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Samurai Champloo - Vol. 6

1 rating: 5.0
A movie directed by Shinichiro Watanabe

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Release Date: 2004
MPAA Rating: Unrated
1 review about Samurai Champloo - Vol. 6

No less walk on earth, water, and fire

  • Jan 22, 2006
Pros: Really? I never knew that about baseball, haha

Cons: This is the second to last volume!

The Bottom Line: I still don’t get episode #22…

Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie's plot.

Samurai Champloo is made by Shinichiro Watanabe, who is also the creator of Cowboy Bebop. And if that doesn’t mean anything to you, that’s okay. If you’re going to get into this series, it only makes sense that you go look at Volume 1 or Episodes 1 & 2 because now we’re so near the end, it doesn’t make sense for you to be here!

Samurai Champloo is a series totaling in 26 episodes. Oh it’s sad – we’re getting near the end with the next 3 episodes, #21-23. Only three episodes left!!

Things are a little more serious in this set.

Episode 21: Score. What happened to Jin? What happened to Sara? And what exactly will happen to Fuu and Mugen when they find out? Sometimes outcomes are never what you expect them to be.

Episode 22: Um, ok, so was this supposed to be some Halloween special or something? (do they even celebrate Halloween in Japan?) Anyway, this one by far the most bizarre episode I’ve encountered yet. I really want to tell you why, but I don’t want to spoil it, so I’ll just leave it at there is a lot of raw wasabi involved (Ew. Just, ew.), as well as a lot of people who have been working for much longer than they thought – or even should have been able to. And the end left me thinking, “….What?”

Episode 23: Ok, ok, ok. This ranks up there as one of the most ridiculous episodes ever. All I’m going to leave you with is that there is a baseball match between Japan and America and of course Mugen, Fuu, and Jin end up in it. It’s so funny watching it in its original form because seeing how Americans are portrayed by the Japanese is just super amusing. I was cracking up at this one half the time and I noticed the Americans swore a lot and were probably a little stereotyped, but who cares? Stereotype away! That’s what made it funny…that and things like the rules they used and a dog playing baseball…

Overall this volume was a little slower and not as much fun as some of the others, though I have to admit this series does indeed explore a lot of ideas, meshing with history and fantasy that keep things pretty interesting…

The Rest

Considering how it’s the same series, this section is going to be a constant for all Samurai Champloo reviews. Just fyi. =P

When it comes to animation, if you’re familiar with Cowboy Bebop then you can immediately see the resemblance between Spike and Mugen. Either way, Watanabe has a certain style that even I identified (thinking, “…This kinda looks like it was done by the same guy that did Cowboy Bebop...”) before I even knew who was behind the whole thing. Though I may not have thought Cowboy Bebop was the best thing since sliced bread, I know good animation when I see it. I love the coloring, attention to detail, setting, sounds, everything. Some of the bad guys look creepy, but then again they’re bad guys so there’s no problem there.

Usually when people comment on the voices in anime, the Japanese cast usually wins. However, though I do appreciate the series in its original form, I have to admit that I really like the dub as well and almost prefer it only because I like Mugen’s English voice instead of his Japanese one (it’s the same guy as Spike, fyi, but he does Mugen’s attitude so well he’s perfect – and I’m biased anyway). However, after a while I’ve finally gotten used to Mugen’s voice and it suits him quite well. So in the end, because of the well-done English dub, I think that you can happily go with whatever makes you comfortable.

I’d like to mention the little transitions done in the stories when switching from what one character is doing to what the next one is up to. With the same sound a DJ makes when spinning stuff on a turntable, the pictures flash back and forth (or sometimes in more creative ways) to create the most interesting transitions between scenes I’ve ever encountered. At first I wasn’t sure I liked it, but it does add a little more spice (if possible) to the show and just enhances its uniqueness even more. But the animators knew when to use these transitions and when to avoid them; for example episode #23 was chock full, whereas #21 is totally devoid of them. Good call!

As for the whole series, keep in mind that there is occasional fighting, blood spilling, swearing, and a bit of nudity here and there. So keep the kids in bed, this is for audiences that are a bit more mature.

Episodes in Volume 5:
21: Elegy of Entrapment – Verse 2
22: The Cosmic Collisions
23. Baseball Blues


Other Volumes:
Volume 1
Volume 2
Volume 3
Volume 4
Volume 5
Volume 7

For Something A Little More In-Depth:
Episodes 1 & 2
Episodes 3 & 4
Episodes 5 & 6
Episodes 7 & 8


Suitability For Children: Not suitable for Children of any age

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