Review and Synopsis by Anime Girl
Gintama Movie 2: Kanketsu-hen: Yorozuya yo Eien Nare or Gintama: The Movie: The Final Chapter: Be Forever Yorozuya
Gintoki works at a cinema in Edo. It’s not a glamorous job, but he enjoys it enough. One day, while working, he finds a ‘movie thief.’ A movie thief is depicted as a man with a video camera for a head. They are people who illegally film movies. While scolding this movie thief for his actions, the movie thief’s lens focuses on him, and he is transported to another world entirely.
He finds himself in an unrecognizable Edo. Five years have since passed in this world, and Edo has been transformed into an apocalyptic wasteland. Gintoki has even since died, apparently. At this time, the movie thief reveals himself to be the Time Thief the time machine. He quickly explains that humans are close to extinction. He gives Gintoki an item to disguise himself so he won’t become an easy target.
The Time Thief becomes damaged, leaving Gintoki to wander without him in the unrecognizable land. He encounters his freelancer comrades. They have been transformed from the people he once knew them to be. Shinpachi Shimura has turned into a samurai, and Kagura, a beautiful woman, no longer has a Chinese speech pattern.
The future Gintoki is presumed dead from the “White Curse” that has claimed the lives of so many others. Kagura and Shinpachi are distraught over the disappearance of their leader. Gintoki, still disguised thanks to the Time Thief, tries to help them.
They discover that the Shinsengumi leader, Isao Kondo, is set to be executed. A Joi terrorist called Kotaro Katsura and the mechanic Gengai Hiraga is also scheduled to be executed. Gintoki, Kagura, and Shinpachi decide to attend. Kondo and Katsura are saved by their faithful apprentices Sogo Okita, Elizabeth, and Toshiro Hijikata. They have joined forces to form a new group that opposes the bakufu. At this time, Gengai is revealed to be an imposter.
Gintoki, while in the newly formed group, learns about the origins of the White Curse. A group of sorcerers called the Enmi started the curse. Ginotki’s Joi faction had previously fought the group in a war now far buried in the past. Gintoki had become infected with the White Curse. After an incubation period, he disappeared while fighting it off.
Shinpachi’s sister, Tae, is the latest victim of the White Curse. She is close to death. To save her, Gintoki and his new group of friends must go to search for the Emmi. Gintoki is able to find and kill the Emmi. This is revealed by Gintoki’s future self, who had cleverly devised the plan to be killed by his past self.
The White Curse does not lift with the death of the future Gintoki. Alarmed and unsure what else to do, Gintoki repairs the Time Thief. The Time Thief sends him back into time so he is able to kill the past version of himself while he’s in the war, long before the curse can go into its incubation period. This version of himself is called the White Demon. While there, the White Demon reveals that he is Taizo Hasegawa in disguise. He explains that the Time Thief is Tama. Tama, the Time Thief, has been used by the people of the future to stop Bintoki from completely erasing his existence and to help him defeat Emmi before the White Curse has a chance to start.
Together, Gintoki, Katsura, Takasugi, Sakamoto, and the White Demon (Gintoki’s past self) fight against the Emmi, hoping to defeat them and put a stop to the White Curse for good. Gintoki and the White Demon defeat the Emmi. They are successful in preventing the curse from ever happening.
Gintoki reunites with Yorozuya and then return to their timeline. They all promise to meet again. Indeed, Gintoki, Shinpachi, and Kagura meet again even though the past has been changed.
Behind Gintama: The Movie: The Final Chapter: Be Forever Yorozuya
Gintama Kanketsu-hen: Yorozuga yo Eien Nare, translated to Gintama: The Movie: The Final Chapter: Be Forever Yorozuya is a movie based on the Gintama manga and anime series. It’s based on the story by Hideaki Sorachi, who is also the original author of the story.
This time-traveling story brings back most of the characters that star in the series but shows them in a different light as Gintoki travels through time multiple times throughout the film.
Since this is a time-traveling story that focuses on characters with a long history together through the manga and the anime series, it’s important to note who everyone is while watching so you don’t get confused caught up in trying to figure out who someone is.
The Final Chapter’s Characters
Gintoki Sakata is the main protagonist of Gintama: The Funeral Chapter. He is the president and found of the Yorozuya. This group consists of highly skilled samurais, all of which have fought in the Joui Wars of the past. During the war, he was given the name Shiroyasha which means the White Yaksha, which is a kind of demon in Hinduism and Buddhism. He is given this name because of his demonic appearance, white clothing, silver hair, and his impressive skills with a sword.
In a lot of ways, Gintoki is the perfect anti-hero. He is described as being extremely lazy and can be reckless with his habits. Many consider him even to be childish and unattached. Despite these qualities, though, he is dedicated to protecting his friends and the ones he cares about. He takes the losses that he took during the Joui Wars personally and is often haunted but what he experienced.
Shimura Shinpachi is a samurai in training and a member of the Yorozuga. While he is also one of the main protagonists of Gintama, he seems to serve a more grounding role than some of the other characters. He’s quick to bring them back to reality and is notorious for the punchlines he makes at other’s expense. In Gintama: The Final Chapter: Be Forever Yoruzuya, he is older and now an experienced samurai swordsman.
He’s considered a straightforward character, which is what he is. He is usually seen with Kagura, who is stronger them him and is known to give him beatings. What I like about this character is his grounding presence. Even when he allowed Kagura to explain to Gintoki what had been happening in Edo while remaining in silence, it speaks volumes to his character.
Kagura is another member of the Yorozuga. She can be a bit naive and tends to turn away from violence, but she does use it to solve most of her problems. Hasegawa Taizou has called her a hot-headed girl, and it seems to be a reasonably accurate description of her character.
Kagura is a female character that anyone could look up to. She speaks her mind and frequently acts unladylike. Even though she can be hot-headed, stubborn, and a tad abrasive, she is a crucial member of the Yorozuga and often is seen protecting her closest friends and allies when push comes to shove.
Kondo Isao, or the Gorilla, is the former commander of the Shinsengumi. Unlike most leaders who rule with an iron first or through fear tactics, he is a kind-hearted leader, and he places trust and values in his subordinates. This earns him a fierce kind of loyalty from the members of the Shinsengumi. This degree of loyalty can be seen in Gintama: The Movie: The Final Chapter: Be Forever Yorozuya when Gintoki, Kagura, and Shimura go to see his execution in the hopes of saving him.
Tama challenges droids and smashes through androids by being a fantastic maidroid. Yes, her primary function in most of the series is to collect rent, but in The Final Chapter: Be Forever Yorozuya, she plays a pretty important role.
Another aspect that makes Tama stand out in the world of Gintama is that she is capable of human emotions. What limits her is not a lack of being able to share compassion or empathy, but because she seems to be lacking knowledge about the world around her. This is a little ironic considering she is a robot, and most of the ones that we’re familiar with are usually gifted with a wealth of knowledge that puts the humans around them at a disadvantage. However, its revealed that this memory loss is the result of something happening prior to her meeting the group.
As she spends more time with the Yorozuya, her real gifts start to come out. One, she begins to learn more about them and their customs and begins to adapt in her own way. She also has some pretty impressive functions like imitating the Dragon Quest RPG or being able to become the Time Thief in The Final Chapter: Be Forever Yorozuya.
Tama is an independent character even though she believes that her main function is to help humans. She is sweet and loyal and enjoys being the shoulder for someone to lay their worries on. She shows her loyalty to the Yorozuya time and time again throughout the series and in The Final Chapter: Be Forever Yorozuya.
Katsura isn’t what you would call the brightest bulb in the bunch, although, at points in the series, he does seem to be quite smart and extremely witty during circumstances that call for it. When he was unable to protect the world after Gintoki’s death at the beginning of the White Curse, it seems that the pain of being unable to have since driven him mad, and he was hellbent on destroying the world. He was successfully rescued when he and Kondo were set to be executed. He later fills Gintoki in about what the White Curse was and about how Gintoki himself was allegedly killed by it at the beginning of the war.