With another year at an end the Yorozuya take to reusing the footage of them sitting around the Kotatsu for the sixth as they prepare to end the show. Having only one thing to say, they’re sorry.
So to show this they intend to make amends with everyone they’ve offended in their six years on air by committing Seppuku, of course only Shinpachi will be doing this in order to throw some drama into the last episode as they promise to revive him in other forms later. However there also happens to be the matter of what was shown in last weeks preview, which won’t be shown at all and even Kintoki can be seen to be saying “I’m sorry” during it. So for getting everyone hyped up they apologise. Following this the Shinsengumi show up to say their apologies as well but have trouble on deciding who should apologise and intend to use Yamazaki as a scapegoat, after all Sougo has done nothing to offend anyone at all.
However Kondo steps forth to lay himself bare and take responsibility for any offensive stuff that the Shinsengumi has done. After which some of the other characters get a chance to apologise to the camera before the Yorozuya head to the church to confess their sins, unfortunately even in the presence of God they have trouble not throwing up. Kagura realising that they can use sound effects to censor it. Following which we once more get to see some more characters apologise before Katsura takes the stage to show how to apologise, presenting a video of him at the cabaret club that Otae works where he’s really just being a terrible customer. Blaming just about everything on others.
After which we get more characters apologising before most of them meet up at the studio, where given the way that the episode has turned out Kagura feels that this has been a complete failure of an apology, with Shinpachi attempting to cover it up and Gintoki convince her otherwise. Presenting a montage of apologies to show that they do apologise, managing to win her over and even turn some scenes that weren’t apologies into apologies at the cost of good scenes. The other characters having seen this decide to just call it quits and either go out drinking or head home, at which point Sorachi himself shows up and gives them a letter. The letter explaining that while the anime may be ending it’s not because of them, nor him being unable to eat fried chicken, or the director getting divorced, it’s because a producer shaved their head and took away their way of aplogising. So when his hair grows back they intend to bring the show back. So with the episode now at an end they apologise that they won’t be able to drop their dirty jokes.
What an ending, as simple as it was it was great, essentially consisting of one giant forced somewhat sarcastic (or the equivalent) apology to everyone that the series had and in some cases hadn’t offended in a random clipshow format. Other than that I must admit that while it won’t be forever, I’m going to miss this show.
In a way it’s almost easy to take it for granted, unlike most other shows it didn’t really have a set episode count and near every episode was capable of at the very least making me smile, if not more than that. It may just be dirty jokes but they’re fun dirty jokes with an added dose of nostalgia every now and then. So honestly while it’s already been on a break before I’m still going to miss it, it’s one less show I’ll be watching and a few less laughs than I’ll get each week. In a way it’s also hard to believe that it’s been a year since the series started up again, and two since that Christmas special where it originally went on break, so regardless I’m sure it’ll feel like no time at all before it’s back.
But onto the episode, in a way I also liked the structure that it had as it deviated from the typical style that it has and shifted to almost one of a clipshow, kicking things off by attempting to recycle the clip/episode of the Yorozuya sitting around the Kotatsu as they had always done before jumping to a series of apologies. Ranging from formal attempts to those with the other characters being met on the streets to give their’s, bringing up the matter of the apparently abandoned dojo again, showing us a violent and drunk Tsukuyo, and a series of events in the life of everyone’s favourite Madao. For what it was it made for a fun episode.
In hand with that the very nature of this episode was fun as well, the characters were apologising but in now way did their apologies seem genuine, in a few ways it almost seemed as if they didn’t exactly know what they were apologising for or given all the argurably offensive stuff they’ve done there was too much for them to. Let alone the Yorozuya were more than ready to pin everything on Shinpachi and abandon him to commit Seppuku in front of the audience, while the Shinsengumi would use Yamazaki until Kondo stepped up. Of course the meta references to the shows production as part of this was great as well, Sorachi’s arrival could be taken as you will and their apparent reasons for putting the anime on hold were fairly random amongst the other stuff happening.