Mugen is a fierce animal-like warrior with a unique Bboying (break-dance) inspired fighting style. Jin has a more traditional style but don’t think of this as a weakness because his skills are amazing. The two contrasting samurai warriors are far from friends, yet their separate paths seem to cross anyways. Mugen is wandering aimlessly through the city when he stumbles upon a teahouse where he meets Jin and Fuu (A ditzy waitress, but don‘t think she doesn‘t have anything hidden up her sleeves). 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.
Hmm… Really bring about mixes feelings on this one when starting this series. It’s been a long time since I reviewed an anime that doesn’t come with school girls. Lol! Refreshing indeed. Samurai Champloo is really unique in how it rewinds and fast forwards, jumping around scenes which may or may not be related -.-“ Have yet to come across an anime which does this so extravagantly.
You have Mugen, the afro haired dude, cutting through whatever he wants, whenever he wants. Always eager to battle strong opponents to test his skills. Wielding a wild style consisting of leg work and using flair to jump around anything in a quick counter-attack.
Then you have Jin, the pretty boy of the anime. The traditionalist yet stunningly old fashioned conservative. gives the obvious impression as someone who does everything by the book yet knows how to bend the rules whenever required. A little stiff at times but still cool nonetheless.
And Fuu. Who is suppose to be the x-factor of the trio. Being unpredictable and bringing comedy and fun to the combi…
Hmmm… I’m writing about the characters in Samurai Champloo. I hate writing about character in my reviews. It normally mean 2 things. 1st is that I either have no other idea on what to write on. 2nd is that I resent a certain character enough for me to spent a paragraph hating. One-two liners are fine by me though :p
Heck even the sypnosis in ANN is better than my review. Shit!
If anyone didn’t enjoy even a single opening or closing theme from Samurai Champloo, they are retarded. Trust me…
Despite including clues and hints in every episode of the whereabouts of the sunflower samurai, certain fillers still felt redundant. I should list a few episodes as an example but I’ve already forgotten them. And I just finished Samurai Champloo today. That’s how meaningless they felt. With the exception of Sara’s mini arc which was great!
What I CANNOT forget, however, is the excellent ending. Blardy Hell! I love the ending! Every tough decision made, every action the characters took, every reaction which followed. Words were flying around in my room as I raised my voice at the monitor during the last 2 episodes
“Mugen’s gonna fark your arse”
“What the fark?!”
“Don’t do this man!” etc. etc.
Obviously I only listed spoiler free lines. Despite all the flashy effects, stylishly exaggerated (at times) fight scenes, viewers will be reminded every now and then that this is a matured series as heavy sacrifices are incorporated to the story throughout the series. Not heavy enough to to shed a tear on, but will still put weight on your chest. 4-splendidly-ended-Stars!