Leave it to Gintama to throw a random curveball at you out of nowhere. Gintama season 8 has officially ended today. I repeat, Gintama season 8 has ended. Gintoki spent the entire second half of this episode explaining to us why this season had to be ended so abruptly and then complaining about Sorachi and the anime staff.
Let us start from the beginning. Here are a couple of nice pictures of Gintoki’s torture.
It would have been awesome if someone actually skipped the previous episode. They would have been treated to this nice visual of Takasugi hanging from the ceiling wearing a diaper. It would have been totally worth skipping an episode. Torture in Yoshiwara included getting molested by a bunch of old ladies. Gintoki, after going through that trauma twice, gave up on all his worldly desires and became a saint. Everyone lived happily ever after.
Just kidding. A diaper wearing saint is way more disturbing than a lazy samurai with a permanent perm
Seita became a delinquent. Not that it is weird, considering the fact that he was made to work in an adult toy shop when he was little. Here is one of the best piece of news we learned in this episode. Hinowa can walk now. She still needs a walking stick but I am really glad she can use her legs again. On the other hand, her taking so long to heal acts as a cruel reminder of the torture she has been through.
Gintoki used the
sno… mole he got from Tama to hide his identity and get away from the lady monsters. I am glad that he is still carrying that device around. It would have been pretty stupid to throw away something that convenient.
This is another episode filled with random comedy moments. We got to see Gintoki, Hijikata, Yamazaki and a fake Takasugi pretending to be mannequins. This review will have a lot of screenshots since there are some really good moments in this episode.
The thought of Takasugi pretending to be a mannequin is extremely funny
We also learned a lot of random information. Firstly, Yamazaki can fly!
Hijikata had no qualms about treating him like a horse
He can also split into two
Here is a confession. I honestly didn’t think that Utsuro’s parting words were in fact a threat.
Of course I expected Utsuro to come back but I didn’t realize that he had made plans to continue his carnage after getting revived. The way I saw it, Utsuro always thought that to live is to suffer. So it would make sense for him to pity the humans who foiled his plans to destroy humanity and chose to continue living, doesn’t it?
Gintoki, who knew Utsuro well, knew what his last words meant and set out to find his next incarnation. He went searching through all the Altana reserves for him.
Hmm.. Something seems strange. That is not a world map Sorachi!
This has got to be one of the stupidest mistakes made by Sorachi. Or more like, Sorachi simply refuses to acknowledge that Japan is not the only country in the world. Gintoki didn’t even have to step out of the country. Utsuro got magically reincarnated in Japan again.
Gintoki searched all over Japan, found baby Utsuro and tried to kill him.
It turns out, Kanna really is Kagura. She can now transform from being a little girl to an old woman in a matter of minutes. Sorachi hasn’t explained how she manages to do that yet.
I hate the unrealistic pointy chins
All hail Granny Kagura
I am sure Umibozu would love to learn this trick, turn back into a teenager and flaunt his hair.
Kagura didn’t find a way to heal Sadaharu. She felt bad about returning to Yorozuya without achieving anything. So she lied about being Kagura’s daughter. To be honest, it is an extremely stupid thing to do. Lying about being Kagura’s daughter and causing all kinds of problems to Shinpachi is way worse than admitting that she hadn’t found a way to restore Sadaharu.
Here is a nice picture of Sougo and Kagura being friendly
To be honest, I feel a little bad about badmouthing Katsura. He is actually planning to follow Shige Shige and Nobu Nobu’s footsteps. He is even writing a constitution for Japan all by himself. Only in Gintama can a terrorist become a country’s prime minister.
Sorry Zurump. You might actually make a good leader
Also, imagine the advantages of having a prime minister like Zurump. You don’t have to waste any resources for providing him security. He can take care of himself just fine.
Also, who would want to mess with this monster?
Some people tried to assassinate him and he threw a couple of bombs at them with a smile. Watching Kastsura trying to change Japan is going to be fun for sure. Matsudaira is not the least bit happy about Katsura sitting at the top of the country and is trying to assassinate him.
Sakamoto is currently out on a temporary transfer to the Kaiji universe
Here is the big news. Meet Kagura’s daughter – Kanna.
Kanna is more of a clone than a daughter. Kagura apparently traveled to the Dragon Ball universe and learned how to make clones.
Let us build a Kagura army!
This episode is everything we have been waiting for. Gintama is back to being a comedy and this episode is unpredictable and funny, just the way Gintama has to be.
For starters, Shinpachi didn’t get to act cool
The cafe’s owner kicked him out along with the Amanto for fighting in his cafe.
Sadaharu has shrunk to the size of a peanut and is in a vegetative state. Gintoki and Kagura went their separate ways after their battle with Utsuro. Kagura is travelling from planet to planet trying to find a way to wake Sadaharu up. Gintoki said that there is something he wanted to do and walked away. Knowing Gintoki, I wouldn’t be surprised if he just wanted to play some Pachinko or visit some anime makers and apply for a transfer saying that he is tired of Gintama. Shinpachi is currently taking care of Yorozuya all alone and waiting for their return.
Not everything is bad though. Hasegawa is calling himself a hero and is now a big star. He is being praised by everyone and is living a life of luxury. I don’t even want to get annoyed about him acting all high and mighty. We all know that he is going to end up being homeless very very soon.
Just enjoy your fame while it lasts Hasegawa
Here is a nice picture of the Shimura house for you.
Whoa, whoa, WHOA!
The battle with Utsuro has finally ended!
We all thought that the fight was going to go on forever, didn’t we? Looks like Sorachi isn’t that keen on turning Gintama into a normal shounen anime after all. He didn’t want to drag the fight forever and end the anime with Utsuro’s death.
I don’t think Utsuro is dead by the way. We saw him jump into an Altana reserve after all. I wouldn’t be surprised if he came back to life with a different personality. I just hope that the new Utsurto gets to lead a better life and walk a different path.
To be honest, Utsuro is not a bad guy. He thought he was saving everyone by killing them. If humanity isn’t destroyed, people will continue fighting with each other, hurting others and suffering. Utsuro, who had suffered a lot and desperately wanted to die, assumed that everyone else is the same. He assumed that everyone is doomed to suffer until they die. It goes to show just how much Utsuro wanted to die and let it all end. The torture he had endured had broken him to that point.
Even with all that, Utsuro wanted to be like other people. When he hurt someone, he felt like crying. The most heartbreaking thing is that he didn’t even know what he was feeling. If Utsuro did return to life, his current broken self would probably be erased. That is a bit sad. He is an anime villain you can’t help but sympathize with.
To be honest, I wanted someone to apologize to him before finishing him off. He deserved an apology for being turned into a sorry excuse of a villain who was tortured, hurt, broken down, made into a bad guy and then killed off.
I wanted Sadaharu to join the fight but watching him getting stabbed multiple times was sad. He is just a dog. He should have been going for walks, playing with his tail and eating food. Instead, here he is, stuck in a battle he probably doesn’t fully understand, getting hurt and hunted down. He doesn’t even know Utsuro. Even if he meets him sometime, he probably won’t understand why Utsuro wants to destroy earth. I thought he might die in this episode, considering how much damage he had taken.
The only thing on my mind during his fight was, ‘Whoa! Kagura is going to be pissed‘
I liked how Gintoki chopped off the hand of a guy who tried to kill Sadaharu. Even though he prefers fighting with a wooden sword, he has nothing against taking up a real sword and killing people. He doesn’t go out of his way to spare the lives of his enemies and can rip them into pieces without batting an eyelid.
I am a bit disappointed with everyone ganging up against Utsuro. It is one of the things that turned me off about Naruto. I am not a big fan of endings where the whole world comes together to kill one overpowered guy.
I am also disappointed with how little attention the rest of the Shinsengumi members usually get. When Utsuro tried to kill Yamazaki, Hijikata and Sougo rushed to his side and tried to save him. Gintoki is even carrying the half-killed Yamazaki to safety. No one cared when Utsuro was killing the other nameless Shinsengumi members. They are just around to give Utsuro a chance to showcase his skill.
Why didn’t anyone lift a finger to help these guys?
I would have been a bit impressed if Yamazaki actually died
Gather around people. I have a very important piece of news for you. What do you think Altana can be used for? Gaining immortality? Killing Utsuro? Nah. Turns out, it can be used for something bigger, something way more useful. Behold the power of Altana.
It can help in hair growth!
All you have to do is crush the crystals and sprinkle them on your head. You will have a full head of hair in three seconds. Even Umibozu, who is as bald as a potato, managed to get a head full of hair. Isn’t that awesome?
If you, like me, preferred the bald Umibozu, don’t worry. Kamui ripped all his hair out and returned Umibozu to his original state.
Jokes aside, I do feel a bit bad for Umibozu. He has always been embarrassed about being bald. He wore wigs, hid his head under caps and used every hair growth product he could find. He finally got his hands on something that worked. There was no reason to tear his hair out and leave him with a shiny bald head again. Why not let the poor guy enjoy his moment?
This episode is way better than all the episodes we have seen so far. For starters, Nobu Nobu died. One of the members of the Liberation army got angry and shot Ensho when he decided to stop the war. Nobu Nobu just happened to be right in front of Ensho when it happened and got shot.
Doesn’t that sound a bit ridiculous? We expected Nobu Nobu to play a big role in the war and yet he got killed by a nameless small fry. It makes sense if you think about it though. Shige Shige got killed by a nameless small fry too. After everyone went through the trouble of sacrificing lives and getting hurt in order to save him, he just happened to be killed by a poison needle. It makes sense for Nobu Nobu to meet the same fate. At least Nobu Nobu got to die peacefully. People accepted him as their ruler and he died knowing that he played a significant role in stopping the war between Edo and the Liberation army.
It was nice of Katsura to acknowledge Nobu Nobu as their king but to be honest, all Nobu Nobu did was sit in a bathroom most of the time
Nobu Nobu’s death is a bit too ironic and sad. He often mocked Shige Shige about being too soft, only to end up walking in his footsteps and throwing his life away for the greater good. It would have been nice to see Nobu Nobu live and spend the rest of his life as a normal guy.
I also find the relationship between Katsura and Shige Shige amusing. Katsura hated the government and became a terrorist to crush the government. Yet, he acknowledges Shige Shige, the guy who was sitting at the top of that government, as the true shogun and has immense respect for him. He even got extremely mad when Shige Shige got killed. It would have been nice if Shige Shige didn’t die and we got to see him becoming friends with Katsura and doing stupid stuff with him.
By the way, what is with Nobu Nobu’s face here? I hope it is an animation mistake