Artistic and Anachronistic!

Samurai Champloo

Samurai Champloo

This anime is so cool – it’s artistically anachronistic and totally unique in its own treatment of the samurai culture with a twist of the modern culture. I’m talking, of course, of Samurai Champloo, which is a total revision of the stereotypical ‘samurai atmosphere’.

For one thing, from the title itself, ‘champloo’ (chanpuruu) literally means to ‘mix’, ‘mingle’ or ‘combine’ – so the title itself gives the viewers a hint of what’s the anime about – there is a certain kind of acculturation or adoption of the samurai culture in the modern hip-hop culture (or is it the other way around?).

While Rurouni Kenshin’s (Samurai X) fictional setting takes place during the early Meiji period in Japan, Samurai Champloo takes place during Japan’s Edo period.

Still, one of the anime’s distinct characteristics is mixing modern elements such as hip-hop and rap music, break dancing, graffiti as well as the punk culture. It’s a deconstruction of the classic samurai images, sort of.

Like many other anime series, there is a conclusion to the anime, but there is no hint for any successive anime seasons for it either. Definitely, one of the must-see anime show for everyone!

Beijing Water Cube

The 2008 Summer Olympics Games will be hosted by China, and probably that’s why this big-time country is building state-of-the-art and unique buildings for the event. One of this is my personal favorite: the Beijing National Aquatics Center, which is also known as the Beijing Water Cube, because of its structural design similarity as that of the soap bubbles. Cute huh? I saw this feature in National Geographic Channel, Made in China.

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