Gintama 206

Just as the opening theme begins Ginpachi-sensei steps up to explain just why there’s a random apostrophe in the title now, the reason is that there really isn’t one, it sort of acts like the hair that grown-ups grow down there. But moving onto the actual episode itself, it begins in Otose’s Snack House where she’s noticed that Catherine must now have a man in her life, something that completely baffles Gintoki.

Rewriting a part of Tama’s database by pointing out that a Zaku can never become a Gundam but it doesn’t turn out that right, and when Catherine returns he sees that the ZZZ Gundam has returned and is now engaged. The Yorozuya end up talking about this the next day and how they think they must act around each other, and later on Gintoki sees that her fiance must have gotten into some trouble financially. Which due to they’ll have to leave for the last piece of property he has left, and when Tama comes to collect Gintoki he tells her that he’s facing a problem of his own.  But when the Yorozuya head downstairs they’re met with a surprising scene as Otose throws Catherine out and belittles her dreams, throwing her a bottle of cheap liquor for her bar and causing her to break back to her original self as she swears to be better than she ever was.

So Tama, Shinpachi, and Kagura see her off with Kagura telling her she can always come back after raking in some alimony, and so they bid her farewell. Later on Gintoki meets Otose to talk and drink, with her telling him how she had taken her in and that she never thought something like this would happen, but still she couldn’t see her off with a smile. So Gintoki tells her she can always visit her bar for a drink. After she gets off the train Catherine finds her fiance nowhere to be seen and everyone in the area hasn’t even heard of him, and to make matters worse all her savings have been taken.

In this state she goes to a nearby park where a homeless man tries to take the liquor that Otose gave her but stops when he recognises it, revealing that it wasn’t some cheap bottle but an incredibly rare one instead, and so only now does she see how Otose really felt. Having seen it from his mandarin box, Hasegawa goes on to tell Gintoki about this when they go to a strip club together, leading him to ask him what it was like for him when he got married and just as things get to the best part, Gintoki is nowhere to be seen.

Elsewhere in a Yakuza office Catherine’s would be fiance hands over the money he scammed out of Catherine and even gloats about how easy it was, however the wall suddenly falls in as Gintoki has torn his way through to show them what true evil is like. Back in the park Catherine shivers inside the box Hasegawa gave her when Otose comes to her bar for a glass of her cheapest booze. So she opens up the bottle and pours her a glass, and as she drinks it Otose comments on how nice her bar really is, but the way the glass was poured is making her cry.

Next Episode:

Yu Kobayashi overload.

Thoughts:

To start with it was great to see an episode that showed that Gintama wasn’t just limited to comedy, but that it can actually be quite a tearjerker when it needs to be. This time bringing the focus to Otose and Catherine and the mother-daughter sort of relationship they have.

As while Sorachi’s style of story telling for tearjerker sort of stories may be kind of gimmicky, often using otherwise mundane actions or words before throwing in a much deeper meaning to them towards the last minute. It’s still a simple yet effective way of making a nice story sure to get the tears flowing. And in this sort of sense this episode wasn’t really that much different, using the way that Otose reacted to the idea of Catherine quitting and the bottle she gave her in this sort of way.

Which actually led to one of the nicest parts about it as what the bottle really was showed just how much she cared about her when she had quite literally thrown her out when she gave it to her. Let alone they both thought of the other as a mother or daughter to them, with Otose taking her under her wing and forgiving her for everything she had done before, and Catherine acting incredibly loyal to her and regarding her as a mother to her. So in all this sort of relationship just made that scene where they met each other in the park an incredibly nice one.

Finally towards the end of the episode it was also pretty nice to see it foreshadow Gintoki as Otose’s nasty guard dog for the next upcoming serious arc when he tore his way into the Yakuza office. Pretty much the reason that Otose wields as much power as she does in the Kabukicho. So given how highly placed he’ll be talked about at the start of that arc it was something good to see.

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