Samurai Champloo, Volume 2 (Episodes 5-8)
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
But don't let this stop you from getting the series... it's still worth watching by a great measure!
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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
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
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