Rumours of a complete DVD-set of SAMURAI CHAMPLOO — easily the BEST EVER samurai animation — have recently surfaced. Hardcore fans are keeping this very hush-hush, as it’s likely a fansub — short for “fan subtitled.” Until now, it was not possible to watch all 26 episodes straight through. What a treat! All on the heels of the Canadian debut which took place on December 24th, 2006 on the Canadian digital station, Razer.
Released by Fuji Television in 2004, “Its name comes from the Okinawan word “chanpuru” (e.g. goya champuru), which means to mix or blend. Thus, the title may be translated as “Samurai Remix” or “Samurai Mashup”, keeping with the series’ blended theme.” (From Wikipedia)
Listen to Pedro Mendes interview Shinichiro Watanabe on CBC Radio (May 29, 2006) here.
This incredibly well-written animation was directed by SHINICHIRO WATANABE (Cowboy Bebop, Animatrix), designed by KAZUTO NAKAWA (Kill Bill Vol. 1) and MAHIRO MAEDA (Last Exile, Blue Submarine No. 6) and powered by a killer soundtrack. See here for the most complete description of just about everything to do with Samurai Champloo.
The recent availability and TV-debut in Canada has created a whole new wave of fans. Although many Canadians may feel they are the last to find out about this (just check out Google), for those who got the DVD, it didn’t matter. There’s nothing like taking a few days off during Christmas to rediscover the entire series. Samurai Champloo has been rerunning Saturday night in the U.S. on Adult Swim (Cartoon Network). Now you know!
The first and most exciting on the list are the new figurines from Jazwares.
Geneon Samurai Champloo Web Site