In Hokkaido, the far northern lands of Japan, Sugimoto survived the Russo-Japanese war of the Meiji era. Nicknamed "Sugimoto the Immortal" during the war, he now seeks the riches promised by the gold rush in hopes of saving the widowed wife of his now deceased comrade from the war. During his hunt of gold, he finds hints of a hidden stash of gold by corrupt criminals. Partnering with an Ainu girl that saves his life from the harsh climates of the north, they venture into a survival adventure to race against the criminals that seek the hidden stash.
Geno Studio has delivered another stellar production into their hands, the 2nd after Kokkoku the previous season...I'm impressed, and having more faith in the studio now.
Based off the popular manga series of the same name (for long-time coming fans), the story of Golden Kamuy in a nutshell, is of two people: the immortal soldier Sugimoto and the Ainu tribal clan girl Asirpa, both with different ideals and yet live for the common purpose. Saichi Sugimoto, having survived the war (dubbed his "immortal" status for his strong toughness in battle and style), was looked upon by a dying comrade to help his family continue life and
support his wife, through the rumor of hidden gold that through the tattoos of 24 prisoners, will lead to the location, and thus begins his search, unknowingly of the foes that will be encountered for the fight to whoever claims the gold. Along the way, Asirpa, an Ainu girl, like every tribal clan there was, having saved Sugimoto from some disgusting CGI-laden wild bears, and knowing that her goal to search for her father's murderer lands in her spot with Sugimoto, venturing the unknown, all in the name of money and revenge.
The storytelling itself is amazing, a perfect 1-to-1 adaptation of the manga source and not cutting any corners into letting us viewers understand the world of Golden Kamuy (spoiler: in episode 3 Asirpa referred the Kamuy as Gods): Gold and the Gods (animal-like creatures of status). The exposition of the story is really well done, and it fits right with the compounds of what has been presented so far.
The art and animation is also well done...if you count out the CGI wild bears (which I've heard it's outsourced work). Overall, Geno Studio has (for now) done a fantastic job showcasing the World War I-esque period (since the story is told in 20th century context), the people that come into contact and the overall-arching backgrounds that give the show a very realistic feel.
The music is by far the best representation of the series. Never did I expect another MWAM song to anchor the OP, and it shines favorably just as in Inuyashiki last Fall. That's not to say whatever else the show offers is bad, but it offers its variety as well. Personally, for the music aspect alone am I eager to watch this.
This might be Geno Studio's 2nd work, but it definitely shows promise as one of Spring 2018's premier shows to watch. If you haven't already watched this fine gem, I suggest now is the time to do so. For long-time manga fans, I hope you're certainly not disappointed with this.
Golden Kamuy is that rarest of things among anime: a pleasant surprise. It combines elements of action, slice of life, and military anime into a period historical drama that is both harrowingly tense and a whole bunch of fun. For the characters and action alone this show is worth watching, but the small window it gives us into the history and culture of the Ainu people makes this show a must-watch.
In the frigid northern reaches of Hokkaido we meet Saichi Sugimoto, a legendary veteran of the recent (1904-05) Russo-Japanese war who is said to be nearly immortal. It is good that he is apparently immortal,
because pretty soon everybody and everything starts trying to kill him. Sugimoto has decided to search for a hidden cache of stolen Ainu gold, which does indeed seem like a really good idea. The problem is that a bunch of other veterans have had the same really good idea, and let us just say that they do not much appreciate the competition. A shocking amount of violence ensues. I may or may not have failed to mention that the location of the treasure is tattooed on the backs of 24 escaped convicts, and that the convicts do not take to kindly to being hunted down and skinned...
Sugimoto soon realizes that the harsh wilderness of Hokkaido will be an even bigger problem that the army of unpleasant people trying to shoot and hit him with things, but a deus ex machina in the form of a young Ainu woman named Asirpa appears and takes an interest in Sugimoto's hunt for the gold that was stolen from her people. Asirpa is an experienced survivalist whose competence and wealth of knowledge perfectly compliments Sugimoto's terrifying hardiness and physical prowess. Together they set out to take the stolen Ainu gold for themselves.
Art and Sound:
Both good, neither amazing. It looks perfectly clean and is very well animated, and it also definitely feels cold. They did a good job of conveying the harshness of the winter. The voice work is also great. A special shout out goes to the Ainu language that we get to hear. Apparently they hired an Ainu Linguist to make sure it was legit, and that kind of attention to detail is super impressive IMO.
Sugimoto is relateable, complicated, and most of all a total badass. Asirpa is strong, endearing, and just as capable as Sugimoto at putting up a fight. Together they are a perfect team, and they seem to know it. They are pretty clearly interested in each other, and because I like them both I totally want them to get together. I can't wait to see what happens with them. I suspect it will be tragic because the show is kind of like that, but if it is it will be super fuckin tragic and full of feels and I'll probably cry. So that's cool too.
My favorite part so far has been getting to meet the Ainu characters and see them cook, worship, hunt, and live their lives. It feels like whoever wrote this really cared about showing aspects of the Ainu culture in a way that is both educational and fun to watch. There has been as much food porn as a really slow episode of Shokugeki no Souma, so that's awesome too.
The majority of the rest of the characters are either tattooed cons or hardened and borderline unhinged veterans of the 7th division of the Imperial Japanese Army. Anybody who survived the war and the harsh conditions of Hokkaido has got be one grizzled bastard, and they do not disappoint. Special shout to their commander who is especially grizzled and especially a bastard. He's the guy with the scary face. You'll know who I mean when you see it.
Enjoyment: I am absolutely loving this show so far, and I cannot recommend it highly enough. I suppose it contains too much violence for a young kid (although I totally would've loved it as a kid just sayin) but otherwise anybody who wants to have a pretty kick-ass time and learn some stuff about the history and culture of Japan at the same time should watch this show.
WATCH GOLDEN KAMUY YOU GUYS IT'S REALLY GOOOOOOOD!!!!!
Golden Kamuy looks like yet another seinen which anime adaptation aims to destroy everything its source material accomplished. These were my expectations anyway, but I was wrong.
The writing is a bit lacking with its "pray and spray" war tactics and telepoting buddies who save the day on last possible second, but the atmosphere quickly makes up for this. In the first 5 minutes of episode 01, we get a scene where drunken man sits on a snowy river bank, gazing into nothingness while the heat from his campfire seems to be his only comfort. This scene is perfect. It gives us understanding of the series
universe and shows us with what type of mindset the series should be approaced with. Not to mention that the animated fire itself is glorious as hell. Almost like from triple A video game. Golden Kamuy doesn't take its time, it directly goes into business by explaining what it is all about. Something which most seinen anime adaptations and shows from current season in generally have failed to do.
From its production, Golden Kamuy has clearly learned from others' mistakes. I was afraid this would suffer from the downgrade effect we have seen in the past with series such as Blade of the Immortal, Hellsing and Shin Angyo Onshi. On the other hand, I was afraid the overall feel of the series would be destroyed with CGI/art directing like Kingdom did with its S01, or Drifters or *shivers* Berserk with its newer adaptations. Reality is the opposite. This gives us hope that maybe Wit Studios won't make Vinland Saga unwatchable after all. Smarter choices. Golden Kamuy art and animation perfectly represent the series. I am genuinely surprised.
The story and characters were never the strongest part of this series, and the production team seems to be well aware of this. It plays with tensions, build-up and audiovisual execution exactly as it should. On top of that, every new episode has been better than the last. I highly recommend this series especially to manga readers who have already given up hope on the lesser medium. The fans of 'Seirei no Moribito' and 'Blade of the Immortal' should check this out ASAP as well.
Geno is a very new study, coming from people who used to work in Manglobe. His quality is by novice, now with the director of Goshik and with the screenwitter of Baccano?
A soldier named "Sugimoto the Immortal", after the Russo-Japanese War of 1905, starts looking for gold to pay for the operation of sight of the widow of a friend fallen in combat. There he discovers that there is a treasure map of the "Ainu" (Nippon Eskimos) and joins with a loli of this tribe to get hold of it. And there are CG bears.
the story is quite interesting, there is a lot of hidden
gold and the only clues to find it are tattoos of very dangerous people, this leads to two things, one to be interested in who will be the next rival to face and two, learn about the culture Ainu, and see some decent moments of action, which will make Golden kamuy a pretty entertaining story
-Art,Sound and staff-
Produced by Geno, it looks pretty decent, chapter two is pretty loose in terms of section, but the 3rd and the recent have a quality that is passable, the soundtrack captures some scenes very well and the opening and ending are very good, up here ok, the only bad thing is the CGI
Sugimoto is by far the best character in the series, similar to guts (berserk), it is very well sized and it is interesting to see how it goes from crazy assassin to serious and calm man, Asirpa is also a very solid character, and is not a immature loli as we are used to seeing in the industry, and Yoshitake is quite charismatic, the rest of the characters are interesting and as they move forward they may find themselves with some pretty solid villains.
The story is interesting, the Ainu culture too, and if the quality does not decline we may see incredible action scenes with sugimoto facing people in search of gold oh people who carry tattoos, highly recommended if you are looking for a series of action and adventures
In these opening weeks of the Spring 2018 anime season, Steins;Gate 0 starts off as the by far highest rated anime, although Megalo Box is the new heavy hitter if we look past sequels. This and more in the opening edition of The Seasonal Quarterly.