What Time Period Does Samurai Champloo Take Place

Samurai Champloo takes place in the Edo period of Japan, but it's very intentionally unclear about what part of the Edo period it takes place in. Various things happen that seem like it might be set in one time period, but then something else will happen that seems like it came from a different time all together. Again, these choices are likely intentional, especially given how many modern-day things are in the series, so maybe they don't count so much as errors but rather as a conscious choice to make it harder to pin down when the story takes place. Here are 10 instances of inconsistencies about the time period of the series. There are two episodes in the series that involve competitions: a rice-eating contest and a game of baseball. In both cases, there are announcers present to comment on the happenings of the games. They talk as if they're on the radio or are otherwise broadcasting to a group of people, but there are no microphones, and likely, the only people who can hear them are probably the ones standing close enough to be within earshot. In episode eight, Mugen, Jin, and Fuu meet a samurai named Nagamitsu, who's distinguished from other samurai by the fact that he raps. He even has a lackey who follows him around beatboxing. Samurai Champloo has something of a hip hop motif going on in general, mirroring Shinichiro Watanabe's use of jazz in Cowboy Bebop, so it makes sense to have these characters rapping when they're about to enter a duel, as if they're ready for a rap battle.

39;t exist until after the end of the Edo period.

But there definitely wasn't rapping samurai in Japan in the Edo period. The sports announcers aren't the only inconsistent thing about the baseball game in this series. While modern baseball did come into being in America near the end of Japan's Edo period, there are other things about the game in the series that don't make sense. For one thing, the Japanese are playing against the Yankees, who didn't exist until after the end of the Edo period. For another, this game supposedly takes place several years before Matthew Perry landed in Japan, which happened in 1852, which means modern baseball really didn't exist yet. Thus Spoke Zarathustra is a philosophical novel written by Friedrich Nietzche. There are a few issues with it being referenced in an episode of Samurai Champloo. In episode 13, Jin, Mugen, and Fuu have caused a ruckus once again by helping a band of pirates rob a military ship. They get caught as the ship is attacked, and the ship starts putting up spotlights to find the attackers and to signal for help.

They look retro for this decade but definitely look too modern for Edo Japan.

Spotlights probably could have existed at some point in the 19th century, but these seem to be high-powered, electric spotlights, which probably didn't. Sunglasses definitely existed by the time of the 19th century, when Samurai Champloo seems to mostly take place. But it's the kind of sunglasses shown in the series that feels like maybe they didn't pay too much attention to what they might have looked like back then. The yakuza boss who wears them wears narrow sunglasses with just a tint and white frames that look like they might be made out of plastic. They look retro for this decade but definitely look too modern for Edo Japan. Mugen, Jin, and Fuu often come across people wielding guns in the series. Of course, guns existed in Japan in the 1800s, but they weren't particularly modern or efficient. While machine guns had existed back then, thanks to the invention of the Gatling gun used during the Civil War, the idea that common street gangs were able to carry automatic hand-held weapons seems pretty far-fetched.

39;t really make sense.

They do, however, make for great gunfights. The hip hop motif that's very present in Samurai Champloo comes up in other ways, especially with the opening. Along with a rap song as the theme song, the opening also features modern iconography. The actual title of the series is shown on a spinning record that comes to a stop as the song ends. On top of the presence of the record player in the opening, scene changes in the show often happen accompanied by a record scratch, which is also not quite the right time period. It's not unusual for a series to have narration to contextualize a time period different from our own. But this particular use of that doesn't really make sense. Inspector Manzo, a recurring character who sometimes shows up simply to give information, often narrating for the viewers about how the Edo period is different from modern Japan. While it's helpful information to have, having a character from Edo Japan describing the differences doesn't make a lot of sense since he wouldn't be aware that anything was different in modern times. Samurai Champloo can't help but be cinematic since it's a television show and since it's from Watanabe, who has pretty cinematic tastes in what he creates. But there are some things that are overt references to film in the series, like using grainy, sepia tones to highlight events that happened earlier, or, similar to the record scratch, using a film reel motif to change scenes. They're a little too anachronistic for the series, feeling out of place even among other similar continuity choices.

Moon Breathing (月 (つき) (こ) (きゅう), Tsuki no koky? ) is a Breathing Style derived from the Sun Breathing used by Upper Rank One, Kokushibō, who was one of the first Demon Slayers who utilized breathing techniques. The techique allows the user to create many "chaotic blades" when slashing that varies in length and size. It is known that Kokushibō continued to develop and add techniques to the Breathing Style over the centuries as an immortal Demon. At this point in the story, it is the only known Breathing Style to possess at least 20 different techniques, easily surpassing the other Breathing Styles. It has been revealed that, like all of the other original breathing styles, the Moon Breathing also branched out of the Sun Breathing. When its creator, Michikatsu Tsugikuni, attempted to learn the Sun Breathing from his twin brother, Yoriichi Tsugikuni, he discovered he was unable to master the breathing style and so was instead trained in an alternate Breathing Style. Yoriichi created it fit and cover his individual strengths and weaknesses, and Michikatsu then continued to train and develop this breathing until it eventually evolved into its own unique Breathing Style, which he named the Moon Breathing.

First Form: Dark Moon, Evening Palace (壹 (いち) (かた) (やみ) (づき) (よい) (みや), Ichi no kata: Yamidzuki - Yoi no Miya?) - Kokushibō draws his sword and slashes swiftly in a single motion; like with all Moon Breathing techniques, numerous chaotic blades originate from the slash. This technique resembles Iaijutsu. Second Form: Pearl Flower Moongazing (貳 (に) (かた) (しゅ) (か) (ろう) (げつ), Ni no kata: Shuka no Rōgetsu?) - Kokushibō performs several slashes while sending a barrage of chaotic blades forward. Third Form: Loathsome Moon, Chains (參 (さん) (かた) (えん) (き) (づき) (つが), San no kata: Enkizuki - Tsugari?) - Kokushibō swings his sword rapidly in two gigantic crescents slashes, from which a storm of smaller crescents spread.

39; yō Rakuen?) - Kokushibō spins his blade slicing through the ground and ripping it out.

This technique causes huge destruction in a small area. Fourth Form: Solar Rings, Frostmoon (肆 (し) (かた) (たい) (よう) (りん) (しも) (づき), Shi no kata: Taiyōrin - Shimodzuki?) - Kokushibō performs a circular small cyclone slashes of chaotic blades straight towards his opponent. Fourth Form: Improved, Red Sun over Paradise (肆 (し) (かた) (かい) (あっき) (よう) (らく) (えん), Shi no kata kai: Akk' yō Rakuen?) - Kokushibō spins his blade slicing through the ground and ripping it out. Causing multiple 180 slashes across the area to be sented towards his opponents as chaotic blades appear when near the enemy slicing into their body. As the circular slashes spin grinding into the enemys skin.

Fifth Form: Moon Spirit Calamitous Eddy (伍 (ご) (かた) (げっ) (ぱく) (さい) (か), Go no kata: Geppaku Saika?) - Kokushibō makes multiple curved slashes layered over one another, resembling a rising vortex. Numerous chaotic blades originate from these slashes. Kokushibō performed this attack without swinging his blade. Sixth Form: Perpetual Night, Lonely Moon - Incessant (陸 (ろく) (かた) (とこ) (よ) (こ) (げつ) (む) (けん), Roku no kata: Tokoyo Kogetsu - Muken?) - Kokushib releases a wild storm of slashes in multiple directions. This technique was powerful enough to not only slice up multiple Hashira around him but also overwhelm the Wind Hashira Sanemi Shinazugawa.


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