Try as I might, it’s hard for me to see a series like Gintama doing well over here. And yet, it is! This lets me hold out hope for Sakigake: Otokojuku! getting a release here. Or maybe not, I always get blank stares when I mention that series.
It’s been roughly a year since the original series ended (with a strange Christmas episode in March, no less), and just like initial director Takamatsu Shinji promised, a new series arrived and picks up with the same staff minus Takamatsu--Fujita Yoichi takes the reins now--but more importantly, it has the same feel and the same heart that the original had plenty of.
Or it could just be a goofy comedy, treating the occupation of the invading Amanto with passing references, rarely stopping to actually address the “bigger picture” and talk about Japan’s freedom.
Now, for some people this might be an issue: one of the strengths of Japanese comic and animation storytelling is a general feeling of continuity, how stories are told in large, multi-part arcs that often have a lot of character development along the way. Contrary to this, Gintama has and always will be more or less a sitcom, save for a few story arcs that flesh out the real strength of this series: its characters.
Sakata Gintoki is a “freelancer,” which is a fancy way of saying that he’s broke and jobless and will do just about anything for money, because how else is he going to make rent for the month? Getting a real job, you say? That sounds like it involves effort. Thankfully, he’s partnered with his sometimes-reluctant but always-able apprentice, Shimura Shinpachi, and the immensely strong alien (who looks like a little Chinese girl) Kagura, and this unlucky trio will face any odds to see their job to the end and collect the money they so desperately need. Along the way, they run afoul of the Shinsengumi (yes, that Shinsengumi), an elite police force of swordsmen, and the occupying Amanto forces.
Gags in more slapstick comedies can often make for a choppy flow to the story. The story can end up flowing so roughly, in fact, that it must be either futilely simple or detrimentally short. This unfortunate phenomenon is the bane of all who wish to see a comedy that has a strong dramatic element to it. All to often, those seeking such a comedy are made to sacrifice a great deal of hilarity so as to maintain the drama. Viewers need suffer no longer for Crunchyroll has cured this debilitating monotony with its license, We, Without Wings: Under the Innocent Sky.
Straight man within a number of other comedies change places with other characters within their respective shows. In some, this occurs within the same scene. A symbiotic relationship between comedy and a drama is not native to these environments and must be unnaturally rested into them. Unfortunate environments such as those, however prominent elsewhere, are foreign to the native environment of comedy lichen, We, Without Wings; its jokes are centred around a single straight man. A fellow whom not only does not run the positions in his comedy troop on an alternating cycle, but is featured for considerable stretches of scenes even across ending themes.
Destabilization of the show is rendered nigh impossible by this kilter anchor. The show maintains a degree of focus that is quite exceptional amongst its kin considering the barrage it receives on a near regular basis.
We, Without Wings: Under the Innocent Sky is ironically derived from eroge. For some viewers, that begets an inability to enjoy the show. It does indeed retain some of the original eroge's suggestive elements; however, these are turned satirically playful. Through the use of inordinate shading and illumination, affectedly shoddy censoring, flashing what is usually deliberate, and casually transitioning into tamer jokes, the light of this objectification gleams in stark disparity to the typical echi anime.
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Naoya - His name literally means "Godparent", probably in reference to his relationship with Asuha. His name is transliterated with the kanji 直哉, which literally means "the honest one", and "one who fixes (relationships)", perhaps in reference to his character.
Years ago at the Final Valley, Sasuke told Naruto about high-level shinobi being able to understand one another just by trading blows. Having become a high-level shinobi, Naruto is now able to understand Sasuke’s heart.
Ichigo leaves for the Soul Society to join the battle, only to be ambushed by Kageroza, who intends to erase Ichigo’s existence. Back in the Soul Society, the wounded captains find themselves facing new Reigai to battle, while Hitsugaya is reunited with Hinamori.
After getting through to the National Tournament, Aichi and the others head to the mysterious card shop PSY that they once visited in order to polish their skills. But what awaits them there...
Did you know that the Big O was originally supposed to last only one season and wasn't that popular in Japan. It was the positive feedback from US fans that prompted Sunrise to renew it for a second season.
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