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  • Genre Talk: Adventure

    The Adventure Anime Genre

    Popularity: 10/10

    Commonly mixed with action, historical, or fantasy.

    “A life with no adventure in it is boring. The least a friend can do is stir up a little trouble in your heart.”

    – Gai Tsutsugam (Guilty Crown)

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    When it comes to this genre, the story is drawn out and very detailed. Of course, as the name suggests, the characters are often in search of something. The story line tends to be strong as well as character development, mostly due to the fact they are long stories. The long story can sometimes be tedious to get through and often people will pause watching the series (or reading) and move to something else for a while.

    Adventures are usually a genre in which the main character must risk their lives to reach the goal. The risks can be financial, psychological, or physical. Adventure anime’s can usually cause people to have motivation to get things done. This is because the character is often being given motivation to complete the task.

    Examples of Adventure

    One Piece

    The most well known adventure anime out there. Luffy is on the search for the ultimate pirate treasure, One Piece. With a crew, each member gained as a separate adventure, they sailed through the Grand Line. A series that focuses on its character and plot development.

    Digimon Adventure

    A group of kids are drawn to the Digital World to search for a way to save both that world and reality. They face many perils along the way as well as other small adventures.

    Samurai Champloo

    A pairing of three random people in search for a samurai that smells of sunflowers.


  • Character of the Week: Jin

    Jin

    Jin


    Age: 20
    Profession: Ronin, Samurai (Formerly Professional), Bodyguard (temporarily), Fried Eel vendor (temporarily)
    Weapon: Katana, Wakizashi
    Fight Style: Mujushin Kenjutsu, Jujutsu
    Likes: Shogi (Japanese Chess), Practicing Martial Arts
    Dislikes: Rash behavior, Cowardice, Abuse of power, Torture

    Jin

    Biography:
    A main character of Samurai Champloo. He is in search of the man who smells of sunflower and was hired by Fuu to do so. He is a very calm and collective person, being the exact opposite of Mugen. The two constantly fight due to this. He is there to improve his skills and does not really care to make friendships. He often allows Fuu and Mugen to escape though, taking the strong opponent on his own.
    He is a very honorable samurai and only uses his skills to protect people. He looks down on those who oppress others with their skills. When he was younger, his dojo was set to be changed to train assassins by his sensei Mariya Enshirou. His sensei was being manipulated by Kariya Kagetoki. When Jin opposed the change, Enshirou was ordered to kill him. Jin killed his sensei instead and fled the dojo. He is hunted throughout the series by those who want to make a name and his former classmates.
    His fighting style is the orthodox Kenjutsu. He relies mostly on technical skills unlike Mugens reckless behavior. He may not be as keen to pick up on others skills, but he adopts their philosophy often. This brings out his opponents weak points and strong points as well. He has a purist attitude which may be why he sticks to the skills he knows best. He uses the sword fighting style known as Mujushin kenjutsu.


  • Samurai Champloo (Manga) Review

    Samurai Champloo

    Samurai Champloo
    Samurai Champloo Manga

    Samurai Champloo is a confusion of era’s. When you think you know what time period it is, another thing makes you think differently. Set in an Edo background, the clothing and cars cry out modern times. The confusion is all part of the plot though.

     

    The Plot of Samurai Champloo

    Samurai Champloo
    Samurai Champloo Manga Page

    Fuu is trying to find a samurai that smells of sunflowers. She puts up a sign to hire a bodyguard to go along with her on the journey. Mugen and Jin both reply to the sign. The two are constantly fighting one another by just bickering or actually sword fighting. Each chapter is set in a new town and each town has a a bad side. The three are always getting into to trouble and are therefore wanted by the government. Due to this reason they can not stay in a town to long. They help out the towns people in trouble by overthrowing a bad ruler or fighting a want-to-be samurai. The manga is really short and the main story is actually never finished.

     

    The Characters of Samurai Champloo

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    The Main Characters of Samurai Champloo

    Fuu is the main character and reason for the story of Samurai Champloo. She is a young adult and naive at times. She is always breaking up fights between the two boys. She will work for her food (and the boys) and she will work hard. She is an honest character and seems to have a sad story attached to her life. The manga never really goes into detail about it though. Mugen is a firecracker. He gets into to fights in every scene and even seeks them out. His fighting style is impossible to follow because he has no style. He loves food and only thinks about money and food. Jin is the calm collective of the three. He is intelligent looking with his glasses. He wears the samurai robe and carries the samurai sword. He is a respectable samurai. The other characters really never continue over to the next chapter in Samurai Champloo. Each town has different people in it from honest and hard working to conniving and lazy.

     

    The Champloo in Samurai Champloo

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    The Champloo

    Like I said, the setting cries Edo period while the clothing and style cries modern times. This was on purpose though. Champloo means a swirl or mixture of things. Each main character is also so named by their mannerism. Mugen means without limit. That is why his character is so random and spastic. Jin’s name derives from the Seven Samurai Virtues meaning “Benevolence”. Lastly, Fuu is the character for “wind” in Japanese writing. Her wandering around to find someone is much like the m=wind in constant motion.

     

    Shinichiro Watanabe has yet again brought to life another great story. As if Cowboy Bebop was not enough, Samurai Champloo picks up in the entertainment area. Smashing time periods together was an ingenious idea and made for a great story. Leaving the manga unfinished makes for a great ending. Samurai Champloo is a great read.

     

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    Overall Grade 8/10