Status: Finished Airing
Aired: May 20, 2004 to Mar 19, 2005
Premiered: Spring 2004
Broadcast: Saturdays at 10:30 (JST)
Producers: Victor Entertainment, Fuji TV, Barnum Studio, Tokuma Shoten, flying DOG
Licensors: Funimation, Geneon Entertainment USA
Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Historical, Samurai, Shounen
Duration: 24 min per ep
Rating: R – 17+ (violence & profanity)
Resolution: 720p, 480p
Type: BD, Dual Audio
Characters & Voice Actors
ED1: “Shiki no Uta (四季ノ唄)” by MINMI (eps 1-11, 13-16, 18-22, 24-25)
ED2: “Who’s Theme” by MINMI (ep 12)
ED3: “YOU” by kazami (ep 17)
ED4: “FLY [SMALL CIRCLE OF FRIENDS]” by Tsutchie & fat jon (ep 23)
ED5: “San Francisco” by MIDICRONICA (ep 26)
02: Redeye Reprisal
03: Hellhounds for Hire (Part 1)
04: Hellhounds for Hire (Part 2)
05: Artistic Anarchy
06: Stranger Searching
07: A Risky Racket
08: The Art of Altercation
09: Beatbox Bandits
10: Lethal Lunacy
11: Gamblers and Gallantry
12: The Disorder Diaries
13: Misguided Miscreants (Part 1)
14: Misguided Miscreants (Part 2)
15: Bogus Booty
16: Lullabies of the Lost (Verse 1)
17: Lullabies of the Lost (Verse 2)
18: War of the Words
19: Unholy Union
20: Elegy of Entrapment (Verse 1)
21: Elegy of Entrapment (Verse 2)
22: Cosmic Collisions
23: Baseball Blues
24: Evanescent Encounter (Part 1)
25: Evanescent Encounter (Part 2)
26: Evanescent Encounter (Part 3)
It’s a classic. Great story. Great music. Great characters. Great comedy. Great fight scenes.
Lacks in plot and character development but the unique combination of hip hop and classical Japanese elements make it well worth watching.
The full package. Hip-hop soundtrack? Check. Samurai? Check. Totally uncalled for but lovable anachronisms in Edo-era Japan? Check.
One of the few instances where Japan uses black culture in media that doesn’t turn out unintentionally racist. Hooray for progress!
Everyone is a mystery, you literally have to learn them yourselves + unique story and atmosphere that can’t be compared with others.
Great soundtrack, stellar animation and a memorable cast. Well worth the watch.
You remember the coolness and the music. You forget this doesn’t have an ending many find satisfying.