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The Best Episodes of Samurai Champloo

Every episode of Samurai Champloo ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of Samurai Champloo!

Break-dancing but fierce warrior Mugen has to deal with the cold-blooded and conceited Jin, a samurai who believes he is above all. These sworn enemies are brought together by Fuu for a special task.

Genres:Action & AdventureAnimationComedyDrama
Network:Fuji TV

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The best episode of "Samurai Champloo" is "Evanescent Encounter (3)", rated 9.2/10 from 800 user votes. It was directed by Sayo Yamamoto, Shinichiro Watanabe and written by Shinichiro Watanabe. "Evanescent Encounter (3)" aired on 3/19/2005 and is rated 0.2 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "Elegy of Entrapment (2)".

  • Evanescent Encounter (3)
    9.2/10 800 votes

    #1 - Evanescent Encounter (3)

    Season 1 Episode 26 - Aired 2005-03-19

    Old scores are finally settled as Mugen, Jin, and Fuu finally come face to face with the ghosts of their respective pasts.

    Director: Sayo Yamamoto, Shinichiro Watanabe

    Writer: Shinichiro Watanabe

  • Elegy of Entrapment (2)
    9.0/10 705 votes

    #2 - Elegy of Entrapment (2)

    Season 1 Episode 21 - Aired 2005-02-12

    Mugen's has his own deadly run-in with the same blind beauty that sent Jin plummeting towards a gruesome end. Who is this seductive assassin, and why is she targeting the Champloo crew?

    Director: Akitoshi Yokoyama

    Writer: Shinji Obara

  • Evanescent Encounter (2)
    9.0/10 676 votes

    #3 - Evanescent Encounter (2)

    Season 1 Episode 25 - Aired 2005-03-12

    Jin enters a bloody grudge match with the man responsible for the ruin of his rep. Meanwhile, Mugen races to save Fuu from the clutches of a sadistic madman bent on bloodshed.

    Director: Kazuto Nakazawa, Kei Tsunematsu

    Writer: Shinichiro Watanabe, Shinji Obara

  • Gamblers and Gallantry
    8.9/10 821 votes

    #4 - Gamblers and Gallantry

    Season 1 Episode 11 - Aired 2004-08-05

    Jin falls in love with a suicidal beauty whose husband sold her into slavery, and Mugen tries to make his fortune in the cutthroat world of beetle sumo wrestling.

    Director: Sayo Yamamoto

    Writer: Seiko Takagi

  • Misguided Miscreants (2)
    8.8/10 741 votes

    #5 - Misguided Miscreants (2)

    Season 1 Episode 14 - Aired 2004-09-02

    Mugen - double-crossed and headed for the bottom of the ocean - flashes back to his life before he died for the first time. Back on land, a pretty young thing convinces Jin to brandish his blades in the name of vengeance.

    Director: Shuko Murase

    Writer: N/A

  • Evanescent Encounter (1)
    8.6/10 592 votes

    #6 - Evanescent Encounter (1)

    Season 1 Episode 24 - Aired 2005-03-05

    As the crew draws ever nearer their final destination, Fuu makes a bold and startling decision. Elsewhere, unnamed adversaries pursue the travelling trio.

    Director: Tsuyoshi Yoshimoto

    Writer: Shinichiro Watanabe, Shinji Obara

  • Tempestuous Temperaments
    8.5/10 907 votes

    #7 - Tempestuous Temperaments

    Season 1 Episode 1 - Aired 2004-05-20

    Fuu is a part-time teahouse worker whose life changes forever when two vagabond warriors, Mugen and Jin, stumble into her place of business and end up in hot water with the local magistrate.

    Director: Shinichiro Watanabe

    Writer: Shinji Obara

  • Elegy of Entrapment (1)
    8.5/10 615 votes

    #8 - Elegy of Entrapment (1)

    Season 1 Episode 20 - Aired 2005-02-05

    Mugen defends the honor of beautiful blind songstress, but when the when the trio of wanderers becomes a quartet, Fuu will be faced with an impossible decision.

    Director: Tsuyoshi Yoshimoto

    Writer: Shinji Obara

  • Lethal Lunacy
    8.4/10 645 votes

    #9 - Lethal Lunacy

    Season 1 Episode 10 - Aired 2004-07-29

    Mugen takes his training to the next level in preparation for a full moon death match with a killer who uses a deadly armor-piercing attack to soak the streets in the blood of his victims.

    Director: Akira Yoshimura

    Writer: Touko Machida

  • Bogus Booty
    8.3/10 615 votes

    #10 - Bogus Booty

    Season 1 Episode 15 - Aired 2004-09-09

    Mugen goes under the covers with an undercover investigator who's out to put the smack down on a murderous ring of counterfeiters. Will he finally get the booty he's after?

    Director: Kazuto Nakazawa

    Writer: Kazuto Nakazawa

  • Beatbox Bandits
    8.2/10 649 votes

    #11 - Beatbox Bandits

    Season 1 Episode 9 - Aired 2004-07-22

    The crew is headed for the gallows after getting caught flashing fake travel permits, but Mugen can win back their freedom by out hustling a deranged gang of warrior priests.

    Director: Hirotaka Endo

    Writer: Dai Sato

  • Hellhounds for Hire (2)
    8.1/10 667 votes

    #12 - Hellhounds for Hire (2)

    Season 1 Episode 4 - Aired 2004-06-17

    The paths Mugen, Jin, and Fuu follow bring them together again, but their reunion is put on hold when an untimely mistake intensifies the struggle between two clans fighting for control of one city.

    Director: Hirotaka Endo

    Writer: Shinji Obara

  • A Risky Racket
    8.1/10 650 votes

    #13 - A Risky Racket

    Season 1 Episode 7 - Aired 2004-07-08

    Fuu gets caught in a web of deception when she falls for prolific pickpocket with a heart of gold. But when her sticky-fingered friend slips his hands into the wrong pocket, he could be headed for a beat down.

    Director: Tsuyoshi Yoshimoto

    Writer: Seiko Takagi

  • Lullabies of the Lost (2)
    8.1/10 588 votes

    #14 - Lullabies of the Lost (2)

    Season 1 Episode 17 - Aired 2004-09-23

    Jin and Fuu reunite, only to be attacked by a vengeance-driven samurai from Jin's old life. Meanwhile, Mugen takes aim at an arrow-slinging madman who's at the top of everyone's most wanted list.

    Director: Hirotaka Endo

    Writer: Ryôta Sugi

  • Artistic Anarchy
    7.9/10 650 votes

    #15 - Artistic Anarchy

    Season 1 Episode 5 - Aired 2004-06-24

    An unknown artist hires Fuu for a private modeling session, but his passion for painting turns out to be a front for a human trafficking ring. Will Mugen crack the case in time to save Fuu from a life of slavery?

    Director: Sayo Yamamoto

    Writer: Dai Sato

  • Misguided Miscreants (1)
    7.9/10 595 votes

    #16 - Misguided Miscreants (1)

    Season 1 Episode 13 - Aired 2004-08-26

    When Mugen crosses paths with a face his past, he reluctantly signs on for a heist that could land him a fortune in stolen gold. Unfortunately for him, some old friends aren't to be trusted.

    Director: Tsuyoshi Yoshimoto

    Writer: N/A

  • Redeye Reprisal
    7.8/10 725 votes

    #17 - Redeye Reprisal

    Season 1 Episode 2 - Aired 2004-06-03

    When Mugen wounds an enemy's arm, it sets off a dangerous chain reaction. Fuu is kidnapped, and two deadly assassins are dispatched to make short work of vagabond Mugen and ronin Jin.

    Director: Tsuyoshi Yoshimoto

    Writer: Shinji Obara

  • Hellhounds for Hire (1)
    7.8/10 676 votes

    #18 - Hellhounds for Hire (1)

    Season 1 Episode 3 - Aired 2004-06-10

    After leaving the domineering Fuu behind, Mugen and Jin arrive in town. Once there, it's not long before they're hired on as bodyguards by the two clans that run the city.

    Director: Shintaro Inokawa, Masato Miyoshi

    Writer: Shinji Obara

  • The Art of Altercation
    7.8/10 623 votes

    #19 - The Art of Altercation

    Season 1 Episode 8 - Aired 2004-07-15

    A cocky sword-slinger with a crush on Fuu dishes the dirt on Jin's disgraceful past. If the renegade ronin wants to restore his good name, he'll need to get his glasses out of hock and make ready for a throw down!

    Director: Keiichi Sasajima

    Writer: Dai Sato

  • Lullabies of the Lost (1)
    7.8/10 562 votes

    #20 - Lullabies of the Lost (1)

    Season 1 Episode 16 - Aired 2004-09-16

    Tempers flare, harsh words are exchanged, and the gang splinters, each member marching off in a different direction. Mugen and Jin wander into some swordplay, and Fuu ends up at the bottom of a river.

    Director: Masato Miyoshi

    Writer: Keiko Nobumoto

  • Baseball Blues
    7.8/10 619 votes

    #21 - Baseball Blues

    Season 1 Episode 23 - Aired 2005-02-26

    Mugen's failed attempt at a dine-and-dash restaurant caper lands him in hot water with the locals. Redemption lies with leading the town's baseball team to a victory over the arrogant and unwelcome Americans.

    Director: Mitsutaka Noshitani

    Writer: Shinichiro Watanabe

  • War of the Words
    7.7/10 584 votes

    #22 - War of the Words

    Season 1 Episode 18 - Aired 2005-01-22

    Mugen learns his letters from a sake-guzzling maniac, Jin makes good on a promise from many years ago, and Fuu sparks a jealous showdown between two bickering graffiti artists.

    Director: Sayo Yamamoto

    Writer: Dai Sato

  • Stranger Searching
    7.6/10 635 votes

    #23 - Stranger Searching

    Season 1 Episode 6 - Aired 2004-07-01

    Mugen and Jin loses their weapons and their appetites - in an rice-eating contest, and the only way to get them back is by posing as tour guides for a mysterious European with a penchant for man love!

    Director: Akira Yoshimura

    Writer: Shinji Obara

  • Unholy Union
    7.5/10 556 votes

    #24 - Unholy Union

    Season 1 Episode 19 - Aired 2005-01-22

    Fuu harbors a female fugitive who's on the run from a bogus, gun-slinging missionary. The new girl is trouble, no doubt about it, but she may hold the finding the samurai who smells like sunflowers.

    Director: Hirotaka Endo

    Writer: Seiko Takagi

  • The Disorder Diaries
    6.8/10 579 votes

    #25 - The Disorder Diaries

    Season 1 Episode 12 - Aired 2004-08-12

    When Mugen and Jin do the unthinkable and read Fuu's diary, they are treated to a riveting recap of all their greatest misadventures.

    Director: Hirotaka Endo

    Writer: N/A