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Samurai Champloo

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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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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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Seirei no Moribito

Seirei no Moribito

In the feudal kingdom of Yogo, a dark secret is threatening its proud imperial family, and the Emperor intends to destroy it before it leaks out. Unfortunately this dark secret resides within his son, the young and innocent Second Prince Chagum. Enter Balsa, a wandering warrior who has sworn to save eight lives in penance for those she has taken during her violent career. Upon accepting her role as protector to Chagum, her eighth and final job, the two begin a perilous journey that tests not only their physical endurance and mental resolve, but also the tentative relationship they build along the way. Will Balsa fulfill her penance and protect Chagum as he seeks to understand the nature of his secret? Or will the Emperor's relentless assassins and other powerful enemies get them first?

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Both Samurai Champloo and Seirei no Moribito seem to take place in the same time period. They both have fight scenes that have excellent animation. Also, much of the character development is done through similarly styled flashbacks.


Bothe series are about a great masters of sword which travel in order to complete a quest they have taken.They meet a lot of enemys which couses their personality to change and develope. One more similarity would be that both animes leave you with a great desire for secound seson.


While one story centers on two male samurai protecting a girl, and the other one female samurai protecting a boy, both are very similar. Both have original choreographed fighting sequences that never become boring. They each also deal with elements of hardened characters who grow to appreciate the company of the ones they are traveling with. If you can appreciate one, you will find good parts in the other.


Samurai Champloo and Seirei no Moribito are very unique anime that stand apart from the rest. Taking place in feudal Japan, both have to offer high production values that shine in the highly detailed landscapes and very fluid animation. The fighting scenes are pieces of careful choreography that blend with the soundtrack. While Samurai Champloo is zany and filled with pop culture references that make it deliberately anachronical, Seirei no Moribito reproduces the period rather accurately and is a sober anime about human emotions; both defy a too strict categorization in a particular genre


Both anime are set in a distinct time period of Japan. The storylines are similar. Powerful warriors protecting someone of importance on a journey of discovery. Jin (champloo) and Balsa (Seirei) are also quite similar in personality.


Both series focus on unlikely individuals brought together to go on a journey to find anwers to unaswered questions. With great fight scenes and quiet moments

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Black Lagoon

Black Lagoon

Rokuro Okajima is a small-time salaryman who is carrying documents for his company, when the ship he's traveling on is attacked by pirates. Kidnapped, he discovers to his dismay that his employers' main concern is to ensure the documents don't get into the wrong hands, even if it means sending the carrier to the bottom of the sea. Now, with his former life ruined and his kidnappers seeming comparatively friendly, "Rock" decides to join their merry band of mercenaries, and sets out with a new career to the shadier corners of the South China Sea.

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The action scenes in each of these shows are both fluid and elegant. While the weapons are different (samurai sword and guns) each tool is used with precision and some cockiness as well.


Although Samurai Champloo is an anime with samurai ans takes place during the Edo era while Black Lagoon is about a mercenary group and takes place in modern time Southern East Sea, both hava a lot of action and badass blood thirsty characters! The characters fight with awesome style in both anime and the animation in both is terific! So if you watched and liked one of them, and you are in the mood for an anime with lots of fighting, I suggest you watch the other one as well!


Both are great action and fun animes to watch. They have the same feel to them. The characters have both serious and careless moments and the interactions between characters are just great to watch.

I would reccomend Samurai Champloo to anyone that enjoied Black Lagoon's characters, action and presentation. and Vice Versa 


While the setting and weapons belong to different places in time. The jouney that is experiernced is very similar.


both animes are basically cool badass characthers doing their thing, tho Black Lagoon has much more of them.

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Fifteen-year-old Ichigo Kurosaki is a typical teen with fighting skills, two caring sisters and a special trait: he can see ghosts. However, when Ichigo and his family find themselves under attack by a huge beast, Ichigo discovers that there’s more to the supernatural world than the everyday specter. Vengeful spirits known as Hollows roam the world in search of devouring souls, and Shinigami – soul reapers – work tirelessly to defeat them and guide normal ghosts into a place called Soul Society. Ichigo valiantly fights the Hollow that threatens his sisters, but on the verge of defeat a Shinigami named Rukia gives him her powers, turning him into a Shinigami himself. Ichigo must now adjust to his new life of both vanquishing and saving souls for the sake of Soul Society.

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Both anime have great sword-based combat and a great quirky sense of humor. The characters are also very similar, with Ichigo/Mugan and Jin/Ishida being very similar.

If you enjoyed either of these anime then you need to watch the other.


In both Samurai Champloo and Bleach they fight with swords, although in Bleach they fight with special powers and fight some sort of demons. But in both anime there are swordfights, comedy, and the main characters are alike.


Both Bleach and Samurai Champloo are anime with a lot of cool swords and fights with weapons, so if that is the reason you like this anime you will like the other one to.


Both Samurai Champloo and Bleach have an air of adventure mixed with loyalty and lots of sword fighting. If you liked the action in Samurai Champloo you'll enjoy the fight scenes in Bleach as well.

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Carried By The Wind: Tsukikage Ran

Carried By The Wind: Tsukikage Ran

Lady Ran is a self-described 'beautiful drifter': a samurai who travels Japan on a whim, always searching for good sake. Together with her good-hearted but somewhat dense sidekick Meow (master of the Iron Cat Fist style), they stumble into situations where they (usually unwillingly) confront bandits, corrupt officials and deceitful cults. But there's one enemy they can never defeat with their amazing sword and martial arts skills: their perpetual poverty!

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Since both Champloo and Ran are set in the same period (the Edo era),I wouldn't be surprised if Ran and Meow faced Jin and Mugen.That said,Champloo has little to some of the humor expected from KTR.

The animation of the fighting is simlar, as is the comedy. Samurai Champloo is much, much darker however, and Carried By The Wind is much truer to the period, meaning you won't hear any hip-hop here, but still a really get show.  


Two pairs of people travel the roads, help maidens in distress and kick the bad guys’ ass. One a traditional samurai with exceptional fighting skills, the other a carefree roamer with unique style and difficult character. The only exception being, that in Champloo, the pair is male, in Kazemakase, female.

These anime are similar on very different levels. Not to mention the characters, era and story, also the animation style (especially the fights) looks alike. The soundtrack is rather good and the episodes very loosely connected.

If you watched one and wanted more, with a minute of adapting, you can easily treat the other as a sequel.


Set in the edo period, both animes delve into the lives of traveling samurai. In both anime, the strictly-trained samurai is accompanied by a street fighter that is more skill than technique. Both anime are fairly episodic, (KTR a little more so than Champloo). Both anime feature the odd-couple fighting bandits, saving people, and trying to find money. 

Michiko to Hatchin

Michiko to Hatchin

Hana is a nine-year-old girl who lives in constant fear of her abusive family; Michiko is a sexy woman who has just done the unthinkable: broken out of the impenetrable Diamandra Penitentiary. After Hana is whisked away by Michiko, who claims to be her mother, the duo sets forth on a high octane ride towards freedom. In the streets of Brazil and aboard Michiko's motorcycle, Hana and Michiko will look for Hana's long lost father, try to learn to co-exist and get along together, and stay one step ahead of the police and afro-clad Atsuko.

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While I didn't like Champloo, there's no doubt in my mind that it and Michiko to Hatchin are a great pair. Both ooze style (with music by the legendary Shinichiro Watanabe) and have quirky and upbeat stories of unlikely heroes. I strongly prefer the Studio 4C-esque animation and feel of Michiko, but fans of one would likely enjoy the other regardless.


These two shows have very similar plots, characters, and overall "feel". You won't regret it!


Combining a road trip format with a cool visual style and instantly memorable characters, Samurai Champloo and Michiko to Hatchin have a lot in common. They're roughly as good as each other too. The former follows in the chanbara tradition as the name suggests while the latter tries a jazzy Latin American flavour, but generally, they're both a wild ride as the characters follow their winding destinies.


They both have a similar feel to them. Both shows also involve the search for a father that may or may not want to be in the picture.

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