Remembering Love: Epilogue
Watching Gintama for the first time, I was taken aback by the vast randomness and craziness of the show’s overall atmosphere. However, after rewatching it, I found out I was no longer being over-attracted by the rowdiness. Writing these Remembering Love project, it at the same time, allows me to think and focus on the more important and serious moments; reanalyzing all the plot points in the process. I’ll express my thoughts on them overall here, and I will also talked about things which I probably might had missed out in the previous posts.
Takasugi: Zura, you know, when all of you pick up your swords for the country or for your comrades, I actually didn’t care for it. Think about it, that sword in your hand. Who taught us how to use it? Our samurai code, our way of living. Who taught us these? The one who gave us a world to live in was without a doubt, Shouyou-sensei. Yet this world took him from us. In that case, we have no choice but to fight in this world. We have to completely destroy this world that took him from us! Hey Zura, How do you feel living in this world? In this world that took our teacher away from us? How could you live in it in such a carefree manner? It pisses me off!
Katsura: Takasugi. I don’t remember how many times I wanted to destroy this world. But he! He bore it all. He…the one who should be hating this world the most, bore with it! What else can we do?! I won’t destroy this country anymore. I can’t. There are too many important people here. Right now, all I see of you is a desperate clawless beast who only knows how to indulge in destruction. If you can’t stand this country then destroy it. But I won’t stand by and let you destroy the people living in Edo. There should be another way. A way to change this country without any sacrifices! That must be what Shouyou-sensei hoped fo–
During the course of rewatching Gintama, I actually find the relationships between Gintoki, Katsura and Takasugi most intriguing. As mentioned here, the three began from the same starting point, studying under “Shouyou-sensei” when they were young it seems. The death of their teacher immediately breaks them apart; one turning into a pacifist, one turning into a subtle terrorist, and one turning into a maniac destroyer.
This “Shouyou-sensei” is one mysterious enigma. So far, his back, and only half of his face had ever been shown. He is one important key character after all, he is the one starting point for the three of them, and is also the reason the all three to stray into different paths. If there’s one thing I hope Gintama focuses more on aside from the randomness, it’s this vague past, which Shouyou-sensei is strongly connected to.
Aside from the Yorozuya and the terrorists, the Shinsegumi is another interesting bunch and rewatching the anime, allows me to understand them more, especially my most favorite character in Shinsegumi, Hijikata Toushirou. I noticed that the order in which the anime presented Hijikata’s backstories are not in order. However, recalling back on past Shinsegumi arcs and after watching the newest Baragaki arc, had led me to be fond of Hijikata even more; being more respectful of him, yet, sympathizing his standing and situation at the same time.
Just before the anime “ends”, a very interesting character had emerged at the very same arc aforementioned: Imai Nobume, a cold-hearted and merciless assassin, and as stated by her, she has the same eyes as Okita Sougo, the eyes of the killer. She is emotionless and was able to fight equally with Sougo, perhaps even overwhelming him at some point. She will appear in another arc, the Keisei arc, and that would be what I’m most looking forward to, if Gintama has any plans for a comeback. If not, back to the manga for me..
In conclusion, Gintama blends jokes and drama like no other anime did. Supreme actions, excellent dialogues, fascinating characters and a lot others, had brought Gintama to the masterpiece that it is today, and it no doubt remains one of the best, if not, the best anime I had ever watched.
My Remembering Love Posts:
Remembering Love: Gintama and The Art of Randomness
Remembering Love: Gintama and The Art of Seriousness
Remembering Love: Gintama and The Art of Retorts
Remembering Love: Gintama and the Art of Zura