Gintama Reviews Episode 22: Marriage Is Prolonging an Illusion for Your Whole Life

originally posted on ace-reviews.tumblr.com on january 28, 2017

gotta love that sex through a blanket while both parties are fully clothed Episode 22: Marriage Is Prolonging an Illusion for Your Whole Life THE STORY THIS FAR: the odd jobs gang stopped anime donald trump from turning a kappas pond into a golf...

gotta love that sex through a blanket while both parties are fully clothed

THE STORY THIS FAR: the odd jobs gang stopped anime donald trump from turning a kappas pond into a golf course, and gin gets disappointed when instead of an electric fan, he discovers a forced pun that dispenses unlimited free money

It’s time for the introduction of everyone’s favorite badass ninja-slash-creepy stalker!

Of course, Sachan doesn’t become a creepy stalker until the end of the episode. For about half the episode, she’s just hanging about, pretending to be Gin’s drunkenly-gained young wife in an attempt to shake off some loan shark’s men who are chasing her after she bungled an assassination attempt on their boss. She was even considerate enough to clean the office without being asked! That was nice of her.

This being a shonen anime, she of course eventually ropes Gin into helping her with her assassination, under the guise of “meeting [her] father.” Naturally, the question could be asked of why she doesn’t just tell him some version of the truth that suits her purposes, but then we wouldn’t have comedic sitcom shenanigans.

She does eventually develop a crush on Gin after he lobs a bunch of verbal abuse and promises to be a jealous and controlling asshole because yeah, sure, that’s healthy. It’s ends up being one-sided because Gin doesn’t appreciate being lied to and used unless he’s getting paid for it, and also so there can be more stalker jokes because comedy. And really, it’s probably for the best, because between the jealousy and the no money and the being a lazy manchild, Gin’s just about the worst boyfriend possible.

Despite all my grumbling, I did really enjoy this episode and do very much like Sachan. It’s really hard to take something too seriously when it’s being played for comedy, and Sachan’s still a badass ninja who does more than enough badass ninja things to make up for her creepy stalker shtick. Plus, her creepy stalker shtick is often funnier and more creative than Kondo’s creepy stalker shtick.

Next episode is Sakamoto’s introduction. Till next time.

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