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Samurai Champloo, Volume 3 (Episodes 9-12)

4.4 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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Mugen, Jin, and Fuu careen through time and cultures like pool balls on a wild carom as Shinchiro Watanabe's Samurai Champloo continues. In the accompanying notes, writer Dai Sato comments that he and Watanabe "like counterculture and rebellious music." No wonder Mugen stumbles onto an anti-government cabal of medieval warrior-priests--and shares a Jimi Hendrix song with them. In the darker episode 11, taciturn Jin falls for a woman who has been sold into prostitution to pay her husband's gambling debts. Mugen and Jin finally realize that they're getting no closer to finding the mysterious "samurai who smells of sunflowers," so they take advantage of a lull to read Fuu's diary. Her blunt comments about their looks, demeanor, and behavior don't please her prying companions, but they add a dose of humor to an episode comprised of flashbacks. (Rated 16 and older: violence, profanity, brief nudity, sexual situations, alcohol and tobacco use) --Charles Solomon

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Product Details

  • Actors: Kazuya Nakai, Ginpei Sato, Ayako Kawasumi, Steve Blum, Kirk Thornton
  • Directors: Akira Yoshimura, Hirotaka Endo, Kazuto Nakazawa, Kei Tsunematsu, Masato Miyoshi
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Dutch, 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: May 31, 2005
  • Run Time: 24 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007Z0O54
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #183,292 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Samurai Champloo, Volume 3 (Episodes 9-12)" on IMDb

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First of all, let me say even though it takes AWHILE for the situation to get back around to the 'samurai who smells of sunflowers'. The episodes ARE entertaining none the less...

1st episode...very interesting and you wonder if Mugen will make it in time to save Jin & Fuu, but the scene with Mugen and the warrior-priests after the burnt *ahem* 'magic-grass' incident is a scene that will live on in my memory. TOO damn funny.

2nd episode...this one is centered on Mugen & his fight with a street killer and I thought it was interesting what Mugen learned to do in the end..or MAYBE he had always known.

3rd episode...this one is centered on Jin [now one of my many favorites..as he falls into the category of cool & calm like Sesshoumaru of the 'Inuyasha' series & Ryuho of 'Scryed', anyway...]. This was a very serious & compelling story and you can't help but hope that Jin helps the woman trapped in the situation that's she in because of her husband...and being the closet-romantic, I was hoping Jin would 'get the girl'.

4th episode...now called the 'flashback' episode, now DON'T knock it UNTIL you've watched it. Yes, I know we've seen flashback episodes that were considered a waste of time in other animes. But this one is funny because it is centered on Fuu's diary and her thoughts on the journey thus far and the men she travels with, much to the annoyance of the two men she travels with ..who just want to know more about 'samurai who smells of sunflowers'.

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This is an excellent series that I think all anime fans will enjoy, in addition I think this is a particularily good series for someone who has only recently developed an interest in anime because it is fairly westernized. Backed by an all hip hop soundtrack that lends the series a feeling of familiarity for americans (younger ones anyway) the characters use slang and converse in short concise manners, making the story easy to follow. This allows the series to avoid the long voice-overs that reveal key parts of the plot, something which is common in anime and may turn some younger or newer fans off. The art is beautiful and the direction of Shinichiro Watanabe is on pace with the rest of his projects, which to say the very least is excellent. Enjoy!
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This is the first time I have ever seen pot in an anime. I have seen alcohol and mushrooms (I understand they are legally packaged and sold in Japan), but not weed. I am not condoning this, although I almost fell out of my chair when Mugen ran through a field of the stuff and, as it caught on fire, the animation became distorted and hallucinatory. It was an unrealistic portrayal, but there it was none the less, and that was cool enough.

In the next episode, Mugen fights a man who traveled to china and learned to project his chi, or life energy. In the third of the disc, Jin falls for a prostitute debted to a brothel because of her husband's gambling. The fourth is a flashback episode covering the previous eleven episodes.

Episodes 9-12 of 26.

9. Beatbox Bandits

10. Lethal Lunacy

11. Gamblers and Gallantry

12. The Disorder Diaries
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I really love this series but was very disappointed by the flashback episode. I felt a bit cheated by it. However, I stand by the animation and storyline. Both are strong and hope that the rest of the series, when released in the US, will continue to be great. The style of the series and the animators are what drew me to the series to begin with, Kill Bill VOl 1 and more importantly (to me) Cowboy Bebop. The music is great too.
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