originally posted on ace-reviews.tumblr.com on march 8, 2017
THE STORY THUS FAR: okita is even more dangerously insane than i imagined, and the cast pretended their show was canceled again
One of these days I’m going to purposefully “forget” to take a screencap and just leave my placeholder picture sans caption so y’all can just wonder “…why?”
Gintama has entered it’s fourth year, which means I have 115 episodes to go. Woo. It also means they’ve decided to mix things up and change the series into an anime about hosts called Kintama, give Shinpachi a Mighty Chin, and, in a decision so terrible I hope someone got fired for suggesting it, dye Gin-san’s hair blond.
The new OP is pretty good. I like the visuals more than the song, though I kinda wish they’d stuck to the “plot” of the first bit for the whole thing and left the flying characters from every OP thus far out. I understand wanting to stick to what you’re used to, but changing things up occasionally is good, too (just so long as those changes don’t involve giving a character an awful hair color).
The actual plot of the episode opens with Gin-san’s never-ending quest to fix his unruly hair. Maybe he could try just cutting it really short. Yeah, anime characters without bangs sometimes look a bit odd, but it works for Kondo (kinda) so you never know until you try. I like Gin-san’s fluff, but sometimes you have to go to the extreme to find the solution. In any case, I’m a bit surprised he actually pays someone to cut his hair. I always figured he either cut it himself or made Shinpachi do it.
Shenanigans ensue and Our Heroes find themselves having to give Kondo and Katsura makeovers while the actual barber runs off to let the plot happen. It’s also a two-parter, since this anime is really good at taking concepts that would normally only make for one okay episode and making them work across multiple really good ones. It’s also lucky for Sho-chan, since he gets to finish the episode with his clothes on.
The new ED is cute. I like the art style.
Next episode they have to give the Shogun a haircut. Till next time.