Are you ready for the weirdest Golden Kamuy character yet? This guy makes everyone you’ve ever met look normal.
Japanese Original Episode Title: 錯綜
Shiraishi manages to get himself caught by Hijikata’s crew, and while being questioned, he confesses to them that he’s traveling around with Sugimoto. Hijikata offers him his freedom, given he will bring him the tattoos of Henmi Kazuo, a notorious wondering murderer who just randomly kills people for the sake of killing. He tells Asirpa and Sugimoto of Henmi’s existence, and Asirpa suggests they go investigate the beach where the fishermen gather at this time of the year to catch herring and the Ainu tag along to hunt whales.
Conveniently enough, Henmi is actually there, and after a boat accident, Sugimoto and Asirpa make his acquaintance. We gradually get to find out that Henmi is severely mentally ill, and gets a boner at the thought of his brother struggling for his life while being killed by a wild boar, as well as the thought of himself being killed in an equally brutal way. He decides to attack Sugimoto in the hopes of Sugimoto brutally murdering him.
EXPLOSIONS!: Well, I was taken by surprise for a moment. I thought someone was declaring war and I’d be witnessing a huge massacre followed by a complete inversion of the plot. As usual, I went too far.
You filthy traitor you: I’m not entirely sure what happened with Shiraishi in this episode. Is he actually planning to betray Asirpa and Sugimoto or is he just playing wherever he can to keep himself safe? Either way, what a douchebag.
Henmi Kazuo’s situation: I think I’m going to talk about this from the perspective of this little thing Sugimoto said: ‘If he’s such a bad guy, I won’t mind killing him’. Henmi is not ‘bad’. He’s psychotic. He’s developed some really strange psychosis after having to witness the death of his brother and he’s spending his life waiting to be brutally murdered.
The style: I have to say the drawing style of the show is really starting to grow on me. Even though the animation is still not phenomenal, I do like the illustrative choices around the characters, especially the face and eyes.
Asirpa, my sister: I don’t know if it’s been obvious enough, but Asirpa only cares about food. That instantly makes her my favorite character. This and the fact that she blatantly mentioned she’s off to take a shit. You go, girl. you-go-girl.
Themes & Trivia
Hijikata’s motives: HIjikata is trying to create an independent government, trying to resist the so-called (and very important to Japanese history) Meiji Restoration. The Meiji Restoration was an event that restored practical imperial rule to the Empire of Japan in 1868 under Emperor Meiji. Obviously, people from some regions in Japan were not impressed by that.
Whaling: Whales have been hunted for centuries by humankind for their bones, fat, and meat. It is, of course, a brutal process and a huge controversy to discuss whaling nowadays, but if you want my opinion, you can’t really make choices when it comes to death and torture. Cows, chicken, and pigs in farms suffer just as much as whales do, and there is no official international association for their defense…
Most uncomfortable boner prize: Definitely goes to Henmi. That ball of light between his legs when he thinks of death is just… peachy.
Mind your weird boners
Henmi’s story kind of reminded me of the German cannibal case that was going around about 20 years ago. Not something you should look up if you have a weak stomach.
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