09
Mar
09

Gintama Itou Arc- Gintama Not Only Provides Gags, But Lessons on Manliness!!!

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Ok, since this is already subbed, I’m giving the super-speedy-short synopsis on this.

Some members of the Shinsengumi have gotten new swords, and Hijikata also needs to get his sword fixed because he’s constantly overusing it. While having it repaired, Hijikata picks up a cursed sword to use while the other’s being repaired. After walking away from the smithy, Hijikata’s surrounded by Joui members out for his head. Just as he’s about to unsheath his sword Hijikata finds himself on his knees begging for mercy, the Joui members proceed to beat up on Hijikata before he’s saved by the other Vice-Commander of the Shinsengumi, Itou Kamatarou. Itou’s return marks the start of the arc and change in the Shinsengumi. Hijikata tries to warn Kondo of Itou’s ambitions, but is possesed by his sword causing him to read Jump and watch anime. Because of the laws of the Shinsengumi, these activities apparently are a cause to commit seppuku. Sougo notices Hijikata acting strangely and talks to him on it. Later during a Shinsengumi meeting, Hijikata comes in with some Yakisoba bread and magazines for Sougo (as Sougo demanded of him) and finds him being set up to get him removed as Vice-commander.

After being expelled from the Shinsengumi, Hijikata appears to have become a loser otaku. Appearing on a program with Shinpachi about Otakus’ effects on society. During the show, Shinpachi recognizes that it’s Hijikata and brings him to Gintoki’s. There they find his change in character is because of his sword and bring him to Tetsuko. There they find that Hijikata’s cursed sword casues the user to be possesed by the Otaku Hikikomori who was killed by the sword when his mother, tired and irritated by his lifestyle, slashed him. Meanwhile Yamazaki is spying on Itou and discovers his plot to assasinate Kondo, but is discovered and chased after. Yamazaki is wounded and presumably finished off. Eventually Hijikata is attacked by the Shinsengumi. Apparently Itou is planning on assasinating Kondo and taking control of the Shinsengumi as Hijikata feared. However, before he does so Itou wants Hijikata done with first to ensure the success of the assasination. Coming to his senses for a brief moment, Hijikata begs Gintoki to save his and Kondo’s Shinsengumi.

Meanwhile, Itou and Kondo are on a train with the assasination plot commencing. Itou comments to Kondo on how Kondo’s like a white flag that can be dyed any color, and how the shinsegumi is composed of colors that mark his flag. Itou on the other hand is black that can only stain everything black and cannot be dyed any other color. Kondo laughs it off saying that his members in the Shinsengumi are more like dirt than a color, you can’t get them out and eventually you grow attached to them. It is at this moment that Sougo comes in slashing down a member of Itou’s faction and sets off a bomb on the train when Itou’s group starts to surround him. Sougo  gets Kondo to safety and secures him on a separate cart which he proceeds to lock Kondo in and separates the cart from the train telling Kondo this happened because he’s too nice, but that’s why there’s guys like Sougo in the Shinsengumi. With that he goes back into the cart with Itou and starts taking out his members.

Gintoki, meanwhile is draging Hijikata out to the battlefield; they eventually meet Kondou who is then informed of Hijikata’s current situation. Kondo apoligizes to Hijikata while tearing up blaming himself for this rebellion, and asks Gintoki for a favor: Take Hijikata away from the battlefield. It is at this moment that Hijikata takes up the microphone and while still speaking somewhat like his otaku self, makes a speech telling those that betray Kondo are scum. It is at this moment that Itou arrives on the scene with Bansai challenging Hijikata to finish things. The battle starts with the pairs being Hijikata vs. Itou and Gintoki vs. Bansai.

We flashback to a scene Takasugi and Itou where Takasugi is basically leading Itou to betray the Shinsengumi by appealing to his inflated pride. Back to fight we find Itou bloodied and his left arm missing. We then see flashbacks of Itou’s childhood and how he has constantly been a subject of persecution, at home he is blamed for being the healthy child while his older brother is sickly, at school he is the subject of scorn for doing better than other students, and at the dojo he goes to he is scorned for being better than others. All of this cultivates Itou’s belief that he is alone, at that moment he is about to fall from the train he is saved by Konou who in turn is being held onto by Sougo, being held by Shinpachi, with Kagura holding onto Shinpachi preventing the rest of them from falling. Itou realizes (or rather remembers) what he really wanted was just to have people around him. Meanwhile Gintoki is fighting against Bansai and tries to leave the fight to check on his companions, but Bansai doesn’t let him. Gintoki is being pulled back by Bansai’s steel wires, but Gintoki struggles against it and eventually breaks free from Bansai’s wires.

Meanwhile back on the train; Okita, Hijikata, are fighting against the Kiheitai when the Kiheitai’s helicopter pulls up along side the train and opens fire. During this time Bansai boards the helicopter and when the dust clears it seems that Hijikata and Kondo were protected from the gunfire by Itou’s body. At this moment Gitoki lunges at the front of the helicopter and pulls it away from the train; we see that Gintoki’s attack lands on Bansai who is at the front fo the helicopter, but he uses his katana to launch a counter-attack on Gintoki’s left shoulder calling Gintoki Shiroyasha and asking him what he’s fighting for. Bansai tells Gintoki that everything he has fought to protect has disappeared when the world of samurais disappeared during the amanto invasion. Bansai continues by calling Gintoki a ghost, and that everything that he fought to protect no longer exists and stabs Gintoki’s shoulder, pushing Gintoki off the helicopter. But it seems that Gintoki purposely let himself fall off the helicopter since he used Bansai’s wires to entangle Bansai and the helicopter with the other end of the wire connected to Gintoki’s bokken Toyoko. Gintoki tells Bansai that he has never fought for some cheap country, in the past and now, what he’s been protecting hasn’t changed. As he tells Bansai this there are flashes of the people that are close to Gintoki, back then and now. Gintoki swings down his bokken pulling the helicopter down causing it to crash. Back in the train Itou is telling Hijikata to lead his troops against the Kiheitai; Hijikata relunctantly does so telling the rest of the Shinengumi to take out what’s left of the Kiheitai forces since their commander is gone now. While the rest of the Shinsengumi is fighting, Itou asks why he’s always late in realizing his feelings, why he can’t stand and fight with them even though he wants to, and why can’t he hold his sword even though he wants to.

In the aftermath the Shinsengumi take Itou with Kagura and Shinpachi trying to persuade them not too. Gintoki tells them that they’re doing this as a courtesy since Itou’s wounds won’t allow him to live, and they don’t want him to die a traitor; they want him to die as one of their comrades. Itou is allowed to have a final duel with Hijikata, and after a single clash Hijikata emerges victorious. As Itou looks around him, he realizes the bonds he has with the Shinsengumi and sheds a tear and thanks them before falling from his injuries.

Somewhere in Edo, Takasugi is talking with Bansai on the success of having the Shinsengumi’s eyes averted leaving the Harusame smuggling a success. Takasugi notes to Bansai that he left the task to him under the pretense that he was suppose to wipe out the Shinsengumi. Bansai retorts that he interprets Takasugi’s orders in his own way and claims he wanted to hear their song a while longer. Meanwhile, Yamazaki is looking at his funeral procession, scared at being yelled at for surving due to the enemy’s pity. However, Yamazaki is shocked to see his funeral being done together with Matudaira’s dog. After observing a lot of acts of disrespect towards the dead, Yamazaki decides to go in scaring everyone after dressing himself to look a little more dead. Before he can though, he is blown through the room by Hijikata who begins reciting the Kyokuchuu Hatto rules that are being violate and tells them all to commit seppuku. Everyone seems glad to see the old Hijikata back, but before this goes on any longer Hijkata’s phone rings with the same anime ring tone and he answers it the same as when he was an otaku.

Opinion:

Wow, that was a long arc! I gotta say my favorite part is Itou’s death. It’s not that I hated the guy or anything, it’s just that it’s handle in such a idealized way. Death isn’t exactly something to glorify, but considering Itou’s betrayal his death is a symbol of forgiveness. There’s just so many parts of this arc that I consider “manly” Hijikata conquering his fear, Itou’s attempt at redemption by protecting Kondo, Itou’s last duel with Hijikata, and Gintoki’s battle with Bansai where he tells him what he’s been protecting hasn’t changed. It was all awe-inspiring. I really like how Gintoki says he’s never fought for a country, because it coincides with my own personal belief that you don’t fight for things like countries or items like that, you fight for protecting people. I’m sure there may be arguments to this, but this is my own personal belief. I’m hoping for another arc like this from Gintama in the future, and I’ll be watching Gintama’s 7th ending with all the scenes of the cast with their shirts off! Not for that reason! It’s just that the symbolism of watching a man’s back is there and I believe that plays well in theme with this arc, and all growing men! We need a strong manly role-model to mold ourselves to be! Granted the Gintama characters are like this rarely, but men are like that too! They shine once in a blue moon, but when they do they’re like the friggin’ stars!! mangamaxx out and away!!!

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