On April 28, 2022, the eight-year serialization of Mr. Noda's comic "Golden Kamui" was announced. Sugimoto Saichi and Ainu girl Ashripa's journey to find the gold nugget and the truth has finally come to an end. What kind of work is "Golden God"? This is a very difficult question. However, Noda-sensei's strong screenwriting ability, detailed investigation, and repeated jumps in the content of serious historical materials/violent aesthetics/black humor, make people feel that this is undoubtedly a work that can be called "classic".
In 2019, the Japanese company banner design Manga Exhibition at the British Museum even put the heroine Ashripa on the cover of the official website to show that the compatibility of Japanese manga is a global phenomenon of multimedia. Ashripa is not just Ashripa of Ainu, but "Ashrippa of the whole world". 1 Image source: The official website of the British Museum Comic Con The 2019 British Museum's Japanese Manga Exhibition, the official website cover directly put the heroine Ashley Pa.
The reason why it is difficult to explain what kind of work "Golden Kamui" is, is because "Golden Kamui" can be said to be a work about "mixing" and "collage". Its main storyline - various factions (Sugimoto, Hijikata, Tsurumi three parties) search for fugitives from Abashiri prison, collect tattooed human skins, and assemble human skins to compete for information about the gold buried by the Ainu people. Its themes bounce back and forth between history, food, Ainu culture, hunting, and battles between men (both violent and philosophical).