Gintama is back and I have mixed feelings about this episode. The first few episodes of a new Gintama series are always a blast. They start with something totally random and hilarious like Gintoki walking into his house to find that a blond-haired robot has stolen his protagonist status or Gintoki destroying the clock that controls the world’s time and causing chaos. In this season the animators decided to pick up right where they left off. It is understandable, considering how the last season ended with Shige Shige dying and the Shinsengumi being forced to leave the Kabuki district. The episode is fast paced and we managed to learn a lot of things, including Shoyo’s identity.
First let us start with the few random parts where Gintama messes with other shows. Remember the pink pin like thing Kagura picked up at the beginning of the episode? Gintoki told her that it is probably something the previous occupant left behind. It is one of the transmitter like things on Saiki’s head from Saiki Kusuo no Ψ-nan. Apparently Gintama got the same time slot as Saiki Kusuo no Ψ-nan.
I also like how Katsura actually disguised himself as Gintoki, went to that photo shoot and then spread those wanted posters around. I wonder what he actually wants to do though. He doesn’t want to destroy the world and he doesn’t want to go live a normal life either. I hope he plans something more evil in this season than messing with Shinsengumi’s toilet paper and making them miserable. Considering that Nobu Nobu is the current shogun, it isn’t hard imagining Katsura getting angry over something and starting a major revolution. He is skilled and powerful and it is high time he gets a few episodes dedicated to showing off his strength.
The most interesting part of this episode is learning about Shoyo’s past. I sort of assumed that the Naraku resurrected Shoyo, or used Shoyo’s genes to build another being like him. This would mean that the guy named Utsuro is but a fake and Gintoki could take care of him. But it was the other way around. Utsuro was the real him and Shoyo was what he wanted to live like. Maybe he wanted to be a nicer person, have fun, save people he could save and once he was done, he discarded the personality and went back to being Utsuro. I don’t think Shoyo is completely dead though. Utsuro is probably just tired of everything and wants to destroy the normality that he can’t get his hands on even though other people get to grasp it pretty easily. Others get to have fun and enjoy their lives while his time stays frozen. Utsuro probably doesn’t think much about the life he lived as Shoyo. He almost killed Gintoki in the previous season. It is something he wouldn’t have been able to do if he still cared about Gintoki the way he did when he was Shoyo. It looked more like he enjoyed living as Shoyo but when Shoyo was executed, he was done living that way and doesn’t have any lingering attachments.
I can’t see Gintoki beating Utsuro. He had to use Kagura and Sougo’s help to land a single blow on Utsuro . The guy is immortal which makes it pretty much impossible for Gintoki to beat him. Making Utsuro immortal is a pretty weird plot setting though. Utsuro getting to live even after getting beheaded sounds pretty unrealistic, even for an anime setting.
I am looking forward to the next episode. I hope we get to see a fight between Kamui and Umibozu. Kamui is probably not the cold-hearted killer he appears to be. Why would a guy like that try to hide his injuries from his sick mother and try not to worry her? We also g0t to see Kamui and Kagura’s mother properly for the first time.
This season will probably be a short one considering it is called the Battle on Rakuyo. Maybe it will only cover a single arc. I hope this season will not end up being 13 episodes long or something.
What are your thoughts about the new episode?
See you next time ^^/