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Golden Kamuy 4th Season – 03 – Lost in Anime


If orthodoxy is your factor, Golden Kamuy in all probability isn’t your factor.  This collection simply goes the place it needs and does what it needs, when it needs.  All of the extra so within the anime, the place manga chapters are steadily tailored out 0f order.  That is achieved primarily to present the difference a extra cohesive narrative circulate, and it labored brilliantly in Season 3.  It additionally has the impression, nevertheless, of constructing scene adjustments a bit random at occasions.  And this season has been an instance of that to an extent.  I don’t thoughts it – that randomness is an enormous a part of the collection’ appeal.

This time the wheel spins to Noboribetsu, the well-known (even then) onsen space that’s now a nationwide park.  It’s a pageant of larger-than-life Noda bros, each outdated and new.  Within the days of the Russo-Japanese Battle the wounded have been usually despatched to Noboribetsu to recuperate, and two of Tsurumi’s stalwarts are there – the abuse-freak Usami and Nikaidou.  Becoming a member of them are two new entrants – Warrant Officer Kikuta Mokutarou (Horiuchi Kenyuu) and Ainu personal Ariko Rikimatsu (Mizunaka Masaaki).  Severely, Noda’s nicely simply by no means appears to run dry with these guys.

There’s the standard GK freakshow right here – guys doing unusual and unseemly issues with onsen water and such – however one other flip within the plot, too.  A determine from approach again in S2 turns up – Anji Toni, the blind thief from Abashiri who makes use of echolocation to “see”.  He’s now working for the Hijikata group, apparently, and he and his allies (posing as masseurs on the scorching spring) plan to bump off Tsurumi’s males after Toni lets himself be noticed (by Ariko) at a distant spring larger up the mountain.  Kikuta is clearly a really sharp cookie, and senses alternative right here – one thing is off with the person with the strangely-patterned clothes Akito noticed working by the darkness at evening, making the sound of geta however leaving the tracks of straw snow boots.

The politics are fairly difficult right here.  Kikuta acts as if he’s fallen out of Tsurumi’s good graces for some motive.  And Nikaidou and Usami, whereas theoretically his allies, have designs on stealing this prize for themselves.  The important thing to the entire incident, it appears to me, is everybody underestimating Kikuta (and Ariko).  The 2 of them go off to hunt for the stranger at midnight, and Kikuta makes use of what’s presupposed to be an outdated pirate’s trick – utilizing an eyepatch to present himself on the spot evening imaginative and prescient (Mythbusters examined it, it actually works).  Anji is shocked that his enemy can see at midnight simply in addition to he can, and one other memorable Golden Kamuy showdown ensues on the mountainside.

Noda manages to slide some extra cool native information by making hyojun – ice stalactites – a vital plot level.  After main the others into an deserted mine Anji makes use of them to trace the motion of his opponents, managing to wound Usami within the leg.  Kikuta and Ariko are too cagy to be caught that approach, although, and finally Ariko tells Kikuta that he has an concept to take out the enemy, having grown up on this mountain.  He lets Anji monitor him by making intentional branch-breaking noises, and lures him to an avalanche-prone spot, the place he units one off utilizing his rifle.  “I lose”, certainly  – and it’s Kikuta who’s the one claiming the prize.

We’re seeing a development emerge increasingly more as hunt for the gold will get increasingly more ragged and bestial.  The mainlanders actually shouldn’t be messing with the locals, as a result of the Ainu are severe badasses.  They’re sensible, fearless, and difficult as nails.  They usually know the land – what’s going to kill you in the event you let it, and what to make use of to kill you if they should.  I feel Tsurumi and Hijikata notice this on some stage  – however maybe to not the extent that Sugimoto does, having skilled the methods of the Ainu so intimately for therefore lengthy.  The others could grudgingly respect the Ainu and see them as helpful instruments on this race, however Sugimoto is the one which sees them because the gold’s rightful homeowners.  I can’t assist however assume that may show essential ultimately.

Sure, we did get a little bit of Crew Sugimoto eventually right here.   And whereas it provides us a tease of what’s to return – a barchonak (“silly wealthy child” in Russian, although who we’re not advised but) story – principally it’s an excuse for more odd Noda antics.  “Granny dumplings” (I’ve heard about these, and I confess I wish to puke simply on the thought oft it), which have the impact of constructing Sugimoto and Shiraishi immediately blotto.  And results in a picture I completely didn’t have to see, thanks very a lot…



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