From Here to There to Japan One Day


Fuu is a young teenage girl who’s initial appearance is deceiving as she manages to save the lives of Mugen and Jin in the first episode of Samurai Champloo. Shinichiro Watanabe has created a Fuu to be a very kind, naive young girl. Her love of food is quite evident as she balloons up to four times her usual size in several episodes. 🙂 Fuu has very little in common with Faye Valentine, the hard nosed, tough female character from Shinichiro’s previous work, Cowboy Bebop. Fuu’s unexplained skill with dice throwing and lack of direction in the search for the Sunflower Samurai, somewhat echoes Faye Valentine’s traits, except Faye is a gambler and she searches for her history, but that’s for another time.

Fuu enlists the assistance of Mugen and Jin as they owe her the debt of their lives, in search of the Sunflower Samurai. At about the mid point of the series, Mugen questions Fuu about the person they are searching for. Fuu initially reveals very little about the reason for her manic search, but is horrified to discover that Mugen doesn’t even know what a sunflower is, never mind the scent of one. At the end of that particular episode, she announces the revelation that the Sunflower Samurai is her father. She seeks him in order to find out why he abandoned herself and her mother, but she is not prepared for that particularly harsh reality at the climax of Samurai Champloo.

Throughout the course of Samurai Champloo we see that although Fuu gets very little or no action scenes, she still has a integral role to play. She has the ability to soothe tensions between Mugen and Jin with an almost saintly patience. Fuu’s deep affection for both Mugen and Jin are mentioned in the latter half of Samurai Champloo but nothing is done about it. Her attachment to Jin is shown to Mugen, when Fuu cries over Jin’s unprotesting departure with the blind woman Sara. Yet her affection for Mugen is revealed to Jin, in one of the final episodes. Jin finds Fuu crying a short distance from the camp beside a river, on their final night as a terrific trio. She confesses that she wanted their journey for the Sunflower Samurai to continue forever. Jin says quietly “If I..”, but is interrupted by Fuu apologising profusely and saying Mugen’s name. Fuu is pulled into an awkward hug by Jin but little do the two them know that Mugen was watching from the camp, pretending to be asleep.

Fuu finally comes to the decision that it is her time to leave the two behind her and progress on her own. She sends the two on an innocent errand for sweets, giving them her purse Fuu quickly retreats. Upon discovering the letter within the purse, Mugen and Jin set off for her again.

Plus, it’s suggested that Mugen liked Fuu a lot more than he was letting on, especially with his profanity of her in the end of a particular episode. But alas, these characters seem to know what everyone else wants except themselves.

I’ve had to change this video as the one I originally had posted was unfortunately deleted. But I think I much prefer this video. It’s an orchestral piece as well as being short and sweet.

Enjoy 🙂


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