Tsukuyo actually voiced my thoughts – ‘If we are going to go through a meet-and-greet event like this, we might as well all work in Yoshiwara.‘ She is right. Lucky for us, the female cast of Gintama is awesome. They spent all their time making fun of Dragon Quest characters and abusing the Gintama movies.
This is the third post in my realism in fiction series. This time I want to talk about the clash with reality that happens in certain kinds of stories, which involve guns and shooting. Lots of both.
Bullet hell is a term people use to describe videogames where there are way too many projectiles on the screen and you can’t possibly bother thinking about any single one of those shots. There are stories like that too. The ones I will bring up here are Black Lagoon and Jormungand. But before we go let me make a short detour.
When you have read your first few stories where characters fight with guns, I believe you asked yourself something along the lines “How long is this guy going to survive, fighting like that?”. Surely he is going to be shot one day, right? That is an old question too. Sword fighters surviving hundreds of battles also look somewhat questionable, or at least they should. But, for the sword fights there is a convenient set of arguments that can be used to justify survivability of the hero. The hero could be superior in speed, reflexes, physical strength and skill, making it literally impossible for most opponents to even scratch the guy. That is not actually a very good argument, but what’s important is – it is convincing enough. Additionally you can make it so your hero can survive a defeat, heal the wounds and get back into the story, this is realistic enough with many kinds of sword wounds.
GKB48 turned out to be a band of idols who are willing to play any cheap tricks to gain popularity. They spread fake photographs of a scandal involving Otsuu and ruined her image. Otsuu was feeling down and didn’t want to attend the concert and challenge GKB48. Who is willing to save the day when there is no hope left?
First, let me say that this episode has a lot of dirty jokes. It is one of those episodes I would never watch in public. GKB48 turned their meet-and-greet stage into another Yoshiwara. Gintoki is also willing to do anything to promote his group, including following GKB48’s footsteps.
If you are a fan of the Monogatari series, chances are, you have heard of Kubikiri Cycle (also called as Beheading Cycle: The Blue Savant and The Master of Nonsense in English) and know what to expect from this anime. I haven’t watched the Monogatari series yet and I didn’t know that Kubikiri Cycle is made by Studio Shaft and is written by Nisio. I only picked Kubikiri Cycle because I liked the cover art and the synopsis talked about a murder mystery. I was pleasantly surprised.
The ‘Master of Nonsense’ part in the title made me think that the detective in this series was going to be an easygoing fun guy. I couldn’t have been farther away from the truth. The protagonist of this story is the personification of apathy.
Looks like group idols are more popular than solo singers these days. We all know how big a hit GKB48 is (Gintama staff is putting in a little more effort this time to try and hide the original anime title they are ripping off from). Otsuu wanted to team-up with someone too. Guess who she will be teaming up with?
Do you really want to know what happened in this episode? Gintoki managed to land a blow on Sougo but Kusanagi’s blade wasn’t able to support him. I am not going to explain why Kusanagi looks like a giant piece of macaroni in the below image.
Also, Sougo wasn’t pretending to be consumed. Maganagi actually managed to consume him but he managed to regain control of his body pretty fast. Continue reading
The long-awaited duel between Gintoki and Sougo finally occured. Gintoki had no choice but to fight with Sougo with a broken sword. What will Gintoki do when he is in a real pinch? He cheats of course.
He even copied Beserk and Final Fantasy to get his way.
Luckily Sougo managed to find a cursed sword. So he agreed to using two swords in the fight. The cursed sword Maganagi is famous for consuming his masters and making them his puppets. He begged Sougo to make him his sword after Sougo defeated Maganagi’s previous master.
A cursed sword and a sadist. They make a perfect pair. Maybe now Sougo can finally drive the Amanto out of earth or defeat Utsuro. Now that will be a perfect ending for Gintama.
We didn’t get to see a serious Gintoki versus Sougo fight after all. They fooled around quite a bit and even had a riverbed cleaning competition. On the other hand, I don’t really want Gintoki and Sougo to fight for real. Gintoki is one of the few people Sougo actually trusts and watching these two trying to kill each other for real would have been pretty sad.
Who do you think won the battle? Gintoki? Sougo? Wrong. They didn’t get to complete their battle. Maganagi consumed Sougo’s soul and made him his puppet. We already know that being consumed by a cursed sword is bad news, thanks to Hijikata. Not to mention that the guy who got consumed is Sougo. He might end up destroying the planet.
On the other hand, I won’t be surprised if Sougo is just pretending to be under control. This is Sougo we are talking about. I doubt there is a sword out there that can actually make this guy submit to its power. He might just be plotting to use this as an excuse to kill Hijikata and get rid of him for good. If he said that he was consumed by a cursed sword, Kondo will forgive him. Hijikata on the other hand will probably claw his way out of his grave in order to get his revenge.
The sword arc will end with the next episode. Let us see what fate has in store for Sougo.
See you next time ^^/
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