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(Mar 29, 2005)
No cash! Mugen, Jin and Fuu need money fast. Fuu tries to model, but it turns out to be a trap. When they arrive in the capital city, they delay their quest to join an eating contest, but find out the hard way they need to watch who they hang with! If some guy they meet isnt wanted by the cops, then hes trying to kill them or take their wallet- either way, you know theyre going to wind up in the middle of a fight... The outstanding animation directed by SHINICHIRO WATANABE (Cowboy Bebop, Animatrix), designed by KAZUTO NAKAZAWA (Kill Bill Vol.1) and MAHIRO MAEDA (Last Exile, Blue Submarine No.6) and powered by fresh sounds from Tsutchie, fat jon, Nujabes and FORCE OF NATURE! Outstanding animation and music done right with anamorphic widescreen video and surround sound audio (5.1 English, 5.1 Japanese)!
The mayhem and imagination never flag in director Shinchiro Watanabe's first series since Cowboy Bebop. Fuu poses for a Ukiyo-e (woodblock print) artist, only to discover he's tied to a criminal ring that traffics in young girls. She joins Mugen and Jin to escort gay Dutch trader Izaak Titsingh on a tour of Edo. Izaak tries to pass himself off as Japanese--despite an Ahnold-esque accent. The clever, well-researched visuals in these episodes play off Van Gogh's paintings, shunga (erotic) prints, Kabuki costumes, and the 17th-century anthology The Great Mirror of Male Love. "The Art of Altercation" reveals just enough of Jinn's past to explain why the taciturn swordsman has so many enemies. All four episodes offer plenty of the outrageous mixture of traditional martial arts and cutting-edge hip-hop moves that have made Samurai Champloo a fan favorite. (Rated 16 and older: violence, profanity, brief nudity, sexual situations, alcohol and tobacco use) --Charles Solomon
When I first watched the Samurai Champloo series I wasn't all that impressed. After watching it a second time in really does grow on you. Read morePublished on February 24, 2009 by A. Polasky
Watching Samurai Champloo is, at times, an uneven experience.
Watanabe brings his audience exactly what they expect: quality. Read more
Are you ready to be served a feast of hip hop beats and Asian pop culture? Just order a dvd box of "Kung Faux" fun and "Samurai Champloo" son and your apetite will be will... Read morePublished on March 26, 2006 by Jamal Chin
If you're even showing an interest to vol.2 then you most likely own or have seen vol.1. Even then I recommend this one as much as any of them, since you gotta watch the whole... Read morePublished on March 21, 2006 by Alberto Hernandez
It's the same formula of hip edgy moods and attitudes that you felt in BEBOP. Hip hop replaces jazz as the underlying tempo of the show, and characters play great off of each... Read morePublished on March 20, 2006 by Reggie
After catching a few episodes on Cartoon Network's 'Adult Swim', I finally decided to invest money and time in this series. Read morePublished on January 20, 2006 by M. Strange
Okay, so this is above-average anime. It's not insulting or infantile - so what's not to love?
But I have to say that it feels a little flat after Bebop. Read more
I really appreciate this anime. It has a bazillion great moments and makes me fall out of my seat laughing quite often. It has a great story and the characters and memorable. Read morePublished on October 16, 2005 by Nathan Ridling
This is the second chapter in this exciting series, as the "semi-friendly" trio search for the "Samurai who smells like sunflowers. Read morePublished on August 31, 2005 by Justin D. Lemme