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The Best Episodes of Samurai Champloo

Updated November 28, 2018 635 votes 146 voters 3.6k views26 items

You're probably a big fan of Shinichiro Watanabe's Samurai Champloo, but what is your favorite episode? From "Lethal Lunacy" to "Stranger Searching," this list ranks the best episodes of Samurai Champloo, with the help of your votes. The ranking of these Samurai Champloo episodes is determined by many anime fans, so this poll will give you a good idea of what anime fans as a whole think of each episode. One great thing about these Samurai Champloo episodes is that almost all of them stand on their own, so you can really enjoy this anime in short bursts without feeling like you're going to forget the story when you return.

"Gamblers and Gallantry" is certainly one of the saddest episodes of Champloo, as it sees Jin falling in love with a lady of the evening who was sold into that line of work by her deadbeat husband. Another memorable episode of Samurai Champloo is "War of the Words," where we learn that Mugen doesn't actually know how to read.

It doesn't matter if you like "Tempestuous Temperaments," "Hellhounds for Hire, Part 1", or anything else- just pick your favorites and give them some love. Vote up your favorite episodes of Samurai Champloo so they rise to the top, and downvote any Champloo episodes you didn't really enjoy.

  • 1
    Season 1 Episode 11: Fuu and the other two come to a standstill in a certain town, where the three decide to find some part-time work. Jin becomes a vendor pulling a cart, where a woman tells him she is set to begin working in the red light district starting the next day.
  • 2
    Season 1 Episode 26: In order to save Fuu, Mugen and Jin face the most dangerous moment in their journey. How would they escape from this danger? Would Fuu be able to meet the Sunflower Samurai? And what would be the outcome of Mugen and Jin's fight?
  • 3
    Season 1 Episode 14: Losing a bet to Mukuro, Mugen ends up participating in a plan to rob some money from a merchant boat. The plan proceeds smoothly. However, unknown to most, a separate plan is taking place.
  • 4
    Season 1 Episode 15: In a forest, a man is chased by a shadow of an army gang dressed in ninja attire. As he runs, he throws the bag into a nearby lake. The next day, while the three are fishing at that lake, Jin spots the odd-looking bag.
  • 5
    Season 1 Episode 21: Sara told Fuu that she wants Mugen or Jin to accompany her on her journey. Fuu worries over this, but ends up asking Jin to travel with Sara and they set out on their journey. The two have yet to realize that this is the beginning of a sad, brutal fight.
  • 6
    Season 1 Episode 10: In a certain post town, many samurais are being killed to test a new sword. When Fuu and the other two learn of a monetary reward for anyone who finds and captures the murderer, they put aside their part-time work and rush off to catch the killer.
  • 7
    Season 1 Episode 18: In Aki, the fact that Mugen cannot read becomes clear, and he ends up studying Japanese at a temple elementary school. Jin visits a rundown dojo and witnesses two idiot sons there who have abandoned their sword training and are immersed in "tagging."
  • 8
    Season 1 Episode 1: Fuu meets Mugen and Jin, who are arrested after causing a great riot at the teahouse and set to be executed. In exchange for helping them, Fuu makes the two promise to travel with her to find a "samurai who smells like a sunflower."
  • 9
    Season 1 Episode 25: Fuu travels to Ikitsuki Island by herself. But, there she's caught by 2 of the three brothers, who hold a grudge against Mugen. Jin fights the ultimate assassin by himself. On the island, one of the three brothers appears and starts to attack Mugen.
  • 10
    Season 1 Episode 9: Mugen and the others get arrested at a check station in Hakone. As they are wondering if they might end up getting punished by crucifixion, a magistrate approaches them with an interesting proposal to spare their lives in exchange for a favor.
  • 11
    Season 1 Episode 7: Mugen and the others are planning to feast on some good food for a change, but in that split second they are caught off guard, and a pickpocket named Shinsuke steals their precious wallets.
  • 12
    Season 1 Episode 3: Getting fed up with Fuu's domineering ways, they leave her behind and separately arrive at the town where the inn is located. Mugen and Jin are hired as bodyguards, and Fuu arrives in the same town...
  • 13
    Season 1 Episode 13: Mugen and the other two end up at the ocean, where Mugen bumps into a girl who happened to be a childhood friend of his named Koza. Additionally, a man Mugen knew appears upon that scene named Mukuro, who is now a leader of a gang of pirates.
  • 14
    Season 1 Episode 4: Mugen, Jin and Fuu reunite. Due to an error made by Sosuke -- the son of the group that hired Jin -- the struggle between the two groups grows more intense. They decide to gamble using dice in order to settle the struggle.
  • 15
    Season 1 Episode 23: Mugen's talent in baseball is discovered and he is forced to become a member of a man named Kagemaru's team. Jin and Fuu are also recruited. A crash course in baseball ensues for the three and a match game between two countries is about to begin.
  • 16
    Season 1 Episode 17: Mugen mistakingly gets attacked by a group of men looking for Okuruc, claiming he set fire to a village. Mugen eventually finds him, and their battle begins...
  • 17
    Season 1 Episode 5: Unable to pay the boat fare, the three return seperately to town to see about earnging enough money for their fare. Fuu gets picked up by an ukiyoe teacher to be his model, but the modeling job turns out to be a trap.
  • 18
    Season 1 Episode 20: At a bar they stop by to get out of the rain, they come upon a blind, female traveling entertainer named Sara who quickly befriends the group. They decide to travel together for a while, but Fuu gets surprised when Sara tells her something unexpected.
  • 19
    Season 1 Episode 16: Mugen and the other two decide to go their separate ways. Swiftly, an arrow comes flying at Mugen. At that same time, Jin fights an assassin, and Fuu falls into a river and gets rescued by a master of bow and arrow.
  • 20
    Season 1 Episode 2: Having had his arm cut by Mugen, Ryujiro seeks revenge and sends over two assassins. Fuu gets kidnapped by Ryujiro, while the two face each of their assassins.
  • 21
    Season 1 Episode 24: Mugen, Jin and Fuu's goal of reaching Ikitsuki Island draws closer and one night, they sit around a campfire and talk about their own past lives, as the distance between the three gets closer. However, behind that scene, a powerful enemy is approaching.
  • 22
    Season 1 Episode 8: Nagamitsu, a self-proclaimed shogun-to-be, meets Fuu and the others at a restaurant. Fuu learns he is looking for a man who supposedly murdered a legendary swordsman in a cowardly manner and that man was a glasses-wearing samurai and his name was "Jin."
  • 23
    Season 1 Episode 19: Fuu waits for the others in a shack, when a woman named Yuri runs in saying she is being chased because she is a Christian. Fuu hides Yuri, but the pursuers find and abduct her.
  • 24
    Season 1 Episode 6: Mugen and the others finally arrive in Edo. Joji takes them on a tour of the city, but soon they realize they are being chased by a group of eccentrics and Mendicant Zen Priests!
  • 25
    Season 1 Episode 12: The three get to stay at an inn after a long time. While Fuu takes a bath, Jin and Mugen find Fuu's diary and decide to sneak a look at it. In the diary, they find her frank entries on such topics as guys, food and their trip.