Samurai Champloo is a 2004 Japanese anime series developed by Manglobe featuring director Shinichirō Watanabe who created Cowboy Bebop. Samurai Champloo has many similarities to Cowboy Bebop. Both series mix some genres, and utilize contemporary music.
The story is set in middle Edo period. It follows Mugen, a freedom-loving vagrant swordsman from Ryukyu Islands; Jin, a great swordsman and stoic rōnin; and Fuu, a brave girl who asks them to accompany her in her quest across Japan to find the “samurai who smells of sunflowers”.