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Gintama – 76 – 81

October 1, 2008

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

Gintama – 74, 100th post special! =D

August 31, 2008

As I mentioned in my previous post, I’ll be adding Gintama to the list of anime that I cover. Also, since I only watch the subbed versions my posts will follow the timing of the subbed releases.

Anyway, this is also my 100th post. It’s been 6 months since I started this blog and it’s been really fun. Special thanks to all my readers and friends who’ve made animeblogging satisfying! =D


Summary;

– The episode is a parody of manga Kochikame, in conjuction with its 30th anniversary (31st in th manga)
– Everyone in the kabuki-chou is infected by the RYO-II virus, spread through its accidental release during transport.
– The virus turns everyone into unibrowed useless old men.
– Hilarity ensues as one by one the remaining survivors, Gin, Shinpachi, Kagura, Sa-chan, Hasegawa and Katsura get picked off one by one.
– Gin being the only person impervious to the disease (because he’s already a good-for-nothing old man) saves the day at the last minute by shooting the vaccine into the sky.

My thoughts;

There are two words I have always associated Gintama to; awesome and downright hilarious, this episode is just too hilarious for words. Taking a well used concept in movies and games, a zombie outbreak, and managing to squeeze out laughter regardless. Yeap, thats Gintama for you.

Not something I’d like to wake up to.

Anyway, I liked how Gintoki and the rest of the Yorozuya lost interest in trying to save everyone after they found out that the virus was turning everyone into useless old men. I was laughing my head off at that point. The funniest part of all was when Katsura went out to greet Elizabeth. Being a veteran at Gintama, I managed to pick up the hints, but I was laughing out loud when Gin and the rest closed the elevator doors on him. Priceless! xD

McDonalds must be ecstatic because all the free advertisement they’re getting. xD

So hope you enjoyed my first review of Gintama, do look forward to more! Also to my fellow Malaysians; SELAMAT HARI MERDEKA KE-51! Or for those who don’t get it, Happy Independence Day Malaysia! God bless you guys! =)