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It is the era of Bakumatsu – the last years of the shogunate. In the general turmoil caused by warring groups with different political interests, a curious theatrical group known as the Yuyama Troupe is set out for revenge. They come across a mysterious young swordsman, Akizuki Youjirou, who seems to be burdened with a dark past. Thrown around by currents of history, powerful people from different factions and personal relations, Akizuki tries to fulfill his mission to destroy an ancient, cursed relic, the Lord’s Head, which has caused chaos and bloodshed for thousands of years.
Although Samurai Champloo isn't as serious as Bakumatsu, something made those two shows feel alike. It must be a gut feel, since the only thing they certainly share is the fact that those are samurai shows, other then that, that take place in different eras and have completely different style. Still I dare to say that you might like one if you liked the other.
P.S. Samurai Champloo does get serious at times.
In the city of Grand Zipangu, life is relatively quiet – that is, until the Clown Clan begins to rampage the city’s money exchange! After a confrontation with Chief Straw Hat and his partner Usopp, the clan’s boss, Buggy, uses a smoke bomb to escape. The following day Straw Hat receives an arrow with a note attached; if he wants Onami to live, he must go to the riverbank alone. Will Straw Hat be able to save the Pinwheel Inn’s hostess and free the town from the Clown Clan’s grasp? Some time later, Buggy is back and on the hunt for a mysterious girl named Vivi who has been taken in by Onami and Sanji to recover from her wounds. When Buggy and his clan hire the travelling Monk Zoro to help capture her, will Chief Straw Hat and the others be able to stop them? More importantly, what is the secret that Vivi is hiding?
Not entirely the same in setting, though both anime shares the feeling of the out-of-time boisterousness and behavior of its characters. This can be felt especially when we think of the parallels beetween Fuu and Onami, both girl being "practical" to the fingertips, hot headed, blat, and familiar with many ways of not too nice moneymaking.
Long ago the infamous Gol D. Roger was the strongest and most powerful pirate on the seas. As he was about to be executed he revealed that he hid all of his wealth, including the legendary treasure known as One Piece, on an island at the end of the Grand Line - a treacherous and truly unpredictable sea. Monkey D. Luffy is a spirited, energetic and somewhat dim-witted young man with a very big dream: to find One Piece and become the Pirate King! However Luffy is no ordinary boy, as when he was younger he ate one of the Devil's Fruits and gained its power to become a Rubber Man. Now in this grand age of pirates Luffy sets out to gather a crew and sail to the most dangerous sea in the world so that he can fulfill his dream... and maybe even his appetite!
Evergreen would be a peaceful and prosperous place – if it wasn’t under siege by bandits. Most of the inhabitants have already been killed or driven off, but among the ones remaining is Wendy – a young girl who is intent on finding her kidnapped brother. As the outlaws bring their full arsenal to bear, including one of the dreaded Armor war-machines, the fate of Evergreen looks sealed. However, a slim hope appears in the form of the wanderer Van, who possesses extraordinary martial skills and even an Armor of his own. But Van has motives and goals of his own, which don’t necessarily involve saving besieged towns...
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...
Awesome sword fighting and techniques are used in both these anime. While Samurai Champloo is more light hearted and comedy filled it has episodes of seriousness that turns deadly just like Shigurui. As you can tell by the name, Shigurui: Death Frenzy is very bloody and explicit. So much so that I only recommend that adults watch it. They both take place in Fuedal Japan were sword fighting samurais were more abundant and wars were started over the mildest of insults