Samurai Champloo ~ Review
“One of the greatest and coolest shows I have ever seen!”
Do you know this series at all? If you don’t then I’m sorry but you don’t deserve to call yourself an anime fan, anime lover or even an anime watcher. Because this series is an absolute must watch series to gain the title of “the anime fan”. It may just look like your ordinary samurai anime… but you’d be very, very wrong. So very, very wrong…
Samurai Champloo is set in a fictional version of the Edo Period, where everything has a hip-hop twist to it. The main heroine Fuu meets two powerful swordsman, Mugen and Jin, and asks them to accompany her on her search for “the samurai that smells of sunflowers”. But of course, there are many troubles and tasks along their journey; saving lives and taking lives, they each search for their own things.
The series was highly acclaimed for its unique execution, concept, plot and animation style
The series consists of 26 episodes and aired during the second half of 2004. The series is animated by Manglobe Inc., who later went on to animate many iconic series include Ergo Proxy, Deadman Wonderland and The World God Only Knows. The series is known for its iconic soundtrack, consisting of such artists as Nujabes (RIP Lord of Hip-hop), Minmi, DJ Tsutchie and Force of Nature, making the Samurai Champloo OST one of the most iconic and unique soundtracks in anime.
The series consists of many well-known voice actors who later went on to become iconic voice actors in the anime industry; such voice actors include Nakai Kazuya who voices Mugen (and is also known as the voices of Zoro from One Piece and Hijikata Toushiro from Gintama) and Kawasumi Ayako who voices Fuu (and is also known as the voices of Sakuraba Aoi from Ai Yori Aoshi and Saber from Fate/Stay Night).
The animation, plot and character development are all very cleverly constructed and presented, which helped this anime to become so enjoyable, yet unique at the same time. In some countries, it even sparked a “samurai boom”, due to the anime being released in dubbed versions in the US and Australia (I don’t know if that’s true, that’s just what I heard). But I have no doubt in saying that this anime series is amazing and it definitely deserves your full attention if you haven’t yet seen this. You’ll want to be a little bit samurai after watching this as well, I think.
The Final Judgement:
Recommendation Level: 5/5 – Highly Recommended
Final Score: 9.5/10