Samurai Champloo is a Japanese anime series developed by Manglobe. It featured a production team led by director Shinichiro_ Watanabe, character designer Kazuto Nakazawa and mechanical designer Mahiro Maeda. Samurai Champloo was Watanabe's first directorial effort for an anime television series after the critically acclaimed Cowboy Bebop. It was broadcast in Japan on Fuji TV on May 20, 2004 and ran for twenty-six episodes until its conclusion on March 19, 2005.The story is set during a fictional version of Japan in the Edo period with an anachronistic, predominantly hip-hop, setting.
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