Wait – so is this guy supposed to be the samurai who smells out of sunflowers? Did I read too much into that little gag where Fuu's pet squirrel hands her the sunflower seeds?
Actually, while we’re on the subject, I’ve really long since forgotten why they’re searching for this guy. I know he’s supposed to be like this show’s One-Armed Man, but they honestly haven’t harped on the reasons he needs to be found that much. Did he murder Fuu’s father or something? I forget.
If it is, indeed, a quest of revenge here, then nobody in this trio’s quite swelled with the sort of vengeful focus that you’d expect from anybody looking for some payback. For as proper and composed as Mattie Ross in TRUE GRIT was, you always got the sense that she had to score to settle.
Not that I’m especially upset about all the digressions that show’s taken, of course. They’re the real appeal of SAMURAI CHAMPLOO, anyway. It’s just funny that their whole “break up” scene at the beginning seemed to - - once again - - be of the order of a bunch of kids realizing that their idle plan for a Saturday night was too thinly conceived to even continue bothering with.
Anyway, I bet Mugen was hoping his little dalliance with the two girls would play out like that scene in the record store in CLOCKWORK ORANGE. Big faux pas on his part for going after that gag with the stick food too aggressively. Him seeming to get hornier as the series goes on is really one of the more perversely amusing character arcs of the series.
And while we’re talking about “perversely amusing” thing - - that gag with trio of strangers and their coffin jam boxes was a stitch. The sight (and sound) of Edo era B-boys never ceases to amuse me.
Watch this episode, "Lullabies of the Lost, Verse 1” below and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode here.