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MUSHIBUGYO #1 - - Special Review

Bloody bushido boy battles big bugs!

His kimono may awkwardly remind you of a used tampon at times (or a frosted cherry popsicle, if your thoughts are cleaner), but Jinbei is as apt a cartoon hero as I’ve ever come across.

Maybe the Irish-punk-in-Japanese intro song was what tilted my mind in this direction, but the ol’ “pop culture synesthesia” was flaring quite fiercely during this pilot. The designs are distinctly anime, as are the chibi perv gags, but the bug-hunting samurai premise is so simple and clean that the show really feels like an early 90’s Saturday morning toon with a cooler skin. And I mean that in the best way possible.

To be specific, let’s look at how the super-team that’s advertised in the intro gets introduced all at once to our plucky pal Jinbei. Most shonen serials would gradually roll them through that all-too-familiar antagonist-to-ally cycle. In MUSHIBUGYO, it’s just… BAM!

Here are all your good guys! Watch them kick some big bug butt! Now, sit around for some ads showing off our play sets with the non-toxic, Gak-like goo that can ooze out of the our big bug toys.”

Samurai slicing up giant, fiendish insects? I could be down for that 26 episodes. Hell, Jinbei even has a pretty clean “ghost” in his father’s shamed mutilation. Yeah, maybe it seems like a macabre, blackly humorous riff on some of the more… perplexing aspects of bushido, but that’s not going to stop it from being a great source of conflict our hero can compellingly strive to resolve over a season, right?

Watch this episode, "Here comes Tsukishima Jinbei!" here and decide for yourself.

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Marshal Victoryon May 2, 2013 at 12:03 p.m.

Actualy dig this show. For al the reasons ya gave.But its shonen on a higher gear speed i think. Its like a 10 speed looking for that 11th gear.From shows i have seen it runs intros , backgrounds an plot sub plots at a high click.

Opening reminded me of ..

abit at least. here for comparision sake..

high geared an it fits the show after a few episodes ya get it.. also i thought red white an blue popscile for the record.

metalsnakezeroon May 2, 2013 at 1:14 p.m.

It a pretty simple show. Not totally bad about it just that there are other bigger shows right now.

About the Kimono Tom, I think it just you. Many kimono have that similar color design.

YotaruVegetaon May 2, 2013 at 6:48 p.m.

Wow, tampon reference. The last time I remember someone making such a reference was...me a few years ago. It grossed some dudes out.

This show's pretty generic, and love shooting "web" all over heafty-bosomed damsels in distress, but I could see myself watching more to see where it goes.

takashichea moderator on May 2, 2013 at 9:16 p.m.

Like everyone says, it's a generic show with a lot of fan service. Jinbei reminds me of Rock Lee since the two are enthusiastic about training and getting stronger. Both have a positive outlook on life.

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