“After the fierce battle on Rakuyou, the untold past and true goal of the immortal Naraku leader, Utsuro, are finally revealed. By corrupting the Altana reserves of several planets, Utsuro has successfully triggered the intervention of the Tendoshuu’s greatest enemy: the Altana Liberation Army. With Earth as the main battleground in this interplanetary war, Utsuro’s master plan to destroy the planet—and himself—is nearly complete.
An attack on the O-Edo Central Terminal marks the beginning of the final battle to take back the land of the samurai. With the Yorozuya nowhere in sight, the bakufu all but collapsed, and the Shogun missing, the people are left completely helpless as the Liberation Army begins pillaging Edo in the name of freeing them from the Tendoshuu’s rule.
Caught in the crossfire between two equally imposing forces, can Gintoki, Kagura, Shinpachi, and the former students of Shouyou Yoshida put aside their differences and unite their allies to protect what they hold dear?” – MAL Synopsis
So I announced in my new podcast a few days ago that I was gonna skip the slip arc and move onto the silver soul arc. Just to stay on the timeline, and I’ll eventually come back around to the slip arc. But man, this arc is really good. All my gripes about animation last season, pretty much out the window and the comedy was on point.
The end of the Rakuyo arc was the beginning of this war. From everything I’ve gathered, it seems like a month-ish or a few weeks have passed since that incident and the return of Odd Jobs to Edo. In that time the Amanto have started to run rampant but haven’t quite gotten violent yet. They were being disrespectful, destroying things, etc. But there was no real war yet. Utsuro makes damn sure a hostility rises. Those scenes on the ship are sadly the only ones that he’s in this season. But for whats, it is worth that whole fight between Odd Jobs & Nobume vs Otsuro & his zombie army was the highlight of this season. And I can’t wait to see more of that presumably next season. That lead to something very interesting. Gin shows a lot of vulnerability after that fight. It seemed like he was genuinely about to give up and that’s something that we’ve never seen before. Even at his lowest during the Four Devas arc he didn’t truly give up he just didn’t want to involve everyone else. But here it’s very apparent that things are starting to take on toll on him and I welcome that vulnerability in his character.
Before he gives up though, cue the Shinsengumi’s return. I knew their return would be hype. I said it in my season 4 review. Seeing everyone back with their new uniforms was cool. Beyond that, that whole scene was gut-wrenchingly hilarious. Truly this whole season was. Back when I reviewed season 1 I said some of the funniest moments were during the serious moments/arcs and this season is the most comedic serious arc yet. Yet the comedy doesn’t clash. It’s very much the opposite. All this stupid stuff happening amongst the stakes being so high makes all these jokes hilarious. The half-episode poop joke, the Shinsengumi return, the dick jokes, and the HEVA gag were among my favorite gags this season.
If it’s one thing you can count on with giant Gintama arcs is the whole cast showing up to help. Literally, everyone shows up this time. Kintama, Jirocho and Pirako, the Hyakka, and everyone that’s ever interacted with Odd Jobs pretty much is here to protect Kabuki. I loved it, everyone got their moments to shine. We got some more Jirocho backstory. Speaking of Jirocho he and his Pirako’s newfound relationship is another hilarious gag. Seeing everyone come together was very entertaining. Shinsuke making his grand return at the very end of ep 12 was hype. I know I mentioned it in my last review but his va is actually amazing. I very much enjoyed seeing everyone fight to protect Edo and it just enforced how great of a cast Gintama has.
The MVP of this season is Gengai easily. Without him, this war is looking a lot different. The return of the Neo Armstrong Cyclone Jet Armstrong Cannon was hype as hell! Among all the inside jokes in Gintama that might be the greatest one. But I felt for Gengai this season. He lost a giant part of himself to sacrifice all of his creations to shut down all of the machines. That scene was powerful. Kintoki makes his return and he’s learned from his mistakes and is willing to do what’s needed. Then there’s Tama who is one of my favorite characters. It was hard to watch her go. She’s been a major part of the Otose family for so long now. Her fading away amidst Gengai crying and Gin running towards the cannon. It was heartbreaking but the sacrifices were made to just give the world a chance. Hopefully, Tama and Kintoki somehow come back cause they’ll be sorely missed.
Last review I said there was little that could be done to redeem Nobunobu in my eyes. I don’t know if he’s redeemed per se, but I definitely came to see him in a new light this season. He genuinely wants to atone for what has happened and I can respect that. I think it also helps a lot that he had one of the funniest moments in the series.
I think my biggest gripe this season was the main villain is kind of boring. He’s a warmonger deadest on destroying earth even on false pretense that he knows about and actively lies about. I’d be lying if I said he wasn’t somewhat justified in how he feels but his actions are drastic and he’s not charismatic enough to woo me over. He’s not bad by any means just kind of meh.
The animation this season overall is definitely an upgrade over last season. A lot of the fights are back to being the Gintama standard of looking good and being really brutal. Around like episode 7-8, it takes a dip but it does pick back up. There’s something to be said about how well they captured the atmosphere this season. Specifically in the later episodes during the night. The atmosphere was great. The soundtrack is great as usual but this season’s opening is definitely one of the weaker ones. The ending is great though.
So yeah this was pretty short and sweet but I didn’t have much to say. This season was an almost the perfect mix of Gintama’s seriousness and its comedy. It was cool seeing all the different Amanto races. Specifically the Dakini. They’re op as hell and it was surprising to see some Hedoro backstory but it was very welcome. He was great this season. Everyone (except the main villain) was great this season. I can’t wait to see the continuation of this war.
Gintama – 10/10
Notes – Started a pod cast that I’ll probably do twice a month. First episode here. I’m getting pretty close to the end of Gintama. Sad times but its been an amazing journey thus far.