Still from Samurai Champloo (2004-2005).

From the twisted, hallucinatory genius of Shinichiro Watanabe comes another maddeningly well-made anime that pretends to be a simplistic entertainer with a penchant for reflecting the worst of human behavior but is actually a retro-pop satire of dazzling wit, armed with a soundtrack so cool it hurts; the writing and the detail and the layered metaphorical unveil of its plot is too brazenly awesome not to be overwhelmed by.

In non-geek English, I fucking love this show.


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