Some days/Some nights/Some live/Some die/In the way of the samurai...


Samurai Champloo
Director: Shinichiro Watanabe (Escaflowne, Cowboy Bebop)
Animation Director/Character Design: Nakazawa Kazuto (Bubblegum Crisis: Tokyo 2040, Final Fantasy: Unlimited)

Production: Manglobe, Inc.
TV Broadcaster: Fuji TV
North American Licence: Geneon Entertainment

Characters
Mugen - A vagrant, age 20.
Jin - A ronin (masterless samurai), age 20.
Fuu - A former waitress, age 15.
Momo - Fuu's pet, a flying squirrel.

Music
Opening Theme - Battlecry by Nujabes feat. SHINGO2 (Engrish hip hop that grows on you like cancer)
Closing Theme - Truth of Eye by Minmi
Music Producer - Yoshimoto Ishikawa (RahXephon, Scryed)

About the Show
Samurai Champloo, Watanabe's most anticipated effort since the legendary Cowboy Bebop, began airing in Japan on May 19, 2004. The story takes place in the Edo period, a time of peace where samurai walked the streets on the top of the social ladder. Champloo takes sharp animation and combines it with a hip-hop soundtrack, in a very similar way to how Bebop combined bounty hunters and space combat with smooth jazz. Anticipating the likely high demand for the show, Geneon announced that it had obtained the licence at Anime Expo 2003. Regardless of this, the show is currently being fansubbed by four different groups, with raw episodes being released by an additional three. In this noder's opinion, Samurai Champloo is set to be the most popular anime of 2004.

Episode List
01. Storm and Stress (Aired May 19, 2004)
02. Pandemonium (Aired June 2, 2004)


Resources
Official Website - http://www.samuraichamploo.com/
Champloo Central - http://www.champloo-central.net/
LiveJournal Community - http://www.livejournal.com/communities/_champloo
Sources: The above mentioned websites, http://champloo.rushtoy.com/, and http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=2636

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