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Samurai ChamplooSamurai Champloo (ァムラむチャンプルー)Samurai Champloo
26 TV episodes26 TV episodes
Jan. 11, 2005 (on DVD), May 14, 2005 (on TV)May 19, 2004–Sept. 9, 2004 (Season 1)
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Jan. 22, 2005–March 18, 2005 (Season 2)
Geneon/Bang Zoom! Ent. (original licensor), FUNimation (new licensor)Victor Ent./Fuji TV/Manglobe, Inc./Shimoigusa Champloos
Shiniciro Watanabe
Shinichiro Watanabe
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Martial ArtsAction, Adventure, Comedy, Martial Arts
Cowboy BebopCowboy Bebop
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Last I checked, this anime was available on DVD at Amazon.

Characters: Samurai Champloo

English Name
Japanese Name
English Name
Japanese Name
Fuu Fuu Mori βŠ• Mori βŠ•
Jin Jin Ogin βŠ• Ogin βŠ•
Mugen Mugen Okuru βŠ• Okuru βŠ•
Kikuzou βŠ• Kikuzou βŠ• Yamane βŠ• Yamane βŠ•

Description: Samurai Champloo

In the tradition of Cowboy Bebop, which took science fiction in unexpcted directions, director Shinichiro Watanabe presents a new blending of old and new: a tale of samurai in a uniquely modernized rendition of old Japan.

It is the story of three very different people brought together for a strange but common goal.

One is Mugen, a fierce warrior who has a primal attitude to fighting and life. He calls his unique style of fighting Champloo Kendo, and it's inspired by breakdancing (sort of like bboying).

Another is Jin, a more traditional swordsman who relies on his incredible skill to fend himself against any threat to him, ordinary or not.

The two of them are fierce rivals whose path appear destined to frequently cross. They would not even be traveling together if not for the third person in their party: Fuu, a supposedly ditzy waitress who, in excahnge for helping them out of a jam, has asked the two samurai to accompany her on a journey. Their goal--to locate a certain mysterious samurai who smells of sunflowers.

And so the three travelers begin their journey through this "new-old" land. As mentioned before, this is far from the typical samurai anime. Mixed in simultaneously with robes and swords (ie. Jin) is very modern and mature ideas along with modern music and moves (ie. Mugen).

Audio Files: Samurai Champloo

  • Battlecry - opening theme, performed by the Nujabes with SHINGO2

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