Samurai Champloo is an anime title consisting of 26 25-minute episodes that began broadcasting on Fuji TV in Japan on May 19, 2004. It is directed by Shinichiro Watanabe of Cowboy Bebop fame. The show, which is set (ostensibly) in the Edo period and by no means historically accurate, features elements of action, adventure and comedy blended with an anachronistic, predominantly hip-hop soundtrack. Its name comes from the Okinawan word “champuru” (e.g. goya champuru), which means to mix or blend.