I have been writing anime reviews for about three years now, and never have I ever been so distracted with the show’s plot to the point where I forgot to take notes… except for today!
Japanese Original Episode Title: 蹂躙
In the last episode, Sugimoto and Shiraishi were locked in the prison, the 7th was coming, Inkaramat and Tanigaki Nispa were by the river, Hijikata was walking around, and Ogata sneaking behind the trees for cover (do bare in mind that this is completely overlooked during this whole episode! Ogata has definitely got an important role to play in the final, now that he’s well forgotten). Sugimoto and Shiraishi are struggling to find a way out, while the 7th invades. Sugimoto uses the fake Nopperabo as bait to get them to let them go, but Nikaido shoots and hits fake Noperrabo on the head, naturally, he dies, and Sugimoto and Shiraishi are trapped. Shiraishi digs a hole out and escapes through a tiny opening by dislocating his shoulders, but Sugimoto is not that flexible so he stays stuck under the prison floor. While escaping, Shiraishi meets up with Asirpa and sends Kiroranke to help Sugimoto, who in turn uses explosives to blast him out. Sugimoto escapes after a serious fight with Nikaido but is left with an injured leg.
While all this is happening, Tori Anji takes Asirpa to Hijikata and he convinces her to see her father, so she can convince him to spill the beans on the gold. As soon as Asirpa finds out where her father is, she escapes and tells Kiroranke, who in turn tells Sugimoto. On their effort to get to Nopperabo, Toni Anji gets killed by Inudo and Hijikata finds himself fighting him, while Nopperabo escapes. Everyone meets at the gate, except Sugimoto who, while trying to hide, comes across Nopperabo, and in his eye colour he recognizes Wilk.
Pulling a Sugimoto: Sugimoto gets explosives go off in his face, Shortly after that, while completely unharmed, he gets stabbed in the mouth by Nikaidou, and shot in the leg, so very close to his achilles heel. And then casually escapes to find the guy they’ve been looking for all along. Classic.
The knife: Asirpa’s dagger was not given to Sugimoto without good reason. To be honest I wasn’t expecting him to find Nopperabo, so my first thought was that Asirpa and Sugimoto are never going to see each other again. However, at this point it makes sense; he needs to dagger to convince Wilk to come with him to see Asirpa.
Ogata: Hidden weapon for the next episode. They should really have picked that character for that as he’s not easily forgotten (I have mentioned in the past that according to polls he’s the most popular character of the show) but I suppose that’s his thing, right? He shoots. From a distance. Expect him.
So… Inkaramat?: Are they cool? She betrayed them to Tsurumi, did I get that right? And all that because her current personal goal had changed, or not? Tanigaki Nispa looks awfully understanding for her to be a traitor. Maybe she’s just being stoic and he finds that scary. Oh well.
I can’t believe it’s almost over
I think Golden Kamuy wins the ‘best anime I’ve reviewed so far’ prize. I could argue it was Inuyashiki (even though it had kind of a weak ending I suppose), but Golden Kamuy is definitely the most entertaining one. The plot was really good, there were good comedy moments, engaging characters, good trivia and history, hell, even the fan service was fun. I wish more stuff like it were around. Minus the CGI maybe. Like that boats scene at the very beginning of this episode and the bear scene at the very beginning of the show. Seriously these were the only moments I felt Like I didn’t want to be watching this in the whole show, and they could have just been avoided by just putting a little more effort in realizing this. Also, whatever happened to that blue sheen around the lines? That was quite a dominant style when the show started and it’s gone. Can’t say I’ve missed it.
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