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Samurai Champloo 1 Season 2005

Season 1
4.5 out of 5 stars (104) IMDb 8.6/10

Mugen is a ferocious, animalistic warrior with a fighting style inspired by break-dancing. Jin is a ronin samurai who wanders the countryside alone. They may not be friends, but their paths continually cross. And when ditzy waitress Fuu gets them out of hot water with the local magistrate, they agree to join her search for the samurai who smells like sunflowers.

Starring:
Kazuya Nakai, Ginpei Sato

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1. Tempestuous Temperaments

Fuu meets Mugen and Jin, who are arrested after causing a great riot at the teahouse and set to be executed. In exchange for helping them, Fuu makes the two promise to travel with her to find a "samurai who smells like a sunflower."

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2. Redeye Reprisal

Having had his arm cut by Mugen, Ryujiro seeks revenge and sends over two assassins. Fuu gets kidnapped by Ryujiro, while the two face each of their assassins.

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3. Hellhounds for Hire, Part 1

Getting fed up with Fuu's domineering ways, they leave her behind and separately arrive at the town where the inn is located. Mugen and Jin are hired as bodyguards, and Fuu arrives in the same town...

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4. Hellhounds for Hire, Part 2

Mugen, Jin and Fuu reunite. Due to an error made by Sosuke -- the son of the group that hired Jin -- the struggle between the two groups grows more intense. They decide to gamble using dice in order to settle the struggle.

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5. Artistic Anarchy

Unable to pay the boat fare, the three return seperately to town to see about earnging enough money for their fare. Fuu gets picked up by an ukiyoe teacher to be his model, but the modeling job turns out to be a trap.

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6. Stranger Searching

Mugen and the others finally arrive in Edo. Joji takes them on a tour of the city, but soon they realize they are being chased by a group of eccentrics and Mendicant Zen Priests!

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7. A Risky Racket

Mugen and the others are planning to feast on some good food for a change, but in that split second they are caught off guard, and a pickpocket named Shinsuke steals their precious wallets.

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8. The Art of Altercation

Nagamitsu, a self-proclaimed shogun-to-be, meets Fuu and the others at a restaurant. Fuu learns he is looking for a man who supposedly murdered a legendary swordsman in a cowardly manner and that man was a glasses-wearing samurai and his name was "Jin."

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9. Beatbox Bandits

Mugen and the others get arrested at a check station in Hakone. As they are wondering if they might end up getting punished by crucifixion, a magistrate approaches them with an interesting proposal to spare their lives in exchange for a favor.

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10. Lethal Lunacy

In a certain post town, many samurais are being killed to test a new sword. When Fuu and the other two learn of a monetary reward for anyone who finds and captures the murderer, they put aside their part-time work and rush off to catch the killer.

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11. Gamblers and Gallantry

Fuu and the other two come to a standstill in a certain town, where the three decide to find some part-time work. Jin becomes a vendor pulling a cart, where a woman tells him she is set to begin working in the red light district starting the next day.

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12. The Disorder Diaries

The three get to stay at an inn after a long time. While Fuu takes a bath, Jin and Mugen find Fuu's diary and decide to sneak a look at it. In the diary, they find her frank entries on such topics as guys, food and their trip.

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13. Misguided Miscreants, Part 1

Mugen and the other two end up at the ocean, where Mugen bumps into a girl who happened to be a childhood friend of his named Koza. Additionally, a man Mugen knew appears upon that scene named Mukuro, who is now a leader of a gang of pirates.

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14. Misguided Miscreants, Part 2

Losing a bet to Mukuro, Mugen ends up participating in a plan to rob some money from a merchant boat. The plan proceeds smoothly. However, unknown to most, a separate plan is taking place.

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15. Bogus Booty

In a forest, a man is chased by a shadow of an army gang dressed in ninja attire. As he runs, he throws the bag into a nearby lake. The next day, while the three are fishing at that lake, Jin spots the odd-looking bag.

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16. Lullabies of the Lost, Verse 1

Mugen and the other two decide to go their separate ways. Swiftly, an arrow comes flying at Mugen. At that same time, Jin fights an assassin, and Fuu falls into a river and gets rescued by a master of bow and arrow.

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17. Lullabies of the Lost, Verse 2

Mugen mistakingly gets attacked by a group of men looking for Okuruc, claiming he set fire to a village. Mugen eventually finds him, and their battle begins...

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18. War of the Worlds

In Aki, the fact that Mugen cannot read becomes clear, and he ends up studying Japanese at a temple elementary school. Jin visits a rundown dojo and witnesses two idiot sons there who have abandoned their sword training and are immersed in "tagging."

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19. Unholy Union

Fuu waits for the others in a shack, when a woman named Yuri runs in saying she is being chased because she is a Christian. Fuu hides Yuri, but the pursuers find and abduct her.

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20. Elegy of Entrapment, Verse 1

At a bar they stop by to get out of the rain, they come upon a blind, female traveling entertainer named Sara who quickly befriends the group. They decide to travel together for a while, but Fuu gets surprised when Sara tells her something unexpected.

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21. Elegy of Entrapment, Verse 2

Sara told Fuu that she wants Mugen or Jin to accompany her on her journey. Fuu worries over this, but ends up asking Jin to travel with Sara and they set out on their journey. The two have yet to realize that this is the beginning of a sad, brutal fight.

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22. Cosmic Collisions

Mugen and the other two spot a matsutake mushroom while walking and run over to gobble it up, when suddenly, the road crumbles and the three fall straight down into an excavation site where a person named Shige hoped of unearthing Heike's buried treasure.

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23. Baseball Blues

Mugen's talent in baseball is discovered and he is forced to become a member of a man named Kagemaru's team. Jin and Fuu are also recruited. A crash course in baseball ensues for the three and a match game between two countries is about to begin.

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24. Evanescent Encounter, Part 1

Mugen, Jin and Fuu's goal of reaching Ikitsuki Island draws closer and one night, they sit around a campfire and talk about their own past lives, as the distance between the three gets closer. However, behind that scene, a powerful enemy is approaching.

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25. Evanescent Encounter, Part 2

Fuu travels to Ikitsuki Island by herself. But, there she's caught by 2 of the three brothers, who hold a grudge against Mugen. Jin fights the ultimate assassin by himself. On the island, one of the three brothers appears and starts to attack Mugen.

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26. Evanescent Encounter, Part 3

In order to save Fuu, Mugen and Jin face the most dangerous moment in their journey. How would they escape from this danger? Would Fuu be able to meet the Sunflower Samurai? And what would be the outcome of Mugen and Jin's fight?

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Samurai Champloo is the long-awaited next project from Cowboy Bebop director Shinichiro Watanabe. His two short films in the Animatrix compilation (Kid's Story and Detective Story) give American audiences a sneak peek at the phenomenal art style of this series, but they barely hint at the jaw-dropping action and unorthodox blend of history and music contained therein.

The first four episodes of Champloo introduce its three protagonists: the vagrant swordsman Mugen, the rogue samurai Jin, and the tea-shop waitress Fuu. This unlikely and volatile trio begin a road journey through post-shogunate Japan (ca. 1780), brought together by circumstances best seen to be believed.

"Champloo" means mixed-up or stir-fry, and that's what this series is: a stylish blend of old school values and situations, meshed with more modern sensibilities, fighting styles, and visual design. Over the lush, dynamic art, a soundtrack of some of the best hip-hop from modern Japan plays. Though it's a noticeable device in the first few episodes, it doesn't take long before the music feels like second nature despite the anachronism.

Champloo is many things: a mature drama, an action series, an uproariously funny comedy and a visual feast. Watanabe-san demonstrates here that the success of Cowboy Bebop was uniquely his, and no fluke - fans of that series will not be disappointed, despite how radically different the two storylines are from one another.

As the first title card of the first episode of Samurai Champloo says, "Just shut up and watch."
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"Champloo" is an Okinawan word (more properly pronounced champuru) meaning "mix" or "blend," and is most often applied to traditional food dishes such as "Goya Champloo" or "Stir-fried Champloo." It's basically a mixed stir-fry with a seemly infinite number of potential ingredient, and a very fitting description of Watanabe Shinichiro's new series "Samurai Champloo," an eclectic blend of ancient and modern, hip-hop and koto, and pretty much everything else thrown into the mix.

Watanabe is a heck of a chef, and manages to balance such dissonant elements as a bookish but deadly Ronin (Jin), a wild sword-swinging roustabout (Mugen) and a kooky but determined waitress (Fuu) into a tasty dish worthy of his previous concoction "Cowboy Bebop." Each ingredient supports the flavor of the other perfectly, creating a variety of story possibilities that couldn't be found by following just one personality. Hip-hop music sets the background for a Japan where a wild swordfighter uses capoeira moves to slice and dice with a fury, and an enormous man known as the Oni smashes skulls with his massive club.

This first DVD sets the stage accordingly, with the trio being pushed into an unhappy alliance, attempting to split up, and finding their destinies inexorably intertwined. Fuu leads them on a quest for the "Samurai who smells of Sunflowers," providing the McGuffin that keeps the story moving.

Watanabe's trademark style is on fine display, with smooth animation and a quick and flowing story punctuated with quiet moments of reflection. The story builds at a good pace, allowing all the characters to develop in time. If "Cowboy Bebop" is anything to go by, we can expect quite the ride and explosive finish to "Samurai Champloo"
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There's just nothing out there like Samurai Champloo. Created, directed and masterminded by the brilliant Shinichiro Watanabe, it uses hip-hop the way his classic "Cowboy Bebop" uses bebop jazz--not so much as soundtrack music, but as a motif and a defining overall style. Flavored with sassy anachronisms, Champloo is nonetheless set in the last gasp of the era of Samurai Japan, when the boundaries are breaking down on all sides, and three stray-cat kids--a teahouse waitress with a secret, a quiet and deadly ronin with a dark crime in his past, and a tattooed wild boy from Ryuukyuu with a lot to learn--meet and form an alliance none of them expected. Their quest: to find the Sunflower Samurai, for reasons only Fuu (the waitress) knows. Their problem; in their initial battle, neither Jin (the cool elegant ronin) nor Mugen (the island wildboy) was able to so much as scratch the other, and thus was born a vow that neither is allowed to die at the hands of anyone else--forming a strange protective alliance that might even be a friendship. Who knows?

In episodes 3/4 they end up on opposite sides of a yakuza war; they have a long way to go. I promise if you watch this DVD you will want the rest; the visual techniques are outstandingly state-of-the-art, the synch of music and action is top-notch, and Jin and Mugen's swordfight in the teahouse is one of the coolest ever, anywhere, I mean it.
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WOW! that's one word that comes to mind. WOW! ever since tenchi muyo was taken off the air, their has not been any anime shows that have interested me. for years i searched, never finding anything worth watching. then, i sort of gave up. i would occasionaly check adult swim for any signs of a new great anime but to no avail. then one night it happened: i saw the second episode of Samurai Champloo air on adult swim. at first, i wasnt paying attention to the words and action. i was looking at what had caught my eye when i was flipping channels: THE ANIMATION! the artwork was incredible!the colors that were used to draw the characters and the world they were interacting in made it seem real. it was almost as if it was a sitcom, with real people. only tis was completly animated. it was eye-popping!then, i started to watch the show itself and the show was great!!! anyway, since then i have been addicted to the series and i have six of the volumes. but alas, the last one (number seven) comes out this month on the 17th. the show is coming to an end. so anyway, im going to write reviews for each of the volumes and rate them. i rated volume one of samurai champloo below:

episode one: tempestuous temperaments- jin, mugen and fuu meet for the first time. mugen is looking for a challenge and hears about three "bad asses" and sends some cowards to go get them. mugen however, does not know that jin has killed them already. mugen mistakes jin as one of the "bad asses" and attatcks him. a brilliant fight insues, and jin mugen and fuu end up travling together.

i rate episode one a 10/10

episode two: redeye reprisal- mugen cut a mans arm off in episode one. in this episode, the man is out for revenge. the man recruits an ogre by the name of oniwaka to help him exact revenge on mugen.
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