|Is it me or is the sun just HUGE today?|
There's graffiti art and thug archetypes and mannerisms and even the wipes that transition between scenes are record scratches.
With tunes from Nujabes, Fat John, and Forces of Nature, featuring mostly Japanese rappers and DJs with a few Americans (like Fat John) joining to deepen the mix, Samurai Champloo has one of the best soundtracks out there. I still pop the discs in whenever I need something cool and mellow in the background, and am always pleased by the loops found within.
|Alright... who wants some?|
It is such a shame that Cowboy Bebop isn't on Netflix, but Samurai Champloo is a decent enough substitute that has plenty of it's own style and doesn't have to adhere as tightly to the former's space-noir genre. Being a hip hop/period samurai adventure mashup does have its advantages.
In this, the introductory episode, all three main characters are introduced and, as far as pilots go, it does this well. There's plenty of action to establish their styles and mentality, and just enough mystery for the three leads to pique one's interest.
|This little piggy went to market... *SNAP*|
Like most period samurai dramas, the story is pretty much inconsequential as the focus is more on style, mood, and sword fighting. It's certainly the case that style is the overall purpose of Samurai Champloo. All the art, framing, and animation is there purely to please one's aesthetics.
|Yeah, you can't say "no" to this face.|
When it comes to Fuu, I feel a bit mislead by her behavior in this first episode. She's way too cute and straight-forward and not at all the spoiled brat she becomes as the series progresses... but I suppose I can save more on that for when I actually get to those episodes. Here, in the first, she's hip, competent, and just the right amount of assertive to inject her will into the narrative and really push the story. To be honest, without her tea accident and subsequent hiring of Mugen to be a temporary bodyguard, the series probably wouldn't even have gotten started. :)
If you're going to watch any anime on Netflix, Samurai Champloo should probably be at the top of the list. It's one of those series that has just about everything... fun stories, great action and acting, and a hellagood soundtrack. I could easily just put it on in the background and enjoy it for the tunes alone!
Quick shoutout to Kirk Thornton and Kari Wahlgren who voiced Jin and Fuu, respectively. They do a great job, though their voices aren't as recognizable as Blum's.
Until tomorrow, Potatoes~