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Golden Kamuy Season 4: Release Date – This is what we can expect in the sequel

Golden Kamuy Season 4
Golden Kamuy © Brain’s Base

It has been known for some time that Golden Kamuy will be extended. Now we also know when the fourth season of the anime series will premiere.

The first television anime season premiered in April 2018. Crunchyroll streamed the series with English subtitles as it aired in Japan, and Funimation streamed it with an English dub. The second season premiered in October 2018. Crunchyroll streamed the series as it aired, and Funimation began streaming an English dub later that month.

Golden Kamuy Season 4 Release Date

Golden Kamuy Season 4 Release Date
Golden Kamuy © Brain’s Base

A stage presentation for the Golden Kamuy franchise at AnimeJapan 2022 on Sunday revealed that the fourth season of the anime will premiere in October on Tokyo MX and other stations.

Golden Kamuy has many anime fans under the radar. Yet the series has been running since 2018 and is already three seasons heavy. Golden Kamuy Season 4 is to follow in the fall – to be exact on October 3, 2022. The responsible parties announced this last Friday via Twitter. In addition, they published a brand new trailer, which shows the protagonists again in icy cold:

Golden Kamuy Season 4: What awaits us

The fourth season of the series is no longer being made at Studio Geno, but at Brain’s Base under the direction of Shizutaka Sugahara (D-Frag!). Noboru Takagi (Baccano!) will once again be in charge of series composition, while Takumi Yamakawa will be responsible for character design.

What the sequel will be about has also already been revealed by the creators, “Separated from Sugimoto, Asirpa now travels towards the Russian border and focuses on finding out more about her and her father’s involvement with the coded tattoos. Sugimoto is determined to find Asirpa and protect her! Along the way, he will discover new people, new cultures full of history, and a merciless terrain. Will Sugimoto and Asirpa survive their travels and reunite?”

Golden Kamuy is available to stream legally on Crunchyroll. The streaming provider has all three seasons in its catalog and offers them in the original sound with English subtitles. You don’t necessarily need a subscription, since the anime is also available for free.

Golden Kamuy Season 4 Trailer

Golden Kamuy Season 3 Plot

Separated from Sugimoto, Asirpa now travels toward the Russian border, focused on discovering more about her and her father’s involvement with the coded tattoos. But Sugimoto is determined to find and protect Asirpa. Along the way, he’ll discover new people, new cultures rich with history, and an unforgiving terrain.

Golden Kamuy Season 4 Spoilers (Synopsis)

The manga’s story seemingly has a long way to go before ending. There are 24 Abashiri convicts tattooed with the map leading to the gold. Although more than half have been collected, Asirpa is the only person capable of deciphering the coded skins since she’s realized that Wilk’s Ainu name is the key to solving the tattoo code.

The treasure quest seemingly getting closer to an ending, but Noda has way more craziness in store for anime audiences.

“I think things that occur to us suddenly can also be easily expected by readers, so I drive myself to a corner, and before I’m cornered, I find an escape route that is unexpected,” he said. “Contrary to expectations, what’s needed is the boldness to create s**t, not to create the highest-grade curry prepared from various high-class ingredients.”

The last time audiences watched the Golden Kamuy anime, the history and true motives of Asirpa’s father were finally revealed. Asirpa recovered her memories, and after Kiroranke died, it was decided that they’d travel back to Hokkaido.

Back in Noboribetsu, the men of the 7th Division are resting at the hot springs and they hear a strange story about a man wearing geta in the dead of the night. The tale leads some of the men to a hot spring in hopes of finding another convict, but the night-time confrontation becomes a duel in a place known for its volcanic gas emissions called Hell Valley.

Meanwhile, Sugimoto’s group travels to a Nivkh settlement near Akou. Asirpa wants to return home to her grandmother, but she knows Lt. Tsurumi won’t allow that. Asirpa believes her father would have wanted the gold entrusted to Hijikata Toshizou’s group.

When Asirpa asks Sugimoto if Wilk/Nopperabou had said anything about his plans for her, Sugimoto lies, not telling her that Nopperabou had trained Asirpa to fight and lead the Ainu people. They both decide to team up with Lt. Tsurumi and gather the remaining tattooed skins.

Secretly, Sugimoto feels it’s his duty to bring everything to an end by freeing Asirpa from the fighting over the gold. This is where the third season ended but the manga told the story differently in order to present the backstories of more characters.

When they’re trying to decide what to do with the wounded Tsukishima and Ogata, Sugimoto simply wants to kill the latter man if Ogata’s motive for joining Kiroranke had been greed for gold. They need to find a doctor, but it’s dangerous for Japanese soldiers to be in Russia illegally so they disguise themselves as the Nivkh.

Sugimoto quickly blows their cover, but the doctor examines both men. Ogata will need surgery at a hospital, but that means they’ll be reported to the Russian government.

Sugimoto doesn’t want Ogata to die just yet since he wants to question the man in hopes of saving Asirpa. So Sugimoto’s group preps Ogata for transport.

Things appear grim at the clinic, but Ogata not only survives, but also escapes! Ogata manages to surprise 2nd Lieutenant Otonoshin Koito and take his gun.

Being trapped in these circumstances causes Koito to think back on his childhood and why he’s so dedicated to First Lieutenant Tsurumi (and how the older man manipulated Koito via a fake kidnapping). This flashback is multiple chapters (197 – 200) so it’s possible it could be adapted as OVA 6 episode.

Back in the present, Ogata makes his escape on horseback. Sugimoto tries to stop him by shooting at the horse, but all his shots go wild. Sugimoto hopes Ogata will recover just so he can kill him.

Sugimoto’s group must track down the Japanese sniper (and face off against Russian sniper Vasily again) and escape from Russia and Karafuto. They’ll face many dangers and obstacles, including a Bear Man and an Abashiri convict named Boutarou the Pirate, but how will they cross the ocean with Koito and the 7th Division’s destroyer standing in their way?

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