Wait – so is this guy supposed to be the samurai who smells out of sunflowers?
Did I read too much into that little gag where Fuu’s pet squirrel hands her the
Actually, while we’re on the subject, I’ve really long since forgotten
why they’re searching for this guy. I know he’s supposed to be like this show’s
One-Armed Man, but they honestly haven’t harped on the reasons he needs to be found
that much. Did he murder Fuu’s father or something? I forget.
If it is, indeed,
a quest of revenge here, then nobody in this trio’s quite swelled with the sort
of vengeful focus that you’d expect from anybody looking for some payback. For
as proper and composed as Mattie Ross in TRUE GRIT was, you always got the sense that she had to score to settle.
== TEASER ==
Not that I’m especially upset about all the digressions that show’s taken,
of course. They’re the real appeal of SAMURAI CHAMPLOO, anyway. It’s just funny that
their whole “break up” scene at the beginning seemed to – - once again – - be
of the order of a bunch of kids realizing that their idle plan for a Saturday night was too thinly conceived to even continue bothering with.
Anyway, I bet Mugen was hoping his little dalliance with the two girls would
play out like that scene in the record store in CLOCKWORK ORANGE. Big faux pas
on his part for going after that gag with the stick food too aggressively. Him seeming
to get hornier as the series goes on is really one of the more perversely
amusing character arcs of the series.
And while we’re talking about “perversely amusing” thing – - that gag
with trio of strangers and their coffin jam boxes was a stitch. The sight (and sound) of Edo era B-boys
never ceases to amuse me.
Watch this episode, “Bogus Booty” below and decide for
yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode here.
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