / background artist: Green (8 episodes, 2004)
Emi Hirano .... key animator / secondary key animator / ... (7 episodes, 2004)
Miyoko Kohama .... background artist: green / background artist: Green (7 episodes, 2004)
Eri Nakamura .... background artist: green / background artist: Green (7 episodes, 2004)
Yukari Yasuda .... background artist: green / background artist: Green (7 episodes, 2004)
Yumiko Ishii .... animation director / key animator / ... (6 episodes, 2004-2005)
Hideto Komori .... key animator / animation director (6 episodes, 2004-2005)
Takashi Mukouda .... key animator (6 episodes, 2004-2005)
Chie Ohkubo .... background artist: green / background artist: Green (6 episodes, 2004)
Sonomi Sugimura .... inbetween animator / inbetween animator: Studio Gimlet / ... (6 episodes, 2004)
Jun Nakai .... animation director (5 episodes, 2004-2005)
Naoko Nakamoto .... animation director (5 episodes, 2004-2005)
Shinji Takeuchi .... animation director / key animator (5 episodes, 2004-2005)
Moriyasu Taniguchi .... animation director (5 episodes, 2004-2005)
Madoka Ozawa .... inbetween animator / in-between animation checker / ... (5 episodes, 2004)
Takuya Suzuki .... key animator / animation director / ... (5 episodes, 2004)
Tatsuya Suzuki .... key animator / animation director / ... (5 episodes, 2004)
Masaki Yamada .... animation director (4 episodes, 2004-2005)
Takashi Igari .... key animator (4 episodes, 2004)
Hiromi Masuda .... key animator / key animator: Ad Cosmo / ... (4 episodes, 2004)
Nariyuki Ogi .... background artist: green / background artist: Green (4 episodes, 2004)
Tetsuya Wakano .... key animator: Studio One Pack / key animator / ... (4 episodes, 2004)
Nobutaka Ito .... animation director (3 episodes, 2004-2005)
Hiroshi Watanabe .... inbetween animator / in-between animator (3 episodes, 2004-2005)
Kazuhisa Asai .... background artist: Green / background artist: green (3 episodes, 2004)
Hayato Hashiguchi .... in-between animation checker / in-between animation checker: Emuai (3 episodes, 2004)
Ayako Ishihara .... key animator: Studio One Pack / key animator: Studio Wanpack (3 episodes, 2004)
Kenji Kobayashi .... background artist: green (3 episodes, 2004)
Yuichi Kuboki .... digital paint artist / digital paint artist: Triple A (3 episodes, 2004)
Kenji Nishikawa .... key animator / key animator: Ad Cosmo (3 episodes, 2004)
Taizo Yoshida .... key animator / key animator: Ad Cosmo / ... (3 episodes, 2004)
Hiroshi Shimizu .... key animator (2 episodes, 2004-2005)
Misao Abe .... key animator (2 episodes, 2004)
Asako Aoki .... key animator (2 episodes, 2004)
Takahiro Arai .... inbetween animator: Studio Gimlet / key animator (2 episodes, 2004)
Yuki Chika .... key animator: Studio Moo (2 episodes, 2004)
Yûko Dangi .... key animator: Studio Moo (2 episodes, 2004)
Yuka Dazai .... digital paint artist: Ad Cosmo (2 episodes, 2004)
Yoshinori Deno .... inbetween animator: Emuai / inbetween animator: MI (2 episodes, 2004)
Hitomi Fujii .... in-between animation checker: Emuai / in-between animation checker: MI (2 episodes, 2004)
Ayumi Fujishita .... inbetween animator: Emuai / inbetween animator: MI (2 episodes, 2004)
Takayuki Gotan .... key animator (2 episodes, 2004)
Keita Hagio .... key animator: Studio Gimlet (2 episodes, 2004)
Koji Hamaoka .... digital paint artist: Ad Cosmo (2 episodes, 2004)
Dai Hariki .... inbetween animator: Ad Cosmo (2 episodes, 2004)
Takayoshi Hashimoto .... key animator: Studio Moo (2 episodes, 2004)
Kaori Higashida .... background artist: Green (2 episodes, 2004)
Hiroaki Ikeda .... key animator: Studio One Pack (2 episodes, 2004)
Dai Imaoka .... key animator (2 episodes, 2004)
Akira Ito .... inbetween animator: Ad Cosmo (2 episodes, 2004)
Hirotsugu Ito .... inbetween animator: Emuai / inbetween animator: MI (2 episodes, 2004)
Mitsuko Kanamori .... digital paint artist: Ad Cosmo (2 episodes, 2004)
Ayako Karatani .... key animator: Studio Moo (2 episodes, 2004)
Hitomi Kashihara .... digital paint artist: Studio Gimlet (2 episodes, 2004)
Rika Kato .... key animator: Studio Gimlet (2 episodes, 2004)
Hitoshi Katsura .... inbetween animator: Studio Gimlet (2 episodes, 2004)
Masakazu Kawazoe .... key animator (2 episodes, 2004)
Katsunori Kikuchi .... inbetween animator: Emuai / inbetween animator: MI (2 episodes, 2004)
Katsuya Kikuchi .... key animator / key animator: Ad Cosmo (2 episodes, 2004)
Kunihiko Kimura .... key animator: Studio Gimlet (2 episodes, 2004)
Ikuko Kitagawa .... digital paint artist: Ad Cosmo (2 episodes, 2004)
Shuuichi Kodama .... key animator (2 episodes, 2004)
Megumi Koishikawa .... digital paint artist: Ad Cosmo (2 episodes, 2004)
Eiji Komatsu .... key animator (2 episodes, 2004)
Atsushi Kosakai .... key animator (2 episodes, 2004)
Manami Masuda .... background artist: green (2 episodes, 2004)
Daisuke Mataga .... key animator (2 episodes, 2004)
Susumu Matsunaga .... in-between animation checker: Ad Cosmo / inbetween animator: Ad Cosmo (2 episodes, 2004)
Kumiko Mizoguchi .... digital paint artist: Studio Gimlet (2 episodes, 2004)
Hiromi Morikawa .... background artist: Green (2 episodes, 2004)
Hisao Muramatsu .... key animator (2 episodes, 2004)
Chikako Nakamura .... digital paint artist: Studio Gimlet (2 episodes, 2004)
Kazuya Nakamura .... inbetween animator: Emuai / inbetween animator: MI (2 episodes, 2004)
Yoshifumi Nakamura .... key animator: Studio One Pack / key animator: Studio Wanpack (2 episodes, 2004)
Takahiro Nawa .... in-between animation checker (2 episodes, 2004)
Motonori Nishibe .... key animator (2 episodes, 2004)
Ayumi Nishigami .... digital paint artist: Studio Gimlet (2 episodes, 2004)
Hidemi Nishikage .... digital paint artist: Studio Gimlet (2 episodes, 2004)
Yôhei Nishiwaki .... digital paint artist: Studio Gimlet (2 episodes, 2004)
Shingo Oda .... key animator (2 episodes, 2004)
Kan Ogawa .... key animator (2 episodes, 2004)
Yuki Okada .... digital paint artist: Studio Gimlet (2 episodes, 2004)
Hiromi Okazaki .... key animator (2 episodes, 2004)
Mayu Saito .... digital paint artist (2 episodes, 2004)
Yusuke Saito .... inbetween animator: Ad Cosmo (2 episodes, 2004)
Youhei Sasaki .... key animator (2 episodes, 2004)
Tomoya Sato .... inbetween animator: Ad Cosmo (2 episodes, 2004)
Yûsuke Satô .... inbetween animator: Ad Cosmo (2 episodes, 2004)
Yuji Shimada .... background artist: Green (2 episodes, 2004)
Takako Shimizu .... animation director / key animator (2 episodes, 2004)
Mio Shinbo .... inbetween animator: Ad Cosmo (2 episodes, 2004)
Kanta Suzuki .... inbetween animator: Ad Cosmo (2 episodes, 2004)
Tsutomu Takahashi .... inbetween animator: Ad Cosmo (2 episodes, 2004)
Yoshiyuki Takayanagi .... in-between animation checker / inbetween animator (2 episodes, 2004)
Yuji Takeda .... digital paint artist: Ad Cosmo (2 episodes, 2004)
Satoshi Tanaka .... key animator (2 episodes, 2004)
Yuki Terano .... key animator / key animator: Studio One Pack (2 episodes, 2004)
Yuka Terasaki .... digital paint artist: Ad Cosmo (2 episodes, 2004)
Kentaro Tokiwa .... inbetween animator: Ad Cosmo (2 episodes, 2004)
Akira Toya .... inbetween animator: Emuai / inbetween animator: MI (2 episodes, 2004)
Eriko Uchiyama .... inbetween animator: Emuai / inbetween animator: MI (2 episodes, 2004)
Mika Ueda .... inbetween animator: Studio Gimlet (2 episodes, 2004)
Masahito Wada .... inbetween animator: Ad Cosmo (2 episodes, 2004)
Hiroyo Yamamoto .... key animator: Studio Gimlet (2 episodes, 2004)
Masakazu Yamazaki .... key animator: Studio One Pack / key animator: Studio Wanpack (2 episodes, 2004)
Aya Yoshii .... digital paint artist: Studio Gimlet (2 episodes, 2004)
Masaaki Yuasa .... key animator (1 episode, 2004)
 
Series Editorial Department
Daisuke Imai .... assistant editor (8 episodes, 2004)
Tomoki Nagasaka .... assistant editor (8 episodes, 2004)
Shinichi Sugawara .... video editor: Q-Tec (2 episodes, 2004)
 
Series Music Department
Yoshimoto Ishikawa .... music producer (26 episodes, 2004-2005)
Toshishige Matsui .... music production support: Clockwise (8 episodes, 2004)
Takamitsu Sato .... music production support: Weed (8 episodes, 2004)
Masakazu Takeuchi .... music production support: Libyus Music (8 episodes, 2004)
Afra .... beatbox scratching: eyecatch (2 episodes, 2004)
Kento Sasaki .... scratching: Force of Nature (2 episodes, 2004)
 
Series Other crew
David Fleming .... subtitles: English language version / translation: English language version (8 episodes, 2004)
Hiroshi Kudo .... production desk (8 episodes, 2004)
Takako Masaoka .... public relations: Fuji Television / public relations: Fuji Televison (8 episodes, 2004)
Junichi Matsumoto .... literature support (8 episodes, 2004)
Yoshimi Nakajima .... production support: Bigshot (8 episodes, 2004)
Stephanie Takemoto .... production assistant: English language version (8 episodes, 2004)
Shousei Ito .... advertisement: Victor Entertainment (7 episodes, 2004)
Masanori Sugawara .... advertisement: Victor Entertainment (6 episodes, 2004)
Kristal Harwood .... production assistant: English language version (4 episodes, 2004)
Megumi Kunisada .... production assistant: English language version (4 episodes, 2004)
Yoshihiro Watanabe .... production assistant: English language version (4 episodes, 2004)
Ryosuke Inagaki .... production assistant (2 episodes, 2004)
Masao Ito .... advertising manager: Victor Entertainment (2 episodes, 2004)
Kazunobu Kawagoe .... setting production (2 episodes, 2004)
Takanori Sugawara .... advertising manager: Victor Entertainment (2 episodes, 2004)
Yoshihiko Tominaga .... production assistant (2 episodes, 2004)
 

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Also Known As:
"Samurai chanpurû" - Japan (original title)
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Runtime:
Japan:24 min
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Trivia:
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:
Kagetoki Kariya:Only hope can give rise to the emotion we call despair. But it is nearly impossible for a man to try to live without hope, so I guess that leaves Man no choice but to walk around with despair as his companion.
Mugen:Huh? What the hell do you want?
Kagetoki Kariya:If you're looking for Kasumi's daughter, she's crossed over to the island.
Jin:Do you know him? You know Seizo Kasumi?
Kagetoki Kariya:I know he's a felon who abandoned his country and had his soul stolen by that foreign religion. I've heard that he fled here to Kyushu and that he was involved in the Shimabara Rebellion. I also know he's the man that the Shogunate wants eliminated more than anyone else...
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29 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
Watanabe You Bastard, You've Done It Again!, 22 October 2004
Author: Mr850 from Pensacola, Florida

The story is about Jin a traditional very skilled samurai, Mugen a innovative equally skilled samurai, and Fuu a girl who worked at a tea house. When Jin and Mugen get caught and are about to be executed, Fuu saves their lives and in return she makes them promise to help her find the Samurai Who Smells Like Sunflowers. It may sound stupid but trust me its not.

The animation. The animation on this show is Bebop quality. The animation is just incredible. The fight scenes are kick ass, beautiful and often times bloody. The backgrounds are very lush and detailed. You will be amazed and how good everything looks.

Now on to the best part, the music. When I first heard about Samurai Champloo the first thing that came to mind was "Well its made by the same dude that did Cowboy Bebop so its got to be good." ,the next thing was "Well what does a Japanese man know about hip hop?". Even though I'm still wondering about the second question, it doesn't matter because all the music works great. Just like with Bebop the series wouldn't be half as good if it didn't have the great music that it does. The opening theme song to Samurai Champloo is a "rap" song. I put rap in quotation because none of the lyrics rhyme so its not a true rap song, but its still great.

Bottom line. If you are a fan of Cowboy Bebop you have to see this. In fact if your a anime fan at all you need to see this. This will go down in history as one of the greats along with Cowboy Bebop.

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