The final episode of the first season of the final arc is finally out. According to MAL, the second season will air in July. Gintama staff is taking a rather long break this time. I wouldn’t mind the long break if the second season turns out to be really good.
Gengai is kidnapped by the liberation army. Gengai made it clear that there is no way to stop the nanomachines. So Enshou decided to shoot a big laser beam and destroy the Earth along with Utsuro. Their machine will take six hours to shoot the beam. Gintoki and the gang has only six hours to save the Earth and their own lives. Do you want to know what Gintoki’s reaction was when he heard that Gengai was kidnapped?
This is why we love this guy
Gintoki had a hangover and didn’t want to bother searching for Gengai. After all, resting is more important than saving a mad scientist.
Jokes aside, if this was a real battle, this is exactly what would have happened. There is no way people would be willing to try and save a random old man when their own lives are at risk. Gengai wouldn’t betray his team and stop the nanomachines. So why risk so many lives trying to save him when he would quietly get tortured and killed?
This was Gintoki’s excuse for drinking too much. Honestly Gintoki, you should have known that Sorachi doesn’t believe in save points. He would rather shove everything down your throat at once
Poor Gintoki. He desperately tried to fix Hedoro’s flower. He tried adhesive tape and glue but they didn’t work. So he spent a lot of time sitting on Hedoro’s back and holding the flower in place. We all know how Gintoki is always more worried about his life than the future of the anime.
It turns out that Hedoro has a split personality. The kind florist we all know is Hedoro and the killer Dakini is called Hedora.
The liberation army fled from Edo and the tired people of Edo got to enjoy some temporary peace. The peace is going to be short-lived though. The Yato clan has already started moving and we know what kind of monsters they are.
The Gintama team spent their peaceful night helping each other out and fooling around. Even Gedomaru tried to help everyone by feeding them Pandamoniums.
Don’t they look yummy?
This was a pretty nice scene too
Otose treating Jirocho like a brat was quite funny
I just hope she didn’t trigger her own death flag with that statement
To be honest, this episode was completely different from what I expected it to be. It was entertaining nonetheless.
It all started with Katsuo’s flashback. We got to see how he met Jirocho. However, Jirocho decided to cut it short.
Come on Jirocho! The guy has been around forever. He deserves a flashback
If you read my last post, you know I was expecting this episode to have a lot of drama because Hedoro, the kind florist, joins the fight. The reality was completely different. We learned that Hedoro wasn’t always a kind guy. He was once the strongest warrior of his clan. He was infected with a virus called Parapper Heaven and it turned him into a peace-loving tame beast.
I love the expression of the Dakini in the background and the way he was skipping
This makes a big difference. Hedoro isn’t kind because he wants to be. He is just forced to be kind and he has no control over it. If you pluck that flower growing on top of his head, he will turn back into a monster. It makes you wonder if people should appreciate his kindness, because to him, the kindness is just a curse.
Jirocho and Pirako are back. Jiocho has now become a doting parent and Pirako is having fun teasing him.
The rest of the episode was all about fighting. To be honest, the fighting is getting kind of boring. There are too many cliché scenes. I am also disappointed with how often Otae is being taken hostage these days. I don’t want Gintama to start using a strong female character like Otae for plot convenience.
Do you remember how the last episode ended? Gintoki was hit by a boulder. If you have been wondering if he is alright, take a look at the below screenshot.
Don’t worry though. Kagura picked it up for him and he put his eyeball back in the socket. He is perfectly fine now.
Good for you Gintoki
The first part of the episode was funny. Otae and the rest of the gang sealed the Kabuki district. Otae was not willing to open the door for Yorzuya. Enemies had already surrounded the town and opening the door was risky. Gintoki spent over five minutes begging everyone to open the door and let him in. Here is the main protagonist who is supposed to save the day begging everyone to let him in and fight.
Let us just pretend that we didn’t notice how Otae was having a blast
This episode was so full of mosaic images and bleeped out words that I had trouble finding pictures that can be used in the review. First things first, we got to see young Hata in this episode. Hata wasn’t always a bald-headed sadistic idiot.
Doesn’t Hata look like a nice guy in this picture?
Here is the surprising part. Shijaku and Elizabeth are Hata’s brothers. The guy in Elizabeth costume is Dragonia, the cool looking dude in the featured image. He got into an accident, forgot his past and ended up becoming Elizabeth.
Can someone please kill this creepy looking monster and bring the old Elizabeth back?
The first part of this episode was beyond predictable. Tama and Kintoki gave up their lives to save the world. The nanomachines rendered all the liberation army ships useless.
To be honest, I didn’t feel bad for Tama or Kintoki. Not one bit. Gengai is going to repair them anyway. Unlike humans, it is possible to create a backup of their data. The idea of Tama and Kintoki dying is ridiculous.
What do you suppose these robots are doing?
The only resonable explanation is that these robots were providing processing power for the cannon to work and their motherboards got fried. The explanation actually makes Gengai look like an idiot. Why couldn’t he buy better processors?
On the other hand, I do like this episode title – ‘Machines that pick up useless habits are called people.’ If you think about it, if a machine has its own will and decides to pick up a useless habit just for fun, that machine might very well be called a human.
The second part of the episode was interesting though. Want to try guessing what happened?
Katsura managed to baord a Noah’s ark. Way to go Katsura!
Katsura was supposed to help Sakamoto’s group escape from the liberation army but he messed up, got caught and was thrown into a cage. How do you think he got caught? Make a wild guess.
Sakamoto gave Katsura a stealth ship to secretly attack the liberation army. Katsura being the nut-job he is, assumed that only the ship became invisible, leaving his team in plain view. This is what he thought they looked like when they used the stealth mode.
Trust me Katsura, a company making such stealth ships would have gone bankrupt a long time ago
Let us start the review with the most important piece of information we have all been wondering about for the past week. How did Yamazaki turn out to be the Rambo-like guy?
In his words, he got rid of the shackles that have been binding him all his life. He described his change as taking off a T-shirt he was born with.
This is the T-shirt he took off. Does it look familiar?
Only in Gintama can a character call their soul a T-shirt and try to get rid of it. Kondo followed suit and took off his Isao Kondo T-shirt. I am sure you already guessed what he looked like after taking his T-shirt off.
All hail the gorilla chief!
Gintoki and the rest of the gang forced Kondo to put his T-shirt back on because they felt bad for the T-shirt. I am not sure about Yamazaki though. The last we saw him, Shinpachi was carrying a half-dead Rambo. I wouldn’t be surprised if Gintama staff decided to continue the gag and made Yamazaki turn into a genie-looking T-shirt.
Who wouldn’t feel sorry for this T-shirt?
Guess who is finally back? The Shinsengumi. Apparently they went around finding people who are willing to join the war and fight for Earth. They even managed to get their hands on some good weapons. Gintoki now has an army on his side.
Kondo looks more like a gangster than a gorilla with his scar
I wonder why they bothered redesigning their uniforms though. The original Shinsengumi uniform is rather good looking. I can imagine these guys sitting with a designer for days on end and explaining how exactly they want their uniforms to look. What in the world were they doing when the Earth is in such danger?
Gintoki was not able to land a single blow on Utsuro. His team was crushed easily. They were forced to retreat and flee.
I really love this scene
What makes the above scene special is the fact that Gintoki was ready to give up. He is forced to face something bigger and stronger than him and no matter how hard he tries, he can’t see himself winning. It is like he is struggling in vain. Utsuro is stronger than him and is immortal. The chances of Gintoki winning are zero. He also has to fight the Amanto and he already lost to them before. Gintoki’s situation is beyond hopeless and he knows that. When faced with his own incompetence, he understood how powerless he is, enough to want to give up and throw everything away. As he stood there surrounded by those missile-firing robots, I am sure he thought how easier it would be to just die right there and be at peace.
I love how Gintoki can give up, get crushed and get overpowered easily. This tiny detail sets him apart from most of the shounen protagonists out there. Continue reading
Not a lot of things happened in this episode. There were some random jokes, an announcement about another upcoming live action movie and some plot developments. Before we go into them, let me show you the a really important scene.
I have almost forgotten that Kagura is an Amanto and is an unwanted existence on Earth. Even though she thinks of Earth as her home and has been doing everything in her power to protect Earth, she is still one of the people Earthlings want to drive out. Kagura is one of the nicest people in the Gintama universe but it hardly makes a difference. The only reason the people around her are not getting violent is because of their fear of Amanto. Now imagine this. Gintoki wins this fight and manages to drive the Amanto out of Earth. Kagura will not be able to stay back. If she is one of the few Amanto left on Earth, people will stop fearing her. We might be watching people hurling stones at her very soon. This is a very serious problem and I am glad Sorachi decided to bring it up. I only wish he had spent some more time discussing this situation.
You are a great character Tama!