While this is basically yet another re-telling of the age old Samurai tales from Japanese folklore, it is told in such a vibrant, funky, modern style that it seems fresh. Hip hop would never have readily occured to me to be a natural bedfellow for samurai shenanigans but it works so well I could almost believe Jin, Mugen and Fuu would be having MC battles in between arguing with eachother and fighting.
Written by Shinichiro Watanabe (Cowboy Bebop) and brilliantly animated by Studio Manglobe this action packed and often hilarious 26 part series should be seen by all anime fans.
A sturdy boxset this contains 7 discs in slimline cases and a cool Samurai Champloo bandana. Extras are minimal unfortunately but the series is worth every penny.