First Impressions: Bakumatsu Gijinden Roman


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Pachinko Game (?) Adaptation by TMS Entertainment
Currently Unlicensed

Premise: Manjiro makes a living (sort of) by performing odd jobs and helping out the people of his city, but in secret,  takes back the possessions stolen from the people by corrupt political powers. The people call him “Get-backer Roman.”

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Gee’s Verdict: Inoffensively boring

Considering that the anime was based on a Pachinko game, I suppose things could be far worse. However, with character designs done by the famous Monkey Punch of Lupin III fame, I couldn’t help but want to take a look. Overall, while the first couple of minutes drew me in with its wacky robbery hijinks, the rest of the episode fell short in terms of making any lasting impressions. Honestly, “Lupin III in feudal Japan” shouldn’t be that hard of an idea to pull off, and while it isn’t necessarily a terrible show, it’s very formulaic. You have the good natured rogue, the responsible and short-tempered sister, the good townsfolk, the evil magistrate, etc. It’s all quite mediocre in its execution.

The main issue is that while the anime bills itself as being full of crazy fun heists and hijinks, really the actually thievery part only consists of perhaps 5-6 minutes at most, which really isn’t enough in a show about a crazy ninja burglar. While Lupin III: A Woman called Fujiko Mine also had its fair share of downtime, its heists and action scenes were dynamic and different from each other so that each and every one felt different.

Overall, while it’s not the worst show I’ve ever seen, it’s nowhere near the best and I will likely forget about this show within months if not weeks.

In the very least, the OP and ED songs are pretty bitchin’. I will definitely get my hands on the ED eventually.

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Marlin’s Verdict: Like an incredibly boring Lupin.

There isn’t much to say that Gee didn’t touch on. I struggled quite a bit to keep my interest on this but it really wasn’t worth it. The production is average, the characters are almost exactly Lupin III in feudal times, except somehow incredibly less likeable. It’s a good thing I didn’t really have any expectations of this show to begin with. It’s lackluster, not bad, not good, just mediocre and forgettable and I intend to do just that.

 

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