Now stranded in the icy cold wilderness the Yorozuya come across Hijikata and Sougo making a shelter out of snow, and after a few jokes about dropping food on the ground that leads to Sougo throwing Hijikata off a cliff, Gintoki and Kagura laugh at the idea of it. However when they step inside they find out one thing, it’s warm.
And now refusing to take back their remarks they keep at them, dragging things out before bursting through the roof. At which point Katsura returns and points to a nearby cave, which he claims to be occupied by Bigfoot or at least someone with big feet, and with the occupant returning they decide to ditch him again.
After which they bump into Otae who too has found a cave but has at least made sure to get rid of the occupants, a group of chupacabras and is now offering them fried chupacabra. However once again they decide to keep moving, even if it is getting dark, suspecting that the snow may have put their fire out, and things only appear to be getting worse for them when a bear shows up. But when Shinpachi slips and is about to fall off a cliff, it of all things catches him and asks if he’s all right, revealing himself to be the Shogun in a bear suit. And panicking, Otae kicks him off the cliff to save her brother.
Following this though they manage to make it to the cabin that the Shogun had found, finding Kondo who now feels indebted to him for saving him in the middle of that blizzard, and luckily they’re able to retrieve the Shogun and blame everything on a case of cryptids. But with everything that has happened the Shogun has begun to lose faith in his right to rule, with Katsura quietly encouraging to offer his life up to the storm raging outside.Which because of they have to wait out, deciding to huddle together with the Shogun in the middle to stay warm. Who of all things gets rid of his bear suit when Kagura and Otae start talking about something stinking, but the smell doesn’t go away. And after a few crude jokes they start arguing over has to warm the Shogun’s crotch, accidentally sending him airborne toward the Shinsengumi rescue team.
A fitting second half, the last episode may have trailed away from the Shogun aspect of just what makes a Shogun episode a Shogun episode but this one brought it right back. And even putting that aside it was a fairly fun before the Shogun managed to make his return.
Or at least better than I expected it to be after the sort of note that the last episode left off on, which if anything I really shouldn’t have let influence my expectations in the first place, but anyway. For what it was the first half or so of the episode was fairly fun to watch as the Yorozuya, Hijikata, Sougo, and later Katsura and Otae struggle to survive in the cold wilderness. With a strong start in the form of Gintoki and Kagura getting a little too comfortable in the shelter that Sougo had made and refusing to take their remarks back, Katsura being as crazy as always, and an unusual abundance of cryptids/UMAs. Or at least until Otae eliminated a good deal of them.
And of course it wouldn’t have been a Shogun episode without the Shogun making a return, in of all things a bear suit, probably having killed and skinned a bear with his bare hands to get it, something which strangely seems possible for him, and despite being the one being looked for he was the one who had it together the most. Not to mention that this must be the first, or my memory is failing me again, two part Shogun episode as just about every one that comes to mind has typically just been him showing up at the start and leaving at the end, coming down to the same things and ending with him leaving having enjoyed his time with them. On another note, it’s also kind of odd how these episodes typically end with him in his underwear by the end as well.
If anything though the ending did seem a little rushed, going from dirty jokes being made at the Shogun’s expense to a somewhat happy ending in a matter of seconds. It may have had the usual aspect of him having enjoyed his ski trip regardless of all the stuff that happened during it, even that he actually liked being a humanboard, but ultimately it was kind of lacking. With the rescue team having ran off after the Shogun, likely losing their position in order to prioritise rescuing him, just how the Yorozuya, the Shinsengumi, Otae, and Katsura made it out doesn’t seem all that clear. But most of all it was probably just how quickly it seemed to change, as I’ve said before it went from making jokes at one moment and then went to an epilogue out of nowhere. Simply put, it was anticlimactic.