Samurai Champloo is my new favorite manga/anime. Why didn’t I know about this awesome series sooner??? The premise is basically a young waitress (Fuu) gets a rogue (Mugen) and a ronin (Jin) to follow her as bodyguards, in the search for the Samurai that smells like sunflowers. Adventures, hilarity, drama, and action all rolled into 26 episodes, that have a beginning, middle, and very satisfying (edge of your seat) ending. The setting takes place in the Edo period of Japan with a fictionalized hip hop mix thrown in for style. “Champloo” translates to “Mix” so Samurai Mix makes sense when you look at the interesting mix of ideas fused together. It’s funny, because the characters really grow on you and by the end you are just hoping beyond all hope that none of the main 3 lose their lives. In a lot of ways, I identified more with Mugen (speaks his mind with no filter), but feel I should be more like Jin (more contemplative and silent). The interaction between all 3 main characters is really what draws you into the show. They start at odds with one another but through their travels they learn that they have become true friends and a family. The action sequences and sword fighting is awesome too, with excellent animation. I also watched the dubbed version because the voice actors are excellent and you really lose nothing from the story, hearing Mugen cuss, being a standout, with his witty comebacks and insults.
If you haven’t watched it yet… WATCH IT. All 26 episodes are currently on Netflix so check it out!!!