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Hello, I’m Mokugyo, a writer who loves manga and anime. It’s really sad to see your favorite series end, especially when you have followed it for so long. Gintama is now in its final arc, and it will be completed sometime in 2017. In this article today, I’m writing my predictions of the final development of this great manga and guess what will happen in the final part.
This article includes spoilers for Gintama manga chapters that have not yet been adapted into anime;
please stop here if you’re not a reader of the manga, or prepare to be spoiled. You were warned!
The anime series of Gintama has 328 episodes so far. This is including the Rakuyou Decisive Battle Arc which aired in the last anime season. There has been no announcement yet for the next anime series, but I’m sure we will see following episodes getting adapted and released on air sooner or later, considering how faithfully the anime series has adapted the manga series. This series is extremely popular and it is currently airing a rerun.
The original manga series is now in its final arc, and its story has been getting very serious. The best part of this final arc is that you get to see all the characters from past chapters.
For example, Hedoro is an Amanto character introduced quite early in the series. He has sharp teeth, green skin, a big body with two horns on his head, and looks scary. The contrast between his frightening appearance and his mild personality along with his job as a florist made him very humorous. This character is reintroduced and plays an important part in the final arc. It is also revealed that he used to have an evil personality. I can’t wait to see his past being adapted into the anime.
Even a minor character that is just played for laughs such as Hedoro is featured with a background story. There are so many great scenes making a cameo for the final arc, such as the 4 Devas of the Kabuki District reuniting, Takasugi coming back, Kamui joining Kagura for a battle, and more.
With all the characters on parade, the Earth is in big trouble. With a large number of Amanto attacking the planet, it is now exhausted with Altana out of control and pillars of lights appearing around.
Before we predict the final episode of Gintama, let’s review the second movie of the franchise as it has ‘the final chapter’ in the title! This anime film was released in theaters in 2013 and was marketed as the final chapter of the series. Based on a new story written by the original author, it was a huge hit, and gave them an opportunity to continue with the anime series production.
The story starts with Gintoki visiting the Kabuki District in the future. The Kabuki District in the future is entirely different and in ruins. Gintoki in the future is already dead. What happened to Gintoki and the Kabuki District? It’s a mystery that involves time traveling.
Gintoki tries to warp back to the past in order to defeat his past self as he thinks he is the cause of the future misery, but his friends in the Kabuki District chase him from the future and stop him. In the end, they manage to defeat the true enemy and all return back to the peaceful present of their own timeline. That’s the main plot of the film story and we can guess that the final episode may follow a similar development.
What most likely will happen in the final episode is that Gintoki will disappear from the Kabuki District. That is how the film Gintama The Movie: The Final Chapter: Be forever Yorozuya went.
Gintoki visits somewhere far away in the universe in order to save the planet and to defeat the last enemy, and the Earth and the Kabuki District welcome the peace. Shinpachi and Kagura believe that Gin-san would be back for sure, reopen Yorozuya and protect it and the town. Everyone else in the town also believed the same and waited for him to come back. Several years later, Gintoki comes back to the town. Shinpachi and Kagura welcome him back with joy.
That is one likely situation for the final part, if the story develops in a serious way.
Some of you might not remember this one, as it was only discussed in the beginning, but Shinpachi’s original goal was to reopen his family dojo that was run by his late father. The first episode of Gintama started with Shinpachi and Otae receiving their father’s dying words about the family dojo. Sorachi Hideaki, the original author, has foreshadowed various events very cautiously, and it would be of no surprise if he used this plot effectively for the final episode. It is highly likely that the final scene would be connected to the family dojo reopening.
If so, many characters that appeared in the past would train at this dojo that Shinpachi and Otae run together. Many characters have been saved by the Yorozuya, and many of them want to see the dojo flourish, willing to help it run successfully. Perhaps Seita grows up and comes to the dojo, too. Seita is one of the very few young characters in the series and his appearance can be a great symbol to give us a strong sense of future.
The Kabuki District is now in ruins after the final war. Maybe the final episode is about restoring the town. While restoring the town, it may show us a lot of changes and make it a brand-new town, like Madao’s doghouse being rebuilt to a slightly better one, or Yorozuya rebuilt into a gorgeous palace as a joke.
Another highly likely situation is a hanami– a party under blooming cherry blossoms. Many of you enthusiastic fans may remember that the very first anime adaptation of Gintama is not the first episode of the TV anime series. It was a special episode produced as a part of ‘Jump Anime Tour’ event in 2005, titled as Gintama: Nanigoto mo Saiyo ga Kanjin nano de Tasho Senobisuru Kurai ga Choudoyoi (Starting off is essential for anything, and aiming a bit too high would be just about right). This episode was one of the very popular ones in the early manga series. The main characters gather to party under the blooming cherry blossoms. This special anime episode was so popular that allowed the same staff to start the tv anime series.
In this episode, there are many humorous scenes including Kagura and Okita fighting with toy hammers, Gintoki and Hijikata at a drinking game, Katsura operating a giant robot-like Zaku from Mobile Suit Gundam and such. The TV anime series often showed various little fights between Kagura and Okita or between Gintoki and Hijikata. It also showed some Mobile Suit Gundam parodies.
Imagine, in a peaceful Gintama world, main characters have fun partying under cherry blossoms with consecutive jokes that are even more humorous than the very first episode. I’d say it would be a really Gintama-ish episode as its final ending.
The film Gintama The Movie, The Final Chapter: Be forever Yorozuya showed us the future 5 years later. Some characters didn’t show any difference after five years, but many of them had changed. Perhaps the final episode may show us their future in a decade or two and their children may appear. We could enjoy talking about who got married to who and such. Children aside, I think it is likely that we see the future town of Kabuki District.
In Japan, a live action film adaptation of Gintama will be released on 14 July 2017. There is a preview trailer on YouTube, and you can see many fans’ various posts expressing their expectations and/or worries.
The 601st chapter of the original manga already made a joke about the live action film. The actors playing Gintoki, Shinpachi, and Kagura are all famous and popular in Japan. Gintoki complains to Shinpachi ‘How come someone like you is being played by Granblue Masaki?’ He is talking about the actor Masaki Suda who appears in the smartphone game Granblue Fantasy. The 328th episode of the anime series also had a joke regarding the live action cast voicing the anime characters.
Therefore, fans are expecting to see more parodies of the live action film in original manga and anime series even after the film release. Even if the live action film doesn’t succeed, the manga or anime series can make another joke about it. Gintama fans believe so at least. So it wouldn’t be such a far-fetched idea to expect a parody joke of the live action film in the finale. Gintama has always been making us laugh with various parodies, as you all know.
The final arc of Gintama has been going on really seriously so far. Probably this serious mood will continue till the end. I predict that we will see a completely opposite and not-serious development in the end. Either way, I’m hoping to see the greatest finale soon!