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Letís start with how to enjoy the series. The standard way to watch this is as an episodic comedic action show for kids, and it's perfectly enjoyable that way. If you know the references, you might enjoy it even more.
However, that would miss out on the social commentary / parody and school series elements, and the abundant miscellaneous detail of this world. Law of Conservation of Detail is weak here, so have fun exploring. If one can see this as a series with detailed & dynamic surroundings, then you can get the fullest enjoyment out of it. Certainly I did - just look at three subpages born from scratch for this series.
Our tempo has changed. I've recently given up rewatching several childhood "kiddie" anime fast but this is a rare oldie that stands the test of time and doesn't even feel old - no smartphones though :-)
As a series, there are 5 arcs to the story:
I liked the finale overall, but itís weakened because of the Kukis. The plot was working towards the Karma Houdini end since episode 1, and Iíll feel uncomfortable if they were imprisoned. But they relied too heavily on Freudian Excuse, Informed Kindness and last minute Character Derailment instead of giving Rei actual worth (ironically, they did better with Raizo). So I canít be satisfied that she's let off, either. At least they made Ibuki a good successor and the last scene of Agedama and Ibuki hugging was very sweet.
OK, bit about the characters. I had been diplomatic when writing the Character page. Hereís some honne:
Please use paragraph breaks. This is very hard to read
I actually tried paragraph breaks, but when I submitted it, it ended up like this. I'll see what I can do.
P.S. There, I rewritten it now, and this time at least everything is in paragraphs. I wanted to put space between the paragraphs, but the triple slash isn't working, and when I put in hardlines the computer counted it towards the 3000 character limit, so that's the best I can come up with.
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