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[[caption-width-right:350:Clockwise from center left: [[BadassNative Asirpa]], [[CanineCompanion Retar]], and [[MadeOfIron Saichi Sugimoto]].]]

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* PhenotypeStereotype:
** Hijikata speculates early on that Asirpa has European ancestry upon seeing hints of green in her blue pupils. Later, it's revealed that her father, Wilk, is half-Polish.
** Fina and Svetlana are Russians with light-colored hair.


* ButNotTooForeign: Olga is the daughter of a Japanese photographer and his Russian wife.

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* ButNotTooForeign: ButNotTooForeign:
** Tsurumi entrusts the Japanese orphaned baby of Keiichirou Sakamoto and O-Gin to Asirpa's Ainu grandmother.
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Olga is the daughter of a Japanese photographer and his Russian wife.


Satoru Noda's award-winning ''Golden Kamuy'' manga is serialized in [[Magazine/ShonenJump Weekly Young Jump]] magazine. A twelve-episode anime adaptation aired in Spring 2018; it can be viewed on Website/{{Crunchyroll}} with the appropriate regional subtitle, with Creator/{{Funimation}} doing the English dub track. The anime was immediately renewed for a second cour.

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Satoru Noda's award-winning ''Golden Kamuy'' manga is serialized in [[Magazine/ShonenJump Weekly Young Jump]] magazine. A twelve-episode An anime adaptation aired began airing in Spring 2018; it can be viewed on Website/{{Crunchyroll}} with the appropriate regional subtitle, subtitles, with Creator/{{Funimation}} doing the English dub track. The anime was immediately renewed for a second cour.
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* ButNotTooForeign: Olga is the daughter of a Japanese photographer and his Russian wife.

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* RaisedByNatives: Tsurumi entrusts the Japanese orphaned baby of Keiichirou Sakamoto and O-Gin to Asirpa's Ainu grandmother.


Saichi [[NormallyIWouldBeDeadNow "The Immortal"]] Sugimoto is a veteran of the UsefulNotes/RussoJapaneseWar, infamous for his ferocity and ability to survive on the battlefield. Sadly for him, he's discharged without honors and left penniless on the island of Hokkaido, where he hopes to prospect some gold to get his dead friend's wife an eye operation. Unsuccessful, Sugimoto is instead stuck listening to a drunkard's rumours one winter night.

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Saichi [[NormallyIWouldBeDeadNow "The Immortal"]] Sugimoto is a veteran of the UsefulNotes/RussoJapaneseWar, infamous for his ferocity and ability to survive on the battlefield. Sadly for him, he's discharged without honors and left penniless on the island of Hokkaido, where he hopes to prospect some gold to get his dead friend's wife an eye operation. Unsuccessful, Sugimoto is instead stuck listening to a drunkard's rumours rumors one winter night.



Sugimoto initially dismisses the story, but when the drunkard sobers up next morning, he tries to kill him. Sugimoto is convinced and gives chase, only to stumble upon a young Ainu huntress, Asirpa, daughter of one of the men murdered for the gold. After fending off a bear attack together, Sugimoto and Asirpa become partners in search of the treasure. However, they are up against several groups of equally fearsome people. Among the Abashiri escapees, former vice-captain of the disavowed and massacred UsefulNotes/{{Shinsengumi}}, Hijikata Toshizo, has gathered followers to piece together the map. Moreover, the [[UsefulNotes/KatanasOfTheRisingSun Imperial Japanese army's]] elite 7th Division has gone rogue and, under the leadership of First Lieutenant Tsurumi, is on the hunt for Hijikata and Sugimoto.

Satoru Noda's award-winning ''Golden Kamuy'' manga is serialized in [[Magazine/ShonenJump Weekly Young Jump]] magazine. A twelve episode anime adaptation aired in Spring 2018; it can be viewed on Website/{{Crunchyroll}} with the appropriate regional subtitle, with Creator/{{Funimation}} doing the English dub track. The anime was immediately renewed for a second cour.

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Sugimoto initially dismisses the story, but when the drunkard sobers up the next morning, he tries to kill him. Sugimoto is convinced and gives chase, only to stumble upon a young Ainu huntress, Asirpa, daughter of one of the men murdered for the gold. After fending off a bear attack together, Sugimoto and Asirpa become partners in search of the treasure. However, they are up against several groups of equally fearsome people. Among the Abashiri escapees, former vice-captain of the disavowed and massacred UsefulNotes/{{Shinsengumi}}, Hijikata Toshizo, has gathered followers to piece together the map. Moreover, the [[UsefulNotes/KatanasOfTheRisingSun Imperial Japanese army's]] elite 7th Division has gone rogue and, under the leadership of First Lieutenant Tsurumi, is on the hunt for Hijikata and Sugimoto.

Satoru Noda's award-winning ''Golden Kamuy'' manga is serialized in [[Magazine/ShonenJump Weekly Young Jump]] magazine. A twelve episode twelve-episode anime adaptation aired in Spring 2018; it can be viewed on Website/{{Crunchyroll}} with the appropriate regional subtitle, with Creator/{{Funimation}} doing the English dub track. The anime was immediately renewed for a second cour.



** Henmi Kazuo's little brother being eaten alive by a wild boar was what made him grow into a psychopathic killer.

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** Henmi Kazuo's little brother being was eaten alive by a wild boar was what made boar, making him grow into a psychopathic killer.



* GoodOldFisticuffs: Sugimoto is a trained judoka and can rely on his fist in a pinch, in fact he's at his most dangerous up close and can match, at least briefly, Ushiyama in a brawl.

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* GoodOldFisticuffs: GoodOldFisticuffs:
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Sugimoto is a trained judoka and can rely on his fist in a pinch, in fact he's at his most dangerous up close and can match, at least briefly, Ushiyama in a brawl.



* MadeOfIron: Sugimoto has survived: tuberculosis, one of the bloodiest battles of the Russo-Japanese war, encounters with multiple angry bears, falling into rivers and lakes in freezing weather, a gas explosion underground, several fights with elite military personnel, and multiple gunshot and stab wounds, including in the abdomen, chest, neck and ''head''. Specific mention being made of him recovering of wounds almost overnight.

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* MadeOfIron: MadeOfIron:
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Sugimoto has survived: tuberculosis, one of the bloodiest battles of the Russo-Japanese war, encounters with multiple angry bears, falling into rivers and lakes in freezing weather, a gas explosion underground, several fights with elite military personnel, and multiple gunshot and stab wounds, including in the abdomen, chest, neck and ''head''. Specific mention being made of him recovering of wounds almost overnight.



* ShownTheirWork: Each volume lists an impressive bibliography of research, not only into the time period but also Ainu culture (assisted by a university professor).

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* ShownTheirWork: ShownTheirWork:
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Each volume lists an impressive bibliography of research, not only into the time period but also Ainu culture (assisted by a university professor).



* ThouShaltNotKill: Asirpa, and by extension most Ainu really do not want to kill other human beings. Since the rest of the cast is made of damaged war veterans and violent criminals, that particular restraint stands a lot.

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* ThouShaltNotKill: ThouShaltNotKill:
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Asirpa, and by extension most Ainu Ainu, really do not want to kill other human beings. Since the rest of the cast is made of damaged war veterans and violent criminals, that particular restraint stands a lot.



* UnfortunateNames: Well, not so unfortunate since they're designed to be foul-sounding so as to ward off illness, but Ainu children are given disgusting names until they're six year old. Asirpa's first name is "Ekasiotonpuy" meaning "Grandpa's butthole".

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* UnfortunateNames: Well, not so unfortunate since they're designed to be foul-sounding so as to ward off illness, but Ainu children are given disgusting names to ward off ilness until they're six year old. Asirpa's first name is "Ekasiotonpuy" Ekasiotonpuy, meaning "Grandpa's butthole".



* WinterWarfare: The series begins with the bloody Battle of Hill 203 during the UsefulNotes/RussoJapaneseWar, and the entire story is set on the island of Hokkaido in the early 20th century, which was an unsettled frozen frontier land back then. The weather and wildlife are as much of a danger to the main characters as the violent criminals and deserting soldiers they encounter.

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* WinterWarfare: The series begins with a prologue set during the Russo-Japanese War depicting the final assault of the bloody Battle of Hill 203 during the UsefulNotes/RussoJapaneseWar, and the entire story 203, which took place in early winter. The main plot itself is set on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido in (and later Sakhalin), well known for its bitterly cold winters. As such, the early 20th century, which was an unsettled frozen frontier land back then. The freezing weather and hungry wildlife are as much of a danger to the main characters as are the violent criminals and deserting soldiers they encounter.


* RunningGag: Asirpa thinking that miso is "osoma." Shiraishi getting bitten on the head by various animals, or his face being used as censor patch. Ogata refusing to say "citatap". Tanigaki repeatedly saying "boner". Also, villains talking about what a nice guy Sugimoto is when he's kind to them.

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* RunningGag: Asirpa thinking that miso is "osoma." Shiraishi getting bitten on the head by various animals, or his face being used as censor patch. Ogata refusing to say "citatap". Tanigaki repeatedly saying "boner". Lewd photos of Tanigaki. Also, villains talking about what a nice guy Sugimoto is when he's kind to them.


* BlockingStopsAllDamage: Averted with Second Lieutenant Koito. His Jigen-Ryu sword style includes a brutal overhead strike which Japanese swordsmen agree mustn't be blocked, but dodged, since the strength of the strike will just drive your own sword into your forehead.

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* BlockingStopsAllDamage: Averted with Second Lieutenant Koito. His Jigen-Ryu sword style includes a brutal overhead strike which Japanese swordsmen agree mustn't be blocked, but dodged, since the strength of the strike will just drive your own sword into your forehead.[[spoiler: The only one to successfully block him is Kiroranke, and the blade is still driven almost halfway through the stock of his rifle.]]


** In a flashback story, [[spoiler:First Lieutenant Tsurumi]]'s infant daughter is killed outright by the same stray bullet that killed her mother; those deaths mark the start of his [[WellIntentionedExtremist deep disenchantment with the Japanese government]].

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** In a flashback story, [[spoiler:First Lieutenant Tsurumi]]'s Koichi Hasegawa's infant daughter daughter, Olga, is killed outright by the same stray bullet that killed her Russian mother; those deaths mark the start of his [[WellIntentionedExtremist deep disenchantment with the Japanese government]].


* CirclingVultures: A stray vulture tries to abduct Asirpa. ArtisticLicenseBiology as vultures' claws, unlike eagles or raptors, can't carry weight nor grab prey.[[note]]Eagles are hunters and use their hand-like claws, with long talons and prensile fingers, to catch and hold prey; [[CaptainObvious vultures are highly specialised carrion-eaters]] and use their feet-like claws, with short talons and barely prensile fingers, to hold themselves steady while they use their beaks to eat.[[/note]]

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* CirclingVultures: A stray vulture tries to abduct Asirpa. ArtisticLicenseBiology as vultures' claws, unlike eagles or raptors, can't carry weight nor grab prey.[[note]]Eagles are hunters and use their hand-like claws, with long talons and prensile fingers, to catch and hold prey; [[CaptainObvious vultures are highly specialised carrion-eaters]] carrion-eaters and use their feet-like claws, with short talons and barely prensile fingers, to hold themselves steady while they use their beaks to eat.[[/note]]

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* FullFrontalAssault: Sugimoto, Ogata, Tanigaki, Shiraishi, Cikapasi, and Kiroranke are ambushed by a group of blind robbers during a [[HotSpringsEpisode late night soak in a hot tub]]. They then have to battle buck naked, with SceneryCensor for the most part in place.

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* GenreBusting: It is a {{Seinen}} historical series, with action, adventure, comedy, cooking, drama, mystery, and war.





* BearsAreBadNews: Specifically, Ussuri brown bears, one of the largest species of bear in the world, at the time of year when they are most aggressive.

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* BearsAreBadNews: Specifically, Ussuri brown bears, one of Bears have been among the largest species of bear deadliest things in the world, at the time of year when series. Of course, they are most aggressive.[[PlotArmor can't]] take out [[MadeOfIron Sugimoto the Immortal]].



* ChekhovsGun:
** [[spoiler:Nihei's single shot rifle comes in handy during Tanigaki and Ogata's SniperDuel.]]
** Asirpa's makiri, a [[ChekhovsGift gift]] from her father Wilk, is used by Sugimoto to [[spoiler:convince Noppera-bo to openly talk about the gold. However, he's interrupted by a bullet to the brain, courtesy of Ogata]].

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* ChekhovsGun:
** [[spoiler:Nihei's single shot rifle comes in handy during Tanigaki
CerebusRetcon: Asirpa is surprisingly adept at hunting and Ogata's SniperDuel.]]
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survival in the mountains for a little Ainu girl, especially in a culture where women are expected to StayInTheKitchen. It is mostly presented in a lighthearted way to expose the most interesting parts of Ainu culture, and seemingly give Sugimoto a competent KidSidekick. When Sugimoto meets the real Noppera-Bou/[[spoiler:Wilk]] in Abashiri Prison, the disfigured prisoner confesses that [[spoiler:he had been secretly grooming her into becoming a freedom fighter waging war against the Japanese government for the Ainu, using hunting and survival training as a pretext]]. TheReveal is all the more shocking since Asirpa is a BadassPacifist and a follower of ThouShaltNotKill, yet Wilk planned [[spoiler:for her to eventually become a martyr through violence]].
* CerebusRollercoaster: Constantly shifting from lighthearted SliceOfLife to outrageous comedy to nail-biting drama to horrific violence, and back again.
* ChekhovsGift;
Asirpa's makiri, a [[ChekhovsGift gift]] gift from her father father, Wilk, is used by Sugimoto to [[spoiler:convince Noppera-bo to openly talk about the gold. However, he's interrupted by a bullet to the brain, courtesy of Ogata]].Ogata]].
* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler:Nihei's single shot rifle comes in handy during Tanigaki and Ogata's SniperDuel.]]



* CerebusRetcon: Asirpa is surprisingly adept as hunting and survival in the mountains for little Ainu girl, especially in a culture where women are expected to StayInTheKitchen. It is mostly presented in a lighthearted way to expose the most interesting parts of Ainu culture, and seemingly give Sugimoto an useful KidSidekick. [[spoiler:Wilk has been secretly grooming her to eventually become a freedom fighter waging war against the Japanese government, using hunting and survival training as a pretext]]. This reveal is all the more shocking since Asirpa is a BadassPacifist and a follower of ThouShaltNotKill, yet Wilk planned [[spoiler:for her to eventually become a martyr through violence]].
* CerebusRollercoaster: Constantly shifting from lighthearted slice-of-life to outrageous comedy to nail-biting drama to horrific violence, and back again.



* TheGreatestHistoryNeverTold: The series features the Battle for Hill 203 very prominently in its opening. The protagonist, Sugimoto, is a legendary veteran of this war who single-handedly captured a Russian machine gun nest and fought like a demon through the trenches, earning him the reputation of being [[RedBaron "Immortal Sugimoto."]] Other veterans of the war serve as major antagonists throughout the story, specifically 2nd Lt. Tsurumi and his troops from the 7th Infantry Division who have [[DangerousDeserter deserted the Imperial Japanese Army]] and are now out to found their own country.



* ShipperOnDeck: Asirpa's grandma supports her granddaughter marrying Sugimoto.

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* ShipperOnDeck: SerialEscalation: How much crazier will an Abashiri convict get?
* ShipperOnDeck:
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Asirpa's grandma supports grandmother wants her granddaughter marrying Sugimoto.to marry Sugimoto.
** Asirpa herself thinks that Tanigaki and Inkarmat should marry.



* WinterWarfare: The series begins with the bloody Battle of Hill 203 during the UsefulNotes/RussoJapaneseWar, and the entire story is set on the island of Hokkaido in the early 20th century, which was an unsettled frozen frontier land back then. The weather and wildlife are as much of a danger to the main characters as the violent criminals and deserting soldiers they encounter.





Saichi [[NormallyIWouldBeDeadNow "The Immortal"]] Sugimoto is a veteran of the UsefulNotes/RussoJapaneseWar, infamous for his ferocity and ability to survive on the battlefield. Sadly for him, he's discharged without honors and left penniless on the island of Hokkaido, where he hopes to prospect some gold to get his dead friend's wife an eye operation. Unsuccessful, Sugimoto is instead stuck listening a drunkard's rumours one winter night.

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Saichi [[NormallyIWouldBeDeadNow "The Immortal"]] Sugimoto is a veteran of the UsefulNotes/RussoJapaneseWar, infamous for his ferocity and ability to survive on the battlefield. Sadly for him, he's discharged without honors and left penniless on the island of Hokkaido, where he hopes to prospect some gold to get his dead friend's wife an eye operation. Unsuccessful, Sugimoto is instead stuck listening to a drunkard's rumours one winter night.

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