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Samurai Champloo 

Samurai chanpurû (original title)
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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Kazuya Nakai ...
 Mugen (26 episodes, 2004-2005)
Ginpei Sato ...
 Jin (26 episodes, 2004-2005)
Ayako Kawasumi ...
 Fuu (26 episodes, 2004-2005)
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 Mugen (26 episodes, 2004-2005)
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 Jin (26 episodes, 2004-2005)
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 Fuu (26 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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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 »

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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 ...
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Fly (Small Circle Of Friends)
Ending Theme (episode 23)
Performed by Tsutchie featuring Azuma Riki
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Hip-hop stir-fry samurai action..
7 October 2004 | by (Redmond, WA) – See 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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