Gintama.(The Battle on Rakuyo) Episode 12

The new Gintama season has ended and it didn’t end with a bang. Gintoki and the rest didn’t get on their knees and apologize for offending the viewers on various occasions either. The season had a normal shounen ending for once and I am not exactly happy about that.

There isn’t much to say about this episode. Nothing much really happened. We only learned about Utsuro’s past and it isn’t something that would surprise the viewers. Utsuro was feared because of his immortality ever since he was young. People tried to kill him in every possible way they could think of.

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It is no wonder that being treated this way made Utsuro into who he is now

He hated humans and at the same time he wanted to be one of them. I wonder why a person who was treated so badly by humans would want to be human. We also learned what he plans to do next. Utsuro wants to destroy earth. As long as he is on earth, he is immortal. So he wants to destroy the planet along with himself. Again, I don’t understand why he has to do that. When Umibozu tried to kill him by introducing another planet’s Altana into his system, Utsuro admitted that he was almost out of Altana and if Umibozu had more lives to throw away, he would have won. So why not go around collecting Altana from other planets and shoving them into his heart? It would eventually kill him. It all he wanted to do was die, wouldn’t that be a better plan?

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Here is the thing. I don’t think Utsuro wants to commit suicide and be done with it. He wants to live, experience normal happiness and then grow old and die a normal death. He can’t have it so he is playing the bad guy. He just wants to be saved from his nightmare. If someone manages to kill him, he will be fine with it but he doesn’t want to be just erased without a trace. I am impressed that Gintoki admitted that the one who pushed Shoyo into a corner was them. I didn’t expect him to realize that. On the other hand, it only makes the whole situation even harder for him to deal with.

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I really like this art style by the way

The art style used while narrating Utsuro’s past looked awesome. It has this picture book feel to it and I especially love the featured image of this post. It looks like a scene that is taken straight out of an old classic horror anime.

I am also interested in knowing what Kamui wants to do now. He no longer has a goal and he no longer has a reason to act crazy, pick fights and kill people for fun. He will probably try to be a saner killer like Sougo now.

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He was more interesting to watch when he was a psychotic killer

Lastly, I want to say that I never expected Gintama to end with a line as cliché as this.

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Come on Gintoki! This is Gintama. It is supposed to end with a gag or a joke

I like this season and all the action packed episodes but at the same time I have to admit that I will probably never rewatch it. It doesn’t have the charm other Gintama season have. Gintama is supposed to be a fine mix of comedy and action. A season with just action is not appealing enough. We had plenty of comedy moments after Shige Shige’s death. Compared to that, the comedy in this season is rather bland. We didn’t even get to see the Shinsengumi in this season (I am pretty sure Shinpachi is secretly happy about Hijikata not appearing on the cover and taking all his screen time). They should have made this season longer and try to fit in some comedy pieces and made it more Gintama-like.

See you next time ^^/

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Gintama.(The Battle on Rakuyo) Episode 11

Let me start by saying that my worries about Umibozu proved out to be wrong. He is back and he is stronger than ever.

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They replaced the hands of strongest man in the universe with guns

Gintama comes up with some crazy ideas. Umibozu is a monster who can crush a spaceship with his bare hands and now he has been turned into this half-cyborg with insane firepower. I don’t mind watching Bozutama at this point. His adventures with his new toys are bound to be interesting.

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It turns out that Gintoki wasn’t the least bit worried about Umibozu, and with good reasons

We also learned about Oboro’s past and truth be told, I am disappointed in his character. I expected a more interesting story and I expected him to be a better person. He ran away with Utsuro and even decided to sacrifice himself for Utsuro’s sake. Even after he survived the accident, he dedicated the rest of his life trying to protect the life Utsuro wanted. And what made him snap and throw it all away?

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It was this

It was the simple fact that he wasn’t in this happy picture. He knew what kind of  life Utsuro was living and he tried his best to guard it from the crows. Yet, when he actually saw the beauty of the life he was protecting, he got jealous. He wanted Utsuro to be happy and yet he didn’t like the fact that Utsuro was happy even though he wasn’t by his side. He ruined the happy picture because he couldn’t digest that fact. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that Oboro was the one who pushed Utsuro into a corner, ruined everything he had, made him snap and turned him into the monster we see now. He made it so that Utsuro could never go back and at the same time, he destroyed everything Utsuro had built over the years. He turned his students into broken scarred messes and pretty much erased all the good things Shoyo did.

Utsuro was more humane than he is now even before he turned into Shoyo. He spared the life of little Oboro and refused to turn him into an assassin. Do you remember what Utsuro looked like when he thought he lost Oboro?

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Does he look anything like the Utsuro we know now?

In the end all Oboro did was betray Utsuro in the worst way possible. I expected a different kind of story. I thought Oboro tried to protect Shoyo with everything he could and when it was no longer possible, he didn’t mind killing Shoyo. I thought he spared the lives of Shoyo’s disciples even if it meant he had  to mess up their lives, break their ideals and morals and leave behind living corpses. So his actual story made me feel disappointed. Gintama is full of characters like these, people who destroy something important to them for no good reason. Remember what Hosen did? He loved a woman and what did he do to her? He turned her into a prostitute, locked her up, beat her and even damaged her legs because he didn’t want her to leave him. He said something along the lines of ‘Even if I try to bring it close, my claws will only sink in deeper.’ Does that justify everything he had done? Even if Hinowa forgave him, she will not walk again and is doomed to live her entire life in a wheelchair. It also doesn’t change that Hosen forced hundreds of women into prostitution, pulled them into darkness along with him and killed them when he felt like it. Kamui did the same. He cut off Umibozu’s hand, walked away when his mother was on her deathbed and almost killed Kagura many times. I didn’t expect Oboro to join this foolish parade.

On the other hand though, I believe that Utsuro was doomed to be broken. Even if Oboro never betrayed him and protected him for as long as he could, Utsuro would have known later that Oboro had to sacrifice his life and stain his hands with blood just so that he could continue playing his little teacher game. It would have damaged him the same way Oboro’s betrayal did.

Let me end this post by saying that I never expected to see this in Gintama.

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I don’t even remember how many times I heard Luffy say this but I didn’t expect to hear the same dialogue in Gintama.

See you next time ^^/

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Gintama.(The Battle on Rakuyo) Episode 10

Despite all my complaints about not wanting Gintoki to fight Kamui just because he is the protagonist, I have to admit that this episode was pretty awesome. It is easily my favourite episode in this season. I loved the action and the fights. The fight between Gintoki and Kamui was great. They didn’t hold back one bit. Gintoki didn’t mind breaking Kamui’s hand and Kamui didn’t mind breaking Gintoki’s finger. Just take a look at these images.

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Imagine Gintoki fighting an opponent like Kamui with a finger like that

Their exchange during the fight was great too. Gintoki said that ‘Strength that has nothing to lose is the same as weakness that can’t protect anything’ and Kamui said that ‘If you can’t protect something, you should keep your hands off it from the beginning. ‘ If you think about it, they’re both right. If you’re super strong but has absolutely nothing to protect, including yourself, then it is the same as being weak beyond words. Now imagine trying to protect something important with everything you have and still losing it in the end. It will make you wonder if you should have bothered trying to protect it, since it turned out to be meaningless in the end. Gintoki decided to accept the loss while Kamui threw everything out of the window because the loss shattered him.

Kamui did waver a little when he had to seriously hurt Kagura. I guess he figured that he could kill Umibozu and be done with his revenge. He did go after Kagura with the intention to kill but he probably never stopped to think about how he would feel if he lost her. He snapped during the fight the way Kagura did during her fight with Abuto.

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You know it is bad news when a Yato decides to smile that way

Abuto decided to step in at that point and I was honestly surprised. He isn’t stupid and he knew that he would probably end up dead if he messed with Kamui. There was no real reason for him to step in but he did it anyway because he didn’t like how Kamui was consumed by the Yato blood. In his own words, he doesn’t care if Kamui wants to kill Umibozu or Kagura, but he should do it while smiling the way he usually does.

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Abuto is one of the characters I like, but then again, I like a lot of characters in Gintama

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I like how Kamui goes around killing people with that nice cheerful smile on his face too

I am glad Kagura could finally get through to Kamui but I am also a bit sad that Kamui will now cease to be that cheerful psychotic killer we know. It was fun watching him walk all over his enemies as if it was nothing. The long sibling spat finally ended.

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I have no idea how many fractures Kamui got in this episode

When Sorachi first introduced Kamui, he probably wanted Kamui to be a bad guy and didn’t really plan things out. Remember how Umibozu told Gintoki that Kamui tried to kill him following some old tradition? That wasn’t what happened. Kamui tried to kill Umibozu because he wanted to protect his mother. It had nothing to do with any weird tradition and Gintoki already admitted that when Kamui first appeared, his hair was black and the mangaka later changed it. This causes some inconsistencies in the story.

In the next episode we will learn Oboro’s past and I am looking forward to it. I have always liked his character and learning more about him sounds great. We will also see what lead Utsuro to create a person named Shoyo.

See you next time ^^/

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Gintama.(The Battle on Rakuyo) Episode 9

I was right about the fight between Umibozu and Utsuro. Umibozu got badly hurt and he also lost his right hand. Even if he manages to stay alive, he won’t be as strong as he used to be. How will he be able to put up a decent fight without his hands? It is also doubtful if he will survive. His injuries are rather serious.

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On the other hand Utsuro just regenerated and came out of the fight unharmed

There wasn’t anything more to the story of Kouka’s death either. Kamui wanted her to go back to Kouan. She would have had to live alone for eternity if she did and she did not want that. She was similar to Utsuro. She was immortal as long as she stayed in Kouan and she decided to leave the planet knowing full well that she wouldn’t live long if she went to some other planet. Kamui on the other hand was prepared to take her back to Kouan by force if he had to. It was okay if he made her life miserable but he wanted her to live anyway. He couldn’t make his mom go back to her planet and he couldn’t make Umibozu give up on her either. So he turned bitter and walked away from his family. We can see why Kamui did everything he did but at the same time it doesn’t make it any better. What he did was stupid and he should have had enough guts to accept his mom’s decision. If he wasn’t strong enough to do that, he should have walked away and never looked back. Trying to blame Umibozu for Kouka’s death and trying to kill him is pointless.

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Kouka asked him to let her be by their side and he threw it all away because the burden was too heavy for him

Remember what Kamui said ‘What is strength? Letting others beat you up? Hurting others to protect your family? Going off to fight alone with no concern for you family?‘ They are all different forms of strength and Kamui just chose a wrong form of strength that only hurt him and everyone else around him.

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Also, this episode made me like Abuto’s character even more. He protected Kagura and Kamui from the bullies and he protected Kamui from Hosen. Hosen is a dangerous guy and he could have killed Abuto easily if he wanted to. Abuto is no hero but he is not a villain either. He is just a normal guy who didn’t want to see Hosen killing Kamui or Kamui killing Umibozu.

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Gintoki is going to fight Kamui in the next episode and I don’t quite like it. I always thought Kagura would be the one to beat some sense into Kamui and I don’t want Gintoki to end up doing that just because it makes him look cool. It has always been a fight between those siblings and I wanted it to be kept that way. Though I had to admit that this part was pretty funny.

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You don’t look the least bit convincing Gintoki

Baby Kagura kicking Umibozu and Kouka telling Kamui and he will go bald were pretty funny too.

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I don’t mind watching a bald Kamui. It’ll make things more interesting

I also want to say that I expected Kamui’s past to be a bit more interesting but it turned out to be rather plain. The preview said that something strange will happen to Kamui in the next episode and I have no idea what that something strange is supposed to be. I am looking forward to the next episode.

See you next time ^^/

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Gintama.(The Battle on Rakuyo) Episode 8

The battle between Utsuro and Umibozu isn’t something I was looking forward to. Like I mentioned in my last post, I don’t believe Umibozu has a chance. Even if he is the strongest man in the universe, he isn’t immortal. He will get tired. Take a look at this picture below.

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Now we have two people who lost a hand

Utsuro’s hand will just regenerate while Umibozu is fated to live the rest of his life with only one hand. The fight is unfair from the beginning. The fight wasn’t the main focus of this episode. We learned the story of Umibozu and Kouka, Kagura’s mother. Also, Umibozu’s real name is Kanko. Kouka is a rather interesting character. Take a look at some of her dialogues.

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This is what she said when Umibozu called Kouan a dead planet. It is not possible for people to live on Kouan but there are many types of monsters that can survive on Kouan. Kouka said that just because it is not possible for people to live there, it doesn’t mean the planet is dead. She had been living alone on that planet for a long time and she had no complaints. She wasn’t wallowing in self pity and she wasn’t sad or bitter. She was happy with her life. Until Umibozu showed up and reminded her what it felt like to have companionship that is.

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Here is another interesting thing she said.

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She had been living on a planet where there is not much food and she could do whatever it took to survive, including eating boots.

This episode was mostly about how Umibozu managed to make Kouka leave her planet and agree to be his wife. They managed to insert a lot of dirty jokes into an otherwise serious story.

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This is what they once looked like

It is sad to think that this nice looking family members are now trying to kill each other. Kouka got sick after Kagura’s birth. She did say that ‘she can’t live anywhere but here’, when she was talking about Kouan. I am guessing that she had to live in a place with Altana or she could’t survive. She knew it and yet she left Kouan and went with Umibozu. It was her choice. Kamui calling Umibozu a murderer for that is absurd.

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It is not hard to understand where Kamui is coming from. He loved his mother and yet he had to stand by and watch her die. So he came to resent his father since he brought her with him to the outside world and was partially responsible for her death. Kamui would have probably preferred his mother to stay alive for a long time over staying happy for a short time.  But here is the cruel truth. Kamui doesn’t get any say in this. Kouka made her choice and he should have accepted it, even if it made him sad and miserable. Blaming Umibozu for what had happened and trying to kill him wouldn’t make Kouka happy. We still don’t know the whole story yet. Maybe there is more to the story of Kouka’s death but for now Kamui only appears to be a brat who decided to break something just because he couldn’t protect it. It is meaningless and won’t do anyone any good.

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This Gintama season only has 12 episodes. We will probably not get to see what happened to the Shinsengumi after Kondo’s escape. I wouldn’t mind watching an entire season about it. They used to be cops but now they are terrorists on the run. Watching how they learn to deal with their new reality is bound to be interesting.

See you next time ^^/

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Gintama.(The Battle on Rakuyo) Episode 7

Since the last episode had such a great ending, I expected this episode to start with some awesome fights. Here is the reality.

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It started with Gintoki, Katsura and Takasugi abusing Sakamoto.

It has been a while since we saw the four of them fight together and it was awesome. Let us move along and talk more about the most interesting and much awaited fight in this episode. The fight between these two insane idiots.

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Umibozu and Kamui

I was wrong about Umibozu. He didn’t really want to kill Kamui. He was trying to talk to Kamui but we know very well that Umibozu’s mental stability is very fragile during a battle and a little shove could push him over the edge. Kagura interfered with their fight and Kamui almost killed her. Umibozu wouldn’t have minded killing Kamui if Kagura ended up dying. I always assumed that Kamui wouldn’t kill Kagura. He might hurt her, break her bones and leave her in a sea of blood but I assumed that he wouldn’t want to smash her skull or break her neck and kill her. I was wrong. He tried to kill Kagura just to make Umibozu snap and fight him with full force. Kagura later said that Kamui hasn’t changed and is still a crybaby who puts on a brave face. We have seen Kamui fight. We have seen him rip enemies apart with a smile on his face. He has always been this insanely strong, crazy and cheerful dude and watching Kagura call him a crybaby was a bit funny.  I did like how Kagura didn’t even bat an eyelid when he tried to kill her and sent him flying.

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I wasn’t talking about you Kamui. You can turn your attention back to slicing through your enemies and mountains.

Oboro wants to fight with Gintoki and the rest. He is sick and he might not make it out alive if he fought them in that condition. I have never really disliked Oboro. Even when he forced Gintoki to kill Shoyo and then let them live saying that their lives weren’t worth taking, it felt a little like he was trying not to kill them. Maybe it was his way of letting the three of them live. He even went as far as to say that Gintoki and Takasugi were just throwing away lives that Shoyo saved when they tried to fight him later. Despite being on the bad guys’ side, he seems like a sensible person and I have always liked his character.

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I hope he doesn’t die.

In the next episode we might get to see Umibozu Vs Utsuro. This is a fight I don’t want to see. Even if Gintama is a pretty laid back anime, it wouldn’t let the antagonist be defeated by someone other than the protagonist. The chances of Umibozu winning are slim. How can you win against an immortal person anyway? He might end up being defeated or killed. I wouldn’t mind it if Umibozu killed Utsuro though. It is probably the kindest thing he could do for Utsuro, a guy who has lived for so long that he can no longer feel alive.

gintama-mp4_001342796 We will also learn about the mysterious lady that appears in the opening song in the next episode.

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We already know she is Kagura’s mother.

See you next time ^^/

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The most amusing thing about this episode is the fact that Pakuyasa actually exists. He wanted to become Gintoki’s student but Gintoki just turned him into an errand boy because he was too weak to fight in a real war.

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This was awesome

Gintoki managed to defeat Bato. He overwhelmed him with his murderous intent and since Bato sew his eyes shut and only depends on the eye on his forehead, he couldn’t tell where Gintoki was because of the murderous intent hitting him from every side. It sounds a bit unrealistic. If it was easy to overwhelm him he wouldn’t have become a master swordsman and stay undefeated. I am willing to overlook that though. Gintoki was thinking about the next day’s breakfast during their fight and Bato said that to Gintoki death and breakfast aren’t all that different. They are a normal part of his life. His death isn’t anymore important to Gintoki than knowing the menu of the next day’s breakfast and it was sad.

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Have you ever wondered about how far Gintoki has actually fallen?

Umibozu was running around and causing chaos as usual. I want to see Utsuro and Umibozu fighting. Utsuro even admitted that Umibozu might be the only guy who could kill him and seeing them fight is bound to be interesting.

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We will get to see Umibozu and Kamui fighting in the next episode. I always assumed that Kagura will be the one to punch some sense into him and drag him back home but it looks like Umibozu will be the one doing it. I doubt Kagura will stand by and watch them fight but I also doubt she will be able to pick a side and stopping their fight is pretty much impossible.

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He is finally back

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These four are finally back together too

At the end of the episode the animators replaced some cool scenes of Gintoki with Pakuyasa and it was great even though it annoyed Gintoki a lot. We will probably see more of Pakuyasa in the future. It is a good joke and I am sure a show like Gintama will make good use of it.ep-6-2-mp4_001418516

See you next time ^^/

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