Samurai Champloo

Samurai Champloo

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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.

User Rating: 4.19 ( 9 votes)


English: Samurai Champloo
Japanese: サムライチャンプルー
Type: TV
Episodes: 26
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
Studios: Manglobe
Source: Original
Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Historical, Samurai, Shounen
Duration: 24 min per ep
Rating: R – 17+ (violence & profanity)
Resolution: 720p, 480p
Type: BD, Dual Audio


Takatoshi Hamano – Producer
Takashi Kouchiyama – Producer
Shirou Sasaki – Producer
Mamoru Hosoda – Director
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Theme Songs

OP1: “Battlecry” by Nujabes feat. Shing02 (eps 1-25)
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)

Episode List

01: Tempestuous Temperaments
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.


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