“Following the grim events of Iga, Kokujou Island, Rakuyou, and multiple fruitless confrontations with the Tenshouin Naraku and Tendoshuu, Gintama.: Porori-hen takes its viewers on a trip down memory lane to when Yorozuya were mostly doing what they did best—odd jobs. The great space hunter Umibouzu has returned to Edo and is livid when he finds out that his daughter Kagura has a boyfriend. He blames Gintoki for being an incompetent guardian, but has the time finally come for him to let go of his daughter?
Back with shameless parodies, risqué humor, and lively camaraderie, Gintoki, Kagura, and Shinpachi are faced with unforeseen situations that manage to be both hilarious and emotionally stirring.” – MAL
It took me a lot longer than I would’ve liked but another season of Gintama down and the conclusion creeps ever more closely. I had opted to watch this season after season 8 because the momentum Gintama was on was ridiculous starting with the Shogun Assassination, arc and I wanted to just plow through it. With that being said, like always, I loved this season. Mainly comprised of multi-part comedy arcs it was very enjoyable through and through.
The first minute of this season is a Pokemon, Dragon Ball Z, One Piece, and Hunter x Hunter gag. A real funny start. The first two episodes focus on Kagura getting a boyfriend and Gin and Umibozu’s reaction to that. Sadly we don’t get a lot of Gin & Umibozu moments but as a duo I love them. Since they both play that fatherly role in Kagura’s life, it’s funny to see the shenanigans they get into. The Christmas episodes at the end of season 1 and the first two episodes here are hilarious and sweet because of that. They just play off each other really well. Kagura calling Gin her earth dad was so wholesome.
Ikumatsu makes a return after god knows how long. She hasn’t appeared in a very long time but she’s a fun character being the sort of love interest of Katsura. So these episodes focusing on them were nice. It’s so wild that a character who makes the most random appearances since the 7th episode of the series and barely even says anything ends up connecting to this story. The bummy guy was never even named until this arc so I love that there was more to him. As y’all might know I find it hilarious how much of a bum Hasegawa is. His pretending to be king of the bums was comedy. All the bum jokes are so funny to me cause at a point in the first season after the trial arc it looked like his life would start to be on the up and up. Yet after the apartment episode, it’s just progressively gotten worse and worse. These episodes were overall really enjoyable and probably my favorite this season.
I didn’t think much of Tetsuko during the Benizakura arc. But the more she appears the more I like her. Her character is really funny. It’s pretty much another tradition to have episodes revolving around her and some sword shenanigans’. But the best thing about the Excalibur arc was Okita vs. Gin. That was a fun fight. Hilarious as well but like Okita has always seemed to admire Gin for his strength and leadership. So it was cool to see them duke it out. The Excalibur plot line was solid as well but most of my enjoyment came from Tetsuko and then the Gin vs. Okita fight.
There was like a short scene flashback with Sogo’s sister and it just reminded me how good that arc was and how much I miss her character.
The Otsu, video game, and guardian spirit episodes were all fun and enjoyable. I just didn’t think too much of them. Of that group, the Otsu episodes are the funniest and most memorable. But as a whole, I don’t have much to say about these episodes. But the second half of episode 5 is a really funny Shinsengumi/Mimiwarigumi who did it type plot. Which is really a gag on I think an old Japanese folk lore story. It was nice seeing Sasaki again. I think that/s my favorite part about this season is seeing some characters that we haven’t seen in a while or who are now gone. I miss Sasaki and his emails. The first half of episode 5 is another hilarious Hasegawa suicide attempt episode which doesn’t sound right without context but it’s Hasegawa.
Animation, voice acting, all that stuff is what it is at this point. Which is really good, especially the voice acting. It very well may be recency bias but man does this series have the most catchy openings and endings. I love the opening this season. I’ll randomly find myself singing aloud or in my head “lie lie lie lie lie.” It’s soo catchy. The ending is really good too and the visuals with all the female characters in wedding gowns were cool. I don’t think I can praise the voice acting and music in this series enough. It’s amazing.
I’m glad I saved this until now. Seasons 4,5,7 & 8 just flowed together so well that I don’t think I would’ve enjoyed this arc as much if I would’ve watched it release order. Cause it really is enjoyable. It’s a fun detour from the main events and I’m glad that it got adapted. A lot of funny moments, a lot of wholesome moments. It’s Gintama, and at this point, Gintama can do no wrong in my eyes.
Gintama: Slip Arc – 9/10
Notes – I’m gonna watch the Tsukuyo ova and then onto the semi-final and final. I should finish everything by next Friday at the latest but no promises. Demon Slayer stuff next then most likely the new Bleach chapter after that. Maybe even before that we’ll see.