Thanks to For Honor, I’ve been in a samurai mood, so I figured it was time to catch up on some samurai anime that I’ve never finished. First on the list is Samurai Champloo. If you’ve never seen it, Samurai Champloo is like, hip hop samurai, the animation. There’s lots of hip hop music and a lot of transitions from scene to scene are done with record scratches. It creates this neat balance between modern and historical.
Samurai Champloo follows three characters and fate’s constant need to throw them together. I’m only three episodes in so far, but bear with me here. Firstly, you’ve got the samurai Mugen, the trash talking, bad mouthing, unconventional badass, who fights in this wacky sort of almost breakdance, and even though he’s sloppy, he still fights like the best of them. In stark contrast, there’s the samurai Jin, who’s quiet and proper, and fights like the stereotypical anime samurai: faster than light and finishes battles before they start. Finally, there’s Fuu, the only women in the motley crew, the orphan waitress who is looking for a very peculiar person: a samurai who smells of sunflowers.
On the first episode, Mugen, Jin, and Fuu all get caught up in a battle with a local lord. In a misunderstanding, Mugen and Jin end up doing battle in Fuu’s workplace, a now burning to the ground teahouse. They are inevitably captured and sentenced to public execution, when Fuu sneaks in and offers to break them out under one condition: they help her find this sunflower-smelling samurai. Fuu ends up using her feminine charm to purchase some fireworks that she uses like bombs to create enough of a distraction for Jin and Mugen to escape. Though Mugen and Jin desperately want to finish their fight in the teahouse, Fuu makes them promise not to kill each other until they keep her promise. Begrudgingly, the team starts their journey.
Samurai Champloo is entertaining, crude, and an awesome watch, so far. Episodes often revolve around some sort of misunderstanding between the three of them and their attempts to secure either food, or money for food, as they’re all quite poor. It’s a fun watch for sure, and I’ll talk about it again once I’m a bit farther into it.
At any rate, what other samurai anime should I be watching? I’d love to you hear what your favorite samurai anime are in the comments.