originally posted on ace-reviews.tumblr.com on january 27, 2016
but “shinsengumi: wind of blood chronicles reviews” is way too long and unwieldy a title for this feature. can’t you just call it “shintama” instead?
THE STORY THUS FAR: takasugi was introduced in an episode wherein he manipulated delightful old kook hiraga into attacking a festival, otae proved herself to be a goddamn queen, hijikata’s epic mayo love had its first appearance, and the series had an Obligatory Beach Episode ™
Last episode was the beach episode, so this episode is the other Standard Summer Filler Episode: the one with the ghosts/test of courage. Japanese ghost stories are fun, though, and episodes involving them tend to require at least a modicum of creativity, so I generally enjoy these more than beach or hot spring episodes.
I think this might be the first episode where the Odd Jobs crew and the Big Three of the Shinsengumi all interact. They’ve had run-ins with Kondo and Hijikata, and Kagura was hanging out at the festival with Okita in the one with Takasugi, but that’s been about it so far. As a result, the Big Three were unable to see through Odd Jobs’ awful exorcist disguises, and Gin mistakenly believed Okita was susceptible to reason.
This episode is hilarious. I don’t think there’s a single joke or gag that doesn’t land and the mosquito ghost was delightfully creepy. 10 outta 10 would watch again.
Next episode is more summertime shenanigans. Till next time