Why I Hated Samurai Champloo

It was rated 4.3 stars on Netflix which is pretty rare so I decided to give it a shot. Not only did I wonder why it had been rated so highly, I hated it. Really really hated it.

First, the dialogue sounds like it was written by a twelve year old boy. There may be tidbits here and there that are ok, but much of it is reduced to lines akin to “I’m gonna get you sucker”. This can be entertaining if the tone is sarcastic and the comedic style of the show is to make fun of itself, but in a show that appears to take itself seriously, it’s just irritating.

True, I’m not accustomed to anime, but i’ve got nothing against it either. Despite the fact that the writing was terrible and the story (at least in the first few episodes) was failing to draw me in, I really decided to stop watching because it just plain made me feel uncomfortable to watch.

TV is almost always purely entertainment for me and I don’t generally tend to feel entertained when I’m uncomfortable. Why was I uncomfortable? Because by virtue of being a woman I tend to search for a female character with whom I can identify and when the only female characters I find are flighty, completely unable to defend themselves, constantly being tossed aside like pillows, being referred to hostily as “you little bitch”, and being threatened with subtly implied sexual violence I understandably tend to get pissed. And sad. Then depressed. Then pissed again. Really pissed.

Like most series I hate, I will give the disclaimer that I was only able to make it through a few episodes so it’s possible that they ironed out their serious inadequacies later in the series. If that’s not the case, my guess is that the Netflix raters are mostly young boys who don’t yet understand the concept of misogyny and still have a difficult time empathizing with anyone whom they do not resemble. After all, they are watching this because they fancy themselves to be samurais and they want a hero to idolize. The female characters aren’t there to fill that role. Sadly, for those of us who are desperately seeking a female hero to which we can aspire, they rarely are. I’m off to watch Buffy.

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One thought on “Why I Hated Samurai Champloo

  1. Responding to your away message, “Everyone” doesn’t like it so damn much! The reason the rating is so skewed is because the only people who rent it are all the little Anime fan-boys who know they are going to like it in the first place. If it were rated amongst the general population, I’m sure it would be staggeringly lower.

    Honestly, I’ve never seen any Anime that wasn’t rubbish. We know Japanese don’t respect women much. And all that pointless violence… Okay, I take that back, I went to see some film with Tanya once that was okay, not violent from what I remember, but it had lots of furry animals! Anyway, yeah, I suppose I shouldn’t technically “agree” with you, having never seen nor even heard of this series, but I don’t think I’ll be downloading it any time soon from the sound of it. 🙂

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