Gintama (2013) 4 and 5 review (spoilers if you haven’t seen the episodes yet)

If you break it, you have to swallow a thousand needles!

MAH BAD!  Was sort of busy last week and didn’t have the time to do the 4th review for Gin­ta­ma, so to make up for my fol­ly, I’m doing a 2 for 1 review for you guys.

I promise you there was a donut there

I promise you there was a donut there

Goddamnit Sorachi, quit making new characters that I love

God­damnit Sorachi, quit mak­ing new char­ac­ters for me to love.

Start­ing off with last week’s episode, we saw the bat­tle between our Furi­ous Five and the Shogu­nate reach its cli­max when the Shin­sen­gu­mi and Mimawarigu­mi enter the fray and under the orders of the cur­rent Shogun Shige Shige.  With the arrival of both police forces, our heroes have now turned the tide against the plans of Sada Sada and Oboro, and are chas­ing them down.  First off, Gin­to­ki needs to get on his feet, so Ise­boro helps out by shoot­ing him.  …Wait, what?  Oh, it’s a syringe gun with the anti­dote for the poi­son.  I gotcha, Good Guy Ise­boro.

Hey that antidote really did the trick there!

Hey, that anti­dote real­ly did the trick there!

With his plans foiled and his arrest appar­ent, Sada Sada decides to go to Yoshi­wara and fin­ish off Tsuzu­ran for good.  How­ev­er, Gin­to­ki, Nobume and Tsukyo have caught them right where they want them and the final fight between Gin­to­ki and Oboro takes place.

Yeah, that's Norio Wakamoto's character.  All the more reason for you to watch this show.

Yeah, that’s Norio Wakamo­to’s char­ac­ter. All the more rea­son for you to watch this show.

Shige Shige steppin it up!

Shige Shige step­pin it up!

Flashy fight sequences, yo!  After some well-timed moves and sheer willpow­er, Gin­to­ki over­pow­ers Oboro as the win­ner, while Nobume sab­o­tages Sada Sada’s get­away ship and Tsukyo cor­ners Sada Sada.  All seems well and good, but Sada Sada isn’t deterred for some rea­son because he still seems to have some­thing up his sleeve.

WTF OWWW

WTF OWWW

Turns out that old rac­coon is hop­ing that Ten­doshu, who just arrived with their own ships, will come and pro­tect him.  Not if Shige Shige has some­thing to say about it!  Turns out the guy knows what he’s talk­ing about and knows what is at stake.  He pret­ty much tells off the Ten­doshu and says that “they” will han­dle their own crim­i­nals because it is “Samu­rai Coun­try.”  Not bad, Shige Shige.  Nor­mal­ly he gets treat­ed bad­ly and has bad luck in all the oth­er episodes he appears in, but I’ll give him props this time for han­dling his busi­ness.  He even GARs up and offers his res­ig­na­tion for fail­ing to keep his uncle in check, mean­ing that with no one from the Toku­gawa fam­i­ly act­ing as Shogun, Sada Sada los­es all the influ­ence he had built up, has no real pow­er any­more AND the Ten­doshu lose their pup­pet to con­trol the nation. With all that said and done, Shige Shige is still kept around as Shogun for the time being, until the Ten­doshu fig­ure out how to clean up Sada Sada’s mess.  That’s because the influ­ence of the Ten­doshu starts to wane a bit with the loss of Sada Sada and the shift in pow­er heads towards the Hitot­sub­ashi fac­tion.  You should recall them as the group that chal­lenged Sada Sada’s influ­ence in the Baku­fu and thus was killing off their mem­bers.

Pretty tall order for Gintoki
Pret­ty tall order for Gin­to­ki but he man­ages to pull it off.

As to what hap­pened to Sada Sada?  Well, he’s locked up for the time being, but the Ten­doshu planned on try­ing to use him in some oth­er way.  How­ev­er, kar­ma is a bitch.  Think­ing that he’s about to be released from his cell, Sada Sada starts a mono­logue where “I can’t be judged by any­one because I am absolute!”  Well, some­thing along those lines.  Well, too bad for him, some­one by the name of TAKASUGI comes along to murk his ass!  That’s right, the series’ actu­al bad guy makes his appear­ance and fin­ish­es off Sada Sada as part of ohis wn revenge for the loss of his teacher, Shouyo.

One of those "I just wanna see the world burn types."

One of those “I just wan­na see the world burn” types.

(Yeah if you didn’t know by now, Gin­to­ki, Kat­sura and Taka­su­gi were all stu­dents of Shouyo, but Taka­su­gi went off the deep end after the Joui rebel­lion.)

Now, what does this all mean for the Yorozuya going for­ward?  Hard to say, but I can say that the bat­tle between Gin­to­ki and Taka­su­gi is inevitable.  In fact, the roles of the major char­ac­ters will be ques­tion­able.  Just spec­u­la­tion, but the alle­giances of the Shin­sen­gu­mi guys will be test­ed because as you saw, Kon­do and the gang aren’t exact­ly that thrilled to be the lap dogs of the Baku­fu due to their own sense of jus­tice, and Hijika­ta and Sou­go serve in the Shin­sen­gu­mi because of their devo­tion to Kon­do.  That makes Kon­do a big­ger play­er in the pow­er strug­gle because the Shin­sen­gu­mi will only act on Kondo’s word, the lov­able oaf.  Ise­boro said before in a pre­vi­ous arc that he would more or less join up with Taka­su­gi, and wher­ev­er Ise­boro goes, Nobume goes.  I think she’s pret­ty much done with her affil­i­a­tion with the Naraku, but I think she is a bit of a wild card because there’s a chance she may flip sides to the Yorozuya in what­ev­er role they play in the pow­er strug­gle.  The Yorozuya pret­ty much don’t care who is in charge of the coun­try and would only step in the strug­gle if it involved peo­ple they cared about deeply and to stop Taka­su­gi from what­ev­er it is he’s doing… because he’s just bat­shit crazy.

inevitable

OH, I ALMOST FORGOT!  Jiiya had to be kept under med­ical sur­veil­lance because, you know, he had his oth­er arm cut off and he’s pret­ty old as is.  Welp, that doesn’t stop Gin­to­ki from ful­fill­ing his promis­es because it’s one of his few good traits!  With the help of the Shin­sen­gu­mi, Shige Shige, Soyo and Nobume, Jiiya was final­ly able to see Tsuzu­ran under the full moon for the last time.  I almost shed some man­ly tears at their reunion because it was just so bit­ter­sweet.  The feels man, the feels.

Aaaaaand we're playing kick the can again

Aaaaaand we’re play­ing kick the can again.

Nobume strikes again!

Nobume strikes again!

bittersweet

I got­ta admit, Cyborg Sorachi real­ly knows his stuff, man.  He lit­er­al­ly knows when to tell a good sto­ry when he feels like it and I can’t wait till he comes back to this plot line.  Also, props to Sun­rise for stay­ing true to the source mate­r­i­al and keep­ing Sorachi involved with the ani­me.  It was a real­ly well done arc.  I’m curi­ous to see which arc Sun­rise will ani­mate next because there are a cou­ple of oth­er inter­est­ing ones in the man­ga.  Based on the open­ing they used for the first 4 episodes, the Beam Sword Style will prob­a­bly be the next one, which is also good with the wacky ref­er­ences and the growth of Shin­pachi as a char­ac­ter.

Once that arc airs, I’ll do some reviews for that as well.

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