Gokudo (1968)

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18 August 2013 | nowhonda
| gag anime to the core
Gokudo-kun Man'yuki, or Adventurer Gokudo, captures a sort of outrageous ridiculousness that is difficult too deliver to an audience without being too over the top thus becoming complete nonsense or being too random to be... well not funny.

The story revolves around Gokudo, the title character, who only has one core quality that separates him from the villains and antagonistic characters of the show; his big heart. The same heart that on many occasions also contains more greed, lust, and violence than some of the villainous characters themselves.

Oh and about the story... yeah well there is not really one. The anime does have some continuity in terms of the adventures having a cogent flow of events and if one must categorize certain episodes one could potentially establish story archs but for the most part events seem to just happen at random and there is no overarching story. (and by random I mean the ha ha that is stupid and there is some silly explanation in-episode, not the what-the-heck kind of random in an anime such as eureka seven).

Negative comments about the show include but are not limited to "...the creators took a good idea and delivered it poorly..." or "...this show has nothing new...". Now if there is anything negative to say about the anime--and there it-- it would be that perhaps one does not appreciates certain assumption the anime makes of the audience. Maybe even one could gripe about the animation, the overuse of still-frames and the reuse of frames thereof which is why it is not an 8. However the negative comments that I have seen just tell me "oh, that person did not get it".

Gokudo is two things if nothing more. An adventure and a gag anime through and through. The show is about Gokudo (an adventurer) and company who are not really as important because it could be Gokudo and whoever else and the show would still be entertaining There is action in certain episodes, hilarious gags and character quirks, and what is in my opinion a dang catchy theme song. And even better than all of that Gokudo is relatively short; 26 episodes of laughs. Gokudo does not pretend to be something it is not and is better at most other in the genre at what it is. Gokudo was based off of a light novel series and I always ask myself, why was this show not longer? In some ways I suppose less is more.



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