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Gintama: Season 4 Review by

Season Four of Gintama premiered on TV in Tokyo on April 2, 2009, and ended in March of 2010. The story revolves around Gintoki Sakata, Shinpachi Shimura, and Kagura and their adventures in Edo. The entire series is based on the manga by Hideaki Sorachi of the same name. This season was directed by Yoichi Fujita and animated by Sunrise. Sunrise made other shows like Cowboy Bepop, Gundam, and Space Runaway.

Summary of Gintama Season 4

Gintoki, Shinpachi, and Kagura have come back as the broke but fun-loving members of the Yorozuya team. They are seeking work where they can find it, as usual. But this time they are doing it in an alternate-reality of the Edo they are used to. Here, swords are illegal, and Japan has been conquered by alien overlords. They try to find any work that might be available to them, but it isn’t much.

To make matters worse. Shinpachi and Kagura still haven’t been paid. They turn their attention to Gintoki and his habit of pachinko – and all the money he wastes on it.

Before they have a chance to confront him, one night Gintoki comes home drunk and finds that an alien spaceship has crashed nearby. As he approaches, a fatally injured crew member comes out of the ship. He’s holding a strange, clock-shaped device. He gives it to Gintoki, telling him that it is incredibly powerful and that it must be kept safe.

The next morning, hungover Gintoki smashes the strange device instead of his alarm clock. Alarmed, he looks outside and discovers that time has come to a standstill.

He gathers Kagura and Shinpachi to help him inigure figuring out how to fix the strange clock device, but it’s never as easy as that, is it?

Episode Breakdown

151: 1: A Conversation with a Barber, During a Haircut, is The Most Pointless Thing in the World

Gintoki needs a haircut and visits the local barber shop. While there, Kagura mentions that the seventh volume of the manga Abu has gone missing. The barber quickly leaves to buy the volume himself, leaving the Yorozuya alone to look after the shop in his absence. Katsura and Kondo show up, needing haircuts of their own. Last but not least, the Shogun enters, also needing his own haircut. The Yorozuya are left scratching their heads; they don’t even know how to cut hair.

152: 2: The Heavens Created Chonmage Above Man Instead of Another Man

The Shogun has a request for Gintoki, Kagura, and Shinpachi: redo his mage. A mage is a traditional topknot haircut for samurais. There’s no room for error here. While Kagura is busy trying to figure out what kind of haircut he even wants, she throws up. A Naruto gets stuck on the Shogun’s head, making the situation more complicated than it ever had to be. Gintoki, Kagura, and Shinpachi then try to remove the Naruto with a razor. Instead, they accidentally cut off the Shogun’s mage. They hurriedly try to find a replacement for it before he can find out.

153: 3: Sleep Helps a Child Grow

It’s a sleepless night for the Kagura and Gintoki. Kagura isn’t able, to sleep so she visits Gintoki’s room ahim in onls him on the problems she is experiencing. She attempts differto fall asleep finallyll asleep but nothing works until she finds a horror story radio show. She is able to finally drift off but Gintoki, who also listened to the horror story, is now awake and can’t sleep.

154: 4: That Person Looks Different From Usual During a Birthday Party

It’s Kyuubei’s, birthday and Tojo has decided to throw a surprise birthday party. He’s invited the Yorozuya, Katusure, Hasegawa, Kamenashi, and Otae. It’s a list of celebrities in attendance. Shinpachi doesn’t want to ,stand out so he begs Gintoki and the others to behave.

155: 5: The Other Side of the Other Side of the Other Side Would be The Other Side

Hasegawa is tired of being a loser. He teams up with Gintoki to bet on some horse races instead. He explains to Gintoki that he is trying to get out of the “Madao Spiral” and all about the back luck he’s been experiencing since receiving the nickname. Madao/Hawegawa bets on a horse called Justaway while Gintoki bets on one called Cheap Impact. The race is head to head until the end when Justaway seems to win. In a twisted turn of fate, Justaway is disqualified and Cheap Impact won – but Gintoki already ripped up the ticket. They are both losers now.

156: 6: It Takes a Bit of Courage to Enter a Street Vendor’s Stand

This episode is shown from someone sitting in front of a street vendor, watching people come and go for drinks.

157: 7: An Place Can Become a Battlefield When Men Gather through 163: 14 The Black Ships Even Make a Scene When They Sink

Shinpachi and his attendb attends a Terakada Otsu concert. It ends up the battle of two different fan clubs; the Tsusengumi and the Terakada Tsu Fan Club. There’s a lot of back and forth through these episodes as the battle of the fan clubs begins and esItates. Its ends by Shinpachi giving up the title as official fan club but still being the leader of his own.

164: 14: That Matsutake Soup Stuff Tastes Better Than the Real Deal

Gintoki, Shinpachi, and Kagura head out to shut down a new Yorozuya in town.

165: 15: If it Works Once, It’ll Work Over and Over Again

Gintoki becomes ill and Shinpachi goes about trying to find a cure. As the episode progresses, other people wind up sick with the virus as well. They find this cure in the strangest of places.

166: 16: Two is Better Than One. Two People are Better Than One.

Gintoki picks a fight with Hijiis in theho is the middle of an investigation. Gintoki is forced to investigationesitation after a series of odd events.

167: 17: Smooth Polygons Smooth Men’s Hearts Too through 170: 20: And Into the Legend

The group find themselves tangled up with some weird happenings in Leukocyte Kingdom. Trying to help their friend Tama they are attacked by the former king, and must find a way to destroy a computer virus that is threatening the entire kingdom.

171: 21: If You Keep Copying, They Will Retaliate

Burglars break into Gintoki’s house looking for money. Thleast of leas tof Gintoki’s problems however. He, Shinpachi, and Kagura discover that some of their hair is starting to fall out.

172: 22: Using the Carrot and Stick Method

Kohei Tanaka, a man who killed 35 government employees, is brought to the SHinsengumi office. The gang has to make him confess to his crimes. They decide the carrot and stick method is the one they will use to crack this criminal.

173: 23: It’s What’s On the Inside That Counts

Gintoki and Sadataking a takin ga walk when they run into Katsura and Elizabeth. Elizabeth doesn’t look like their usual self. They try to get Katsura to notice.

175: 25: No Matter How Old You Get, You Still Hate the Dentist

Gintotoothacheooth ache and has to make a trip to the dentist. When he gets there he finds Hijikata is there for the same reason.

176: 26: Countdown Begins

This episode is a countdown of the best lines they characters have said to this point!

177: 27: It’s Bad Luck to See a Spider at Night through 181: 31: Watch Out for a Set of Women and a Drink

Gintoki is hired to stop the influx of new criminals in the area. Thiendeavor endevear sets them down a path of fighting and new friends and foes – and spiders!

182: 32: Screw Popularity Votes through Popularityopulatiry Polls Can…

There’s a popularity contest that upsets Shinpachi. Will someone dipopularityopulatiry contest?

186: 36: Beware of Foreshadows

Kirie tries to kill Okita out of revenge which launches her and the gang in a quest for the truth.

187: 37: It’s Goodbye Once a Flag is Set

The gtangleds tangles up in some mess. They must escape, fight, and overcome to live another day.

188: 38: An ObsJournaln Jounral Should be Seen Through to the Very End

This episode flows as an observation diary entry from a student named Diagoro.

189: 39: It’s Better To Take Care of This Year’s Business Within the Year,

But Once the Year is About to End, You FIgure That you Might as Well Put it Off Till Next Year for a Fresh Start. That’s how the End of the Year GOes

190: 40: When Looking for SOmething, Try Using its Perspective

The Yorozuya are on a job watching stray cats feeding at a shrine. They are waiting for their boss Hoichi to show up. He easily escapes after a failed ambush. Kagura and Shinpachi realize that Gintoki is now missing.

191: 41: Freedom Means to Live True To Yourself, Not Without Law!

After being turned into cats and a gorilla, the gang go to Otose to get some food. Otose tells them that if anyone finds out, they will never be allowed to return.

192: 42: Kabukicho Stray Cat Blues

Hoichi and the cats get caught while trying to protect Gintoki. Gintoki, Kondo, and Katsura move to save him.

193: 43: Cooking is About Guts

Gintoki eats eggs instead of rice for three days and is now tired of Kagura being in charge of cooking. Kagura talks to Otae for help who invites her to a cooking class.

195: 44: Whenever I Hear Leviathan, I Think of Sazae-san. Stupid Me!

This episode is told from Abuto’s point of view of an episode from high school.  In the end will it all just be a dream?

195: 45: Not Losing to the Rain

Gintoki tries to help Kestuno Ana, the weather girl with all the wrong forecasts. After monsters attack, they are forced to recognize new truttheirbnewthei rnew friend.

196: 46: Not Losing to the Wind

Kestuno Ana, the local weather girl, is giving everyone the wrong weather forecast. It turns out she using been use traditional onmyojis to make her forecast, which is not only a fortune telling but also her own powers. They asabotagedabotaaged by a personal enemy of Ketsuno. They go to the Onmyoji mansion where they cto facee ro face with her brother, Seimei.

197: 47: Not Losing to the Storm

Seimei agrees to Douman’s proposal to a shikigami Death match to save Ketsuno Ana. When Seimei is captured byGintokit Gintoki and the gang show up to offer a helping hand.

198: 48: Never Losing that Smile

Risking his position as lead guardian of Edo, Seimei undoes the Shikigami placed through the city. He uses it to fuel his fight against Douman. Just when the dust is starting to settle, Douman brings up some events from the past.

199: 49: That’s How I Wish to Be, Beautiful and Strong

Douman is transformed into a demon after being consumed by his negative emotions. Antenmaru, a demon that was once imprisoned by Ketsuno and Shirino clans a millennium ago, is now in his body. Seimei was about to be killed by Antenmaru untilshowedoki shows up with his aura-charged wooden sword. The sword is charged with everybody’s energy. It successfully destroys Antenmaru but Gintoki leaves so Ketsuno Ana won’t find out about the fight.

200: 50: Santa Claus Red is Blood Red

Kagura writes a letter to her father for Christmas telling him that she’s upset that Santa never visited her. Umi Bozu, her father, dresses up as Santa and sneaks up on Kagura, Otae, Shinpachi, and Hasegawa. When he finally jumps out to surprise them, he sees that Gintoki is also there dressed up as Santa. Confused, thinking the other is the real one, they begin punching each other when three more Santas show up. Kagura says a contest is in order to determine who is the real one.

201: 51: Everybody’s a Santa

The contest has begun and instead of a contest to determine the real Santa, Kagura, Otaie, Shinpachi, Hasegawa, and five Santas are playing scenes as a schoolgirl and not fighting like in a real SantaThe Santa has to show what he would do as the real Santa. Kagura, Otae, and Hasegawa are the judges. In the end, all of the Santas are over it and decide to quit.

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