“People of All Ages Hate the Dentist!” is a messed up and hilarious episode. In this episode more critiquing of face takes place as well as playing up the real and unreal fear of the dentist…and has an unexpected payoff to end it all.
The story involves Sakata and Hijikata ending up at the dentist and finding the one they are at to be much more horrible and twisted than they expected.
The Pros: Critique of “Face”- Both Sakata and Hijikata are afraid of the dentist but pretend they aren’t around one another and in trying to one-up each other just freak themselves out more on what may happen, showing how trying to save “face” prevented nothing.
Dentist Horrors – Limbs are replaced, drills, and a room that looks like a murder scene. The real and unreal horrors of a dentist office are on display here.
Sakata and Hijikaka – These two are a lot of fun as they are both serious types, though Hijikata is much more cynical and than Sakata. I look forward to seeing him in future episodes of this show that I review.
The Ending – To get their teeth fixed Sakata and Hijikaka are given a robot to take the pain that is being done and in the end they stop getting their teeth fixed to get the robots fixed as the robots give them an illusion of an entire life lived.
Okay: Too Much of Joke – This one feels like a skit and less of a story and as a skit it is fantastic, but an episode should be a story and it doesn’t quite reach the great story level because of the times it feels like a skit.
This was a still a great episode and is one of my favorites, even though I think it could have become more though it does succeed in the drama and humor. For this reason I’d recommend it. The episode is a lot of fun and captures the crazyness that makes “Gintama” the show it is.
Final Score: 9 / 10