Quote(s) of the Chapter: “The next time you come back here, it won’t be from above the ceiling
or under the floor. Please come in through the front door. We’ll
have…tea waiting for you.”~Shinpachi
“No, Sorry Granny, it’s just that today…it’s the other way around.”~Hijikata/Gintoki
“I swear I’m gonna be stronge rthan you or that crow! So you’d better not lose to anyone else.”~Sougo/Kagura
“Today, we have to part from that Edo, but our dream is not ending. We’ll come back, I swear we will. To the hometown of the Shinsengumi.”~Kondo
A continuation of the already-excruciatingly-emotional farewell to the Shinsengumi…
Naturally the only thing that they can do is take Katsura’s suggestion and flee to a safer place away from Edo where they can recuperate; as well as propagate a new army against the Bakufu now that they have become the symbol of rebellion in this country….
However committing to this new path of theirs will definitely take a lot of time and preparations since a rebel army isn’t exactly built in a day, which means the odds of them coming back soon isn’t likely….
((AND GOD KNOWS HOW LONG SORACHI IS PLANNING TO KEEP UP SHINSENGUMI-LESS AFTER THIS…))
Of course this little intro is just the icing so far as Sorachi cuts to the cake, which is a triple-decker of OTP-RIDDLED layers….
((FIEND!! SCOUNDREL!! YOU DAMNED GORILLA!! HOW DARE YOU MESS WITH OUR HEARTS LIKE THIS….))
((,,,BUT AT THE SAME TIME….))
The first being HijiGin ((my OTP that mirrors my GinTsu…YES I SHIP BOTH >;p)), which is just SO perfect and beautiful…
Knowing they’re not going to run into each other on the streets and have their usual fun banter pacifies these two into not fighting for the day before their departure, with Gin ‘actually‘ waiting for him to eat and talk at their usual place; instead of naturally meeting each other their by “accident.“ ((LAST DATE LOL))
Although it’s highly likely that the Yorozuya will have to go in hiding too one day, Gin and company ((of course)) don’t intend to leave Edo.
Even though he knows the Bakufu will try to hunt them down like the Shinsengumi in the future, the fact that the people of this city are vulnerable to their warped new Shogun’s whims without anyone like the Shinsengumi or Mimawarigumi to protect them is highly likely happen; that horrible incident at the Cabaret is living proof of that.
((And these days I still can’t help but worry over things like the identity of the Top members of the Harusame [WE BARELY KNOW MORE THAN 3, PEOPLE. O O;, the new law enforcements chosen by NobuNobu, etc. ]))
Meanwhile OkiKagu have their own little “date“ activity as Kagura decides that the mushy stuff just isn’t their style when it comes to exchanging words; at least not without FISTS.
Awww, but you just gotta love how Kagura’s trying to hold back her tears with a smile as she’ll clearly miss her Punk Chihuahua when he’s gone. ((Who else has the guts to call her names and still take her beatings at the same time?))
And the third layer of this OTP-fest is of course anchored by KonTae, with a bit of brotherly love from Shin.
Obviously Otae knows that this is something they must do, and that as long as they stay alive, their Shinsengumi will never disappear; which is why she begs Kondo not to give her such an expression since she and Shin are trying hard to send him off without holding him back.
And Shin makes it very clear that they will always be waiting for him to return, as he basically gives his blessing to their Stalker-Gorilla that he is part of the family, and should come in through the front door the next time he comes back.
With the day going by so quickly, each farewell party brings their last hours together to a beautiful and emotional close;
From HijiGin’s exchange of gratitude for everything they did for each other, trading their usual Specials as a show of their friendship, and sharing some laughs from the bottom of their hearts….
To OkiKagu’s last exchange of fists of love as they make a promise never to lose to anyone else until the day they can determine who is the strongest between them…((I’m sure Umibozu would identify that as a marriage proposal of some kind. XDDDD))
To Kondo giving the Shinsengumi salute to the Shimura siblings his family as though he were simply going on another job and will come home soon through the front door for that tea….
I know they’ll come back in a super AMAZING way some day that will have us all reeling with excitement just barely on the edge of our seats…but right now with this chapter being their send off until then, I just can’t help but think…
I will miss them SO much, and look forward to the day when they return as Kondo gives one last stirring speech to the Shinsengumi that they will come back to their home for sure as their true path has yet to be determined.
YOU CAN TAKE THE SWORD AWAY FROM THE MAN, BUT HE WILL STILL HAVE A SAMURAI HEART.
I think its fine like this, the good bye between my 3 gintama OTPs is really good, its not like its good bye forever!! I mean..
Come on its THE SHINSENGUMI! Kondo, Hijikata, and Sougo are one of gintama characters!! And not to mention 2 of them is gintama top 3 popular character!!!
I’m expecting an EPIC and AWESOME comeback later!! I mean REALLY EPIC like at the most desperated life threaten moment savior comeback!!!