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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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Manga Name Year Relation More Info
Samurai Champloo 2004 TBD
Name Role
Kazuto NAKAZAWA Character Design
Shinichiro WATANABE Director
Tetsuro SATOMI Producer
Takatoshi HAMANO Producer
Takashi KOCHIYAMA Producer

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Samurai Champloo vivafruit 7.5/10 Mar 30, 2007
Samurai Champloo Masakari 7.5/10 May 7, 2006

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Cowboy Bebop

Follow interstellar bounty hunters Spike Spiegel and Jet Black as they scour the galaxy for criminals with prices on their heads. Hoping to escape their past, they live on the spaceship Bebop, but it's a dangerous business and old enemies don't forget easily. Allies come from unlikely sources, however, as they find comrades in the beautiful swindler Faye Valentine, the genius child hacker Ed and the genetically engineered 'data dog' Ein. Will they be able to help each other though their respective struggles, or is their fate really inevitable?

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sothis
Truly, Bebop and Samurai Champloo are all about style. I didn't like Bebop a great deal, but love SC, so it all depends. Regardless, I still realize they are very, very good recommendations for each other. Oozing style from the character designs, to the music, to the episodic plotline. Definitely check it out.
XMrNiceguyX
Even though both series hardly have any similarities besides that the series are both about a group of wandering people, the humor in both is really similar. Besides the humor, also the characters show quite some similarities.
buu
It is all about the music. Cowboy bebob has the up beat jazzy, bebop music theme, and samurai champloo has the new age hip hop, rap theme. Both these series have action scenes that suck you in with the music that blends flawlessly with the overall feel of the shows. It's just about how the music blends that make there series so similar.
tfv
Samurai Champloo and Cowboy Bebop are from the same director, but that's not why I'm recommending them for each other, except to the extent that his influence has given both series a very similar feel. Both are style-driven anime, and in each case that style is created through music (in SC's case hip-hop, in CB's case jazz) and the integration of western and eastern themes and archetypes. In addition, a lot of the basic plot is the same - a group of people struggle to survive on the fringes of a culture. And, finally, both have similar amounts and types of action, although I think Samurai Champloo has the edge there. I don't think a fan of one of these series is guaranteed to like the other, but the odds are good - and both series are so well-known and influential that it's useful to see them even if you don't like them.
VivisQueen

The pacing of the two anime are very similar (probably because they share the same director). Champloo is also a character-based journey in which the audience is presented with scenes and dialogue that incrementally build up to full, rounded personalities by the end. The action sequences are just as well-paced, smooth, and gorgeous as you find in Bebop, with the same attention to detail in movement. Not to mention you’ve got another experimental mix of genres. Bebop is sci-fi western drama with a jazzy score, and Champloo is a samurai action drama with a hip-hop score. However, Bebop is less gritty than Champloo and not as 'cool', however, but if you're looking for a great sequel-that's-not-a-sequel to Bebop, this is definitely one to get.

Ooric
The Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo series do have similar styles. Both have certain music genres and action to get the viewers involved. Also, they have some characters with attitudes. I definitely prefer Cowboy Bebop (a must see) because there seems to be a better variety of unique characters and I feel Samurai Champloo is more "cheesey".
lantis
I'm loathe to state the obvious, but if you didn't already know, Samurai Champloo is made by the same people who did Bebop. They are quite different anime, obviously, but a lot of the same elements exist in both. Larger than life characters stumble through life fighting and starving, while funny and serious things things happen. It's a golden equation. Though Champloo lacks the awesome Jazzy beats that Bebop has, Bebop likewise misses out on the swordplay and stronger humor elements of Champloo. Watch both. You won't be sorry you did.
freakzilla

Cowboy Bebop is set in the future during the time of spaceships, while Samurai Champloo is set obviously in the past during the time of the samurai. What connects them so closely is the way they are made - both consist of a different story for each episode, yet are very amusing to watch.

aldat
I'd like to say that the reason I recommend these two animes together has nothing to do with them being from the same director. But it has. I mean...the plots don't really resemble each other, neither the settings...it's the way they move in these. I could watch that drooling wihout no kind of story at all. In no else anime (except in some ghiblis and Future boy Conan) has this particular thing so much caught my attention. Ah, and there are the characters too. The characters from champloo (Mugen and Jin) kind of bring to mind Spike (from Bebop) only split in two separate (and different) parts...
kmull

I watched Cowboy Bebop first then Samurai Champloo, and I still can't figure out which I like better since they are so similar.  Both have a good mixture of action and comedy, and both do a good job of developing characters and plot.  Oh, and how can I not mention that they both have great soundtracks?

neutrino

Both are all about musical style, which spills into the story, too.  Other elements seem really similar as well, like random characters getting thrown together in desperate situations, and everyone seems to be looking for a clue to their past.

MrsickVisionz

Both shows are about a rag-tag gang of misfits who get into wild and sometimes random adventures. They are also heavy on action and heavy on comedy (whether witty or goofball). They have a large background story going on, which gets resolved at the end, but they don't make every episode dwell on on it. Many episodes are just about putting the characters into a crazy situation and seeing how they react to it and each other. The two shows are similar in art style and both feature great music.

vivafruit

One trait that sets Shinichiro Watanabe’s work apart is his refusal to accept this Japanese conformity. In his anime, all of the characters define themselves by their individuality, fighting for themselves and ONLY themselves in a vast and lonely world. In Cowboy Bebop, the characters were thrown together by chance and stayed together only as long as convenience allowed. Although the anime was for the most part an action comedy, even the hilarious moments were subdued by this profoundly forlorn undercurrent of internal solitude.

Samurai Champloo has a very similar feel; in the series, three misfits who would otherwise have nothing to do with each other are thrown together by coincidental events. The characters then proceed to engage in a variety of episodic escapades, finally culminating in a suitably climactic and suspenseful conclusion. This basic plot structure, combined with Watanabe’s trademark freeform style, makes it easy to draw comparisons between the two works, despite the radically different settings.

In any case, if you liked one, watching the other is practically a matter of course.

Uriel

Both Champloo and Bebop were made by same author, and have very similar feel to them. Not to mention the main characters - Mugen and Spike have more in common than just their hairstyles and attitudes.

drognen

Both Samurai Champloo and Cowboy Bebop are directed by Shinichiro Watanabe and follow a group of people through their adventures and experiences, while dealing with each other. Also, both sometimes have weird and comical situations. Oh, and both have brilliant action scenes.

micromania

Both Samurai Champloo and Cowboy Bebop have the same type of music, and because of that, they have a little of the same atmosphere. Also, they have a similar animation style.

DraconAsilian

Both Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo hold the same sort of fixation on style above all else. And, what makes them more amazing beyond that is the fact that with such a strong fixation, the story comes out unscathed, and fully enjoyable. Both are great to watch if you're a fan of stylish anime.

GinaBristow

Both Bebop and Champloo are about a team of two guys and a girl on a quest. Sure, there is a big difference between bounty hunters and a samurai who smells of sunflowers, but either way the journey is hilarious and the back stories are heartwarming.

LadyFox

Correct me if I'm mistaken, but I do believe the creators of Cowboy Bebop we're involved in the making of Samurai Champloo. I really enjoyed watching both shows. Neither of them is exceptionally long and you almost instantly begin to bond with the characters. I love the male comradery between both main male characters each show. I cried and laughed watching both Bebop and Champloo. If you haven't watched them, I highly suggest that you do!

IrishDragon23

Both Samurai Champloo and Cowboy Bebop are made by the same man, and each mixes a variety of elements together. For Bebop, you have outer space and a futuristic design, but a mix in of smooth jazz and that cowboy feeling make it hard to classify exactly. Samurai Champloo is the same way, mixing the culture of Japan in the heart of the Edo period with an element of hip-hop.

j4c3n

Both Samurai and Cowboy mix up various cultures. They were made in the same convention and were directed by Shinichiro Watanabe. Although Cowboy is set in the future and Samurai is set in the past, both anime take a lot from other time periods.

Jabaniz

Both Cowboy Bebop and Champloo have intense action, light comedy, and are set to to an edgy soundtrack. Each series is based around a group of companions traveling together, with each companion having their own ordeal to complete.

styln

Both Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo have some similarities. Both have an episodic feel, yet devote some episodes to developing the main characters and having them confront their pasts. Also, both are very stylish in their own way, with music being the major contributor to the style. Now while the two series differ in the specific music - one is more jazz-like and the other is more hip-hop centered - if you enjoyed one series you should check out the other.

Iahel

The same director is enough to put these series together, because Watanabe's way to create is somehow the same with Miyazaki, who share many ideas in his works. The crew contingent is almost the same, a woman and two men (with some exceptions). The story contingent is also almost the same, one episode - one story, with a great story line which has resolution in the end. You'll find moments to laugh yourself to death and to burst into tears. Besides all the above listed you'll enjoy an awesome work with music in these series. It isn't just a background for the main performance, but a very integral part of the creation.

foooo

Both series involve folks involved in unlikely partnerships and operating outside social norms (renegade/cowboy types). They have a similar art style and pacing, high quality production, and cover a single major plot arc.

colettelabete

In terms of style, story, setting, even music, by no means are these two shows alike. While CB is a meditation on the past, time and death, filled with smoke and sax tunes, SC is a story focused on life and the power to move on, spiced up with hip-hop and break-dance moves. Yet, the lead characters in both series share the tendency towards bending the rules, together with a rebelious idealism, being heroic at times yet maintaing their human quality, and thus making the two shows very much alike at their core.

risuta

Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo do not only share the same director, but also have many other simillarities. Having watched Samurai Champloo before C.B. i realized it was a unique anime, all about style. Not only as for the music, but also the characters and its sense of humour.After wacthing C.B. it seems to me that Samurai Champloo was its evolution! Of course no one, in my opinion, could say that they are really like, as they are too unique to compare, but I am sure one would enjoy both !

LordOfKaos

Both series are very episodic in nature and tend to have a mix of both serious and comic episodes. The main focus of both series is the random little side adventures that occur as the main story unfolds in the background. They also both have a high emphasis on musical backing albeit a widely different stye of music in both series.

Both series have a similar feel to them with the main differences mainly being their backdrop.

Stellar

Cowboy Bebop & Samurai Champloo shares similar settings, even though one is about samurai and the other about sci fi. The main characters (a group of friends) are travelling around (by foot or by spaceship), always poor and hungry, and are very likable. Also, a lot of effort has been put into the music to make sure it sets the mood just right, and it does (jazz in cowboy and hiphop in samurai). Both shows are directed by Shinichirō Watanabe.

foureyedalice

Awesome fight scenes meet addictive stories and quirky characters in these action-packed series. Samurai Champloo and Cowboy bebop follow unlikely (and highly entertaining) companions with mysterious pasts sharing their travels as they own up to their histories and learn about each other with lots of fun misadventures on the side.

SpeedyTurtle

For the English dub a lot of the same voices appear. It also has the same feel as Cowboy Bebop except with a Hip Hop influence instead of a jazz influence.

JAhU

Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo have a very similar construction, that is, while they seem episodic, they actually have a deeper story going on. Then we have similar characters, most notably, Mugen not only looks like Spike, but has a similar personality. Did I mentioned that the same people did those two shows? Well, there are more similarities, but if you seen one of those shows, then you know what to expect (though the story does differ). So, if you liked one, you'll definitely going to love the other.

BloodAlchemist

Both of these shows center themselves upon the style rather than the story. They each use different musical genres to add to each episode, throwing in the perfect mood's and overtones. If you enjoyed one of these, its almost a given you would like the other.

Merryberry

Animes where the adventure and journey take presidence over a long storyline often produce some outstanding animes. Certainly both Samurai Champloo and Cowboy Bebop managed to pull this off with spectacular results. You don't have to worry about getting confused with a heavy laidened story, but instead can sit back and watch the characters as they endure their endless task of getting enough food to survive. It is a definate that if you enjoyed one you'll like the other despite their completely different settings.

Both series also exhibit an interesting range of characters and music to accompany the series. Well worth watching both.

malamalpa

Samurai Champloo had a very unique way of using music to accentuate the anime. Cowboy Bebop does the same just replacing Hip Hop and feudal Japan with Jazz and a futuristic world.

Warlucith

Mugen and Spike Spiegal both have similar nonchalant, badass attitudes and personalities. Both anime have fight scenes where the music/rhythm plays a big roll. They also have similar story structure, as there's a new adventure every episode or two.

QuenOScots

Both of these shows have the same "feel" to them even though they have completely different characters, genre, and storylines. If you loved one, you should love the other and will end up buying both ;- )

hatepod

Both of these series are based on journey stories. During their journeys, chacters exposes themselves to the audience. With each new destination (or adventure), audience learns about their feelings and histories as well as the development on their social relationships. Therefore, the basic theme for both series is quiet similar (and, at least for me, magnificient).

FreeWithinMe

Both are writen and directed by the ingenious Shinichiro Watanabe. Both have no "wasted" episodes - all have some value, whether it is character or story development. Both have great animation. The only complaint your average fan has is in regards to the hip-hop music in Samurai Champloo, other than that (which if you like hip-hop is actually a good thing:P) they're both great animes :)

Jesamyn

Both series have a similar feel with a wandering ensemble cast.  Spike and Mugen remind me of one another, although they are definately not the same character re-written. The plotlines are strong and engaging, though Samurai Champloo feels darker and more brooding than Cowboy Bebop, in my opinion.  They both have great character development as well; the viewer learns quite a bit about the entire casts through each series, and the characters are not flat in the least.  Finally, for those interested, they are both directed by ShinichirĊ Watanabe.

melisa541

Amazing animes with a very similar musical style, animation and incredible history. A mix betwen the old, the new.

dhiaku

Style and music is similar. There is a similar set of characters. The episodes have a  closed story most of the time. Most actors are adults.

EdtheRadical

The defining element of both shows is great character development. Both series also have great music and individual episodes well crafted. The fight scenes are made beautifully. In Cowboy Bebop the episodes sometimes may seem a bit disjoint. However, Bebop has better music and more interesting characters.

Itsathief

Both Bebop and Champloo have incredible animation, loveable characters and a soundtrack that not only accompanies the mood of the series but would also please fans of their respective genres. If you loved either one of them you'll love the other one!

klmnumbers

Echoing what has been said, there is a distinct similarity between Samurai Champloo and Cowboy Bebop. Both are a rag tag group on a slightly indistinct path. The way the story is told gives you hints of the ultimate goal (finaling confronting someone who has wronged you.. sorta).

Both series have this gentle overall plot filled in with amazingly styled episodic jaunts throughout. Both are beautifully animated, and both even have reoccuring themes (water as a fighting style, anyone?)

All in all, they are both fabulous pieces of work I'd recommend to most anyone.

azanimefan

Both anime are very similar in presentation and style.  Both are heavily stylized with contemporary "self aware" humor, and a colorful cast.  Both are episodic.  Both have a great combination of Action, Drama and comedy.  And both are fantastic watches.

AirCommodore

Samurai Champloo and Cowboy Bebop are about a group of tough guys with mysteeeerious pasts doing various odd jobs because they're broke. Each has a strong soundtrack, and the same style of comedy mixed with more serious moments.

bearlounger

Both series have episodic stories with highly stylistic animation with a bit of a juxtaposed soundtrack. Samurai Champloo is a bit more focused on Japanese culture and despite its intentional anachronisms has an overarching atmosphere of samurai Japan. Cowboy Bebop is more futuristic

    If you like action paired with cool music (in this case, swordfights and hip hop) definitely check out Cowboy Bebop (space bounty hunting and jazz) - or vice versa.

oinopion

Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo share not only creator, but also fascinating story-lines and very deep and coplex characters. Both target more mature audience. Last but not least, both are submersed into our rich culture: curious watche can spot references and allusions in every piece.

apfmh

Same director for these two animes. Both use music really well in both fight and calmer scenes. Both build very likeable characters who are fun to watch develop and have a quirky sense of humour! They are short series but this is in their favour - many animes lose their fun if they drag on too long! The storyline is Samurai Champloo is a little weaker than that of Cowboy Bebop, but the character development makes up for this!

Ittarius

They both have a very similar feel. Some of the characters are very alike. For instance, if you liked Spike/Mugen, then you'd probably like the other.

ermin

They are both similarly alike. Music plays a big part in both shows and it is done beautifully, and will set the mood even if you're not a fan of the music. Both shows have a similar theme "another day, another dollar" where both are always struggling to make money just so they could get eat. Plus, the animation for both shows are top-notch!

Megaton

It is very evident that Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo were created by the same person.  They're both comprised of a series of standalone episodes with a larger plot always looming overhead.  The stories are played out by a mixed bag of interesting protagonists, stylish action, intense drama, great humor, and a winning soundtrack.  While the formula may be the same, the characters, setting, and style are very different.  Cowboy Bebop is bounty hunters and jazz, while Samurai Champloo is samurais and hip hop.  Both work very, very well together.

KoolKool

Slick, stylish characters. Episodic plot lines. Cool soundtracks. The same amazing director (Shinichirou Watanabe).

Fans of one series should love the other too. This is an obvious recommendation.

InVisiGoth

Both of these anime have unique soundtracks that fit very well with the series, which makes them all the more enjoyable. Even though they are set in drastically different time periods, the atmosphere of these shows are quite similar and have a good dose of humour to counteract the seriousness of some of the story lines.

BlunterLotus

its just common sense, anything but lame at first but before long the story creeps up and gets a real serious tone to it while achieveing the most stylistic cool vibe that makes it compelling within 5 episodes you begin to really care for the characters. 10/10 personally never heard of anyone not liking either one of these classics kinda wish i did so i could knock the shit out of em. ENJOY!

UncannyDoom

Each of them comes from the same director, and are about blending several styles to create a truly unique anime. Spike and Mugen are also cut from the same cloth of ultimate kind of anime badass. The structure of both Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo also follow the same build of having a main plot but building up characters and telling lots of stories through stand alone episodes outside of it.

animeditation

it has the same kind of vibe around the story plus the freaking dope action scenes that are constantly trown in your face! if you watched samurai champloo for the action you'l like cowboy bebop for shure!

BigCman

Both are by the same director.  Both have similar main characters.  Both have the same feel about them.  Both are masterpieces in my eyes.

CluelessGamer

Cowboy bebop is older by ABOUT a decade, so the animation for Samurai Champloo  will be an upgrade. However both animes have some of the best voice acting in anime. If you're a fan of Steve Blum, the voice of Spike and Mugen you'll love it. All characters are well developed, these animes have their own style, and probably the best anime soundtracks you'll come across. I'dsay they both have a far more English style than anime is known to have.

LoveMeMember

Ah I just finished watching Cowboy Bebop so I'm still kind of reeling from the emotions. But here's my two-cents on this:

Both stories are emotionally charged. At the end, you feel like 'Ah! Man, don't stop there!' and at the same time, 'That was good. It was a beautiful ending.'

Both groups face the same dynamics. Cowboy has an additional animal+child dynamic going on, while Samurai only has the two guys and girl. 

The biggest difference between the two would be that Cowboy is in the future, with mecha stuff, and space ships and galaxy travel and yada yada.. while Samurai is in the past with swords and kimonos and yada yada. 

Lemme warn you, if you're watched Cowboy because of the mecha, then don't watch Samurai. You'll end up hating me. There's ABSOLUTELY NOTHING MECHA in Samurai. Oh, but if you watched Samurai for the sword-fighting, you do get to see a little sword-fighting action in Cowboy. Remember: LITTLE. Not more than a couple minutes in a couple episodes. Meh.

But if you're watching for the feels, then this is the best option after Cowboy. Or vice-versa. 

Stepas27

its almost the same style anime. Diferenses: music, time, fights. but other stuff is cool in both anime ;)

Rfsancho

These two shows share pretty much only two main similarities. The physics aspect of their movements, how it's very slick and lazy looking, and the very episodic yet plot driven presentation.

The casts are very likable with great personalities, and the shows stay pretty smooth in quality of the story per episode.

Definitely check the other.

DSignas

The general feeling in both of these is very much alike. Both also have similar kind of focus on the characters and music. One could say that Samurai Champloo is the spiritual successor to Cowboy Bebop. If either left you craving for more, the other one is really worth checking out.

mrcanadianaviator

Both shows have awesome story lines with very emotional and well done endings. They have awesome character deveopment aswell as awesome fighting scenes

Malintha

They both follow the same style of small stories contributing little to the main plot with an epic conclusion, and also music plays a major role in both series. With characters who's pasts are hidden for most of the series and a fragile alliance between them, I'd say only the setting is different from each other.Check them both out. 

Afro Samurai

Afro Samurai

In a futuristic and wild west-inspired Japan, there are only two rules: the Number 1 rules the world and only the Number 2 can challenge him; these ranks are worn with pride in the manner of headbands. In these harsh times, Afro is a samurai who is on a mission for revenge – an evil gunman killed his father to become the Number 1, and it’s up to Afro to take him down in a shower of blood and entrails. He has mastered the art of the sword and become Number 2, but many others want to hold his title and the title of Number 1 for themselves. With competition and sword fights at every turn, can Afro finally exact his revenge?

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Ariadna

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

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 focuses 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

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.

BrandonHeat

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

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.

freakzilla

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

arahal88

If you enjoyed Samurai Champloo at all you will most definitely enjoy Afro Samurai, no matter how short it is. Both shows display top notch animation, especially during fight sequences, which were some of the most fluid and intense I've yet seen. Not only does the animation cease to amaze, but the main characters in each have deep back stories that leave you wanting to know more about them. Each show also has a perfect mix of action, comedy, lust, and adventure, with just the right amount of each so as not to detract from the main point of the series. Also, the undertones of hip-hop and rhythm really give both shows a sense of style and flare. If you liked Samurai Champloo, or any Samurai anime at all, I highly recommend Afro Samurai to you.

3rdiEyeiVis

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.

keridas

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.

ShiWeiLi

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

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

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

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

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

MugiwaraMarius

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

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

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

Proxy11

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

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

Additionally both are stories about revege.

aniexile

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

corkboard

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

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

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

RedAce1122

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

 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.

Thrawn

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

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.

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Rurouni Kenshin

Rurouni Kenshin

In the revolutionary Meiji period, Japan is undergoing enormous political change. It is a time when vagabonds and terrorists will use any method to prevent the modernization of their country, even if it means trampling on the innocent in the process. In such a time, Himura Kenshin, a wandering samurai, has dedicated his life to protecting the weak and desperate peasants from those who would oppress them. However, Kenshin has a dark past which threatens to destroy the values he is fighting for. When he meets his new friends Kaoru, Sanosuke, and Yahiko, and tries to build a peaceful life with them, events conspire against him. Can Kenshin overcome the demons within and without, and finally ensure the peaceful future that Japan deserves?

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prozzaks
If you like katana fights, "the way of the samurai" and that you enjoyed Samurai Champloo, you might also appreciate Kebshin. Both series take place in Japanese history, however, Samurai Champloo make a point of distorting history in the favor of humor that Kenshin so direly lacks. As in Samurai Champloo, there are meny episode that are strictly filler and do not contribute anything to the story. However, once again, Samurai Champloo gives you laughts when Kenshin might make you want to do something else. In the end, I would recommend Kenshin to the people that really like sword fights and never ending combat scenes in the setting of Edo and Meji period.
aboumonkey

These two anime feature samurai - to be more specific, wandering ronin. Both are also set in feudal Japan, and they both combine comedy and slapstick humor with swordfighting and some serious issues .

freakzilla

If you liked the sword fighting in either Kenshin or Champloo then you'll like the other. They are done in the same style, and both anime add some nice music to the fights which draw you in even more. Champloo is more about the characters than about a story, but Kenshin also has some nice character development, using flashbacks at the right moments.

azntenniskid

Samurai Champloo and Kenshin are both about samurai and swordfights. They both have a bit of drama and are emotional at times, yet are also comedic. The only difference is that SC is a bit more dark and emotional, while Kenshin has more comedy.

Cordam

Though Samurai Champloo is "cooler" and a bit more relaxed in the style, both of these anime draw parallels and are quite similar in certain aspects.

Main similarity: they both kick ass!

Deadlystrike6

Both Champloo and Kenshin are set in traditional historical settings and feature a skilled protagonist facing corruption, personal crises, and must overcome many combat-related roadblocks in order to achieve success. Champloo has a slightly modern feel to it, while Kenshin is swamped with nostalgic scenery. Neither series is bloated with fillers, if any, and provides excellent fare for viewers seeking amazing fight sequences in serious anime.

Ddbill

These both show beauty, grace and brute force all in one. With the compelling plots of each, your brought through a nice story line wit grand depictions of swordsmanship in their many forms. If you like one, you'll definantly like the other.

tasanime

There are many similarities one can draw from these two series par the obvious samurai/action theme. Although most characters in each are sword wielding men, the way in which they fight is highly unique, styles intertwined with another fighting technique. Both provide depth to the central characters though the use of a female medium and the ties/bonds that are developed over time as well as the unwitting desire to protect others - for self gain or otherwise. If it was indeed these aspects of the series which you enjoyed, than I recommend you seek this in the other.

ConnorD

If you liked Samurai Chalmpoo or Rurouni Kenshin then i think you will like the other. both ahve really good action/fighting scenes and both have masters of the sword. if you liked on then give the other a try

QuenOScots

If watching sword battles admist interesting characters and a touch of humor is what you desire, you should watch this series. Both Rurouni Kenshin and Samurai Champloo really appealed to my husband who loves stories about samurai and their adventures. In fact these are the only two anime shows to date that he wants to purchase and I am not going to complain ;-)

Ryokashi

Samurai Champloo has an emphasis on combat, the two main characters being masters of their own unique styles of fighting. Both of them have mysterious origins, and sides to them that often end up hurting them in the long-run. This is similar to Kyoshiro, who transforms into his alter-ego, Kyo, a killer who was said to have killed 1000 men in a single battle.

chamomille

It's obvious that both series are enjoyable especially for samurai lovers. But that's not the only similar point. Both series are very funny and can also provide you a little info about japanese history. Both main female characters Fuu (from S.Ch.) and Kaoru (from R.K.) are strong, open and brave ladies. The main male characters are very skilled in martial arts and they are almost invincible. They just have different view on human life. While Kenshin tries to avoid killing (after all, RK takes place in peaceful Meiji era), Mugen and Jin from S.Ch. don't hesitate to kill someone even if it's not necessary^^..I'm sure that if you liked one, you'd like the other.

LxTrix

These guys know how to use swords. These guys know how to fight. They all have someone to protect. They live in the name of the Samurai.

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Katanagatari

Katanagatari
  • TV (12 eps x 50 min)
  • 2010

In the wake of a rebellion that shook Japan twenty years prior, Togame Hida, general director and strategist for the army, seeks to obtain the 12 "deviant blades" created by master swordsmith Shikizaki Kiki to help add stability and security to the Bakufu government. To aid in this endeavor, she looks to enlist the help of Yasuri Mutsune, head of the Kyotou-ryu school and hero of the rebellion. But when she arrives on the island where he lives in exile, she finds him dead, succeeded by his skilled yet slightly daft son Shichika. Undeterred, the two set off from the island in search of the swords armed only with Togami's sharp strategic mind and Shichika's powerful, swordless Kyotou-ryu.

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Nocturnalgloria

Katanagatari and Samurai Champloo have a distinctive mixture of historical anime and a vibe of eccentric pop culture. Deliberate anachronisms, sleek action sequences with plenty of sword wielding and an ongoing travel, all ties up these two anime. In visual terms these two anime are very refreshing albeit in different ways, Katanagatari's very simplified style does not even look like anime and Samurai Champloo oozes sophistication in every frame. 

unitzero

Both of these series take place in an alternate feudal Japanese setting and utilize a mixture of traditional music with modern hip hop style sounds as BGM. Each story is told over the course of a journey and features main characters who travel across Japan. This means that with each episode you get a different setting and some different minor character interactions. Both anime feature swordplay action as well as a bit of mystery and hidden agendas which are slowly pealed back as the narrative progresses.

VivisQueen

Say you're into chanbara cliches. Say you want to see highly skilled martial artists slice'n'dice the bajeesus out of each other. But say you also want this to come with a high dose of humour and poignantly realised characters you can deeply care about. This is why you liked Samurai Champloo or Katanagatari, and that is why you should watch the other next.

kingloser

Feudal Japan with a twist, powerful characters being led on a journey without being told the full details. The similarities between the two series are great, but not to the point that it would diminish enjoyment of either series. If you enjoyed one, you will certainly enjoy the other.

norco

Fighting with style. That's the best way I can use to describe these two shows. Katanagari has much more dialogue and Samurai Champloo has more intricate fight scenes, but they both have a unique kind of polish that makes them entertaining. The setting, art, and characters give these a similar feeling. If you like one then definitely give the other a try.

sysmibmip

Both anime boast some eye-catching action, with top-notch soundtracks to top it off. They both involve an adventure of Edo Japan dotted with exciting anachronisms.

Theta

These are two top rated entries in the samurai genre.  Interesting and vibrant animation showcase original plots that are packed with action. 

Doomoo

While I enjoyed Katanagatari more than Samurai Champloo they are both similar in their themes. They do however differ a large amount in the overall execution and animation style. But if you enjoyed either of these for their general genre and themes then you will likely enjoy the other.

Sword of the Stranger

Sword of the Stranger
  • Movie (1 ep x 98 min)
  • 2007

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?

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noone

Jin, Mugen and Fuu have nothing in common, except for a destination - the location of a mysterious "sunflower" samurai.

In fact, not only do they not fit each other's company, they usually end up arguing and ready to do blodshed. But as they travel through Japan looking for the man Fuu's remembering vaguely, they find things to tie them and slowly start working together. Which doesn't mean they get too friendly. The three of them are cynical people after all.

One of the best anime I've seen recently, and the music, art and story are great!

JinX08

When you were hooked on Samurai Champloo you will just love Blade of the Stranger. Both titles have some incredible sword action. Another thing they have in common is the slowly built relationships between strangers. Everyone in both titles have their on goals but what unites them is the path they take. On this path they fight togehter and strengthen their bondes until the end.

JAhU

If you like samurai shows with lots of top quality action scenes, then Samurai Champloo and Stranger are anime for you. Additionaly,both feature a character seeking strong opponents and it makes those two anime them feel alike.

Menchi

Samurai Champloo and Stranger (aka Sword of the Stranger) share similair major themes. Both titles depict the way of the samurai, and travelling is a key element in the plot of these anime. Friendships are made, as well as hardships are encountered and usually defeated. Samurai Champloo might be a little more laid-back series, but for fans of swordfight these two are both worth checking out.

AirCommodore

Brought together by chance, the characters in Samurai Champloo and Sword of the Stranger embark on a difficult and action-packed journey despite their differences. Both feature some pretty swanky fight scenes and endearing characters.

Proxy11

Although Samurai Champloo is much lighter in tone and has a water thin plot, the two have amazing battle sequences with real time backgrounds. Stranger is a must see for anyone who is a fan of samurai action with a classic tale, Champloo will give you a fun ride with plenty of shounen eye candy.

Virdelet

Same fast fighting and character introduction. Samura Champloo is funny and fit for 16+ watchers, while Sword of the Stranger is family friendly (Its gorey, but I am talking about the story)

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