The race to obtain the lost Ainu gold is nearing its peak, as even more formidable ex-prisoners are set on keeping their tattooed skins intact. Saichi "The Immortal" Sugimoto and Asirpa can finally move forward together, but Asirpa's time with Kiroranke and Ogata Hyakunosuke has slightly altered her ambition and strengthened her determination. As their party leaves the Russian territory, they gain a peculiar follower.
Meanwhile, Toshizou Hijikata's crew makes major moves to get invaluable skins, falling into the poisonous trap of a dangerous convict. Although each group possesses a strong advantage over the others, even First Lieutenant Tokushirou Tsurumi—the most powerful and ruthless contender—cannot advance without Asirpa's help. However, his ominous plans for when they will inevitably meet remain a mystery.
Anime Review: Golden Kamuy 4th Season
Set at the brink of the 20th century, our story takes up with an intrepid duo, Saichi Sugimoto, a hardened veteran of the Russo-Japanese war, and Asirpa, an Ainu girl with a knack for survival in the harsh Hokkaido wilderness. They are in search of a mysterious stash of Ainu gold, said to be hidden by a criminal mastermind and only decipherable by obscure tattoo maps inscribed on the skin of escaped convicts.
As they journey through volatile and icy landscapes, they become entangled in a deadly race with various dangerous factions looking to get their hands on the treasure. This race becomes harder for our pair as the boundaries between allies and enemies become unclear. With new unfamiliar characters coming into play and a deepening mystery, The Golden Kamuy 4th Season takes an exciting twist delivering an adrenaline-filled escapade centered on trust, perseverance, and unraveling mysteries.
Story and Plot
Golden Kamuy continues to weave a complex yet engrossing narrative in its fourth season. The stakes are higher than ever, the lore is richer, and the mixture of measuring tension punctuated with well-placed humor is more balanced. The anime masterfully addresses plot-twists, thereby ensuring that the story never loses steam. The pacing is right on track, leaving the audience gripped and yearning for more.
One of the strengths of Golden Kamuy is its character development and that trend continues in the 4th Season. The relationship between Sugimoto and Asirpa evolves beautifully, and each character’s growth feels natural and well-paced. Even the villains are well-drawn out with their motivations clear, making it hard not to root for them at times. The new characters add flavor and intrigue to the story without detracting from the narrative.
Art and Animation
The animation remains consistent and the art style is unique and expressive, perfectly capturing the raw Hokkaido landscape. The action sequences are fluid, providing visually striking moments meshing ideally with the storyline. Golden Kamuy’s distinctive blend of realism and stylization makes it stand out in the ocean of anime.
Golden Kamuy Season 4 is a rollercoaster ride – a perfect blend of adventure, action, humor, and character growth. The plot is intricately woven and continues to hold the attention of the viewer. The show successfully merges historical facts with fiction resulting in a riveting watch. As for whether to rent, buy, or stream – I’d say any anime collection would be richer with Golden Kamuy in it – so a buy could be justified. Nonetheless, if you’re resorting to streaming, prepare yourself for some binge watching – this one’s hard to put down.
Final Ratings – 9/10
Don’t miss this thrilling treasure hunt of a tale set against the backdrop of the haunting and harsh Hokkaido wilderness. This is a heart-warming tale of friendship, betrayal, and survival in the face of adversity, with a dash of humor thrown in for good measure – you don’t want to miss it.
The Anime Critic.
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