OOOOH, just got back from work, managed to watch the first episode of the new season in all its glory, collected my thoughts and now Anpanman is back to getting overly excited and commenting too much on even the most insignificant of details in the anime discussion threads once again
WOOT its great to be back doing this again
-inhaling deep breath-
To get this straighten out first, it is of no spoiler that the beautiful older Kagura looking lady in the Opening and Ending is obviously Kagura's mother as anime-only viewers have correctly guessed (Who else could it have been?
). I will not
however, be saying the mother's name and any more background about her until later in the arc
The Opening song's animation is a fun delight to see, having all that explosive energy and emotion I expect for a new explosive season. However, I find myself not liking the singer's style of singing so bummer
The Ending song's animation brings back good old memories of Gintama's 19th Ending "Anagura" and the Historical Chinese outfits for our beloved cast was awesome to see. The singing was good for me
I also ADORE
the image of Kagura's mom in the Ending. Such a classy lady
Additional observation, I like that tiny detail of Umibozu:
holding a piece of Altana crystal on a fancy pillow
Little Gin and Shouyo's funny conversation was adorable
Cutting to the Opening after Gin-san wakes up to a pair of balls on his head and then only after the Opening do we see his angry reaction wasn't to my liking as I feel that it made the funny scene lose its impact. I believe many like me were too focused on the new Opening and ended up forgetting that Gintoki woke up to a pair of hairy balls on his head
Katsura and Gintoki being evil jerks was hilarious to see and was a nice first laughs for the episode (Ah, Gintama making me laugh will never get old
Clever move by the anime to have Katsura recap the important Bakufu/Kihetai related arcs that lead up to current events for this episode.
The classic Sugita Engrish was great to hear again and I'm glad I'm a but more familiar with Violence Jack to get the reference.
Kagura throwing jabs at Love Live and its fandom was gratifying
Nobume looking damn fine in her new outfit and prettier eyes
Matako being the butt of genital jokes (even Nobume gets in on the insults!
) and her uncute funny voice was great too
The exposition/flashback scenes were done well, never boring me and getting me well invested into the events. Gintama having excellent scene direction for heavy dialogue scenes like this still keep me satisfied and engrossed. Double points for Gintoki being (rightfully) an asshole to the Kihetai after listening to it all
Love that the Kihetai flashbacks depict Kamui's "genius" tactics and leaderships skills as he single-handedly gets almost half of the group and most of his men killed, effectively contributing immensely to the Kihetai and 7th Division's desperate situation. Such brilliant decision making skills by such a brilliant character
Umibozu's return was epic
I love Utsuro's voice and eloquent speech. Having a dark sense of humor works too. Regardless of seemingly divided opinion over his role as a villain, I sure as hell am loving the display of physical and intellectual badassery he displays. Good guy or bad guy? Their all fair game to him and I love that about him as a villain
I cannot wait for next episode
This episode provides the necessary context to understand what's going on with this arc's plot but next week will deliver the far more important emotional investment (and of course, Gintama humor) that acts as the driving force of this arc. I'll say it right now that this arc is ALL about family and this theme is the heart of this arc
-exhaling deep breath- Ah, its great to be back