|Name:||Samurai Champloo (サムライチャンプルー )|
|Date(s):||May 2004 – March 2005|
|Country of Origin:||Japan|
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Samurai Champloo is an anime directed by Shinichiro Watanabe, who previously achieved success with Cowboy Bebop. It is set in a version of Edo-era Japan heavily influenced by hip-hop music and style. The series ran for 26 episodes and featured a 2-volume manga adaptation.
The series follows three protagonists as they travel together - Mugen, a brash former pirate and vagabond from the Ryukyu Islands; Jin, a stoic and reserved ronin; and Fuu, a young and spirited waitress. After Fuu saves them from an execution, she asks them to help her on a quest to find "the samurai who smells of sunflowers". The trio meet and interact with a variety of characters over the course of their journey, some actual historical figures of the period. However, the primary focus and development occurs between the three protagonists.
Perhaps due to the age of the anime, there is significantly more works for this fandom on Fanfiction.net than on AO3.