As Jirochou leaves his subordinates are worried about the new rule but he sees it as an opportunity to wipe the floor with the others and has a plan up his sleeve. Back on the docks Pirako reveals her true allegiance and goal, to bring back the Gallant Jirocho of the past once more and that she is none other than Jirochou’s daughter.
Shit got real, also I think there’s something in my eye.
For this she wanted to get Gintoki on their side but with the recent turn of events they can get rid of Otose by pinning him as the aggressor and saying that he killed Katsuo. Stabbing him from behind and throwing him into the sea. And still covered in concrete, Gintoki leaps in to save him. The very quality that made Pirako want him on their side.
With this turn of events Otose will be obliterated and while Saigou refuses to go along with it, Pirako steps in and tells them that it was Jirochou who killed Otose’s husband, Tatsugorou being reason enough, the three of them had started off as friends but when Tatsugorou won they got into a fight. It’s also because of his feelings for Otose that he abandoned her and her mother, all being a touchy subject for Jirochou. Because of this Jirochou heads off to kill Otose himself and in order to stop Saigou’s faction from intervening, Kada has taken his son hostage.
Over at Otose’s bar she gets a call and tells the others to go on ahead for dinner and that she, Gintoki, and Pirako will catch up when the latter two get back, as they make their way down the street though a man still covered in concrete runs by and drops Katsuo nearby. Gintoki eventually makes his way back and when he arrives he finds a note from telling him that she’s kicking him out, but he knows what it really means. Instead of catching up Otose has gone to meet Jirochou at Tatsugorou’s grave and tells him that she won’t hold it against him if she’s to die here and while he tells her to run instead. She reminisces on how he and Tatsugorou fought together as the vigilante and the cop and that she considers the “members” of her faction to be her family.
With the rain pouring down Gintoki finally makes it to the cemetery where he’s met with the sight of a motionless Otose on Tatusgorou’s grave, from behind Jirochou tells him that his master is gone and that due to her sacrifice he’ll spare his life. However Gintoki isn’t taking any of this and snaps as he lashes out, forcing Jirochou to draw his blade, something that makes Jirochou realise that the supposed monster that Otose was keeping around was the “Shiroyasha” and reflect that someone like him is following in his footsteps, but to him their were plenty freaks like him running around back then, slamming him into a far back wall as he tells the masterless guard dog to fuck off home. The rain continues to pour down as Gintoki makes his way forward, remembering the now broken one sided promise he made to Tatsugorou that he would protect Otose in what little time she had left.
Wow, just wow, I think it’s safe to say that we’re out of the goofy comedy part of the arc and in to the serious side of it, and I’m not going to lie, I was teary eyed at the end of it. There’s a conspiracy brewing to take out Otose and at the same time Gintoki broke an important promise.
To put it simply there’s no doubt that there’s something dark a foot and that Kada is the one behind it, Pirako and Jirochou may have their own agendas but it feels more like they’re pawns on her chessboard, that she’s orchestrated it all. Not only being the one to put forth the new rule about the armstice/ceasefire, but also foreseeing ahead enough to be able to keep Saigou in check, making sure that he’s blocked off from coming to Otose’s aid. That said while Kada really does come across as the “main” villain of this arc due to this I’m probably thinking too much about it, it’s more likely that she made precautions against the others as well.
After that though it was touching to see Otose talk with Jirochou at Tatsugorou’s grave, it initially started off nicely with the two of them being old friends with the chance to catch up, each knowing the other incredibly well and Jirochou trying to get her to leave town. Showing that despite how far he had fallen, he still cared about her like he did in the past. But seeing the note that Gintoki found along with the way she referred to the group who just hung around her store really did it for me, they may not have been related but she still considered each one to be a member of her family. Willing to sacrifice herself if it meant that they’d be safe.
However what made this truly heartbreaking was what happened after this, Gintoki’s broken promise, but before I get to that I’ll talk about the fight that he had with Jirochou in the wake of it. He truly snapped and the animation was amazing, but to put it simply Jirochou annihilated him, not only managing to overpower him physically but also breaking him mentally as he continued to bring up how his “master” was dead, making each blow all the more stronger. What he said was also pretty interesting in it’s own way, aside from telling him give up, he even seemed to acknowledge him as the Shiroyasha (but still not as a threat, just enough to draw his blade) and even as a possible “successor” to his past as a vigilante. Now onto the broken promise, to be honest this was the point that the tears started to well up, not only were we reminded of it but even battered, bruised, and broken, Gintoki crawled his way through the mud towards her, with tears in his eyes. It was simply heartbreaking.