- Seasons: 2
- Genre: Action, Adventure, Historical, Seinen
- Studios: Geno Studio
- Source: Manga
- Title: Golden Kamuy ( ゴールデンカムイ )
- Season 1 Episodes: 12 – 23min (Completed)
- Date: 9 April 2018 — 25 June 2018
- Title: Golden Kamuy 2nd season ( ゴールデンカムイ 第二期 )
- Season 2 Episodes: 12 – 23min (Completed)
- Date: 8 October 2018 — 24 December 2018
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.
Golden Kamuy more or less revolves around the huge mystery of a hidden gold. For various reasons, the people you see in the show all had a sole purpose, that is to find this lost gold. You can call it a treasure hunt of sorts, except it is nothing like your usual treasure hunt. There’s not a lot of “normal” in the show either. From the extremely quirky characters to the bizarre manner in which the show progresses its developments, there will be tons of weird yet fascinating content that keeps this show highly interesting and engaging.
One of the major unique charms of the anime is how innately quirky the elements in the show are. From the highly intricate puzzles tattooed on human bodies, to characters with bulging foreheads or exposed skulls, there’s really all sorts of bizarre quirks that define the show. Kind of like the abundant masculinity in Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, that gave it its own bizarre identity. I think one word can bring justice to the crazy elements and the atmosphere at play in Golden Kamuy — wild. Yes, simply wild. Crazy chaotic kind of wild. It gave the world of Golden Kamuy a unique colour that stands out from most of the other anime out there. But at the same time, this wildness is fascinatingly alluring. It captivates us audience with its unique and chaotic sequences, giving the story a refreshing feeling.
The action elements in the show were also exciting and fun, effectively brandishing this identity the show had of being wild. The characters in the show are all highly talented killers. So savagery and brutality were merely commonplace. With every main character possessing a domineering murderous aura, the battle scenes were indeed intense. But if it were just action-packed alone, it wouldn’t be all that charming. Instead, while the action can be brutal and unforgiving, it’s stoic as well. Some of the characters were simply too strong, some didn’t fear death, while others were simply lucky. These tricky elements merge with the action in the show to give us a really vibrant style of action that can be terrifying, or simply charismatic.
The story itself is a rather intriguing one. Yes, it does appear to be your basic treasure hunt, but it is etched with the aspects of war and survival to give us a truly spectacular story. With people from the ancient Ainu tribe, war-time prisoners and even the elite military all being pieces involved in this wild goose chase of a treasure hunt, there isn’t a single “normal” party involved. Whether they’re enemies, allies, or perhaps even just temporarily truced, the interplay of chemistry between these factions were fascinating. It also does a good job to bring out the historical aspects of wartime, and even the historical aspects of ancient Japanese tribes like the Ainu tribe (not that I know of its accuracy. It makes the story all the more pleasant to watch, exploring the different times and different cultures that could influence a person’s instincts.
Overall, other than the insanity, the savagery and the simply weird, Golden Kamuy is at the heart of it all, just a simply entertaining show. Its paced nicely, allowing us to develop affection for the different characters. And its also really, really funny. I think the humour in the show, when it’s at play, can compare to the likes of Grand Blue. They even made good use of facial expressions to exaggerate the comical effect. All in all, what we have is a show that really has a lot to offer, be it a promising story, likeable characters, action-packed battles and even comical interactions. The anime was wonderfully engaging and entertaining.
Should I watch Seasons 1 and 2 of Golden Kamuy?
Golden Kamuy is essentially an action themed show, that incorporates elements of war and survival. But beyond that, it is also just a ton of fun to watch, with a good amount of humour as well. So if you came here looking for action, you will not be disappointed. And if you came here without much interest for action, the quirkiness of the show will charm you either ways.
I really want to recommend this show to everyone, but it is also important to note that the show is rather graphic in essence. With brutality and the inhumane being one of the show’s many charms, it can be somewhat intense and heavy for the casual viewer.