The Yorozuya and Shinsengumi attend the funeral for the old man who ran one of the local restarants, one where dishes were catered specially regular customers and even fed the Yorozuya when they were broke.
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However even as the Yorozuya and Shinsengumi are bound by grief, only Gintoki and Hijikata both notice one thing, the old man’s ghost sitting in attendance during the procession. And he is pissed. Leading them to believe that he’s come back to make sure his funeral goes well, meaning that they can’t leave until the procession ends and if anything are now charged with making sure it goes smoothly.
However when the time comes to burn some incense neither of them can remember how it goes, so Shinpachi goes first to show them how it’s done, but even after his example Kagura can’t exactly recall how to do it properly and messes it up. In doing so knocking the monk out and further pissing off the old man’s ghost. So they now have to resurrect him, with Sougo’s attempt to revive further pissing him off, and after Kondo’s attempt he’s had enough. Deciding to suck their souls out. Leaving Shinpachi, Kagura, Sougo, and Kondo all incapicatated as the old man’s ghost turls their souls about in his hands.
But just as Gintoki and Hijikata thought they could get away with sitting quietly in the back, they now need some extra people to help carry the coffin, what’t more they broke their arms trying to get out of it. Further messing things up when various parts of the old man’s body start bursting out of it. With the old man’s wife helping out by snapping off a certain part which makes them realise they locked the monk inside as well. And even then things aren’t easy for them from that point on, with the old man’s body hurtling into a nearby truck and them having to retrieve it by chasing after it in the hearse. Yet through luck they’re able to find his body, and are saved by none other than his ghost, who thanks them for giving him a fun send off with one last meal for them.
Sometimes I wonder just where Sorachi gets his ideas or even some of his inspiration from, he manages to take something fairly ordinary and he doesn’t stop at just taking it in an absurd direction, he just keeps going. No matter how unlikely it is of happening.
In this case with something like a funeral, something which doesn’t exactly seem like it would lend itself to comedy so easily, the atmosphere of it all is just far too somber. Yet he still does it starting with something as simple as having a few of the characters being able to see the ghost of who the funeral is for. It was simple and has probably been done before many times, but as the starting point for this spiral of insanity it worked well. Taking something particularly creepy that could happen but adding a comedic spin on things by having him getting pissed at all the people messing about.
Be that as it may however, some of the gags were kind of crude, sure this is Gintama and all, a show where dirty jokes aren’t exactly all that rare, but it still felt like there were a few too many of them. From the moment things started bursting out of the coffin things just seemed to go downhill a bit, sure it was funny but it was still as if it went a little too far with the idea. That said in typical Gintama fashion it was also nice to see a happy sort of ending as well, even though I thought that it was a little forced in how suddenly it came about it still felt completely befitting to it.
Aside from that this episode also presented one of those rare opportunities where we get to see Gintoki and Hijikata working side by side to do something, one of those moments where they’re either forced to work together or come to a mutual understanding without being at each other’s throats. This time being a little bit of both in how they were first united by grief for an old friend, but later threatened with the prospect of having their friends souls made into Soba didn’t and being the only ones that could see the old man’s ghost. They may not happen that often but that rareness to them makes them a nice sight for what they are. It’s always something that’s just entertaining to see.