The perfect mix of katana, Edo-stylings and contemporary counterculture references, Samurai Champloo is well worth watching.
Stuffed with swordplay, slapstick comedy and swift-moving plot, it follows Fuu (dizzy teenage girl), Jin (disgraced master swordsman) and Muguen (breakdancing psycho) as they try to find 'The Samurai who smells of sunflower', travelling across Japan and having all sorts of adventures.
The whole thing is the brainchild of Shinichiro Watanabe, the man who gave us Cowboy Bepop. As you'd expect, everything from the music to the pace of the story has been well looked after. There are terrific set-piece scenes, and fantastic attention to detail throughout.
There's a Samurai Champloo fansite here with plenty of downloads, but Veoh.com - from the embedded video above - has all the episodes for free, so you get your laptop and watch 'em in bed with a hangover.
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