Title: Samurai Champloo
Directed by: Watanabe Shinichiro (Cowboy Bebop, Wolf's Rain, Macross Plus)
Episode(s) reviewed: Ep 1
Genre: Older audience stuff. Not really Shonen or Shojo. Tho I will say the themes will definetly appeal more to a male audience but not Limited. The Ladies will find stuff to like here too. More like one of those Sunrise TV series, Or more appropriate look at the director -_^
Story: From Ep1 There hasn't been a real establishment of a Plot yet but it has given us a few hints. I wont spoil them but SC is basically the story of 3 People. A Loudmouthed Badass- Mugen, Quiet Badass Rounin- Jin and Fuu a girl who has no Family. These 3 characters by some thread of fate meet up under "troublesome" circumstances and the story begins..
Music: Not bad overall. I'm not sure what's up with all the J-Rap Openings this season. I guess they want the shows to sound hip?
Characters: So far. I love all 3 of them. They have great interaction. I'm definetly looking forward to how they will develop!
Art: Captures the style and mood of the series very well. I Like it!
Review: This has been a title I've been looking forward for awhile. Ever since the official Website first opened up, I've been anticipating it. Well now it's finally here and I'm Happy to say it was worth the wait. The characters are Great and the story has a Lot of potential. All 3 of the main characters are very likeable. One thing to note is the fact that The Screenplay is VERY VERY Good!!!! (I really like it anyway) And the Fight scenes are Very Nice. Watanabe is trying a Lot of new Techniques I have never seen him use before in this way. Many of the Directing techniques used in this episode I've never seen used in Anime before, Needless to Say it was Very well executed and I have no Complaints. I am Very Looking forward to what other techniques will be used with Later eps.
One thing this series definetly has is Style. You can see that right when you first see the OP. The 2 male protagonists of the series Mugen and Jin are the prime example of Cool Badasses. They are men who live by their own principles and ideas and will not betray what they believe in. They are Like the heroes in the old Daei Chambara films right down to fighting the Evil Magistrates. One of them, Mugen is the Fiery one and the Other, Jin is the cool one. As for the Female Lead, Fuu is your typical Brave Heroine. She's brash and resourceful but has a certain cuteness and likeable aspect to her that all good Heroines should have. I'm really Looking forward to the Adventures these 3 characters will have. After the first episode From the looks of it, It's possible the premise has some similarity to Mugen no Jyunin from what I can tell But we'll just have to wait and see as the story unfolds.
Anyway' Overall I really enjoyed the first Episode and highly reccomend to anyone who Likes Chambara films, Samurai Anime, Watanabe Shinichiro works, stylish anime, etc. It's a bit bloody (for those who have a weak stomach) but nothing extreme. Very Light. Well? Go Download it now!! -_^