The series follows Mugen a hot headed, brutal fighting warrior whose fighting style is inspired by break dancing, Jin a classic and yet traditional style samurai who is very skilled in fighting and Fuu a ditsy and naive teahouse waitress on their journey to find the Samurai who smells of sunflowers.
Their journey is faced with many interesting and crazy characters. So many fights and adventure from Fuu getting kidnapped many times. Mugen looking for trouble and finding a reason to fight. Then Jin being challenged by many because he killed his master.
15 year old Fuu is a not so great waitress at a teahouse. She has a desire to find the Samurai who smells of sunflowers. Her father left the family when she was younger with no explanation. Her and her mother led a hard life due to not having the father’s support. Soon after her mother died of an illness. One day at the tea house an incident occurred and she saves Mugen and Jin from being executed because of the incident. She hires the two to become her bodyguard on her quest to find the Samurai who smells of sunflowers. He possibly could be her father.
19 year old Mugen is a poor, hostile, rude, vulgar and conceited drifter. His fighting style is unique in its own way by being wild and unconventional. He is quick to become angry and start fights over the littlest things. He is also a womanizer, he can be distracted by a beautiful woman easily. He is kind of an anti-hero. He becomes Fuu’s body guard after she saves him from being executed due to an incident a the teahouse she worked in.
20 year old Jin is a rōnin who was a samurai in training during the Tokugawra era but discontinued his training after he killed his master in self defense. He carries himself in a stoic manner and is well reserved compared to Mugen’s crazy ways. He is approached many times by students of the same dojo he trained at because they want revenge for the death of their master. He becomes Fuu’s body guard after she saves him from being executed due to an incident a the teahouse she worked in.
I will say this series is one of my favorite anime. It was fun and super entertaining.
The characters all were very unique and interesting in their own way. Fuu was not that annoying girl or damsel in distress which many series usually tend to have when its one girl and a couple of guys. She had a toughness but also goofy side and it was hilarious to watch. She was more like the responsible one in the group but still had her immature ways as well.
Mugen one of my favorite anime characters was probably the most entertaining character of the series. He was so short tempered and he was ready to fight everyone. No matter how dangerous the situation was he was up for a fight. There could be 10 guys against him and he will never back down. He was so cocky that he just knew he can beat anyone up. His crazy personality was perfect for the two characters who were opposite to him. When he fights it looks like he is breakdancing. His dance fighting style was perfect to watch.
Jin was such a cool, calm and collective character. He held an aurora about him that made you want to know more about his story. When anyone challenged Jin and they were loud and rude, they always underestimated what he can do. I loved to see Jin whoop their asses in his samurai style fighting. Even with glasses on they never fell off because he was that good. I liked how he barely said anything but when he did it all made since and had a point to it.
I liked the relationship between the characters, Fuu was like a younger sister. She was always nagging them or trying to put them in their place. It was cute and funny. I loved how Mugen and Jin were in competition on who is the better fighter. They always said don’t die because I am supposed to kill you. It was a rivalry that I liked throughout the series. But when they had to fight enemies they were there for each other.
The storyline was awesome, I liked how throughout the series even though we are on this journey with Fuu to find the samurai who smelled of sunflower, Jin and Mugen’s past comes back to haunt them.
At many points through out the series we see former students of the Dojo Jin attended try and attack him to get revenge on behalf of their former master. As much as Jin tried to defend himself, they did not want to hear. They wanted to fight and have Jin dead. Jin was able to handle all these students.
Mugen’s story from his past as a pirate comes back to play a part in their journey. Mugen was about to leave the group to help his former pirates and the lady he once loved. He gets in to trouble as they try to steal and kill, Mugen realizes this isn’t going to change and found out they were betraying him so he ends the relationship.
The way the writers included all their stories into their journey was perfect. It Didn’t take away from the main storyline. It was put in perfectly and wasn’t a distraction or a pointless filler episode.
Another part of the story I liked was the trio trying their best to find money to get food. They were always hungry and yet always poor. Once they were able to chuck up some money for food they would stuff their mouths. Hahaha
The music is so original and definitely unique because it had a hip hop theme. It was a lot of beat box sounds, spinning and scratching of a record like the 80’s DJs did in the clubs. The music was also perfect for when the team fought because the fighting looked like a b-boy style of dancing. So it was Iike you were watching a cool music video.
I like the artistic work of this series. The clothing looked like the Edo period. The samurai clothing, to the Yukatas and the clothing of the poor. The outfits looked like old Japan. The settings of the locations they traveled also embraced the old Japan we read in books or watch in movies.
I have to say this is an anime that is so worth watching. It has action, drama and all the in between. I can watch this anime over and over. Every time adult swim airs Samurai Champloo I always watch it because it’s just that good.