Parents' Guide to

Samurai Champloo

By Pam Gelman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Sex, alcohol, swearing, fights = anime for adults.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 16+
I don't know why Adult Swim gave this show a TV-14 rating when on the DVD and Blu-ray releases it's rated TV-MA
age 16+

definitely in my top 3 anime would recommend for 16+ but if you are really mature then lower should be ok.

Don't let your child watch this if there a kid its very toxic; a lot of swearing money sex drinking and a lot of blood. overall is an amazing anime. watch it yourself before you let your kids

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6):
Kids say (12):

The show's contemporary edge may draw young viewers -- but parents need to know that it's chock full of profanity, sex, drinking to the point of belligerence, violence, fear, and degradation of women. But despite these red flags, certain elements of the show separate it from others in the genre. The Edo period is a fascinating backdrop and actually meshes remarkably well with modern-day personality types, music, and lingo. Plus, the historic setting offers the opportunity for some cultural exposure. In one episode, for example, 15-year-old Fuu (voiced by Kari Wahlgren) is attracted to an Ukiyo-e (a kind of Japanese woodblock painting) artist, and many images of real woodblock prints (most depicting sex scenes...) are shown.

Director Shinichiro Watanabe's use of real Japanese hip-hop artists for the score complements the show's fighting style and the protagonists' personalities. But there's a reason the show is part of Cartoon Network's Adult Swim lineup: The main messages about working together as a team and learning from your journey toward a goal are lost amid all the profanity, violence, and sex.

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