Samurai Champloo (サムライチャンプルー) is a Japanese anime series developed by Manglobe. It was first broadcast in Japan on Fuji TV on May 20, 2004 and ran for twenty-six episodes until its conclusion on March 19, 2005.
Samurai Champloo is set in an alternate version of Edo-era (1603 to 1868) Japan with an anachronistic, predominantly hip-hop, setting. It follows Mugen, an impudent and freedom-loving vagrant swordsman; Jin, a composed and stoic rōnin; and Fuu, a brave girl who asks them to accompany her in her quest across Japan to find the “samurai who smells of sunflowers”.
The story of Champloo is an original work from Shinichiro Watanabe. The story centers on Fuu’s search for a samurai who smells of sunflowers. As the wanders continue on their travel they encounter many problems, mostly dealing with how to make money for their various expenses some times causing trouble for the three. In the travels many humorous things occur like Mugen entering a beetle type cock fight, Jin and Mugen’s adventure in to the red-light district, or the three entering an eating contest.
As the three get closer to the samurai who smells of sunflowers, things begin to unravel leading the three to the most trouble they have ever seen. Any one who is a fan of samurai action will surely like Champloo. Filled with enough action to keep those hard core action fans at bay, Champloo sprinkles some comedy and drama on top. If you are someone who doesn’t like the hip-hop aspect of Champloo, then at least give it a try, you may be surprised.
“Battlecry” by Nujabes feat. SHINGO2
“Shiki no Uta (Song of the Seasons)” by Minmi
Eps #12: “Who’s Theme” by Minmi
Eps #17: “YOU” by kazami
Eps #23: “FLY [SMALL CIRCLE OF FRIENDS]” by Tsutchie & fat jon
Eps #26: “San Francisco” by Midicronica