Samurai Champloo [from the creator of Cowboy Bebop]
The first episode alone contains one of the best anime swordfights that I have ever come across. It's better than those seen in the last arc of Peacemaker, better than Kenshin's first duel with Saitou, possibly even better than all of the amazing battles that motivated me to buy the Samurai X OVAs. I can't even find the words to express my esctacy.
Visually and aurally, Samurai Champloo is (as expected) very, very cool. The scene transitions are particularly innovative, and the show's animation just about reeks of style. This series is to hip-hop as Cowboy Bebop is to jazz--it owes much of its unique atmosphere to its daring soundtrack. I used the word "daring" because most people simply wouldn't think of combining a historical action-drama with... well, hip-hop, which is one of the most modern genres of music in existence.
I loved how the second-to-last frame said "The End," and was followed shortly by "Psyche! To be continued." That amused me quite a bit. ^_^
So guve your opinions upon this show...remember every opinion is respected.