Ahoy me mateys Captain Cats here. Today I’m going to review one of 2018 best anime and its Golden Kamuy.
The TV series is based on the manga series of the same name that is written and drawn by Satoru Noda and started back in 2014 and as of now has 16 volumes under its belt in Japan.
The series takes place just after the Russo-Japanese War, which took place from February 8, 1904, until September 5, 1905. The story is about Saichi Sugimoto, a veteran of one of the hellish batters during the Russo-Japanese War, the Siege of Arthur or better know as the Battle of 203 Meter Hill. After the war, he ends up in Hokkaido and trying to keep a promise to a dead comrade, and he hears a fascinating story about a missing lot of Ainu gold and how to find it, here is where we meet the other main character, a young Ainu girl name Asirpa. After hearing the same story of the Ainu gold and she states it 100% true, both Sugimoto and Asirpa team up to not only try to find the missing gold but to find her father, who was part of the Ainu group who was transporting said gold.
The story in this series is wonderful because we get to see how Japan was after the war, how the people who lived in Hokkaido at that time lived and also learn about the Ainu people and their culture. The series has a lot of Ainu culture and language. The person who was responsible for this was Hiroshi Nakagawa, an Ainu language linguist from Chiba University, who works on both the TV series and manga.
The supporting cast in this series is vast and exciting. The main group that goes with Sugimoto and Asirpa have a master escape artist, a small group of Ainu that consist of an orphan, a fortune-teller, and a hunter. You also have another group that wants to start a second revolution, The Hokkaido 7th Division with a villain who is the best I have seen in awhile in anime and the entire Abashiri prison with its convicts.
The music and setting for this series are one of the best I have seen in 2018. You see Hokkaido in the cold winter time and the springtime as well. Compare to how it is to today you see a huge difference in every way.
The only bad thing I would have to say about the series is the comedy. Most of the comedy in the series is either cultural or visual and its kind of hard to understand it, but its ok to be honest.
Golden Kamuy was on from April to December 24, 2018, and there is no word if they will continue the series in anime.