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Golden Kamuy and An Exciting World of Adventure and Adrenaline

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As many have already stated, the spring of 2018 is likely to go down in anime history as one of the best seasons of all time. There was so much quality and diversity in the shows that were airing that for many it was astounding. From shonen favorite like the third season of My Hero Academia starting its run, to brand new instant comedy classics like Hinamatsuri bursting onto the scene, there was a lot to love.

One show that seemed to remain ever so slightly under the radar was Golden Kamuy. While newer IPs like the aforementioned Hinamatsuri and Megalo Box were receiving heaps of praise from fans, Studio Geno’s adaptation of Noda Satoru’s acclaimed manga seemed to go largely ignored. However, despite its relative obscurity during last season, Golden Kamuy is absolutely worth a watch.

The show’s story follows Sugimoto, a Russo-Japanese war veteran who, after leaving the army and finding his late best friend’s wife helpless as she faces a disease that threatens to leave her blind, goes out in search of fast cash. Upon hearing the story the tattooed prisoners and the stash of hidden Ainu gold, Sugimoto rushes to start his journey. Quickly he runs into an Ainu girl named Asirpa, who coincidentally happens to be the daughter of the former Ainu chief. After telling Asirpa his plans, she agrees to assist him in order to find out more about her father, and in exchange, she promises to let him have a small portion of the gold.

Left: Lt. Tsurumi, Right: Toshizo Hijikata

Undoubtedly one of the best parts of the series is its large cast of characters who all have the same goal of finding the valuable stash of gold. Aside from the two main characters, there is also Lt. Tsurumi, who leads a faction of former Russo-Japanese soldiers known as the 7th Division, and whose ultimate goal is to create a separate country, independent of Japan. Tsurumi very much comes across as a ruthless tyrant, even while claiming to care about the men in his division. There is also Toshizo Hijikata, a former samurai who wants to establish his own Shogunate like kingdom where he can relive his glory days.

Left: Asirpa, Right: Saichi Sugimoto

However, the show would be absolutely nothing without its two leads, Asirpa and Sugimoto. The chemistry between these two can really only be described as genuine, as there bond is apparent even from the first episode. Sugimoto’s backstory, in particular, rang as extremely harsh, especially given the historical period the show is based in. Given that the show happens almost immediately after the Russo-Japanese War, this means that the events are happening around 1905-1906, a time when the world was only beginning to opens its borders to foreign trade. Japan especially was very hostile to the idea, and as a result getting the medical treatment that his wife needed was extremely difficult.

As the two continue on their journey to collect the tattoos of the 24 prisoners that will reveal the location of the Ainu gold, they begin to learn more about each other. Sugimoto learns more about Ainu culture when they make periodic pitstops into Asirpa’s village, and Asirpa slowly learns more about Sugimoto’s past as they continue to travel. Over time the two pick up another ally in the form of Yoshitake Shiraishi, one of the tattooed prisoners, and one known as the escape king. Despite being also being allied with Hijikata, Shiraishi agrees to help Sugimoto in his quest to find the gold, even though Sugimoto really does not trust him.

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Golden Kamuy’s setting in the northern mountain range in Hokkaido, while also being historically accurate, gives the show a narrative flow that a lot of other adventure stories don’t. Because the setting rarely changes from the mountainous environment, it makes the show much more immersive and can avoid a lot of awkward transitions.

The show’s animation is mostly passible. There are a few spots towards the beginning and end, but it is more than made up for by its beautiful set pieces and largely on point action scenes. The one area where it does fail almost completely is its CG. Granted, the CG alone is not enough to discredit the show as a whole, far from it. And it is also rarely in the show long enough to even be considered distracting. However, during the times that it is used, Golden Kamuy’s CG can really only be described as bad.

Golden Kamuy Bear

The most prominent and consistent example of this is its depiction of bears. They very often come across as looking unnatural and extremely jarring when put next to the rest of the 2D animation, as seen in the above photo. While the director did acknowledge the difficulty of hand-drawing bears and the ability to make them look as consistently good as they did in the original manga, it does not make up for how poorly they look in the show.

The music is also not one of the show’s stronger elements. While it did receive both an excellent OP and ED, the rest of the soundtrack does not come with any standout music. This is by no means to say that it is bad. But, it is to say that it could have been done a lot better. The show’s ED, “Hibana” by The Sixth Lie, has become a personal favorite of mine, though.

Golden Kamuy is by no means perfect. There are a lot of weaknesses in some of its side characters, music, and especially in its CG, but that is no reason to discount it. Historical fiction is something I rarely seek out in anime, but if it can be done even half as good as Golden Kamuy, I would be more than happy to watch more. Overall, Golden Kamuy is definitely worth a watch.

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This Week in Anime: Konosuba, Golden Kamuy, and More…

Sorry, this is coming out a day late, I was feeling a bit distracted and not really in a mood to write. Some painful memories recently got stirred up again and it put me in a really weird place, but now I am ok again. Anyway, on to this week’s news

New Anime

A list of new anime announcements:

Golden Kamuy Season 2 Will Air in the Fall

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It has now been officially announced that the popular manga turned spring 2018 anime adaptation will now be receiving another season. The show will reportedly be airing in the fall season of this year, and will have all of the staff return to work on the show, as well as again being animated by Studio Geno.

Golden Kamuy centers around Sugimoto, a Russo-Japanese war veteran who, after finding out his friends wife will soon go blind, heads out on a mission to find a hidden treasure that will help him get her the medicine he needs. Along the way, he meets up with various dangerous individuals who also happen to be looking for the treasure.

Kadokawa Releases Trailer for Overlord Season 3

On top of a few promotional images, Kadokawa has now also officially released a trailer for the widely popular Overlord series.

The trailer highlights some of the upcoming plot points of the new season, as well as displaying some of the grittiness the show is well known for. The show’s third season will be produced by Madhouse, and Satoshi Hino will be returning to voice the show’s main character.

Overlord takes place in the world of an MMORPG that is set to shut down. After a player refuses to log out of the game, he finds that many of the world’s NPCs take on personalities of their own.

Konosuba to Receive Full-Length Film

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Fans of the instant hit parody series Konosuba will be pleased to find out that the series will be receiving a full-length feature film sometime in the future. Many details about the show’s production are not yet known as of the writing of this piece, but it has been confirmed that the show will have a shift in studios, as J.C. Staff will be taking over for Studio Deen.

Konosuba’s story follows Kazuma, a NEET who, after dying from shock, is given a chance to be reborn by the goddess Aqua, who he requests comes with him as he starts his new life in another world.

Hiro Mashima Reveals New Fairytail Spinoff Manga

Fairy Tail Hero City

After a slew of announcements from Mangaka Hiro Mashima earlier this year about future projects, including one about his newest Manga Eden’s Zero, Mashima has now revealed one of the destinies of his hit series Fairytail. Mashima announced this week the name of one of the new fairytail spinoff’s that he has planned for the future, that being Fairytail Hero City. Details about the specific story have yet to be released, but reportedly, the manga will be out sometime this fall.

Article Shoutouts

For this week, I’ll admit that I really haven’t read that many blog posts or articles because of my slump, but I do want to give a shoutout to my fellow OWLS members who had blog posts this week. So here are the links to those:

22: Gloria (The Nerdy Girl News)

23: Marina (Anime B&B)

24: Dale (That Baka Blog)

25: Gigi (Animepalooza)

26: Takuto (Takuto’s Anime Cafe)

27: Scott (Mechanical Anime Reviews)

28: Crimson (Crimson is Blogging)

29: Carla (PopCultureLiterary)

What do you guys think of this week’s anime-related news? Let me know in the comments below. Also, if you want to support the Aniwriter through donations or are just feeling generous, consider buying me a coffee on Ko-Fi. Otherwise, thanks for reading and bye for now, Friendos!

This Week in Anime: New Sequel Films, Attack on Titan and More…

Another week has gone by, and another week of important anime news has been built up. Time to flush it out in another edition of This Week in Anime. Let’s get started.

Shirobako/Princess Principal Get Sequel Films

Fans were excited this week when to different series received announcements this week that they were going to receive animated sequels, both in the form of film: Shirobako, which aired in 2014, and Princess Principal, which aired in 2017. Shirobako will be getting one sequel film, while Princess Principal is reportedly getting a six-film long sequel series.

The announcement for Shirobako came via the English Twitter account for P.A. Works, who animated the show’s first season.

A release date has not yet been announced, but many of the show’s original staff have been confirmed for a return to the movie’s production, including Tsutomi Mizushima as the director, Michiko Yokote as the screenwriter and Ponkan8 as the character designer.

Princess Principal has had a release date confirmed for 2019 for the first film in the series. Details have not yet currently been released, but the will likely arrive soon given the already confirmed release date.

Attack on Titan Season 3 to Air on July 23

Source: Denofgeek.com

It has been confirmed that Attack on Titan’s third season, which had previously been confirmed for the Summer 2018 anime season, will begin its run on July 23rd of this year. The show’s website has already confirmed that all of the show’s previous cast and production staff will return for the third season.

The show’s third season will focus on the “Uprising Arc” which follows an origin story about the Titans, as well as an attempted government takeover. While it has not been confirmed as of the writing of this article, the show has been rumored to be 24 episodes in length to the amount of content being adapted.

Golden Kamuy Dub Cast Feature Ian Sinclair and Monica Rial

Source: Otakukart.com

The English Dub production of Golden Kamuy, produced by Funimation, aired its first episode on Monday, and as it turns out, Funimation brought at two of its most experienced voice actors. Ian Sinclair has taken the role of Sugimoto, and Asirpa is being played by Monica Rial.

Both of the voice actors have had much experience in the realm of anime, including filling many famous roles. Sinclair previously played characters such as Dandy from Space Dandy, Bardroy from Black Butler and Ginei from Rosario + Vampire. Rial, meanwhile, has had roles such as Rize from Tokyo Ghoul, Index from A Certain Magical Index and Panty from Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt.

I didn’t really have a lot to say about these stories, so I decided to just lay of the commentary for this week. Hopefully the stuff next week gives me more to talk about.

What do you guys think of this week’s anime related news? Let me know in the comments below. Also, if you want to support the Aniwriter through donations or are just feeling generous, consider buying me a coffee on Ko-Fi. Otherwise, thanks for reading and bye for now, Friendos!

Opening of the Week: Winding Road by Man with a Mission (Golden Kamuy OP)

Ever since the first time hearing Log Horizon’s OP Database, I have absolutely been in love with Man with a Mission. Not only does the group have an awesome Rap/Rock combination, but they make use of their lead singers voices and puts them in the best possible place for the song their singing. At this point, every time I see them listed on an anime’s opening, I pretty much guaranteed to watch it. Not to mention that most of the show’s that their songs are attached to I really like, and Golden Kamuy is no different so far. Today we’ll be talking about their newest offering, Winding Road.

Most of the songs that Man with a Mission to are super fast-paced and often have some kind of an awesome drop when the chorus comes in. Winding Road, however, is a fair bit different than some of the stuff I’ve covered from them before. The music is much more reflective of the show its attached to than in other songs.

The song opens at a much slower pace than is typical for Man with a Mission, after which it keeps this slow pace for the song. The lyrics have a much more reflective look, mirroring the characters that are the focus of the show, as they talk about having “one last desire” and a dark past they need to deal with. This makes sense because, in Sugimoto’s case, the need to find money and help his late friend’s wife helps him cross paths with Asirpa, who looks to avenge her father’s death.

The music also lives up to its title, as the long drawn out build up of the music mirrors the feeling of a stretched out journey, be it literal or figurative. Normally the guitars are more intense, but the whole song feels much more stripped back and atmospheric.

The OP’s visuals also do a good job at giving us a sense of where the characters came from. In the beginning of the OP, Sugimoto is walking next to a river, telling us about how after he left the army he went to the river to pan for gold, and Asirpa is shown hunting in the woods, where we first meet her in the show.

If you are expecting the typical fair for Man with a mission, then you will probably be thoroughly surprised. Winding Road is a bit different, but it a good way. You should definitely check it out.

What do you guys think of Golden Kamuy’s OP? Let me know in the comments below. Also, if you want to support the Aniwriter through donations or are just feeling generous, consider buying me a coffee on Ko-Fi. Otherwise, thanks for reading and bye for now, Friendos!

Golden Kamuy Episode 1 Reaction

With My Hero Academia, Tokyo Ghoul:re, and Megalobox all airing this season, there is a lot of quality to enjoy in the spring 2018 season. One show that has already stood out in a big way is Golden Kamuy, the story of a Russo-Japanese War veteran bent on discovering a large stash of gold in order to save his friend’s wife from blindness.

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There is a lot to like about this show so far. One thing that stands out immediately is the show’s main character, Saichi Sugimoto. As a war veteran of a bloody conflict with Russian soldiers, Sugimoto has been mostly looking just to complete his mission and help his fallen friend. Overall, while he comes across as a little bit crazy, I get the feeling that despite the amount of killing that will likely take place over the course of the series, it will be pretty hard to hold any of it against him.

The show’s other main character, Asirpa, also seems pretty awesome. It really is nice to have what looks to be a strong female character in a lead role, and not have to compromise her strength for Sugimoto, who, so far at least, see’s her as an equal partner, and literally offered to give her most of the gold, so long as he has enough to help his friends wife.

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If there is really one bad thing I could say about the show so far, it would be the C.G. on those bears because my god do they not look good. It was honestly really jarring having to watch the fight with both of them because every minute it was on screen I just wanted to look away. Hopefully, there will not be a lot more of that though.

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Overall, though, this is a show I am really excited for. It is not often that we get a piece of historical fiction played out in anime, and especially not a premise this exciting. Honestly, my first instinct was to compare this show to One Piece, except this actually seems like its going to be good, and will also end at some point.

What do you guys think of the first episode of Golden Kamuy? Let me know in the comments below. Also, if you want to support the Aniwriter through donations or are just feeling generous, consider buying me a coffee on Ko-Fi. Otherwise, thanks for reading and bye for now, Friendos!