Can you believe it's been 15 years since Samurai Champloo premiered? Today, we're celebrating the Shinichiro Watanabe hit with a look back at the creators, historical figures, and even characters from other shows who made the series what it is. What's your favorite thing about the show? Join the conversation after the jump!
With Japan's emperor Akihito abdicating the throne, we have entered a new era of Japanese history. But what are the other main eras? When did Oda Nobunaga unify Japan, and when was the Showa era? Hit the jump to find out more!
Did you know that anime has a close relationship with hip hop and rap? It's not as rare as you may think! Hit the jump to learn about hip hop's and rap's history in anime!
Shinichiro Watanabe is easily one of the greatest living anime directors, and has a gift for mixing together genres, themes, aesthetics, and music in ways you'd never think possible to create something truly unforgetatable. Hit the jump to see how he combined awesome soundtracks with unlikely stories from Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo!
Some anime are defined by their soundtracks, like FLCL's rocking Pillows accompaniment or Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt's dancetastic Taku Takahashi grooves. Cowboy Bebop set the standard for modern anime soundtracks, and Mabanua's MEGALOBOX score meets the challenge. But this is less a coincidence and more a deliberate cultivation. Hit the jump to learn about the legacy that defines anime music!
Crunchyroll has announced a set of additions to its library of streaming anime today. As of tonight, Samurai Champloo, Deadman Wonderland and Black Butler have been added, while the territories in which Ninja Slayer is available have expanded. More after the jump.
Yuri!!! on Ice will be Sayo Yamamoto's third venture into directing, but her resume is one of the most impressive in the industry. She has worked on everything from Samurai Champloo to Lupin the 3rd to Space Dandy. Her artistic style has made some of the most memorable episodes, openings, and endings to many of the biggest titles in the industry. See how her flamboyant style is a perfect match for her newest project, after the jump!
With this weekend's conclusion of its run of Michiko and Hatchin, Adult Swim's Toonami block announced Cowboy Bebop director Shinichirō Watanabe's 2004 Manglobe production Samurai Champloo. The period action remix is scheduled to debut January 2nd. Prior to that, a Dragon Ball Z Kai marathon is lined up for December 19th.
Old anime never dies, at least not as long as some gambling yen can be made off nostalgia for it. Case in point, Samurai Champloo is back for a second pachi slot machine from Newgin, the folks who released the Persona machine last year. Get a look after the jump.
Probably not tied to the buzz around Space Dandy and the renewed interest in the works of Shinichiro Watanabe, or even to the series' upcoming 10th anniversary, Taiyo has a third revision of their Samurai Champloo pachislot coming this fall. For the gambling addicts, jackpot probabilities have been published, but for the rest of us, there's a nice new preview video. Get a look after the jump.
This August's Otakon 20 is getting a very special guest in the form of director, screenwriter, and music producer Shinichiro Watanabe, best known for directing 1998's Cowboy Bebop. Read on for more.