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Samurai Champloo, Volume 2 (Episodes 5-8)

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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 isn’t wanted by the cops, then he’s trying to kill them or take their wallet- either way, you know they’re 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

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  • Actors: Kazuya Nakai, Ginpei Sato, Ayako Kawasumi, Steve Blum, Kirk Thornton
  • Directors: Akira Yoshimura, Hirotaka Endo, Kazuto Nakazawa, Kei Tsunematsu, Masato Miyoshi
  • Format: Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Geneon [Pioneer]
  • DVD Release Date: March 29, 2005
  • Run Time: 24 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006SSQXY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #140,015 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Samurai Champloo, Volume 2 (Episodes 5-8)" on IMDb

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Samurai Champloo is one of those rare, very special shows that you need only to watch once, and right away you're hooked. Even if you're not a die-hard anime fan, have never heard of Shinichiro Watanabe, and have never seen Kill Bill, animatrix or a single episode of Cowboy Bebop. In fact, this is how the show should be enjoyed and valued, in it own rights, difficult as it may be to separate it from the previous works of its stellar creators. Because this, indeed, is an amazing show -- with solid and very likeable main characters, lightning-speed samurai actions, and breathtaking animation (not to mention the widescreen format). The hip hop angle is cool, but not essential. The show works not because it is "hip", but because it respects our intelligence, and feels real.

We follow the adventure of three fascinating characters in pre-modern Japan: Mugen, a wild and unruly vagrant; Jin, a reticent, highly-disciplined ronin (masterless samurai) with a dark past; and Fuu, a quick-thinking 15-year old waitress. Having saved Mugen and Jin from wrongful execution by a corrupt official, Fuu made them promise to help her find a samurai that smells of sunflower. The three set out on a journey that takes them all over Japan, an unlikely trio on an even more unlikely quest. Mugen and Jin, both extremely skillful with the katana, cannot be more opposite in nature. They're eager to battle to determine which one is the better swordsman. But Fuu forbids them to kill each other until the samurai is found, and has her hands full trying to stop them from doing that en route. The three, however, complement each other perfectly, and as the story develops, so does the bond between them.

Their journey is not an easy one.
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I have to respectfully disagree with the previous reviewer: whereas the first volume of Samurai Champloo was good, these four episodes are much better. Both volumes are full of brilliant animation, unique humor and great music, but the plot thickens in episodes 5-8.

Whereas the first four episodes were still laying the foundation for the show, these episodes begin to delve into the characters' personalities and past lives. As in Cowboy Bebop, Watanabe accomplishes this end subtly through brief flashbacks and the characters' dialogue with people that they meet throughout their journey; by only dropping hints throughout the episodes Watanabe really draws the audience in by keeping them in suspense.

The individual plot lines of these episodes are good, but the supporting characters are phenomenal. Nagamitsu, a samurai that appears in episode 8, is hilarious, and his appearance alone is enough to warrant buying this DVD. My only complaint was that the plot of episode 7 ("A Risky Racket") was a little too similar to the Cowboy Bebop episode "Waltz for Venus": I expected some more original plot lines from Watanabe.

In summary, the series in general and this DVD in particular are brilliantly animated, set to a great soundtrack, and contain well-told plot lines with well-crafted dialogue and engaging characters. All in all, well worth the money.
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samurai champloo volume one left many of us in the dust with it's greatness and artistic genious. volume two is no different. i am very pleased with this second installment and hope this traditon of greatness carries on through the rest of the upcoming volumes. if you are a fan of this show, and liked the first dvd, i reccommend this one as well. i have rated the four new episodes on this dvd on a ten star scale. the ratings are below with a brief discription.

episode five: artistic anarchy- jin, mugen and fuu need to cross a river using a ferry. one problem: they havn't any ferry money! as fuu is tricked into being sold as a prostitute, mugen goes around robbing a member of the yakuza and leads to some hilarious scenes. jin tries to get ferry money by playing against an old man in a high-stakes game of what i think is japanese chess. will our heroes make enough money to use the ferry? watch and find out.

i rate this hilarious, yet action-packed episode a 10/10

episode six: stranger searching-our heroes finally reach Edo. starving, they quickly find an all-you-can-eat buffet that claims to be free. but when our heroes find out it costs an item, such as jin's swords, winning becomes a priority. when fuu and mugen force jin to offer his katana's, some hilarious dialogue insues. i dont want to say anymore so as not to spoil the suprizes. this episode has been hilarious.

funny, mysterious and obnoxious, i rate this episode a 10/10, even though there is little action in this episode.

episode seven: a risky racket- our heroes encounter a pick-pocket and go after him in an attempt to retrive their stolen cash. but when fuu becomes attatched to the boy, the story takes on a different, and heart-wrenching, turn in plot.
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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. For some reason, I can't help but think that it doesn't compare to Cowboy Bebop. I think there is something to Samurai Champloo that those who aren't so familiar with old japanese culture and history will miss. I truly think that a japanese native will get more out of this series than the typical american watcher.

But don't let this stop you from getting the series... it's still worth watching by a great measure!
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