I bought the first four episodes of Samurai Champloo yesterday. What a great series, it got me hooked the first minute. I thought I'd hate the music because I have nothing good to say about hiphop, but surprisingly there wasn't a single moment when the music was annoying.
The characters were interesting and I got great enjoyment out of the little sexual jokes here and there. The violence was your usual stuff, but it kind of surprised me because it has been really long since I watched anything that wasn't a children's anime.
I watched it in Japanese but checked out the English dub to hear what Steven Blum sounded like. I wouldn't have recognised him if I hadn't known it was him. He sounded like he was 20 or something, and was completely different from what he was like in The Dig. What a great voice actor.