I gotta confess, I’ve just watched a whole load of anime in my small bedroom for days on end. Samurai Champloo gripped me by the family gems and said, ‘Phil, you’re gonna watch all 26 episodes and you’re gonna enjoy it!’ – that I did. Set in the Edo period of Japan, the anime series follows a mysterious rogue sword-fighter named Mogan, a ronin samurai called Jin and a ditzy, young waitress they call Fuu, as they journey across Japan in search for ‘the samurai who smells of sunflowers’ [err…sunflowers don’t have a scent?!].
Nonetheless, this awesome season of colours needs to be seen. Directed by Shinichiro Watanabe, whom directed the equally astounding Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo originally ran between 2004-2005 in Japan, to then later be dubbed in English for the Western world.
It merges the sounds of the late, great and under-appreciated/rated DJ Nujabes (think J Dilla) to the fighting action of swordplay and fistycuffs that doesn’t miss a beat in its choreography. Even though this ain’t new, it’s certainly something unique, funky, and marvellously entertaining to pull out of the archive of anime – and I love it.
Samurai Champloo is available to purchase on DVD Box Set at HMV.
Definitely one for the closet geeks.