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1st-Aug-2010 08:33 pm Part Time by Agent Orange (PG-13)
Fandom: SAMURAI CHAMPLOO
Pairing: none
Length: 13K
Author on LJ: unknown
Author Website: FF.net Profile
Why this must be read:

The author's summary: Two years after the series, the gang runs into each other. Jin has a new profession, Mugen's reputation precedes him and Fuu tells it like it is. Even if she doesn't always know what it is herself.

This fic is pretty much exactly as the author describes it, but more importantly this is one of those rare fics that really could be canon. Agent Orange has the snappy dialogue and quirky randomness of Samurai Champloo nailed perfectly. If Samurai Champloo had a sequel, I'd want it to be this fic.

Part Time
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27th-Dec-2007 12:02 pm Laura Bryannan's Samurai Champloo AU (NC-17)
Last post for me this month.  I've really enjoyed reccing Samurai Champloo and I now encourage all you writers to produce some more fic to keep us reccers fed:)

Fandom: Samurai Champloo
Pairing: Jin/Mugen, Fuu/Jin, Fuu/Mugen, Fuu/Jin/Mugen (with the occasional foray into short-term pairings between one of our heroes and an OC)
Author on LJ: laurabryannan
Author Website: http://www.homestar.org/bryannan/champloo/

Why this must be read:
Starting mid-series, this collection of stories spans the second half of the anime and continues several years after as Fuu, Jin, and Mugen find each other again and build a life together. The first fic is fluff (and kind of PWP), but from there the stories leads into a long, thoughful exploration of the relationships between Jin, Mugen, and Fuu. Angst, humor, jealousy, cross-dressing, pirates, and redemption ensue.

There's over thirty stories in this AU at the time I write this and rather than trying to pick out one or two to rec, I highly recommend that you read the entire universe. It's a well-written look at the development of a seme and uke (top and bottom in English) relationship between Jin and Mugen, and as the series progresses Fuu gets drawn in as well. It's easily my favorite fic in the fandom and I love the way the the threesome develops, especially the way everyone's not perfectly happy to share. Threesomes sound great in fiction, but are a tough sell in real life and this series honestly addresses the difficulties such a group would face while still demonstrating how they need all three to make a truly functional, happy relationship. Especially since each person in the group has his or her own group of people attempting to assassinate him/her. An amazing body of work.

Laura Bryannan's Samurai Champloo AU
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26th-Dec-2007 10:50 am Distance by scribblemoose (NC-17)
Fandom: Samurai Champloo
Pairing: Jin/Mugen, Fuu/Jin/Mugen
Author on LJ: [personal profile] scribblemoose
Author Website: http://www.scribblemoose.co.uk/

Why this must be read:
Stuck in that shack by the sea, too injured to move much, Jin and Mugen start having sex and Fuu, still recovering from the traumatic events of the last arc of the series, catches them. Jealous, she leaves and the boys leave with her, splitting up at the crossroads in the last scene of the series.

Two months later, the trio bumps into each other again.

Sometimes you want angst, sometimes you want humor, and sometimes you just want a straightforward first-time story. Distance gives you two first-times for the price of one, and each one is sweet (albeit slightly twisted, because this is SC) in its own way. A lovely, satisfying story.

Distance
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21st-Dec-2007 08:43 am Temptation Kunishige by Angrybee (PG-13)
Fandom: Samurai Champloo
Pairing: gen
Author on LJ: n/a?
Author Website: http://www.io.com/~mindglue/ff/

Why this must be read:
Jin and Mugen are keeping watch over Fuu when her yukata slips open, revealing her breast. Of course, Mugen immediately starts staring, and of course, Jin does his best not to look. Instead, he cleans his sword and thinks and (unsurprisingly considering the situation) his thoughts revolve around Fuu, what she means to him and Mugen, and what would happen to her when their adventure is done. A sweet vignette that illustrates the unspoken affection Jin and Mugen have for Fuu.

Temptation Kunishige 
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19th-Dec-2007 11:49 am The Very Secret Diary of Fuu by edonohana (PG)
Fandom: Samurai Champloo
Pairing: gen
Author on LJ: [profile] edonohana
Author Website: http://www.rachelmanijabrown.com/ (website for her professional works)

Why this must be read:
Those who watched the series know that there was an episode where the boys read Fuu's diary. This short fic is another possible excerpt. The whole bit is amusing, but I laughed out loud at the diary entries Fuu helpfully writes on behalf of Jin and Mugen. An amusing bit of fluff.

The Very Secret Diary of Fuu 
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17th-Dec-2007 08:49 am Pictures of Spring by shrift (NC-17)
Title: Pictures of Spring
Fandom: Samurai Champloo
Author on LJ: [personal profile] shrift
Author Website: http://bifictionalbedlam.slashcity.net/shrift/index.html

Why this must be read:
Mugen finds some porn and shows it to Jin; sex ensues.

What can I say? It's smut. Hot smut. With porn. (Also, this is totally how Jin and Mugen would get together in the anime, if the series had gone that way.) A sure-fire way to brighten your day.

Pictures of Spring
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13th-Dec-2007 09:51 am A Change in Relationship Dynamics by debchan (R)
Fandom: Samurai Champloo
Pairing: Jin/Mugen, Jin/Mugen/Fuu
Author on LJ: [profile] debchan
Author's new fiction (on IJ): http://debit.insanejournal.com/

Why this must be read:
After careful consideration of how often he gets the trio into trouble over women (read: every episode), Mugen decides that he and Jin should have sex. Then he has to convince Jin. It's hilarious (and only gets more so when Fuu finds out).

The best way I can describe this is Champloo written by the sprit of Aaron Sorkin. You've got banter, you've got male friendship that's really something more, you've got a sassy woman. And, as a bonus, you have *two* first times (hot ones!). Whee!

A Change in Relationship Dynamics
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10th-Dec-2007 09:32 am Nenju by 3Jane (NC-17)
Fandom: Samurai Champloo
Pairing: Fuu/Jin, Fuu/Mugen, Mugen/Yatsuha
Author on LJ: [personal profile] 3_jane
Author's fic on LJ: [profile] 3_jane_fiction
Warnings: implied pre-story sexual assault


Why this must be read:
A sprawling epic reminiscent of the series (with stops in many of the same towns).

Mugen and Jin find out that the Shogunate is planning to kill Fuu, so they track her down (again). At a brothel (again). Because she'd been kidnapped (*again*). After the rescue, they hit the road, trying to find a safe harbor where they can finally be safe. The only problem (aside from the assassins, the lack of funds, and Mugen's inability *not* to get into trouble with the nearest woman other than Fuu) is the fact that both Jin and Mugen have discovered that Fuu has turned into a woman. A beautiful woman. Now it's up to Fuu to decide, but how can she choose one of her companions over the other?

There aren't many epics in the Samurai Champloo universe, much less many that are this well-researched and well-written. Mugen and Jin's voices are probably the best I've ever read, and their interactions with Fuu and each other are perfect. Lots of violence, of course, especially between Jin and Mugen (who couldn't compete over a rice ball without spilling blood), but that's mitigated by the sheer affection between the characters. An intense, moving tour de force.

Nenju
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8th-Dec-2007 12:10 am The Barbless Hook by lynnmonster (NC-17)
Fandom: Samurai Champloo
Pairing: Jin/Mugen
Author on LJ: [personal profile] lynnmonster 
Author on the web: n/a

Why this must be read:
Post-series, Jin finds himself wandering aimlessly, picking up easy bodyguarding jobs and being bored out of his mind. That all changes the day the ship he is on is attacked by pirates. Guess who Jin finds among the invaders? Soon Jin is a pirate (sort of), enjoying sex with the captain (um, that would be Mugen), and trying to fish (he still sucks at it). So why isn't he happy?

I love this fic for so many reasons. For one, it's probably the most realistic (well, aside from the slash; then again, this *is* Samurai Champloo) outcome I can imagine for Jin (becoming a bodyguard) and Mugen (becoming a pirate) and it's amazing how well Jin's conversion to piratism is handled. Even better is his relationship with Mugen, which is hot and passionate and yet totally confusing to poor Jin, who hasn't had much experience with either emotion in his life. A fascinating story on many levels. 

The Barbless Hook
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3rd-Dec-2007 09:38 pm Crossroads by Oyce aka springgreen (PG)
Fandom: Samurai Champloo
Pairing: gen
Author on LJ: [personal profile] springgreen 
Author Website: n/a

Why this must be read:
Usually I'm a strictly relationship-fic girl; I see 'gen' and I immediately go on to the next story. The thing about Samurai Champloo fic, however, is that even its gen fic is relationship fic because relationships between Fuu, Mugen, and Jin are so complex (are they friends, potential lovers, allies, enemies?) and yet so simple (family. Whatever else they are, they are family.) that they permeate any story that encompasses the three characters.

Crossroads is set immediately post-series, following Fuu as she rebuilds her life and tries to get over the loss of Mugen and Jin by perfecting her mochi. Guess who eventually shows up to mooch free food? A funny, sweet, and ridiculously charming fic.

Crossroads
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1st-Dec-2007 05:10 pm As Lovers Go by Arabesque05 (PG)
Normally I'm an OTP kind of girl, but the main characters of Samurai Champloo are so awesome that I love pretty much any possible permutation of our trio.  As a result, you'll be getting a mix of het, slash, and threesome fic this month, with ratings from G to NC-17.  Heck, I might even toss in a little gen (as much as anything can be gen in a Samurai Champloo fic:)

Fandom: Samurai Champloo
Pairing: Fuu/Jin
Author on LJ: [personal profile] arabesque05
Author Website: n/a

Why this must be read:
"As Lovers Go" is a beautiful Jin/Fuu romance that develops over time, allowing Jin to loosen up a little and Fuu to grow up a lot and, just as important, acknowledges the huge and continuing impact that Mugen has on both of their lives. It starts as the boys are healing during the end of the series and continues on for several years after as Fuu settles down and Mugen and Jin visit her. It's a quiet story and takes a couple of parts to draw you in, but once you're hooked the story weaves a lovely, elegant world of love and promises and honesty. A lush, gorgeous story.

As Lovers Go
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1st-Dec-2007 04:59 pm Samurai Champloo Overview
Samurai Champloo is a 26 episode anime that is, quite simply, one of the most creative (and, let's face it, whacked-out) anime series ever made. With a hip-hop soundtrack, a wealth of deliberate anachronisms, two anti-heroes, an emphatically *not* submissive female lead (who gets kidnapped more often than there are stars in the sky), more sex of both the het and the homo variety than you can shake a stick at, and a running *theme* of sexual slavery, SC is a show ripe for fanfic and fandom in general.

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