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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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Cast

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 | English

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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Trivia

The legendary Nujabes featured on the soundtrack of the anime Samurai Champloo. See more »

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Jin: [Confronting the Yagyu guards as they are about to dispatch an innocent peasant] To serve your lord and do his bidding, is that honor?
Yagyu badass: [scoffs] Of course it is.
Jin: Even if that lord is an unimportant piece of shit?
Yagyu badass: [the Yagyu draw their swords to attack] What the? Watch your mouth! Don't try to interfere!
Jin: Cutting down a man who's done nothing wrong; is that what you spent all that time honing those skills for?
Jin: In my opinion, you're worthless.
Yagyu badass: [rushes at him] Screw You!
[...]
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Soundtracks

Hiji Zuru STYLE
Performed by Force Of Nature featuring Suiken & S-Word
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Hip-hop stir-fry samurai action..
7 October 2004 | by saska-3See all my reviews

Samurai Champloo is the long-awaited next project from Cowboy Bebop director Shinichiro Watanabe. His two short films in the Animatrix compilation (Kid's Story and Detective Story) give American audiences a sneak peek at the phenomenal art style of this series, but they barely hint at the jaw-dropping action and unorthodox blend of history and music contained therein.

The similarities with Bebop end at the fact that the series has three protagonists: the vagrant swordsman Mugen, the rogue samurai Jin, and the tea-shop waitress Fuu. This unlikely and volatile trio begin a road journey through post-shogunate Japan (ca. 1780), brought together by circumstances best seen to be believed.

"Champloo" means mixed-up or stir-fry, and that's what this series is: a stylish blend of old school values and situations, meshed with more modern sensibilities, fighting styles, and visual design. Over the lush, dynamic art, a soundtrack of some of the best hip-hop from modern Japan plays. Though it's a noticeable device in the first few episodes, it doesn't take long before the music feels like second nature despite the anachronism.

Champloo is many things: a mature drama, an action series, an uproariously funny comedy and a visual feast. Watanabe-san demonstrates here that the success of Cowboy Bebop was uniquely his, and no fluke - fans of that series will not be disappointed, despite how radically different the two story lines are from one another.

As the title card of the first episode of Samurai Champloo says, "Just shut up and watch."


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