Yorozuya Gin-chan has arrived!!
The issue that started it all, Weekly JUMP 2004 Issue # 2
Weep and ask for help. Lean on me with your runny nose. Cry when you feel like crying. Laugh when you feel like laughing. When you’re tearing up with an ugly face, I’ll give you a good cry with an uglier face. When you’re laughing so hard your stomach hurts, I’ll laugh in a louder voice. That’s how it should be. It’s far better to get dirty while living true to yourself, than to throw away yourself and die a clean death.
Happy 10th anniversary to Gintama, my most beloved series
Gintama 10 Year Anniversary | Top 10 Moments: #8 (Chapter 172)
Gin noticed that Kagura was upset for not having a flashy umbrella like the rest of the girls in Kabukicho, so he bought a new one for her. Kagura spent a ton of time in the rain with her new umbrella as happy as can be, until she saw a couple kids that were in desperate need of one in the typhoon-like weather. With reluctance, Kagura gave her umbrella to the kids and ran off. Now without shelter from the rain, Kagura wandered around town with a sad look on her face. Out of the corner of her eye she spotted a uselessly tattered umbrella in an alleyway and picked it up. People laughed at her as she walked down the street with such an ugly umbrella, making Kagura feel bad.
That’s when Gin and Shinpachi showed up and called out to her, “Hey young lady, young lady! You have such a cool umbrella. Would you mind letting us under it? Because ours broke.”
The smile on Kagura’s face and the pep in her step as they walked together was priceless.
12.08 | happy 10th anniversary gintama manga
Been thinking about Skull Kid and Majora’s Mask. The more I think about it, the more I realize what a wonderful game it really is in context of the series. It’s a game about alienation, loneliness and the importance of friendship, and in its own strange way it just may be the saddest and most personal Zelda game.
Sorachi’s Question Corner (Gintama Volume 38 - chapter 341)
In Gintama volume 33, lesson 286 “Not losing even to meteorites”, there’s a scene where Gin gets hit in the crotch, right? See I’m a girl, so I don’t understand how much that hurts. Though someone told me “It’s like a body blow with no abdomen muscles as a protective wall. So it’s the pain of taking a direct attack that disregards any defensive power.” But I still can’t understand it really well. Could you tell me in an easier to understand way how painful it is? There are nights where I can’t sleep from thinking about it…
Well even if you use the example of not having abdomen muscles, you still have them. Not having testicles, you won’t really understand perfectly. Here I need to give a proper fairy-tale type explanation so even girls can understand. Okay then, let’s say…
You’re in a field of flowers and you’re sipping delicious tea. And then your pet bunny runs away. You go to catch him, but then a prince riding on a white horse suddenly passes by. Unable to completely control the reins, and the horse’s leg kicks you straight in the head. But you’re wearing a helmet, so that’s okay.
But then, having lost his balance, the prince gets thrown off the horse and is about to slam into the ground, when an old manservant catches him in mid-air. He’s a former athlete, but from straining himself too far, the old manservant’s hips give way and make an unpleasant sound. And an unimaginable pain spreads through the old manservant’s body. The old manservant screams. Then the old manservant wakes up. Yes. It was all a dream the old manservant was having. You’re reading that kind of shitty novel and seeing the pain in your chest, your mother’s chest hurts more. And next to her, your father’s in a pain like he’s been kicked in the balls.
This gif makes me so sad
Or rather, the future setting makes me sad. I know the Gintama movie wasn’t depressing as a whole, but think about it.
The original Yorozuya was gone. Otae; who wouldn’t take anyone’s shit whether it be from a gorilla or the main protagonist, was now about to die. Everyone was sad. The original Shinsengumi; like our main trio, was gone too, but at least their leader was still around kinda. Gintoki had disappeared. Shinpachi and Kagura didn’t even get along. Their office—left empty.
It hurts, because you can’t help but think 'If a bond as strong as the Yorozuya's can break, then what can be sure anymore?’ Sure, they have disagreed many times through the series (“Kabukicho Four Devas Arc” and “School of Beam Saber” being worthy of mention), but never to such degree. If Gintoki happened to be gone for real sometime, what would become of them? He managed to save this bleak future, but who knows if the inevitable might happen again? Despite the happy ending, this movie shows us that nothing; no matter how beautiful or seemingly unbreakable, lasts forever.
…and one day, most likely, Gintama will end too.
If One Piece teaches you how to pursue your dreams, then Gintama teaches you how to live on even if your dreams have shattered.
【Drawing by: 刘成文】