This is a good opportunity for me to do a Samurai Champloo post since Space Brothers doesn’t seem to be coming this week. That’s nice, maybe a break from Space Brothers is all we really needed. It’s nice to write about something else for a change.
This particular post was inspired by Knox Hill, a rapper that recently made a music video to honour Nujabes, a man responsible for the music and many sound effects in Samurai Champloo. Nujabes, of course, is known for many other things, but I decided, seeing as I haven’t written anything about Samurai Champloo yet, to make good use of this opportunity.
A lot of know Samurai Champoo. It’s about a journey that revolves around three strange, yet interesting characters. Samurai Champloo has been portrayed many times as a violent, thoughtless and sexist show. Maybe it is, I don’t know. I remember it as a funny, interesting and thrilling masterpiece, but that’s just me.
It is true that there is a lot of violence in Samurai Champloo, and that you see a lot of blood and ecchi scenes. I believe that the subtle balance between violence, sex and comedy was one of the biggest things that made this show such a success. It was the right idea at the right time by the right people, that’s all there is to it.
And now, as this post as well as my day is coming to an end, I would like to thank Nujabes for his part in making such an interesting and memorable show. (Warning: the following will be a religious rant from a stupid, but sincere atheist.) May his soul be bound in the bond of eternal peace as he watches down upon us all, ensuring that this anime and music-filled world will continue to thrive.
Plot Summary: Mugen’s a buck wild warrior – violent, thoughtless and womanizing. Jin is a vagrant ronin – mysterious, traditional, well-mannered and very strong as well. These two fiercely independent warriors can`t be any more different from one another, yet their paths cross when Fuu, a ditzy waitress, saves them from being executed when they are arrested after a violent swordfight. Fuu convinces the two vagrant young men to help her find a mysterious samurai “who smells of sunflowers.” And their journey begins. This is a story about love, friendship and courage… NOT!