In the early twentieth century, Russo-Japanese War veteran Saichi “Immortal” Sugimoto scratches out a meager existence during the postwar gold rush on the wild frontier of Hokkaido. When he stumbles across a map to a fortune in hidden Ainu gold, he sets off on a treacherous quest to find it. But Sugimoto is not the only interested party, and everyone who knows about the gold will kill to possess it! Faced with the harsh conditions of the northern wilderness, ruthless criminals and rogue Japanese soldiers, Sugimoto will need all his skills and luck—and the help of an Ainu girl named Asirpa—to survive.
Source: VIZ Media
What makes and breaks this manga to readers is how to approach it. IT IS NOT A PURE ACTION manga, it lies more to the side if a historical adventure with characters that are just great. I have to confess that it took me about 20 chapters to really hook me in. Warning though, some later chapters really bring the transphobic cliche of a "trans serial killer" similar to Silence of the Lambs. One Piece is more progressive than this in that aspect.
Golden Kamuy is a thrilling and unique manga that combines elements of historical fiction, adventure, and mystery. The story follows Saichi Sugimoto, a veteran of the Russo-Japanese War who embarks on a dangerous quest to find a treasure hidden by a group of Ainu people in Hokkaido, Japan. One of the greatest strengths of Golden Kamuy is its detailed and authentic portrayal of the Ainu culture. The manga takes great care to accurately depict Ainu traditions, language, and way of life, adding a level of depth and richness to the story. The manga also explores themes of colonialism and cultural identity, making it both entertaining and thought-provoking. The action in Golden Kamuy is intense and exhilarating. Saichi and his companions face numerous challenges and obstacles as they make their way through the unforgiving wilderness of Hokkaido. The fight scenes are well-choreographed and the use of historical weapons and tactics adds a level of authenticity to the battles. The characters in Golden Kamuy are also well-developed and memorable. Saichi is a complex protagonist, haunted by the traumas of war but driven by his desire to honor the memory of his fallen comrades. The supporting cast, including the Ainu girl Asirpa and the infamous criminal Hijikata Toshizo, add depth and nuance to the story. Finally, the artwork in Golden Kamuy is stunning. The detailed backgrounds and character designs are a feast for the eyes, and the use of shading and tone creates a sense of depth and atmosphere that immerses the reader in the story. Overall, Golden Kamuy is a must-read manga that offers a unique and thrilling adventure. With its well-developed characters, intense action scenes, and thoughtful exploration of culture and identity, this manga is sure to captivate and entertain readers of all ages.
This manga is great, the story starts in a high tone and keep it up to the end. The characters are all very cool in their own way without being shallow, on the contrary. The art is very good even though it is draw digitally which make it lose some of its raw power. The only downside, in my opinion, is that at some points the story drags a little too much on ainu culture, especially related to food which serves in no way, shape or form to push the story forward. That being said as the story goes on those parts are tonned down. Overall I would definitely recommend anyone to read it as it is a wild and fun ride from beggining to end.
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