after hearing tons of good stuff about this anime, samurai champloo, i finally picked up a copy of the first volume, used, and i'm going to start checking it out right now.
i'm starting to think that i'm not exactly a true anime fan. i am almost constantly disappointed with series that have a ton of recommendation behind them, and tend to only enjoy those that already have legendary status. Evangelion, Ghost in the Shell, Akira, etc. i think anyone, not just a fan of anime, but literally, ANYONE would enjoy these achievements.
i'll let you know.