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Current Movie Review - TV Series

Samurai Champloo
(1999) Japanese TV Series

Starring: Ayako Kawasumi, Ginpei Sato, Kazuya Nakai, David Lucas (English translation)
Director: Shinichiro Watanabe
Written by: Shinji Obara
Rated: PG-13
DVD release date: Jan. 11, 2005
Run time: 200 min

Samurai Champloo is a recent anime series from one of my favorite directors, Watanabe. Watanabe is of course famous for his other anime hit, Cowboy Bebop, a series about two futuristic bounty hunters who are always getting themselves into trouble set to amazing locations and music. This latest series (which is still in the process of being released in the States) is about two ronin (wandering or masterless) samurai whom are constantly getting into trouble set to less amazing locations and music.

Needless to say, I will not be finishing this series. The plot is very limiting and the actual bounty hunters are rather uninteresting. Also uninteresting is a young girl who used to be a waitress and has convinced these two ronin to help track down some samurai that smells of sunflowers. If you are looking for an anime on samurai then check out Rurouni Kenshin (a soon to be reviewed film here). If you are looking for a better piece of work from Watanabe check out Bebop or his two shorts for the Animatrix piece.


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Artistic Value

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Moral Value

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