First Impressions: Samurai Champloo

Hey Grimms,

Can you believe I have never watched this show? There’s really no good reason as to why not things have just never aligned. I’ve heard amazing things about it and the director is the sam from Cowboy Bebop so I have always been interested, I’ve just never got on it. Recently though I noticed it on Hulu so I thought, “Now’s my chance!” My son has been teething so I’ve been having a lot of late nights. Perfect for anime watching… Not so perfect for my mornings!

“…Set during the Edo period. It follows a young woman named Fuu who hires two samurai, Mugen and Jin, after helping in stopping their public execution. The group is on a quest to find the mysterious samurai who smells of sunflowers that Fuu wishes to find.” – Wikipedia

I’m really pumped I started this show ❤ After catching a few episodes here’s where I’m at.

The Music…

Is so good! I love all of the music used for this show so far. Their opening theme is amazing! I think it might be one of my favorite opening themes of all time. Something about it just gets me hooked. I like the style of it, it feels unique and it is just right for this anime. I mean they just nailed it Grimms.

The Animation…

Again is spot on. I should have know they shared the same director as Cowboy Bebop. The way the scenes are arranged reminded me of Cowboy Bebop even before I learned they shared the same director. This anime style is unique but again fits this show perfectly. I love when the animation adds to the story. I couldn’t picture this story drawn in any other style and if it was I think it would hinder the show. I think this style really gave the animators the ability to let things flow. The way the characters move, especially during fight scenes is straight up beautiful.

The Voice Acting…

Hearts all around! I watched both a subbed and dubbed episode to see what I thought of the voice casting and I have to say they nailed it in both countries! I really love the voices they chose for the English cast. Kudos to Steve Blum in his portrayal of Mugen ❤ Although I feel like he always does an excellent job.

The Fight Scenes…

Like I said above the animation has a real flow about it that I just adore. This makes for some really great fight scenes. Both Jin and Mugen have great fight scenes but I particularly enjoy Mugen’s. He has a unique fighting style that really plays off well onscreen. I read somewhere his fighting style was based off breakdancing and I buy that. I can really see that influence.

Final Thoughts

I’m going to finish this show FOR SURE! It may take a little time because this is not a kid friendly anime. So I have to make sure the kids are in bed before watching this XD lots of swearing and adult themes with this one! I’m still very pumped to finish this show out though. I have a feeling I’m going to have few rough mornings due to staying up late to watch more of this show.

Wish Me Luck Grimms!

16 thoughts on “First Impressions: Samurai Champloo

      1. Don’t get me wrong I love the ending because I feel like it was so true to the show and their characters but damn it just wasn’t enough. Def a show I’ll be rewatching.

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  1. This is one of my husband’s favorites!! I bought him the Mugen statue from First4Figures for his birthday, so now I’m making my way through it so I can understand why he wanted it so much. Loving it so far!


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