Tokyopop has started making their manga double-thick, or this is the new trend in manga, which used to follow a rather rigid format, but now you get twice the book you were expecting. And what a book it is -- with all the gusto of the anime series, all that's missing is the music (although feel free to play the soundtrack on your ipod while reading the manga).
This is Samurai Champloo COMPLETE, a nice thick volume you can carry around and not have to worry about buying anything else, because this is COMPLETE, not to be continued in bogus volume 2. Created by "manglobe", written and illustrated by Masaru Gotsubo, you also get some character sketches and an afterword comic at the end, but mostly what you get is the kind of unending action as only can be brought by the tip of Mugen's sword.
There's something pleasant about the heft of this manga format, maybe it's the Harry Potter factor that bigger is better. Either way, any fan of the series will welcome this manga edition to their collection.