Samurai Champloo
Volume 7

Starring (voice): Kazuya Makai, Ginpei Sato and Ayako Kawasumi
RRP: 19.99
MVD 2105
Certificate: 15
Available 16 October 2006

In the moving series finale, Mugen, Jin and Fuu close in on Ikitsuki Island. Although the journey's been long and difficult, there is strong bonding between them. In the final stretch of their adventures, Sara had died and the government sends their ultimate assassin to hunt them down. Meanwhile, three brothers who have a serious beef with Mugen take Fuu hostage. When she's freed, Fuu finally gets to see the infamous Sunflower Samurai. All the struggle, strife and butt-kicking leads up to the most dangerous moment yet in their journey...

And so we come to the final volume in the Samurai Champloo series.

In Evanescent Encounter - Part 1 Fuu, Mugen and Jin have at long last arrived in Nagasaki. All they have to do now is travel to Ikitsuki island and find the samurai that smells of Sunflowers. Then, at long last their quest will be over. However, a few hurdles are still to be over come. Firstly, no one will tell them where to go and, more worryingly, a group of deranged assassins have been tracking them.

Evanescent Encounter - Part 1 sees Jin facing off against Kagetoki Kariya, the shogunate's most powerful warrior. Meanwhile Mugen is up against the three brothers who have been tracking our heroes, and Fuu finally reaches the house where her quest will end.

Evanescent Encounter - Part 3: As Fuu finally confronts the Sunflower Samurai, Mugen and Jin fight for their lives. There chance of survival looks poor, but even if they do manage to win against all the odds they've still made a pact to fight each other to the death. All looks bleak for our heroes.

It's a shame that more humour wasn't injected into the final three episodes. I know that the story arc here centres around action sequences, and Fuu's final confrontation with the samurai that smells of sunflowers, but I could help feeling that the episodes were a little too dry. Having said that, this is still a fine ending to what has been a fairly enjoyable series.

Extras are a little thin on the ground. All we get is a USA Video Game Trailer; Art Gallery; Eye Catch Gallery and trailers for other releases.

Pete Boomer

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