Any Samurai Champloo fans wanting for more to love will be delighted by this collection.
It’s been 15 years since Samurai Champloo first aired, but the show’s amazing animation and adored characters haven’t faded. In the series, Fuu, Mugen, and Jin, three people who don’t get along, go on a journey to find a person from Fuu’s past, who smells of sunflowers.
Mugen and Jin engage in high-intensity samurai sword battles, and Fuu finds herself in and out of dangerous circumstances, as the three become closer and more reliant on one another. Those who enjoyed Samurai Champloo and its cast may be interested in the following ten other shows.
1. Ping Pong
Table tennis is the focus of the anime series Ping Pong. The story revolves around two buddies with vastly different personalities, but who are both exceptional players at table tennis, and who have a pretty ferocious rivalry going on.
Samurai Champloo’s Mugen and Jin rivalry and chasm between their worldviews is reminiscent of Ping Pong, despite the fact that they may not consider each other friends.
2. Space Dandy
Shinichiro Watanabe, who created Samurai Champloo, also directed and co-wrote Space Dandy. Dandy, a bounty hunter, explores the cosmos in search of aliens to bring back for a reward in this space opera.
Is it just me or does this sound a little like Cowboy Bebop? Space Dandy, on the other hand, is a far funnier series than Cowboy Bebop, and as a result has a tone that is more in keeping with Samurai Champloo, which is sarcastic and less concerned with maintaining a sense of continuity.
Beck follows a band of up-and-coming musicians as they strive to break into the music industry. As a band, they go through a variety of ups and downs as they strive to stay together long enough to realize their goals.
Fans of Samurai Champloo who enjoy the show’s musical undertones may want to check out Beck as an alternative.
4. Lupin III
Lupin III is one of the most popular anime series in the world today. Even after decades, it’s still going strong with new shows and movies being developed for the adorable thief every year. His machinations and plots and general mischief-making make Lupin, like Mugen, Jin, or Fuu, a perpetual source of mischief.
Although fans may not want to see him get away with murder, they still enjoy his antics and want to see him get away with other crimes, such as robbery and stealing.
5. Ninja Resurrection
Tokugawa-era Japan is the setting for Ninja Resurrection, which explores the persecuting of Christians during that time period. Since the assassinated Christian leader’s spirit returns to vengeance those who perished because they were Christians, the story has a supernatural flavor.
Also, Samurai Champloo has a major plot aspect that deals with Christianity in Japan, so people who are interested in these topics should definitely check it out.
6. Cowboy Bebop
One of the most obvious choices on this list would have to be Cowboy Bebop. SAMURAI CHAMPLOO creator Shinichiro Watanabe is also the mastermind behind Cowboy Bebop, which is unquestionably his most well-known and adored work.
Both shows feature a ragtag crew of misfits who are perpetually in peril and never have enough money to bail them out. Both Samurai Champloo and Cowboy Bebop are greatly influenced by music, with Samurai Champloo taking a hip hop view at Edo Japan and Cowboy Bebop using jazz to establish the tone for its cyberpunk future.
7. Rurouni Kenshin
Like Samurai Champloo, Rurouni Kenshin follows a samurai who has to deal with his or her own personal history.
This series is littered with instances of Mugen or Jin doing things that are not in keeping with their character’s integrity. When it comes to Kenshin, he is also troubled by his past, which saw hundreds of men being killed during a conflict.
8. Afro Samurai
As previously stated, Samurai Champloo’s narrative is heavily influenced by hip hop. Hip hop cliches like record scratches and funky synth tones are prevalent in the score, which has a rap song as the opening theme.
Afro Samurai, which is set in Japan but has a black lead character, is also heavily influenced by hip hop music. Perhaps Samurai Champloo received inspiration from this series.
9. Ninja Scroll
Ninja scroll is set in Edo Japan, which has a lot in common with how the world operates. Ninjas are the focus of Ninja scroll, rather than samurai.
Unlike Samurai Champloo, which has a more lighthearted tone, this series has a darker and more serious tone. However, fans of historical fiction set in Japan who enjoy sword fighting should not miss this book.
10. Kids On The Slope
The final film in Watanabe’s filmography is also included here. The story of a high school kid who goes to live with family in a new town is told in the series Kids on the Slope. In spite of the fact that he has few close friends, he quickly makes friends with a classmate who is regarded as a bully.
Several of Watanabe’s works, including Samurai Champloo, are clearly reminiscent of the series’ jazz motif and this unexpected bond between two classmates.