Anime Review: Samurai Champloo

It is as different from the anime most watch as possible it begins with a chance meeting of these 2 samurai who want to kill each other and this 15 year old girl looking for a samurai that smells like sunflowers. Really that is the plot.

My description is backed up by Wikipedia which goes in to more detail

A young woman named Fuu is working as a waitress in a tea shop when she is abused by a band of samurai. She is saved by a mysterious rogue named Mugen and a young r┼Źnin named Jin. Mugen attacks Jin after he proves to be a worthy opponent. The pair begin fighting one another and inadvertently cause the death of Shibui Tomonoshina, the magistrate’s son. For this crime, they are to be executed. With help from Fuu, they are able to escape execution. In return, Fuu asks them to travel with her to find “the samurai who smells of sunflowers”.

It’s really a fun series to watch as every episode is so different you really can’t even guess of what trouble these 3 characters will get into or who they meet. Everything from Elvis type characters, to an artist, and even terrorists. They get out of the last one by burning the terrorist supply of weed. Really I am not joking, they do that and more. Yes, everyone does get stoned.

Fun series, great action, a good mix of both and more. I could go on and on on why this is such a great series.

Here is a video of short clips

If you like what you see the DVDs are fairly cheap I picked up my copy for $23 and the series is available for viewing on crunchyroll

Anime Review: Samurai Gun

Samurai Gun is a rather unique series set in a time period that was itself unique. Japan between the ancient ways and modern society. It was also a time period when 2 parties were out to control in Japan. The Shogun a self appointed ruler, and the Emperor.

It is the beginning of the industrial revolution, and feudal Japan is in turmoil. The ruling Shogun are wielding their abusive powers to instill fear and dominance over their oppressed subjects. Beatings, imprisonment, rape and even murder are the adopted tactics chosen to maintain their reign. The bloodshed must end. A group of Samurai have banded together, and, with the development of new weapons and new technology, they have both the will and the hardware to stand up and fight. Ichimatsu is one of these fighters. By day, he works incognito at a local tavern, in the evenings he frequents the brothels, and by the dark of night, he doles out some big-time, gun-barrel justice. He is here to help. He is Samurai Gun.

Every episode is a delight for the eyes, you see a mixture of so many genres…even a bit of steampunk. I have been watching the series for years and there is always something I have never seen before. The plots are a period of time, where you feel their world is almost at the point of civil war. Of how balance between “The Shogun Protective Bureau” and the “Samurai Gun”. Is always at a point of just before all out war, not to forget of how their world is changing, even though you already know the results you wonder was it a good thing?