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Samurai Champloo  
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Mugen is a rough-around-the-edges mercenary with a killer technique and nothing left to lose. Jin is a disciplined samurai who's as deadly as he is reserved. Fuu is a young waitress with a good heart and a resourcefulness that emerges when you least expect it. These three unlikely companions are about to begin a journey that will change all of their lives.
It's a dangerous quest for a mysterious samurai that will see our squabbling group of heroes get into and out of trouble more times than they can count (which admittedly, isn't very high). From the cynical gentility of the nobles to the backstabbing of the Japanese underworld, Mugen, Jin and Fuu will face threats from without and within as they hurl insults and throwing stars alike. Ancient Japan is about to get a lethal dose of street justice -- Champloo style. And it will never be the same.


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v.2 c.8 by Scum-Scans over 11 years ago
v.2 c.9 by Scum-Scans over 11 years ago
v.2 c.10 by Scum-Scans over 11 years ago
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Status in Country of Origin
2 Volumes (Complete / Discontinued)

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User Rating
Average: 7.6 / 10.0 (239 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.48 / 10.0
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Last Updated
July 11th 2015, 9:06am PST



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Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Shounen Ace (Kadokawa Shoten)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
TokyoPop (Defunct / 2 Volumes - Complete)

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3 Month Pos #2646 increased(+721)
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Year Pos #4846 increased(+2024)

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Has the things that made me love the anime   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by blackmokona
September 20th, 2012, 9:30pm
This is the anime fillers minus the amazing artwork and animation, because it has the quirky style and the offbeat interactions and the absurd arcs. Characters, even though they don't grow anything whatsoever, but they are true to themselves.

So it's obviously unobtrusive to the main storyline because manga adaptation of this kind never takes it anywhere interesting. But I am really happy that instead of retelling the anime clumsily like, say, Gosick, it's going with original and thoroughly entertaining materials.
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A little extra somethin' somethin'   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Joziess
January 8th, 2012, 1:55am
FACT: The anime came first.

Samurai Champloo is a great series. The anime is edgy and daring, some of which is pretty difficult to transition into the manga, though that shouldn't stop anyone from reading the manga.

With that said, the anime and manga technically shouldn't be compared to each other. Rather, the manga should be considered as an extra for those of who are looking for more champloo. The comedy is great. It likes to poke fun at Mugen's recklessness and Jin's good looks, which somehow makes the characters all the more lovable. BUT, for people who are looking for character development and a continuation of the story will be disappointed.

Overall, the manga is great. The author did a great job at transitioning the characters onto a 2-dimensional medium. The sense of humor is great, but it's a shame that his talent will be overlooked because of it's comparison to the anime.

... Last updated on January 8th, 2012, 1:57am
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Chryza
March 22nd, 2011, 6:56pm
Whether you prefer the anime or the manga usually depends on which you were exposed to first. But in this case it's possible to enjoy both, for different reasons. Of course the anime provides a killer soundtrack, great animation and, surprisingly, a decent English dub, but don't cast the manga aside! The art may be rough, but the manga's got a light, absolutely ridiculous feel to it and can really make you laugh. It's sillier than the anime, and I like it for that, unfinished or not.

... Last updated on May 19th, 2011, 10:32pm
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Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by lilemokai
September 14th, 2008, 7:18am
i liked the manga alot but i for one think that it should be longer >.< i dont like the fact that it doesnt tell the whole story from the anime in the manga which sucks.
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Wildf Slash   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by ratyz
September 9th, 2007, 5:19am
Man, completely something different from the Samurais that I've come to know.

Fairly interesting and entertaining.

The art is also good and awesome!

A wild journey every once in a while ^_^
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Samurai Champloo   
Rating: 7.3 / 10.0
by candyloop
February 27th, 2007, 11:15am
Hmm.. I like the art in this very much actually; it fits the way the story is told pretty well.
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Rating: N/A
by deathbypenguin
January 30th, 2007, 5:35pm
Normally I don't really like anime, but I have to agree with everyone else: the anime is better.
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it's okay   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by siivola
November 4th, 2006, 10:42am
the anime is better, and i for one don't like the art in the manga.
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