Golden Kamuy Episode 16: Save the king?

Well, it looks like this show still has plenty of crazy, entertaining characters to show us. I really like that this series can keep injecting humor into what would normally be a very serious setting. I'm not sure how I feel about going off on a tangent to reunite with Shiraishi, but his doubts about rejoining the group have been handled pretty well.

It's nice to finally get some clues about Kiroranke's secret, even if it's not that much. I guess I really shouldn't be surprised to see Hijikata figuring things out.

This scene was predictable as heck, but I still thought it was funny to see Hijikata cutting the bridge to dump Shiraishi into the water with the other soldiers. I guess the fact that Shiraishi is the Escape King gives people the excuse to do whatever they want to him and expect he will survive. I have no problem with this idea.

While I'm not a huge fan of the type of character Nikaidou is, I have to admit that it's hilarious to see Tsurumi treat him like a bad dog.

We're going from a taxidermist to a weapons expert? I'm totally on board with this.

I think it's interesting to give Nikaidou a gun leg, but the delivery of this scene was what really surprised me. Arisaka's entrance might be my favorite part of the episode. The sheer slapstick value of sending a completely throwaway decoy ahead of Arisaka is something that I'd never have suspected from this show, and I think that kind of subversion is entertaining.

Okay, I take back what I said last week. Shiraishi's fears are totally justified. I guess Asirpa's going to eventually change Sugimoto's mind on this, but I honestly didn't expect this to be a sticking point. I'm sure I've forgotten something from season 1 that makes this statement sound dumb.

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