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Samurai Champloo: The Complete Collection (2009)

Kazuya Nakai , Ginpei Sato , Eric P. Sherman  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (307 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kazuya Nakai, Ginpei Sato, Ayako Kawasumi, Steve Blum, Kirk Thornton
  • Directors: Eric P. Sherman
  • Format: Box set, NTSC, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 7
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Funimation
  • DVD Release Date: June 30, 2009
  • Run Time: 625 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (307 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0023S4A5I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,585 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Samurai Champloo: The Complete Collection" on IMDb

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Mugen’s a buck-wild warrior -- violent, thoughtless and womanizing. Jin is a vagrant ronin -- mysterious, traditional, well-mannered and very strong as well. These two fiercely independent warriors can’t be any more different from one another, yet their paths cross when Fuu, a ditzy waitress, saves them from being executed when they are arrested after a violent swordfight. Fuu convinces the two vagrant young men to help her find a mysterious samurai "who smells of sunflowers." And their journey begins

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206 of 219 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD or Blu-ray? December 16, 2009
Format:Blu-ray
This show has been reviewed in detailed lots of times so if you want a review of the content then you should look at the various reviews for the dvd version as the content of the 26 episodes is in fact the same. I'll concentrate on the blu-ray vs. dvd debate that is brewing up.

Now, I've been told that this show will never actually be in true hd because of the various CG(computer graphic) elements that were done in SD. In order for us to see this show in true hd they would have to go back and redo all of the CG elements that were originally done in SD. A lot of earlier shows have this problem, such as Cowboy Bebop which when this comes out in blu-ray will probably be an upscale as well. Thus, this is probably the best we will ever get. Older animation that was hand drawn was done completely on film which in fact has an infinite resolution. Computer graphics are limited to the actual resolution at which they were created at, but they can be upscaled such as in this tv show. Since this was a tv show that aired on SD originally, the computer graphics were done in SD, hence the need to redo the CG for a true HD resolution.

I've seen pictures from an upscaled DVD and from this Blu-ray and overall the Blu-ray looks better in my opinion. If you look carefully at still shots you will notice that the dnr filter used removes some of the detail in the picture. So looking closely, the DVD has just a tad more detail in certain parts. You have to remember though, that the animation style does not have a ton of detail to begin with so you will have to look really hard to see the difference in detail. The ONLY time I could really tell that the DVD had more detail was on scenes were there were large pieces of wood paneling.
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66 of 69 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not your typical samurai anime! August 19, 2006
Format:DVD
Mugen is a cocky, rebellious, bandy-legged fighter who incorporates break-dancing techniques into his unorthodox fighting style. Jin is more your typically calm and stoic samurai (or ronin, to be more precise), steeped in martial tradition, who finds satisfaction in the perfect execution of his warrior craft. Mugen and Jin aren't friends - in fact, they are contentious and want to test their skills against each other - yet they find themselves joining forces, thanks to Fuu, an insistent and kinda quirky waitress who inveigles the two into helping her search for the Samurai Who Smells Like Sunflowers. For 26 episodes, the discordant trio undergo many adventures, some serious, some hilarious, some just plain out weird. The only constants are the bickerings amongst the three, the scrounging for food, and the intrusion of modern day sensibilities. Oh, and the rampant butt kicking as done by Mugen and Jin.

On the heels of his popular Cowboy Bebop anime series, Shinichiro Watanabe decided to put a new spin on the samurai anime with his irreverent, hip Samurai Shamploo. Shamploo means "stir fry" or a mix, and this is certainly what this series is about, as it fuses the traditional samurai credo and decorum with the unexpected modern day incursions of hip hop attitudes, beatboxing, street tagging, and baseball. The episodes are supported by cool Japanese hip hop music soundtracks and blazing hip hop scratches for scene segues. Watanabe also makes beautiful use of visual metaphors, thereby adding more depth to the shenanigans. The ripping animation and dynamically constructed fight scenes are guaranteed not to disappoint.

Kudos, too, to the voice actors, especially Steven Jay Blum (aka Daniel Andrews, who also voiced Cowboy Bebop's Spike) as the bestial Mugen.
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80 of 87 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quietly Among the Best April 9, 2011
Format:DVD
If there ever was an anime series that will leave you saying "that was outstanding," this is it.

There are so many components to this story that make it so.

The artwork is gorgeous; the backdrops themselves seem to be characters in the story.

The music, which is a mash-up of house, hip-hop, blues and jazz, adds so much depth to each episode that you may feel compelled to buy one of the series' four soundtracks just as I did.

And then, there's the story itself: two rogue warriors - one who can barely control his emotions [Mugen] and another who is nearly emotionless -- the cipher (seemingly) without a soul [Jin] -- attempt to help a befuddled teenage girl [Fu] in her quest to find the "samurai who smells like sunflowers."

Yes, similar stories have been told in many different formats for generations, but this version seems so fresh. During the 26 episode arc, you will find yourself caring about the main characters and trying to understand why it's so important for each of them to complete this ill-defined (and potentially hopeless) journey to find the samurai.

At the end of the series, you will already miss these wonderful characters. (Years after viewing the entire series, there are still episodes I will watch from time-to-time for that very reason.)

Like its futuristic companion, Cowboy Beebop, this is Anime with brass knuckles and a heart ...

In its quiet and quirky way, it's breathtakingly cool.
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81 of 91 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Improved from the last release, NEW UPSCALE! July 8, 2011
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I won't go into detail about the series because this is a review of this particular release. The last Blu-ray release of this series was poorly upscaled, but it appears Funimation has fixed the problem and re-upscaled the video for this set. Since the show was animated in standard definition it will never look spectacular, but this new upscale is probably the best we will see. Unlike the last set, the film grain remains intact with very few visual flaws from the upscale. If you already have the DVDs there is no real need to upgrade, but if you are on the fence about buying either the DVD or the Blu-ray, get this Blu-ray release.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Priceless !
Samurai Champloo, has honestly changed my taste for anime. This unique style of dark samurai is just awesome. You must watch this anime, because its a Real Unique Amazing one.
Published 5 days ago by Mathieu (Anime Lover)
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Greatest ANIMEs ever
One of the Greatest ANIMEs ever. I have been wanting this for a very long time and the collection does not disappoint.
Published 6 days ago by Jordon Tyler Rude
5.0 out of 5 stars Champloo
Love this anime so much. The beats are amazing. Production was very well done. Never bored for a minute.
Published 8 days ago by Joshua Allen Mason
5.0 out of 5 stars Watch it.
Great series. Blu-ray is worth while looks and sounds great.
Published 9 days ago by AverageJoe
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent quality of anime
Excellent quality of anime. Unique design, unique premise, and unique execution. The opening song is too good to skip at all--26 listenings wasn't enough!
Published 14 days ago by Nolan
5.0 out of 5 stars The quality of this blu Ray is great. I got it for my boyfriend
The quality of this blu Ray is great. I got it for my boyfriend. I'm a huge Samurai Champloo fan and I'm trying to make a fan out of him as well. So far, so good.
Published 15 days ago by Cheri Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars samurai champloo
Good deal for the price and is a great anime.
Published 22 days ago by lewistromblyjr
5.0 out of 5 stars Great to have some summer
Another one of my favorites. Great to have some summer nostalgia
Published 22 days ago by Lyfe
5.0 out of 5 stars The series is excellent!
Wonderful series, but wish I had bought blu-ray vs DVD. When compared to Netflix HD, the lack in DVD quality is noticeable in sharpness and color vibrancy.
Published 22 days ago by Spike Speigel
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It was a very good products.
Published 26 days ago by kouiti kikuti
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Subtitles
Well, I'm no expert on Japanese, so I'm not exactly qualified to say. But from the little I can pick out and the tiny bit of research I've done (which includes input from other people who ARE fluent in Japanese), I'd say...it's a reasonably well done translation. It's not perfect, of course, but... Read More
Aug 5, 2009 by Whesandra |  See all 6 posts
Will this contain all the episodes?
It has 7 disks and has all 26 episodes.
Jul 6, 2009 by Russell J. LEBAR |  See all 5 posts
any difference between this and what was shown on adult swim
I don't expect there'll be any difference (except that the bad language [as] censored out will be audible). The only reason this is coming out is that Geneon went (essentially) bankrupt and FUNi picked up the distro rights to a lot of Geneon's anime titles; so FUNi is reissuing this as a way of... Read More
May 23, 2009 by Paula J. Okeefe |  See all 4 posts
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