Samurai Champloo + Nujabes = a perfect union

Recently I had a few special guests over for dinner and cool convo.  Once I popped Samurai Champloo into the DVD player that became the basis of our convo for most of the evening.

It’s undeniable, the draw this animated series has on lovers of art, drama, Asian culture and music.  Samurai Champloo is a 26 episode series that aired on Adult Swim from May 2005 to March 2006 and revolved around the characters Fuu, Mugen and Jin.  It describes their journey during the Tokugawa era also known as the Edo Period of Japanese history.  The trio is in search of the samurai that smells of sunflowers and the series seemlessly displays all the trouble the trio gets into along the way.

Samurai Champloo shows the power of hip hop culture, where throughout the series there is beatboxing, rapping, graffiti and amazing music.  Nujabes, a japanese producer and owner of Shibuya record stores in Japan contributed music to the series in addition to the theme song.  Nujabes, whose name is the reverse Japanese order of his birth name has an undeniably unique style that encompasses many jazz elements.  Think Guru’s Jazzmatazz with Asian culture’s poetic flare and a little more grit as demonstrated on “Still Talking to You”.

Nujabes passed in February due to a car accident and I’m saddened that I didn’t discover this phenom until after his passing.  Thanks Fresh Daily for putting me on.


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