I didn’t expect to enjoy these episodes as much as I did. Gintama has a host of specials and short crossovers but as far as I know, this is the only ova. It was really damn good and I kind of wish it was longer.
It took me a lot longer than I would’ve liked but another season of Gintama down and the conclusion creeps ever more closely. I had opted to watch this season after season 8 because the momentum Gintama was on was ridiculous starting with the Shogun Assassination, arc and I wanted to just plow through it. With that being said, like always, I loved this season. Mainly comprised of multi-part comedy arcs it was very enjoyable through and through.
This season is another great Gintama season. This was the finale to the major conflict that’s been brewing these past few seasons while also being the beginning of the epilogue. With that, there’s a lot of laughs, emotions, hype moments, and by the end, I just have this feeling of bitter-sweetness that this amazing anime is almost over.
So in my new podcast, I ranted about bad adaptations. And I wanted to talk more in-depth about what really constitutes a bad adaptation and then in turn what anime have bad adaptations. I’ve started a few times that I believe anime (or animation in general) is the greatest form of art there is. Now that’s another post for another day, but my take on that boils down to it consisting of so many forms of art while also having the freedom of creativity of animation and art style. So it’s always a great time when a popular manga or someone’s favorite manga gets announced to have an adaptation on the way. Until the studio is revealed and its Pierrot. I think it goes without being said that there’s a difference between a bad adaptation and just flat-out bad anime. So what makes an adaptations bad and what are some bad adaptations?
So I announced in my new podcast a few days ago that I was gonna skip the slip arc and move onto the silver soul arc. Just to stay on the timeline, and I’ll eventually come back around to the slip arc. But man, this arc is really good. All my gripes about animation last season, pretty much out the window and the comedy was on point.
Coming off the best season of Gintama yet. This season had me very excited to see where it was going to go. A lot of questions were raised last season. What’s Utsuro’s backstory? Hows is the political climate in Edo after the last arc? The status of Shinsunke and the Harusame. Among others. This season answered those questions and many more while also answering questions from way back and season 1 and tying a lot of things together for the story. All while keeping that same Gintama charm. As always with these, spoiler alert.
As I’ve gotten older I’ve sort of found it hard to watch more than maybe 3-5 episodes of anime in one sitting. I usually just get tired or just feel like I want to do something else regardless of how good it is. Which is the complete opposite of when I was a Freshman in High-School coming home and watching HxH until the next school day. It got to the point where my friends were worried about where I’d been after school lol. But I have other aspects of my life that I’m interested in doing throughout the day that takes time away from me watching anime. It took me like a month to watch the remaining 150ish episodes of Gintama s1. It took me I think a little over two weeks to watch s2. I just finished s4 in barely 8 days. And on top of that In less than two days I watched the last 20ish episodes. I couldn’t keep myself away from watching this. In the last part of this season, Gintama reaches a new high that I knew was possible for this show but I was still enamored and awestruck by it. Just like my previous Gintama reviews, this will be heavy on the spoilers also I’ll try to keep this as short as possible but uh there’s so much to talk about with just the last 16 episodes alone that this review will belong.
I have a lot to say about the finale of Fruits Basket. But Before I do, I had a suspicion when I first started watching the first season a few months ago. That I could potentially be watching something really good that I would really enjoy. My suspicion was found correct pretty early in that season but by the time I wrapped up the second season I knew that this show is in masterpiece territory. I’m always going to value the journey just as much or maybe even more than the ending. So even if this season ended up being “meh”. I would still love it for everything that’s led up to this point. And I still think it could be in that masterpiece conversation. Not only was the journey to this point absolutely incredible. Words can’t express how happy and emotional I am that it stuck the landing perfectly. This season is beautiful in so many ways. I loved it.
This movie is awesome. The first movie was a really good retelling of the Benizakura arc. But getting something new and fresh adapted in movie quality was a joy. Funny enough, scenes from this movie were used as a gag in the previous season just like the first season did with the Benizakura movie. At this point, I should just expect every movie gag to eventually come true. But I said in my original Gintama review that while the anime does parody pop culture a lot, it gets to a point where it parodies itself probably even more. This movie is heavy on self-parody and I loved it. So excuse while I gush over this movie for a bunch of paragraphs.
I don’t know if my allergies are starting to get to me but there were a lot puffy eyes watching this season. There’s no mistaking by this point that I love Gintama. I feel like it’s all but solidified itself as my favorite anime ever with only a few contending for that title. This season was the best so far. In 13 episodes there were three phenomenal arcs. All three added a lot to the overall story, characters and introduce a major new conflict. And I really want to talk about all three individually cause at this point these reviews aren’t really spoiler-free. If you somehow haven’t watched Gintama yet these reviews going forward (well really since the movie review) aren’t the place to start. We’re getting pretty deep into the series I want to sort of deep dive into all these moments in a little more detail.