Gintama – 76 – 81

Ahh, the Yagyuu arc. It’s episodes like these that make Gintama something worth waiting a few weeks for, and this arc definitely doesn’t disappoint. The drama! The Suspense! The toilet paper! xD

Summary;

– Otae meets a childhood friend to whom she was betrothed to, Yagyuu Kyuubei
– After running off with a sad face and tears Shinpachi decides to rescue her along with Kondo.
– Gintoki, Kagura, Okita and Hijikata join in as well.
– The members of the Yagyuu clan start a battle game in which the participants are supposed to attack specific targets on their opponents bodies to knock them out.
– Chaos ensues as the participants mow each other down, while the most important fighters get stuck in toilet cubicles with no tissue paper.
– Somehow, we find out Kyuubei was actually a woman, forced to dress as a man because of her families traditions
– Shinpachi ends the game with an attack to the generals head with Gintoki’s help
– Otae and Kyuubei reunite as friends, consoling each other for all the lost years.

My thoughts;

As I stated earlier, this arc was just awesome. Brilliant fights, hilarious most of the time actually, plus a good solid plot.

Plate knockout match?

While the fights were awesome, I liked the toilet scene the most. The whole psychological warfare was classic Gintama, more so this round because they were fighting over toilet paper. The sandpaper part had me laughing out loud for a few moments too since Kondo is just such good comic relief. xD

Sandpaper? That’s classic Gintama alright.

I sensed something was amiss with Kyuubei the moment I saw her bandaged chest during the new ED. It just didn’t register to me until her fight with Hijikata. Her back story was pretty interesting, seeing that her character is a rip-off of Jubei from Jubei-chan: The Ninja Girl (one of my first few anime). It’s also quite surprising to see Hijikata and the rest of the shinsengumi guys getting their own backsotries fleshed out as well.

Desperation personified.

Otae and Kyuubei’s tearful chat at the end of episode 81 was a really good finale as well. Kyuubei’s line, “How did it become like this?”, was especially moving since up to then she was pretty stoic most of the time. Eitherway, it was about time Otae got some development too, I mean everyone else had an arc of their own (except Gintoki) up till then.

So all in all a great arc! God bless you guys. =D

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2 Responses to “Gintama – 76 – 81”

  1. shirokiryuu Says:

    Who knows it could be a homage over a rip off =/
    They’re mostly like based off the same historical figure Yagyu Jubei

  2. Lone Wolf Says:

    Yes, like the poster above had mentioned, the actually historical figure Yagyu Jubei was a great swordsman at one time so it wouldn’t be surprising that they would use him as a basis for ‘Kyuubei’.

    In fact there are other anime series that at least feature this hero like the ever-popular novel entitled “Lone Wolf and Cub” and even Samurai Showdown…..and actually the other series that you mentioned, “Jubei-chan” is a spoof.

    Here’s some info on the actual Yagyuu.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yagy%C5%AB_J%C5%ABbei_Mitsuyoshi

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