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.
Hakuouki and Samurai Champloo share many similair aspects. In both titles, we follow a girl in search for her father, who becomes surrounded by intersting young men to protect her. The setting in these series is feudal Japan, and the viewer may learn about historical figures and happenstances along the way. Both also feature a good amount of sword clashing action, so that appeals to you, check out these!
Kotarou is a brash young orphan in war-torn Japan, on the run from mysterious pursuers with Tobimaru, his faithful canine companion. Clueless as to why anyone would want him, much less imperial warriors from mainland China, a chance encounter with a strange wandering swordsman could not be more unwelcome in Kotarou's skeptical eyes – especially when the stranger has a secret past that has caused him to seal his blade. Forced by circumstance to work together for survival, the unlikely duo forge a tenuous friendship that is threatened all too soon when Kotarou's pursuers thrust the two into a dizzying whorl of clashing ambitions between men both big and small. Will the stranger manage to overcome his past and save them both from peril with his blade?
The samurai-theme is very much present in Mukou Hadan and Hakuouki. The main characters of both series end up in the wrong place at the wrong time, and are saved by skilled swordsman/men. In both titles the story has something to do with clans, and war is very apparent in them. If you're interested in action set in the pre-modern era, try these!
Nobuna no Yabou and the Hakuouki series are both historical anime which take liberties with historical accuracy. The characters in each are loosely based upon real historical figures, but the characters have been reinterpreted to increase the appeal of the show. Additionally, Nobuna is a harem and Hakuouki is a gyaku harem, with each harem revolving around a main character who didn't exist in history (although Sagara is sort of 'filling in" for a real person).
Abandoned outside an orphanage when he was just a baby, Yuki is a boy with no idea where he came from or who he really is. Now in high school, the teen is plagued by odd dreams, death threats and an ability to see the negativity that dwells within people's hearts. One night after being lured into a trap, a mysterious and handsome man named Zess saves Yuki from being killed before disappearing into the night. Then, with the sudden arrival of his long-lost brother, the orphan finds himself pulled into a new world where he can not only learn about his powers and how to control them, but also becomes aware of the evils that lurk in the darkness. Can Yuki finally find the place he truly belongs, and just why is Zess so protective over the young boy?