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Samurai Champloo -- The Complete Two-Volume Series Paperback – August 12, 2008
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turns out that the first few installments in the beginning of the manga is an adaptation of the anime but it's fairly weak. with that being the springboard, the adventures they jaunt off on are filled with uncharacteristic behavior/portrayals of our three heroes. jin, at one point, offers fuu a sunflower and is overtly disappointed that all he got out of it was a handshake from her (uh, not what jin would do or think). mugen seems more caring than he ever does in the anime. even in the end, though mugen was willing to die for fuu, he never lost his gruff and course demeanor. in the manga, you see him holding her arm or cupping her face (definitely NOT what mugen would do).
even the stories didn't reveal all that much about each other than the anime already did so you don't really gain anything new. just more of the same but with the characters sometimes not in character. the art is bare bones and sometimes disjointed. i didn't mind that the artist wasn't trying to draw them exactly as they were in the anime. as a matter of fact, he makes a point about not doing that very thing, which is fine. but even then, it was inconsistent. overall it seems more like doujinshi than anything. i would pass on this if possible and spend your money on better manga (for example, the rurouni kenshin vizbig 3 volumes in 1 has quality art, an engaging story with wonderful characters and it's a steal for $12.95 each). if you must own everything that is samurai champloo related, by all means, i'll send you my copy of this for free (just pay shipping)!
This is an action-packed volume. with over 300 pages of well-written dialogue and well-drawn fight scenes. At times, this manga is also very funny, but it doesn't derail it from it's goal.
If you are a fan of the anime, you will enjoy this. If you have never seen the anime, and enjoy action, you will also enjoy it, since this story is completely different from the anime, and it doesn't even "conclude," for whatever reason, but it doesn't need to with what it presents in action.