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Raphael Varnado 11/12/10 Characters

“Samurai Champloo” follows the lives of 3 characters on a quest: Mugen, Jin, Fuu. On the surface, these characters seem simple forgettable. But they are quite complex and change over the course of the series.

The first character I will analysis is Mugen. Mugen is a brash, tough-minded 19 year old man. When we first meet the character, he enters a tea shop, he slumps into the nearest seat and points out the waitress to ask for water. The audience sees the character as lazy, relaxed with an rough appearance. A moment later, he is asking for food as payment to take care of some thugs that were acting up in the shop. Mugen shows early on that he is willing to fight for others, just as long the opportunity suits him: in this case free dumplings. In the fight, Mugen shows off his unique fighting style that combines break dancing and swordplay. He is a very skilled swordsman, who quickly takes down opponents. He went even as far as threatening the leader for his strongest swordsman. This situation illustrates how quickly Mugen can rise to violent behavior. He also seems turned on by fighting elite swordsmen, to the point where he forgets his primary objective. Before he met up with Fuu and Jin, all he trusted was his abilities and instincts. He also has an almost natural hatred and distrust for any authority figure, probably rooting from his early days in prison. Over the course of the series, Mugen seems to change. He starts to develop more refined feelings, as if he's starting to tell right from wrong. During the groups travels, he can see the injustice happening around him. He 100% believes that one's life is one's own to shape. It is also worth noting that his name, “Mugen”, means boundless/limitless, which is the way Mugen was: able to do anything and not letting anyone get in his way.