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.
Secret agent for the British Libraries, Yomiko Readman, has an infatuation with books. When she purchases one of the books that contain the notes for a plan to purge the world of humanity, Yomiko (along with the help of Ms. Deep and Drake) uses her powers of paper manipulation to stop a group of resurrected men from fulfilling the plan.
The two main connecting factors of R.O.D. and Samurai Champloo are style and animation. Style-wise they are alike in being different from most shows - R.O.D. is thick with a sort of western, James Bond-ish style that oozes out of it from the funky opening theme to the memorable cast. Samurai Champloo is all about the style which it has all it's own and is unlike anything out there.
More importantly, these two shows have the most well-animated fight scenes around. Samurai Champloo uses high-energy, over-the-top battles and fluid, stylistic animation for a completely unique experience. R.O.D. has equally great animation and uses the creativity of it's characters' abilities to its full advantage. Either is an eye-popping fun ride.
Both these titles are about Japan in a time of unrest. Both anime star unconventional Samurai that are persected for various reasons.
Champloo is more of a comedy, while Ryo takes itself a bit more seriously. However, both shows have a strong element of friendship and respect growing between the main characters that start out as opposites. Ryo is well worth it's short run time if you liked Champloo.
Akitsu Masanosuke is a shy, self-conscious and slightly cowardly man with a goal of becoming a great samurai. However, when he is dismissed from his job after two days he must live the life of a ronin until he can return to service. So when a man named Yaichi approaches him offering food and a job as his bodyguard, it all seems too good to be true - that is, until Akitsu learns that this confident stranger is in fact a gangster of the Five Leaves who specializes in kidnapping and lives in the city’s red-light district. While the ronin’s sense of justice makes him think twice about accepting the offer, Akitsu’s grumbling stomach, his growing familiarity with the rest of the Five Leaves, and Yaichi’s determination to recruit the budding samurai, may well have other plans...
Although Sarai-ya Goyou is perhaps more serious in tone than Samurai Champloo, both revolve around highly unusual period characters and are driven by shady plots involving the less-than-savory side of society.
Some years into the future, a strange, unexplainable natural disaster has broken off a piece of the Japanese mainland. Known as the Lost Ground, it is now inhabited by people with Alters -- machine-like extensions of their own will. In order to keep the peace on the Lost Ground, the HOLY organization uses its own Alter capabilists to police the region. In the midst of the chaos is a young man named Kazuma, whose life will soon change forever as he discovers his hidden abilities, and how to wield them.
Both are action-packed stories that focus on two warriors with a contrasting philosophies towards combat and life: one is a free-spirited, boisterous soul who relies on instinct and determination (Mugen and Kazuma) whereas the other is a taciturn, disciplined soul who beats his opponent through skill honed through training (Jin and Ryuhou).
Both series spend a large part of their running time exploring the contrast between the two outlooks and even have the protagonists adopt elements of his opponent's outlook as part of his character developement.
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