Golden Kamuy it’s a really exciting manga series written by Satoru Noda, and latter adapted into anime. It has many historical references, an explosive plot, and what is the most enticing- it introduces a completely new ethnic minority such as the Ainu people, a distinct indian tribe native to Japan. If you want to try something unique that will make you go through a carousel of emotions, you should totally consider watching this show.
Ever since I discovered this series, I’ve been completely crazy about it. The show focuses on Sugimoto Saichi, an apparently ’’ immortal’’ veteran of the Russo-Japanese War due to his strong will to live an his tremendous power, and Asirpa, an unyielding and kind-hearted young Ainu girl. They begin their epic quest to find the stolen gold of her people, developing an unbreakable bond along the way.
Here are some reasons why you might be tempted to give it a try.
1. Golden Kamuy has everything you are looking for
You can’t choose what anime genre to watch? Don’t worry, you can find everything you want mixed in here. There is lots of adventure, bloody fights, comedy, drama- even cooking. You heard me right. It’s impressive how the author can just add some cuteness and humor right in the middle of a cruel battle, and he’s doing it quite gracefully. Like it’s the normal thing in the world. There also some passage when the action actually slows down and focuses on the typical picturesque life of the Ainu people, their traditions and customs being staged, or just random heart-warming moments between the characters.
2. The personages
They are kind of unique. Contrary to other anime, they are much more bolder and complex. This series has a bunch of crazy and goofy foes. Golden Kamuy has an escape-king, a fortune teller, tattooed prisoners and even former Shinsengumi warriors. What’s also extremely catchy about them is their character. They are never completely good, nor completely evil, but a mixture between these two. Every one of them have their own morals, beliefs and goals, and it kinda makes it impossible for us to judge them.
3. It will make you laugh uncontrollably or frown at how weird everything is
There are numerous scenes that cracked me. Between the half-naked boxing moment in the Russian-style steam bath and the most famous scene about the sea otter meat I don’t know which one was more priceless. Also Shiraishi provided approximately 70% of the show’s comedy with his idiotic character that will rub off on you.
4. The plot twists
I can’t lie, some of them actually messed me up. They are a proof you will never get bored. But also that you can never relax because the most unpredictable things never cease to happen. The suspense is so strong that it will always make you hold your breath. You’ll definitely change your mind a lot about the characters and reevaluate whose side are you on, due to the constant revelations.
If you happen to enjoy watching series that are a little different or if you are a big fan of adventure, that kind of enjoys a little bit of peace and quiet too, you should definitely try it. You won’t be disappointed.
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