08 September, 2011

REVIEW: Samurai Champloo

Samurai Champloo

Directed by: Shinichiro Watanabe

Studio: Manglobe

Genre: Action, Martial Arts, Shonen

Episodes: 26


Fuu a young waitress joins Mugen a rogue samurai and Jin a ronin in a quest to find someone from Fuu’s past who she describes as “The Samurai who smells of sunflowers”. This unlikely trio is formed from the promise made to Fuu to help her find the samurai of her past after she helped save Mugen and Jin from being executed.


If you have never seen Samurai Champloo you should probably smack yourself as soon as possible. This is one of the few anime titles that seen plenty of air play in the United States mainly on Cartoon Networks Adult Swim block of programing. Alight now that you have smacked yourself listen up. Go watch this anime right now, no not later but right now! Samurai Champloo is a gem of an anime with brilliant animation a great story line and a sound track that is amazing.

The action is very smooth and is expertly choreographed. If you are a fan of the Samurai films of the past like Shogun Assassin or Seven Samurai you need to watch this! The story is well paced with nice character development and a neat blending of historical events from Japans past along with some modern references. The Soundtrack is excellent! I’m not a huge hip-hop fan but I do enjoy a lot of that style of music and Samurai Champloo is full of great hip-hop!

I cannot recommend this anime enough! Thankfully FUNimation saved this title from Geneon Entertainment (USA) and has re-released it in DVD and Blu-Ray formats. Also it is currently streaming on the FUNimation website and is also available on Netflix streaming so you have no reason not to watch what I consider one of the best anime titles in recent history. So with that OtakuStew.net gives Samurai Champloo…
Five out of Five stars...

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