Afro Samurai

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Samurai Champloo

Samurai Champloo

Samurai Champloo is all about style, from the dj-style scratching scene changes to the hip-hop-inspired soundtrack to the eclectic character design. Mugen's fighting style is a funky meld of capoeira and limb-cutting, and Jin is the dramatic foil; he is all steel and old-school samurai style. What binds them together is the desire to test each other's abilities, and a promise to a girl named Fuu: to find the samurai that smells of sunflowers, who plays a pivotal role in her past. Together they travel through edo-era Japan, finding battle and comedy wherever they stop.

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BelYaun BelYaun says...

If you liked the bloodbath and carnage of Afro Samurai then you'll like the way the samurai in Samurai Champloo handle things.

Ariadna Ariadna says...

Both series are based on samurai stuff. Same fighting style, almost the same atmosphere, and both create the same feeling after watching the episodes. If you liked one, you'd surely like the other.

Uriel Uriel says...

Both series have samurai as protagonists; both Afro and Mugen have attitude and exceptional fighting skills. Afro Samurai is very condensed, and although it's only 5 episodes long and focused on fights it combines a story about destiny, choices and friendship. On the contrary Samurai Champloo is slower paced and focuses more on character development and story, less so on fights.

nekocam nekocam says...

Both Afro Samurai and Samurai Champloo feature a juxtaposed score, combining hip-hop with feudal Japanese life. The general theme of one's past guiding one's future also features prominently in both. Also, the eclectic action and editing during the fighting scenes give similar exciting feelings during viewing them.

drognen drognen says...

Both have brilliant and flashy sword fights. If you liked one then you will most likely enjoy the other. Samurai Champloo and Afro Samurai also have a fairly similar animation style, and both have hip hop tracks that are used throughout the story.

BrandonHeat BrandonHeat says...

If you love the "dude on a journey who messes up dudes along the way with a sword" thing then you will love both Samurai Champloo and Afro Samurai. Both also have a cool hip hop theme to them.

tasanime tasanime says...

It's not just the animation styles that are crazy, confusing and full of beat in these series! Both are a vibrant mix of crazy talking chracters, funky hip-hop beats, colourful character designs/settings and unique fighting styles.

Nivekian Nivekian says...

Afro Samurai and Champloo are great animated stories with bumpin' soundtracks and more sword swingin' action than you can shake a Bokken at. Even though both series are short they are definitely worth every moment.

freakzilla freakzilla says...

Other than the obvious samurai connection, Afro Samurai and Samurai Champloo also have music as a major similarity. Both use a hip hop style to add extra atmosphere to the fights.

styln styln says...

The style and atmosphere of Champloo and Afro are very similar. They feel alike and have a nice blend of hip-hop and samurai action that leads to a unique experience.

Tronos Tronos says...

You, most probably, are looking for a not-so-deep, martial arts/battle-related and well-animated series.

Both Afro Samurai and Champloo are about rogue samurai warriors and the way they overcome any appearing problem, always with a based-on-the-tip-of-their-sword attitude.

takuhii takuhii says...

Both very similar Anime in terms of plot, ways enemies are dispensed of, and the alternative take on the period of history the shows are conducted in. Both very enjoyable!!

CuddlyMcTickles CuddlyMcTickles says...

This isn't a recommendation based soley on the fact that both shows have Samurai in the title. The animation style in both of these shows varies from norm of mainstream anime. And they both have a modern "hip-hop" feel that helps add to the unique experience of watching it.

The fight sequences are stylish and entertaining. The characters are well developed and you won't forget about them the minute you start watching a new anime. In my opinion of you watch one, you might as well do yourself a favor and watch the other.

LordOfKaos LordOfKaos says...

A very tentative recommendation here. Both series have a somewhat similar backdrop and both contain some very cool samurai action with a similar style of fast paced action and swordplay. Theres also a hip-hop element behind both series.

There are big differences though. The main one being is that Afro is a bit of a mindless action brawl that tries to be deep(and fails) where as the emphasis in Champloo is on the varied and random little adventures that occur along the journey that is the main story.

crzymn246 crzymn246 says...

I must compare Afro Samurai and Samurai Champloo in that they are both very hip-hop influenced, with cool characters. Both are very action-packed, and Samuel L Jackson voicing in Afro Samurai has to be the most bad-ass thing ever. You can't get more GAR than that.

Either way, both are very interesting spins on the Japanese samurai styles, though both add their unique spin on it. I recommend both, especially if you like a bit of "funk" in your anime line-up.

alextepes alextepes says...

If you liked this anime you're really like Samurai Champloo, the plots a bit different but over all the fighting in Samurai Champloo happens more frequently and the series in general is pretty funny, the plot for Samurai Champloo is they get into a bit of trouble and burn down a restaurant and are imprisoned and a girl free's them but at a price, they are to travel Japan in search for a Samurai who smells like sunflowers.

I don't want to give much of the story away, or anything like that, or ruin this review with telling you what its all about.

Theres similar likings to the two anime's mostly because of the samurai skills and fighting, even though the characters are more sensitive and funny, I have a gut feeling you'll like it, perhaps more then this one, I felt Afro samurai was short and lacking in a few areas that Samurai Champloo may make up for, check it out and see what you think for yourselves, this is my first recommendations so, It may get turned down or not make much sense, But I hope you all enjoy Samurai Champloo as much as I have.

zendragon zendragon says...

If you liked Afro Samurai I would suggest watching Samurai Champloo. It has samurais with a western Pop twist to it. It is unique in it self and has a good story that keeps you wanting to see if in the end they complete the task they seek to finish.

3rdiEyeiVis 3rdiEyeiVis says...

Both series not only have beautifully choreographed fight scenes, but they also share mild hip-hop themes. Afro and Mugen are similar not only in the style of sword they use, but also in that they seem to only be in their situation for themselves.

Damonkey91 Damonkey91 says...

these two anime are almost the same,they both contain a "badass" samurai who kill non-stop have pervertive sides and many connections.

dangerbrad dangerbrad says...

It's a no brainer to go from Afro Samurai to Samurai Champloo. You may like the urban style of the character animation, or perhaps you enjoy the beaty that our friends at Gonzo blessed this short series with, or maybe beautiful stylish sword fights that blow most series' out of the water. Both Samurai Champloo and Afro Samurai pull these off. With style and action to spare, if you liked Afro Samurai and you want a longer series, Samurai Champloo is definetely for you.

keridas keridas says...

Well, first of all both are about samurai, that's a given. But more than that, both are similar in animation, sound. Eerily parallel to one another, the main difference would be the seriousness of Afro and the laid back atmosphere of Champloo. If you loved the amalgamation of old samurai tradition with modern culture, these two are a match.

VivisQueen VivisQueen says...

If what you enjoyed about Afro Samurai was the compilation of urban beats, samurai/ninja characters, and quirky modern twists, then I recommend the superior Samurai Champloo as the next stop. Samurai Champloo's characters have more depth and complexity, the story is more experimental, but there is as much sophisticated action and style here as in Afro Samurai. The key difference is that Samurai Champloo has more of a comedic feel in many episodes and is not as in-your-face gory (although it doesn't stint on blood when it needs to). Definitely give it a go.

ShiWeiLi ShiWeiLi says...

What an easy recommendation to make.  Do you like Hip Hop?  Do you like samurai?  Do you like the fusion of the two in a creative way?  Well then, Samurai Champloo and Afro Samurai are right up your ally.  Both very ambitious, both don't dissapoint, worth the watch.  The sense of style in the animation itself really shines through on both series.  On a related tangent, Sukiyaki Western Django by Takashi Miike is another fantastic fusion twist on the samurai flick, but it's live action so it's not covered in this database.  Look it up!

MonkeyZerg MonkeyZerg says...

Liked the quirky combo of aspects of Black American culture and samurai settings? Want more? Both Samurai Champloo and Afro Samurai feature this combo, so if you've liked one, be sure to check out the other!

Both of these shows feature excellent swordplay, animation, music, and characters. And while Samurai Champloo is the lighter of the two, Afro Samurai has Samuel L Jackson as one angry bad-ass!

TheOperator TheOperator says...

Excelent fight scences, off beat comedy, and a hip hop undertone. If you like one you will definalty like the other. The usual samurai with a past on a journey to find a destiny that will require constant fighting.

DeathCrunch DeathCrunch says...

Skilled samurai leads who's fighting style oozes flashy and cool all over the walls.

Set to rhythmic hip-hop and makes the most of it to giving the fights a definite flow.

Hiryukun Hiryukun says...

If you liked the combination of Hip-Hop and samurai styles in one of the series, you'll definitely enjoy the other.

MugiwaraMarius MugiwaraMarius says...

Both Afro Samuri and Samurai Champloo are full of anachronisms to display the clash between modern concepts and sensibilities and a more old world way of thinking.

Both shows also feature good sound tracks with great Samurai and ninja action. 

KoolKool KoolKool says...

Both shows have the interesting juxtaposition of hip-hop music and samurai culture. There is also some great action and truly excellent animation in these shows.

However I must add that Samurai Champloo is a far better show in terms of the characters and overall entertainment though, and is enjoyable from start to finish. One of my favourites.

MugenKatana MugenKatana says...

Both animes have nice samurai sword action scenes. Champloo is as funny as afro is serious, both highly recommended.

Proxy11 Proxy11 says...

Both are out of the norm for Samurai anime, Afro even more so, but the fights are intense and a visual eye candy. The plot for each is fairly water thin. But they don't try to be anything else but a feast for the eye's.

Sidonia Sidonia says...

Afro Samurai and Samurai Champloo mix Feudal Japan with elements of the American hip-hop culture.

Additionally both are stories about revege.

UncannyDoom UncannyDoom says...

Samurai Champloo is doing virtually everything Afro Samurai does, but with focus on plot, character development, and just better quality across the board.

aniexile aniexile says...

Both animes are based on samurai traveling, and fighting, looking for someone. Both are very bloody and heavily influenced by hiphop.

corkboard corkboard says...

The styles in each are uncannily similar, with the anachronistic samurai on a quest.  Samurai Champloo is funnier, Afro Samurai more graphic.  Both will definitely appeal to the same audience.

triplestrike triplestrike says...

Both Afro Samurai and Samurai Champloo dabble in comedy but place most of their chips into combat. Both look great and for the most part are excellent for introducing new people into anime. Although they do have some huge differences they are both great!

Theta Theta says...

Nothing really duplicate Samurai Champloos blend of samurai and hip-hop.  Afro Samurai comes close.

RedAce1122 RedAce1122 says...

If you liked Afro Samurai or Samurai Champloo, you'd like the other because they both involve themes of hip hop and samurai traveling around to complete their mission.

anto13 anto13 says...

 The main plot is not really similar,but both sereis are reminding on each other,the sword fights, the hip hop music background....except Afro Samurai has fantasy and Sci-Fi elements and is much better.

FlareWarrior FlareWarrior says...

They have the same gritty, action packed style, and both follow samurai on quests. Lots of blood and flashing swords in both!

Thrawn Thrawn says...

Hip-hop, samurai, what's there not to love about those, put together no less? Both use that kickass concept with a stylish hip-hop soundtrack and plenty of awesome samurai action to keep things poppin' fresh on the down low.

AndreaJoynt AndreaJoynt says...

They are both about samurais, they both occur in feudal Japan, but what really brings these animes together is the use of hip hop music and culture. The juxtaposition between ancient Japan and  a modern style of music creates a very distinct style that both Afro Samurai and Samurai Champloo share. It's super cool.

The main difference is the tone. Afro is a lot more serious and gory while Champloo has a lot of comedic moments. It also focuses more strongly on relationships, while Afro focuses on revenge. However, they share enough in common that if you like one, you will probably like the other.

Brino Brino says...

Afro Samurai and Samurai Champloo are both based around hard-boiled and serene characters that overpower almost every enemy without a lot of struggle.

In fact, Jin and the Afro Samurai have a lot in common and the Sidekick of Afro and Mugen deliver a lot of over-the-top moments and refreshing crazyness to the mostly calm protagonists and the gloom settings.

Afro Samurai offers a more straight storyline and a perhaps little more intelligent background, but Samurai Champloo is a lot more playful when it comes to style and character-design and is more dramatic in it's ending scenes.

Both series have a very unique kind of ost that mixes up various elements of rap, grunge, electric and traditional asian styles.

Ninja Scroll

Ninja Scroll

Jubei Kibagami is just a wandering swordsman minding his own business... until fate lands him in the middle of a battle with the terrifying Devils of Kimon! Now the fate of all of Japan lies in the hands of a vagabond samurai, a deadly female ninja and a perverted old monk as they take on an enemy who is, literally, immortal.

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Ran Ran says...

Both Afro Samurai and Ninja Scroll are action-packed anime with lots of katanas and blood. Both also have a little ecchi side in the shape of deadly beauties. The character design is also a bit similar; there are three main characters:  the unbeatable samurai, the pervy grandpa, and the sexy ninja.

0rion 0rion says...

Afro Samurai and Ninja Scroll have very solid and fluid fight scenes and don't hold back on the gore. They have the same concept of having multiple warriors, each with their own special ability, in the hero's way, and an ultimate villain that's very hard to kill. There's even a love interest that's more than she appears to be in both, and a requisite sex scene.

CuddlyMcTickles CuddlyMcTickles says...

Whenever I watch a show that consists of a badass with a sword, I expect awesome action and lots of fighting. Both of these shows deliver in this regard. The motivation of the protagonists are different, but both Jubei from Ninja Scroll and Afro from (you guessed it) Afro Samurai provide fight sequences that are long remembered. Any fan of action and sword fighting should watch both Ninja Scroll and Afro Samurai.

tasanime tasanime says...

As well as a shared Samurai theme, Ninja Scroll and Afro Samurai boast a magnitude of bad attitude, skilled fighting sequences featuring inhuman bouts of skill and distractions of the female persuasion...

VivisQueen VivisQueen says...

Both Afro Samurai and Ninja Scroll incoporate lots of samurai and ninja action at every turn, highly entertaining stunts and battles, and a variety of unique antagonists to be defeated. Being older, Ninja Scroll is not as stylistically accomplished as Afro Samurai, and I must say Afro Samurai is also grittier and gorier, but if you liked one, you won't go wrong with the other.

Theta Theta says...

These are both well animated entries in the samurai genre that rate poorly.  Mature storylines and elaborate action scenes are sure to please fans of the genre.

Shigurui

Shigurui

In the 6th year of the Kan'ei era, people enjoy a time of peace; skilled swordsmen are revered and respected, and their lives are their own. Amidst the tranquility, Lord Tokugawa Tadanaka decides, for his own amusement, to hold a fighting tournament in which real swords are used - though laws forbid their use. In a match to the death two highly-skilled swordsmen face off: the one-armed Fujiki Gennosuke, and the blind Iraki Seigen. As they take their respective stances, flashbacks paint a picture of the duo’s past and battle wounds; and thus, the real story begins...

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mrCoolerer mrCoolerer says...

Both Afro Samurai and Shigurui feature hella-powerful swordsmen who battle hella powerful foes. Both also feature swordsmen who have dark pasts and seek to move forward via continued battles. Both also feature unusual animation, though Shigurui is a much darker series.

pap pap says...

Afro and Shigurui are both about Samurai obtaining revenge. Both are gritty and violent, though Shigurui is more explicit. The two animes both have animation with strong contrasts between light and shadows. Also, both don't seem to be finished yet.

SeiyaManG SeiyaManG says...

Afro Samurai and Shigurui are both samurai epics with very serious main characters and plenty of raw violence. Though Afro Samurai at times likes to input humor, Shigurui remains very serious and true to it's nature throughout. If you liked one for it's action and serious tone, you'll most likely enjoy the other as well.

MugiwaraMarius MugiwaraMarius says...

Both Shigurui and Afro Samurai feature fantastic fight sequences with a heavy amounts of blood and gore. Both are revenge stories with lots of samurai drama.

Shigurui is a little more slow paced and serious than Afro Samurai, but both shows should please fans of feudal era revenge stories.  

Theta Theta says...

These are both well animated entries in the samurai genre that rate poorly.  Mature storylines and elaborate action scenes are sure to please fans of the genre.

reese4brown reese4brown says...

These two animes have a lot of bloody fight scenes. If you like bad asses with a sword then definitely try both. You won't regret it.

Rurouni Kenshin: Tsuiokuhen

Rurouni Kenshin: Tsuiokuhen

Himura Kenshin was a boy orphaned by the murder of his parents. Now he is the Hitokiri Battousai, the most feared and skilled killer in 19th century Japan. In the midst of a blood bath, he meets the love of his life, Tomoe. Will he continue to fight his enemies in a killing rage or will she sheath his bloodstained sword?

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freakzilla freakzilla says...

Afro Samurai and the Kenshin OVA connect rather well. A strong samurai is the main character in each, and he goes through quite a bit of character development. On top of that, their strength is shown in battle, which gives you a similar feeling.

CuddlyMcTickles CuddlyMcTickles says...

Both Kenshin and Afro Samurai follow a protagonist with a penchant for killing. While Kenshin does this in order to bring about revolution in order to stop the suffering of the people, Afro does it for revenge. Both Kenshin and Afro are the introverted, silent type that quietly dispatch of any oppositoin that they encounter.

Both of these series are pretty heavy on the fighting and blood, and the action scenes are intense. Both of these are top notch stories that contain characters that you will actually remember long after you finish watching the show.

VivisQueen VivisQueen says...

Honestly, when watching Afro Samurai, I felt it was a not-as-good Rurouni Kenshin: Tsuiokuhen. While Afro hardly speaks in that flat, dull manner, Kenshin is subtly complex and engaging; moreover, Kenshin's tragedy is executed with brilliance and delicacy whereas Afro's is ham-fisted. However, Kenshin is equally hardcore, and equally mind-blowing a swordsman, and the action/animation is great. If you liked Afro Samurai and want a better version, then check out Rurouni Kenshin: Tsuiokuhen.

KittyEmperor KittyEmperor says...

Both series are a beautifully done samurai fighting series.  Each series is violent and bloody and have a main character who is very interesting and a master swordsman where very few people can provide an even match against.  Each series has an interesting and entertaining story that keeps the viewer interested and fights that are done very well.

Thrawn Thrawn says...

Rurouni Kenshin: Tsuiokuhen is way superior to Afro Samurai, but the latter has it's own merits, though those who watched Tsuiokuhen might be a bit letdown at how much it outclasses the other.

Both share amazing fight scenes and don't shy from blood; amazing style and animation for Afro Samurai and Tsuiokuhen looks pretty good after all this time; both have great music, an amazing score from the RZA and Tsuiokuhen surpasses it with some absolutely beautiful pieces. Story/character-wise, Tsuiokuhen wins by far.

Basically, if you enjoyed Afro Samurai and want a better samurai-based anime that's just as short or something better overall, then Tsuiokuhen is just what you need.

Claymore

Claymore

In times of olde, humans live in constant fear of demons known as yoma. These vicious creatures can take the appearance and memories of humans they have devoured, thus blending into society as they freely feast on human flesh. The key to stopping the yoma lies with the tolerated yet feared Claymores - women who are half-demon, half-human, and fully fated to become the demons that they hunt. Meanwhile, in a village, the young Raki has been banished; his only crime was losing his family to the yoma. Raki is drawn to a Claymore named Clare, and together their journey begins. While Clare fights the yoma plaguing the land, can Raki help her in her struggle to retain her humanity?

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freakzilla freakzilla says...

Afro Samurai and Claymore are both violent anime. Claymore definitely has more blood, but thanks to the superb animation in both series the violence is stressed enough to put them at the same level. What's more is that both main characters have similar things driving them, which means they are quite alike as well.

dunkyrok dunkyrok says...

Clare and Afro have trained since childhood for one purpose - revenge. Years spent sharpening sword skills have resulted in our protagonists becoming hardened to violence and much feared by others. Both Anime offer incredible shows of swordplay and lashings of blood and are clearly unafraid to use techniques like greyscale with a sudden flash of color to emphasise events. Clare and Afro follow and respect warrior codes, including a ranking system based on power and skills. Progression through the ranks is usually only by defeating your superiors.

These two stories are told from different angles. In Claymore the female is the dominant warrior class, in Afro the male. Where Clare is sometimes guided by others, Afro follows his own path from the start, allowing for welcome variation that builds on the earlier mentioned cornerstones, and ensuring that both Anime remain enjoyable and individual whilst sharing some central key features.

dangerbrad dangerbrad says...

Both anime sport great animation and swordplay. Both of the main characters are driven by revenge and basically static characters that kick ass. In Afro Samurai we fight ninja's and robots, in Claymore we fight demons, that's about all there is to it. Both are great action series.

xXGothicSportXx xXGothicSportXx says...

they both have a bunch of action and they are quite bloody and they will keep you entertained througout the series

Thrawn Thrawn says...

The main thing they have in common is badass characters getting into wickedly awesome fights. Apart from that, Afro takes a more stylish approach to it's visuals while Claymore looks more realistic (As realistic as monsters can be); their music is completely different; one has character development while the other's is essentially non-existent...

From Claymore to Afro Samurai; watch it for the style, badassery, more awesome fights and style. From Afro Samurai to Claymore; a more realistic animation style, more awesome fights and just about everything else.