I think this is the episode I officially fell in love with this series. I’ve really been enjoying it so far but there’s always been a hesitation in committing to it because there were so many chances for the show to derail. Yet 6 episodes of consistent entertainment and I’m now head over heels for this anime and I’m just going to try and squash that voice in the back of my mind that keeps asking where does it think it is going now.
So what made this episode so great? Lin takes on a job for Banba and pretends to be the Niwaka Samurai which of course leads to him facing off with the ninja. That said, Lin wasn’t doing too terribly against him (not great but he didn’t get instantly wiped out so go him), however outside interference meant that Lin ended up kidnapped and knocked out. Which is where our story shows once again that every plot point exists for a reason and the kidnappers, realising they have a fake, hire the torturer for hire who set up his website in the last episode. Of course, they couldn’t have known that the torturer knew Lin and would swap him out. But what really makes this whole sequence special is how Banba and Lin both reflect on the other as they realise what is going on.
I’d be lying if I didn’t say that my heart skipped a beat after that. I genuinely love these two characters and how well they play off one another. And just in case all of this wasn’t enough to make this a truly praise worthy episode, we do in fact get a fight between the real Samurai and Ninja.
Plus a baseball game showdown at the end. This show is pure entertainment and when you couple a great story with great characters and a great soundtrack, there is very little not to like.
- Episode 5: Why Not a Ninja?
- Episode 4: And With That The First Story Draws To A Close – And Then They Play Baseball
- Episode 3: Game On
- Episode 2: The Plot Thickens
- Episode 1: Hitmen, Detectives, and Corruption
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