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Samurai Champloo
Champloo3.jpg
Promotional image of (from left to right) Jin, Mugen and Fuu
サムライチャンプルー
(Samurai Chanpurū)
Genre Chanbara, Comedy-drama
TV anime
Director Shinichirō Watanabe
Studio Manglobe
Licensor AustraliaNew Zealand Madman Entertainment
CanadaUnited States Geneon Entertainment
United Kingdom MVM Films
Network Animax, Fuji TV
English network United States Cartoon Network (Adult Swim)
Original run May 20, 2004March 19, 2005
Episodes 26 (List of episodes)
Manga
Author Shinichirō Watanabe (story)
Masaru Gotsubo (art)
Publisher Kadokawa Shoten
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Shōnen Ace
Original run August 2, 2004October 29, 2004
Volumes 2
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Samurai Champloo (サムライチャンプルー Samurai Chanpurū?) is a Japanese animated television series consisting of twenty-six episodes. It was broadcast in Japan from May 20, 2004, through March 19, 2005, on the television network, Fuji TV. Samurai Champloo was created and directed by Shinichirō Watanabe, whose previous work, Cowboy Bebop, earned him renown in the anime and Japanese television communities.[1] The show was produced by studio Manglobe.

The series is a cross-genre work of media, blending the action and samurai genres with elements of slapstick comedy. It is also a period piece, taking place during Japan's Edo period. The series is interwoven with revisionist historical facts and anachronistic elements of mise-en-scene, dialogue and soundtrack. The series' most frequent anachronism is its use of elements of hip hop culture, particularly rap and the music it has influenced, break dancing, turntablism, hip hop slang, and graffiti. The show also contains anachronistic elements from the punk subculture and modernism, but less prominently. It is one of the first anime TV shows based on hip-hop (Afro Samurai is the other, having been released in 2007).

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Plot

A young lady named Fuu is working as a waitress in a tea house when she is harassed by a band of ruffians. Another customer, Mugen, offers to take care of them in exchange for food, but ends up instigating a brawl. Jin, a stoic young ronin in samurai garb, enters the tea house in the midst of the fight. Mugen attacks Jin after he proves to be a worthy opponent and they begin fighting one another, ignoring a fire that started during the brawl. They both faint from smoke inhalation. When they awaken, they find they have been arrested for the murder of Shibui Tomonoshina, the magistrate's son who had burned to death in the fire, and are to be executed. With help from Fuu, they escape and Fuu asks them to travel with her to find "the samurai who smells of sunflowers," a mysterious man Fuu can give little description of, but whom she insists she must find. They agree to join her, with Fuu making only one condition: they are not to duel one another until the journey is done.

Setting and style

Samurai Champloo employs a blend of historical Edo period backdrops with modern styles and references. The show relies on factual events of Edo-era Japan, such as the Shimabara Rebellion ("Unholy Union;" "Evanescent Encounter, Part I"), Dutch exclusivity in an era where edict restricted Japanese foreign relations ("Stranger Searching"), Ukiyo-e paintings ("Artistic Anarchy"), and fictionalized versions of real-life Edo personalities Mariya Enshirou and Miyamoto Musashi ("Elegy of Entrapment, Verse 2").

Incorporated within this are signature elements of modernity, especially hip hop culture, such as rapping ("Lullabies of the Lost, Verse 1"), graffiti ("War of the Words"), bandits behaving like "gangstas" (both parts of "Misguided Miscreants"), censorship bleeps replaced with record scratching, and much of Mugen's character design. Samurai Champloo's musical score predominantly features hip hop beats.

Characters

Samurai Champloo tells the story of three strangers in the Tokugawa era (also known as the Edo Period) who come together on a journey across Japan.

  • Mugen: A brash vagabond from the Ryukyu Islands, Mugen is a wanderer with a wildly unconventional fighting style. He wears metal-soled geta and carries a Japanese sword on his back (although, historically, the Tokugawa government prohibited unauthorized men from carrying daishō (traditional samurai arms) or any of its components). In Japanese, the word "Mugen" means "infinity" (literally, "without limit" or "limitless").[2]
  • Jin: Jin is a mild-mannered ronin who carries himself in the conventionally stoic manner of a samurai of the Tokugawa era. Using his waist-strung daishō, he fights in the traditional kenjutsu style of a samurai trained in a prominent, sanctioned dojo. Jin wears glasses, an available but uncommon accessory in Edo era Japan. Spectacles—called "Dutch glass merchandise" ("Oranda gyoku shinajina" in Japanese) at the time—were imported from Holland early in the Tokugawa period and became more widely available as the 17th century progressed. In Japanese the word "Jin" means "benevolence" or "compassion."
  • Fuu: A feisty young girl of approximately 15 years of age, Fuu recruits Mugen and Jin to help her find a sparsely-described man she calls "the samurai who smells of sunflowers." A flying squirrel named "Momo" (meaning "peach" in Japanese and also short for "momonga," meaning "flying squirrel") accompanies her along the way, inhabiting her kimono and frequently leaping out to her rescue when she encounters trouble.

Apart from this trio, the other characters tend to appear only once or twice throughout the entirety of the series.

Production

Samurai Champloo is considered to be an example of the popular chanbara film and television genre—the trademarks are a setting in the Edo period, a focus on samurai or other swordsman characters, and lots of thrilling, dramatic fights.[3] Chanbara was used in the early days of Japanese cinema (when government political censorship ran high) as a way of expressing veiled social critiques.[citation needed]

The word champloo comes from the Okinawan word "chanpurū" (as in gōyā chanpurū, the Okinawan stir-fry dish containing bitter melon). Chanpurū, alone, simply means "to mix" or "to hash."

Media

Anime

Samurai Champloo premiered in Japan on May 20, 2004 on Fuji Television, and concluded on March 19, 2005, spanning a total of 26 episodes. It was also aired in Japan on Animax.

Geneon, licensed the show for distribution in North America almost a year prior to the show's airing in Japan. An English dub of the series premiered in the United States on the Adult Swim anime block on May 14, 2005. The version aired was edited and had foul language replaced with sound effects, in addition to cutting out blood and nudity. The final first run of the episodes concluded on March 18, 2006. Samurai Champloo debuted in Canada on December 24, 2006, on the digital station Razer. The series has also aired in the United Kingdom, Latin America, Australia, New Zealand, Poland, Mexico, Portugal, Spain and Germany. Funimation has recently announced to distribute Samurai Champloo for Geneon since they have ceased in-house distribution of their titles in 2007. Geneon, in association with Funimation, re-released the entire 26-episode anime series in a box set in June 2009 and on Blu-ray in November 2009.[4]

The episodes use six pieces of theme music. "Battlecry", performed by Nujabes and Shing02, is the opening theme for all twenty six episodes. "四季ノ唄 (Shiki no Uta Song of Four Seasons?)" by Minmi is the primary ending theme, except for four episodes. Episode 12 uses Minmi's "Who's Theme" as its ending, episode 17 uses "You" by Kazami, 23 uses "Fly" by Azuma Riki, and the final episode uses the song "San Francisco" by Midicronica.

Manga

A Samurai Champloo manga debuted in Shōnen Ace on August 2004. Tokyopop licensed the manga in an English-language release in North America and Madman Entertainment licensed it for an English release in Australia and New Zealand. It is also licensed for a Portuguese-language and Spanish-language release in Brazil and Spain by Panini.

Soundtracks

Music used in the series was released across four CD soundtracks by Victor Entertainment. The first, Samurai Champloo Music Record: Masta, was released on June 23, 2004. Produced by Shinichirō Watanabe's longtime friend DJ Tsutchie and the Japanese hip-hop duo Force of Nature,[5] the album features 18 instrumental tracks and one mid-tempo ballad sung by R&B songstress Kazami. Samurai Champloo Music Record: Departure was released on the same date, containing 17 tracks, with two being vocal pieces performed by rap artist Shing02 and R&B songstress Minmi. The album was produced by Japanese DJ/producer Nujabes and American MC/producer Fat Jon.[5]

Two additional soundtracks followed on September 22, 2004. Samurai Champloo Music Record: Playlist contained an additional 18 tracks, all created by Tsutchie, with only one being a vocal piece: a remix of the first album's song "Fly," now performed by Azuma Riki of the hip hop group Small Circle of Friends[5] The final album, Samurai Champloo Music Record: Impression, features 23 tracks from Force of Nature, Nujabes, and Fat Jon. Rap artists Suiken and S-word, members of Tokyo rap group Nitro Microphone Underground, provide guest vocals and Minmi performs the final song on the album.[5]

Video game

Grasshopper Manufacture developed a video game for the PlayStation 2 entitled Samurai Champloo: Sidetracked; however, the manufacturer has stated that the game has no relation to the show. It was released on April 11, 2006, in the United States and received mixed reviews.[6] The game is notable for giving Mugen's distinctive sword a name, "Typhoon Swell"; it was never called by this name in the anime or manga series.

References

  1. ^ Anime UK News :: Press :: Samurai Champloo Box Set release details
  2. ^ Oscar Ratti and Adele Westbrook, Secrets of the Samurai: A survey of the Martial Arts of Feudal Japan (Castle Books, 1999) p. 83
  3. ^ Silver, Alain, "The Samurai Film", The Overlook Press, New York, 1977, pg. 37. 0-87951-175-3
  4. ^ "Funimation Entertainment to Distribute Samurai Champloo". Anime News Network. 2008-12-31. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2008-12-31/funimation-entertainment-to-distribute-samurai-champloo. 
  5. ^ a b c d ROMAN ALBUM: Samurai Champloo. Mangaglobe/Shimoigusa Champloos, Dark Horse Comics Inc., p. 50-54
  6. ^ GameRanking.com

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Contents

Episode 1: "Tempestuous Temperaments"

Mugen: If I had to live each day knowing you bastards were in charge, I'd rather stretch as far as I can and die.
Jin: [laughing] That sounds good, I concur

[Fighting thugs because of offer from Fuu]
Mugen: Forget all that formal crap 'bout comin' at me one at a time. I'll take all you bitches on!

Jin: [Confronting the Yagyu guards as they are about to dispatch an innocent peasant] To serve your lord and do his bidding, is that honorable?
Yagyu badass: [scoffs] Of course it is.
Jin: Even if that lord is an unimportant piece of shit?
Yagyu badass: [the Yagyu draw their swords to attack] What the? Watch your mouth! Don't try to interfere!
Jin: Cutting down a man who's done nothing wrong; is that what you spent all that time honing those skills for?
Jin: In my opinion, you're worthless.
Yagyu badass: [rushes at him] Screw You!
[Jinn kills all three Yagyu guards with his sword]

[After being arrested]
Jin: You're the lowest of the low.
Mugen: What'd you say?
Jin: Your stance leaves you wide open, and your moves are totally inefficient. All in all, your fighting style is a mess.
Mugen: You son of a...
Jin: I swear, you are the most undisciplined fighter I've ever known...
Mugen: Shut your damn mouth!
Jin: ...and the only one I wasn't able to kill.

[They are completely sorrounded by the Daikan's men]
Mugen: Yo, we put our fight on hold, until we get out of here. Agreed?
Jin: You intend to kill them all. Don't you? I swear... You really are the lowest of the low.
Mugen:[smiles slyly]

[Flipping coin]
Fuu: [Mugen takes Fuu's coin and flips it high into the air] Uhh, don't you think you tossed it a little far?
Jin: He doesn't understand the meaning of "restraint.
Mugen: Kiss my ass.

[Long pause]

Fuu: It's not coming down...

Episode 2: "Redeye Reprisal"

Inuyaka: [Discussing the fireflies while in the hot springs with Jin] However, they say that every once in a while a male will try to attract another male.
Jin:...time to go.

Mugen: The fact is, you aren’t worth killing. Killing you is meaningless. All it would do is tarnish my sword.

[Fuu passed out after one drink and is asleep]
Mugen: Sleeping so carelessly. I could do something to you so easily.

Episode 3: "Hellhounds for Hire (part 1)"

Fuu: [Mugen and Jin are about to fight] Alright, enough you two! You two made me a promise. You haven't forgotten, have you? Until we find "the Samurai who smells of Sunflowers", you two are not allowed to kill each other!
Mugen: Oh yeah, this smelly guy, I been meaning to ask ya about that.
Fuu: Huh?
Jin: Who is this "Samurai who smells of Sunflowers"?
Mugen: And what the hell is a sunflower anyway?
Jin: You don't know?
Fuu: It's a flower!
Mugen: So, what do they *smell* like?
Jin: [Both turn toward Fuu] Do you have any other leads?
Mugen: Like a picture or something?
Jin: What makes you think he's around here?
Fuu: Well, uh... wait a minute!
[her stomach grumbles]
Fuu: For now, let's just find something to eat, kay?

[Jin and Mugen are having a private conversation]
Fuu: Huh? What are you two guys doing together? How nasty.
Mugen: Hmm... You're a practical man, right?
Jin: Yeah.
Fuu: Huh? What is it?
Mugen: That's great. You'll be able to make it just fine on your own. Right?
Jin: Yeah.
Fuu: What's with you, all of a sudden?
Mugen: Then... Live a good life! [They both run off in separate directions]
Fuu: Wait a second. No way!

[Jin, Mugen and Fuu are meeting by mistake in the brothel]
Mugen: Guess no matter how hard we try.. Fate's gonna keep throwing us back together!

Episode 4: "Hellhounds for Hire (part 2)"

Mugen: So this "power" you keep talking about is the power to control people?
Rikiei: That's right. What's your point?
Mugen: I ain't least bit interested in that crap! I don't wanna rule or BE ruled, either one.
[Mugen is leaving]
Rikiei: Where are you going? If you stay here you'll have everything you want. Are you just going to throw that away?
Mugen: I don't believe in anything but me and what I can do. Later.

Ishimatsu: There are times when you gotta agree to something, even when you think it's wrong.
Mugen: That's a load of horse piss.
Ishimatsu: What?
Mugen: You can make all the excuses you want. But you're the one who decides how to live your life.

Episode 5: "Artistic Anarchy"

[looking at a porno magazine]
Mugen:Geez, doing it with a squid.

[Hishikawa Moronobuma sails away to Holland
Mugen: Are you sure you wanna let that guy go?
Fuu: I don't really care. I mean, he did give me a great set of hooters.
Mugen & Jin: Set of hooters?

Episode 6: "Stranger Searching"

Jouji: I wanted to live as a Japanese person in this country. But it's still impossible.
Fuu: Cheer up.
Jouji: But some day, the country will come to accept people like me. Some day, this country won't be so tight assed.
Mugen: Who the hell would relax their ass around you?

After a fight with the police]
Jin: Why do you always aggravate things?
Mugen: Those guys just put a bug up my ass.

Mugen: You sure do eat a lot.
Fuu: There's always room for free food.

[After Jin, Fuu, and Mugen lose in the eating contest]
Jin: Those swords are my life. Will you return them to me?
Red-haired stranger:No.
Mugen: Well that was fast.

Episode 7: "A Risky Racket"

[Jin, Fuu and Mugen in gambling house]
Mugen: Bet the three..
Jin: Not three, five.
Mugen: You'll do anythin to get on my nerves. Won't ya?
Jin: Hey, thats my line.
Mugen: Bastard. Someday I'll make you cry like a little bitch.
Jin: Little bitch.. Do people actually say things like that? I've never heard it before.

[Fuu sees the thief walk past her]
Fuu: Hey, you! Look at me. you remember who I am?
Thief: Why? Should I?
Fuu: I'm the girl whose purse you stole, you jerk.
[He tries to walk away but Fuu grabs him]
Fuu: You aren't going anywhere, buddy.
Thief: Let go.
Fuu: The hell I will.
Thief: Damn you.

Mugen: Someday I'll make you say "uncle".
Jin: Who ever says 'uncle'? That's highly unheard of.

Episode 8: "The Art of Altercation"

Ogura: I've looked for you. To find you, I even apprenticed myself to a man like that and waited. Why did you betray him? A man like you, why did you betray our master?
Jin: I'm not the one who did the betraying. But I won't make excuses. Regardless, it's true that I killed my master.
Ogura: You! [Charges at Jin]

Budou Kiba: [To Jin] I'm sorry that my husband is stupid.
Fuu: Hey, hey!
Budou Kiba: Listen, men aren't the brightest of our species so it's best you keep them wrapped around your finger.

[Shinpachi's beat-boxing in the background]
Nagamitsu: Hello honey.
Fuu: Umm...
Nagamitsu: Me? I'm a man who will be "big". Rather, "big" no "bigger than biggest". My name is... Sakonshogun Nagamitsu!
Fuu: [Irritated] How is he shy?

[Nagamitsu's katana was knocked out of his hand but lands on his opponent, knocking him out]
Nagamitsu: Aerial Killing Technique... umm... Flying Sword!

Episode 9: "Beatbox Bandits"

Mugen: Passport? What's that?
Fuu: You really don't know?
Jin: I'm amazed you made it into Edo without knowing that.
Fuu: If you don't have a passport you can't pass through the Checkpoint. Don't you have one Jin?
Jin: Ofcourse, I had one, but...
Fuu: But?
Jin: I lost it.

Episode 10: "Lethal Lunacy"

Fuu: [Moaning] Ohh... I'm so hungry.
Mugen: I'm tired of hearing that.
Fuu: But... we haven't eaten anything since we left the checkpoint.
Mugen: Go drink river water or something.

Jin: Remember, I'm the one who's going to kill you.
Mugen: What are you, my wife?

[Mugen is preparing for his fight with the street killer next to the waterfall]
Mugen: Yea, you gotta meditate under the waterfall... Screw that.

Episode 11: "Gamblers and Gallantry"

Fuu: But I wonder what he meant? That Jin would buy a woman...
Mugen: It's probably a good thing.
Fuu: What is?
Mugen: That guy didn't have any women, so I was thinking it looked odd.
Fuu: Why?
Mugen: I thought maybe he was a homo.
Fuu: No way!
Mugen: Im glad, I'm glad. I'm saved.

[Mugen is training a beetle]
Fuu: I'm back. [Confused] I'm going to have to ask... what are you doing?
Mugen: Training. You should be able to tell by looking. Beetle wrestling. I'm going to train him and put him in fights.
Fuu: Weren't you going to get a job as a bodyguard?
Mugen: I quit that.

Fuu: It's times like that I ask myself, why am I watching two bugs fight each other?

Episode 12: "Disorder Diaries"

Fuu's Diary: (about Mugen) I could tell right away he was a bad guy, the sort who did all kinds of horrible things, the kind of person who I'd never want to be friends with.
Mugen: Hey!
Fuu's Diary: But, after I talked to him . . .
Mugen: Hmm?
Fuu's Diary: . . . I realized I was absolutely right.

[reading Fuu's diary]
Mugen: Shut up you little bitch!
Jin: You're shouting at a diary...

Zuikō: Freedom cannot be forced into existence, nor can it be won through painful struggle. Freedom cannot be bought or sold. It has nothing to do with one’s social status; one’s profession is of no consequence. In order for you to accept yourself as you are and live with your soul at peace, you must simply teach yourself to let it be, only then will you discover freedom.

Episode 13: "Misguided Miscreants (Part 1)"

They're walking through a jungle]
Jin: Let's rest. [Looks over to Fuu]
Fuu: I can't walk anymore. [Glaring at Mugen] Because someone said they wanted to take a shortcut!
Mugen: Shut up. We're fine.

Mugen: (in front of an execution squad) I don't give a rat's ass about going to hell. Guess I feel like I'm already there. What I do mind is the thought of being killed by you ugly bastards. I've gone my whole life without being helped by anyone else, and I'll be damned if I'm gonna let you help me into my grave.

  • Mugen: "If we were all the way up there, no one here'd look any bigger than a grain of sand."

Episode 14: "Misguided Miscreants (Part 2)"

[Mugen's body drifted ashore]
Fuu: (Thinking he's dead) Mugen! [Crying] Mugen. It can't be... Why? Why?

[Mugen coughs up water] No way. He's alive.


[Jin's walking along the beach]

Jin: (Shocked) You.
Mugen: Like I would die before I killed you. I'm going to settle things.
Jin: I killed him.
Mugen: What did you say?
Jin: I killed Mukuro.
Mugen: (Vexed) You... I was going to...!
Jin: I was tricked. I was tricked by her.

Episode 15: "Bogus Booty"

[Jin's fishing while the rest are eating]
Fuu: Jin! Give it up already! Come over here and eat with us. I'll share the ones I caught with you.
Mugen: Leave him alone. He's being stubborn because he's the only one who didn't catch anything.
Mugen: [imitating Jin's voice] Fishing is a mental challenge. If you look down on it, you'll be in trouble.

Mugen: [after finding a bag of coins in the river] We hit the potjack!
Fuu: That's jackpot!
Mugen: All I know is we're filthy bitch!
Fuu: Filthy rich!
Jin: I hope you're doing that on purpose.

Fuu: Why would they need to go to the red light district when they have me around?
Mugen: Fuu... do you have any idea what you just sounded like you were volunteering for?

[Fuu has become incredibly fat from eating]
Fuu: Oh, I ate and ate. This is the first time I've been full in a while.
Mugen: She's a monster.

[Mugen and Jin ran off leaving Fuu]
Fuu: Damn them. Going to the red light district even though they have me... Being a woman is a disadvantage...
[Looking at her pet squirrel]
Fuu: Momo, are you a boy? A girl? I'm hungry. (Momo faints)

Mugen: I want my nookie!

Yatsuha: Hey look, a naked woman!
Mugen: WHERE?!
[Yatsuha kicks Mugen in the crotch]

[Mugen and Yatsuha are surrounded by some dangerous men]
Yatsuha: If you beat up all these guys for me, I'll do something amazing for you.
Mugen: What? I'm not being tricked again. [Yatsuha whispers something in his ear] Okay!

Yatsuha: (About Mugen to her companion) After all, that's the man I'm going to marry. I guess I fell in love with him. (to herself) So long. Once both our journeys are over, I'll come find you.

Episode 16: "Lullabies of the Lost (Verse 1)"

Jin: (To Yukimaru) You can tell them that you killed me. I might as well be dead already.
[Jumps into a waterfall]

Fuu: (To Okuru) There were two useless bodygaurds traveling with me. Well, it doesn't matter anymore. Now I'm as lonely as can be. So, it doesn't matter where I die. But... I didn't want to drown. Because, you know, your body size doubles. I'm not joking. I want to die beautiful, you know.
Okuru: There is no such thing as dying beautiful.

Mugen: (to Fuu, about Jin) Tall, dark, and four-eyed here is thinking the same thing: hanging around with a girl with absolutely no sex appeal isn't my idea of fun.
Jin: That's it; you've gone too far.
Fuu: Yeah!
Jin: That four-eyed thing, take it back.
Fuu: Hey!

Episode 17: "Lullabies of the Lost (Verse 2)"

Mugen: (To Okuru) I've seen those eyes before. They're similar to the eye's of a head that's been cut off. The ones that are slightly wet and don't know what they see. Hey, are you really alive?

Mugen: (Notices Okuru playing a melody) You are Okuru, aren't you? They were just out there... People called Matsumae-Han or something. They gave me a lot of trouble. They thought I was you.
Okuru: Did they give you money?
Mugen: I just want to fight you.
Okuru: Fight me, whaaaat?
Mugen: Mm-hmm.
Okuru: Wah! Hmmm.

Episode 18: "War of the Words"

Fuu: You keep ordering the same thing as either Jin or I. You should get what you like.
Mugen: (Looking at the menu) It can't be helped.
Fuu: But it's written right there.
Mugen: I have a little trouble understanding it...
Fuu: Is it possible... that you can't read?
Mugen: (Pointing at letters) That's a "no". This and this are also "no". I can read it just fine.
Fuu: (Points at a letter) Then what about this?
Mugen: It's "no".
Jin: It's "me".
Mugen: That was a trick question!

Mugen: [after drawing the infinity symbol]I thought of it myself, it stands for... Infinite.

Episode 19: "Unholy Union"

MUGEN [Him and Jin surrounded by guards]: "You boys want a piece of me ?"
JIN: "By starting this pointless squabble, you have done nothing but reveal just how vast your stupidity is. Please refrain from this moments of self-granture".
MUGEN [With a mad look on his face]: "...Run that by me again...".
   Priest: and after that you'll be able to get started on polishing the buddha. you'll be happy to do that, right?!
   Mugen: Why don't I polish that pinhead of yours, you bald ass son of a bitch.mfff.

Episode 20: "Elegy of Entrapment (Verse 1)"

Episode 21: "Elegy of Entrapment (Verse 2)"

Episode 22: "Cosmic Collisions"

Episode 23: "Baseball Blues"

"A bunt! A Bunt!"

Mugen "Against a load of pansies like you, one of me is more than enough!"

Episode 24: "Evanescent Encounter (part 1)"

Kagetoki Kariya: Only hope can give rise to the emotion we call despair. But it is nearly impossible for a man to try to live without hope, so I guess that leaves Man no choice but to walk around with despair as his companion.
Mugen: Huh? What the hell do you want?
Kagetoki Kariya: If you're looking for Kasumi's daughter, she's crossed over to the island.
Jin: Do you know him? You know Seizo Kasumi?
Kagetoki Kariya: I know he's a felon who abandoned his country and had his soul stolen by that foreign religion. I've heard that he fled here to Kyushu and that he was involved in the Shimabara Rebellion. I also know he's the man that the Shogunate wants eliminated more than anyone else. They've know all along that his daughter was trying to find him. In fact, it's helped them. They've let her run free this whole time so they're able to discover Kasumi's whereabouts. And now, although it pains me to say this, I have to insist that you two die right here.
Mugen: You're taking us on by yourself? You sure got a big pair on ya, pal.
Kagetoki Kariya: [readies his sword ] Come, I hope that you don't disappoint me.

Episode 25: "Evanescent Encounter (part 2)"

Episode 26: "Evanescent Encounter (part 3)"

Sunflower Samurai Kasumi Seziou: Fuu....
[After surviving a building collapsing on him]
One-Eyed Brother: Well that hurt like a son of a bitch didn't it?!
JIN: I think i've found what i was looking for all this time. I, who was always alone.... found comrades for the first time.

Unsorted Quotes

Priest: and after that you'll be able to get started on polishing the buddha. you'll be happy to do that, right?!
Mugen: Why don't I polish that pinhead of yours, you bald ass son of a bitch.mfff.
Mugen: My point is that's all a bunch of bullshit!

Mugen: I wanna beat that freaky bastard.

“I’m starving…” ~Fuu


Mugen: "I think that every day the sun rises, it may be the last time I bask in the sun."


Simple English

Samurai Champloo (also known as Mugen) is a fierce animal-like warrior with a unique Bboying (break-dance) inspired fighting style. Jin has a more traditional style. The two opposing samurai warriors are far from friends, yet their split paths seem to cross anyways. Mugen is wandering aimlessly through the city when he walks upon a teahouse where he meets Jin and Fuu. Fuu convinces them both to come with her in search of a mysterious samurai that smells like sunflowers and their journey begins. This modernized hip-hop tale breaks the barriers of the common, historical, samurai anime.

This anime contains 26 episodes and two seasons, documenting the journey of these three misfits. The episodes are shown on [Adult Swim] from time to time, but never consistently. Whenever on American television, only the first season is aired.

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