The Best Episodes of Gintama
Life isn’t easy in feudal Japan… especially since the aliens landed and conquered everything! Oh sure, the new health care is great, but the public ban on the use of swords has left a lot of defeated samurai with a difficult decision to make concerning their future career paths! This is especially true if, as in the case of Gintoki Sakata, they’re not particularly inclined towards holding a day job, which is why Gintoki’s opted for the freelance route, taking any job that’s offered to him as long as the financial remuneration sounds right. Unfortunately, in a brave new world filled with stray bug-eyed monsters, upwardly mobile Yakuza and overly ambitious E.T. entrepreneurs, those jobs usually don’t pay as well as they should for the pain, suffering and indignities endured!
#1 - Pinky Swear
Season 6 - Episode 8
Just when it looks like all is lost, the Shinsengumi and Mimawarigumi arrive to lend their aid to our heroes. Sadasada attempts to escape but Gintoki is hot in pursuit.
#2 - The Meaning of a Main Character
Season 6 - Episode 4
It's time for the final showdown. Gintoki's friends rally around him once more, but Kintoki still has one more trick up his sleeve that could spell the end of Gintama forever!
#3 - Ghosts Aren't The Only Ones Who Run Wild Around Graveyards
Season 5 - Episode 10
Pirako has double crossed Gin! Her real plan is to help Jirocho, her father, take over the town. Can Gin stop a war?
#4 - Cat Lovers and Dog Lovers Are Mutually Exclusive
Season 3 - Episode 31
To let the dying dog Kintaro see its owner for one last time, Kagura and Katsura sneak it out of the hospital…only to find themselves caught in the war between the “Planet Eaters” (dogs) and “Planet Pukers” (cats), while Earth’s fate hangs in the balance. Escaping from the Planet Pukers, who are after Kintaro, the two head to the hospital where the old man is hospitalized. Meanwhile, the old man, who is supposedly in critical condition, goes missing. The old man’s children request Gintoki’s services, but when he arrives at the hospital…
#5 - On a Moonless Night, Insects Are Drawn to the Light
Season 2 - Episode 12
The battle comes to a conclusion, with benisakura finally taken over Okada's body, and Gintoki will have to use the sword Tetsuko gave him to stop this.
#6 - Five Pinkies
Season 6 - Episode 7
Gintoki and the gang storm the palace looking for Maizo and Sadasada, the former Shogun. They find and confront Sadasada, but he still has a few tricks up his sleeve...
#7 - Everyone Looks a Little Grown Up After Spring Break
Season 5 - Episode 1
Shinpachi Shimura returns to the Yorozuya and discovers his friends drastically changed during the break. Feeling left behind, he returns home and discovers his sister, Tae Shimura, engaged to Isao Kondo. Tae and Kando enlists Shinpachi into the Shinsengumi and reveals that Tae is pregnant. Shinpachi runs to the ocean and laments the sudden change of those around him. There, he learns about Kyubei Yagyu's sex change to modify her life. They are interrupted by and Kotaro Katsura who also changed his genre due to his Kyubei's characters similarities.
#8 - An Observation Journal Should Be Seen Through To The Very End
Season 4 - Episode 38
Students at a temple school share their independent research projects completed during the past summer vacation. After one of the students finishes reading a well-written journal, the last one to present is a kid named Daigoro. Sleeping in on the first day of summer vacation, Daigoro arrived late at the radio exercises and met Madao, and decided to keep an observation journal about him.
#9 - Life Is About Making Consecutive Decisions
Season 3 - Episode 43
As Gintoki and the gang head toward Hosen’s lair, they encounter Abuki, one of Kamui’s subordinates, and are overwhelmed by the incredible fighting power of the Yato Clan. On Shinpachi and Kagura’s urging, Gintoki heads out to face Hosen alone. The remaining two fight desperately against Abuki, only to be cornered by the overwhelming difference in power. In the midst of the fierce battle Kagura renews her feelings toward her older brother Kamui and her reason for fighting. But with Shinpachi’s life in danger, Kagura goes through a dramatic transformation…
#10 - When Breaking a Chuubert in Half, the End with the Knob Should Be Better. It's Also Tasty to Drink from There
Season 3 - Episode 50
As the bombing of the Shinsengumi headquarters nears, Hijikata and Okita are still unable to find any means for escape. Only one key exists to unlock the shackles chaining each other. But if the key is used, it will set off a bomb to kill the other. The rule of the devil begins to stir distrust between the two. Though he commends them for not betraying one another, Jigzaw pressures them to make the final decision by displaying a certain item.
#11 - Everyone Looks Pretty Grown Up After Summer Break
Season 5 - Episode 2
As Katsura and Kyubei fight for the title of the best transgendered, Shinpachi leaves to find that the Shinsengumi members also suffered a sudden change in their selves; Sogo Okita is the leader from the group and orders him and Toshiro Hijikata, Sagaru Yamazaki to attack the Yorozuya. As the three leave, Hijikata knocks out Yamazaki, as he was faking his change. He and Shinpachi learn that an invasion of parasite aliens is responsible for change to their friends and proceed to destroy them. However, they find problems in the outcome, and both Hijikata and and Shinpachi are knocked out in the process, with Gintoki being actually only person without a parasite.
#12 - Nobody with Natural Straight Hair Can Be That Bad
Season 6 - Episode 1
Gintoki returns from a six-month vacation to find he has been replaced by a gold-haired imposter.
#13 - Don’t Trust Bedtime Stories
Season 3 - Episode 45
Gintoki arrives before Hosen, just in the nick of time. To restore the bond between mother and son that has been torn by the city of eternal light, Gintoki engages Hosen with fierce determination. But against the King of the Night’s awesome powers, Gintoki is beaten helplessly to the ground. “Go home to the world above with your mom…” Taking to heart the words left by Gintoki, Seita tries to escape from Yoshiwara with Hinowa, but…
#14 - Two Is Better Than One. Two People Are Better Than One
Season 4 - Episode 16
Hijikata is on a stakeout near the apartment’s dumpster. There, a sleepy Gintoki comes to throw away his trash. Finding Gintoki’s persistent intrusion a burden, Hijikata arrests Gintoki for insulting and obstructing an officer on duty. But while pushing and shoving each other, Hijikata accidentally handcuffs himself to Gintoki. Hijikata calls Okita who is staking out a different location to come and unlock them and take Gintoki to the Shinsengumi Headquarters. Instead, Okita puts a second pair of handcuffs on Gintoki and Hijikata. In the midst of all this, the Radical Joi Faction makes a move.
#15 - Love is Neither Plus No Minus
Season 5 - Episode 27
Shinpachi introduces his new girlfriend to Otae...but she turns out to be Momo-san, a character from the popular Love Choris game. There are more and more boys in Edo who can no longer distinguish game from reality like Shinpachi. Otae asks Gintoki to bring Shinpachi back to the real world. The only way is by entering the world of Love Choris and talking some sense into him. Gintoki ends up choosing a very unique heroine to be his girlfriend...
#16 - The Sun Will Rise Again
Season 2 - Episode 11
Shinpachi and Elizabeth go on the ship to attack Okada. A battle rages on the ship, at which Kagura manages to escape from captivity. On the other hand, Gintoki and Tetsuko (benisakura forger Tetsuya's sister) head towards Takasugi.
#17 - 'Tis An Honor!
Season 5 - Episode 13
Jirocho and Gin battle Kada's elite Harusame forces while the rest of the denizens of Kabuki-cho take on her main forces in the streets. Kada is utterly stunned when her elite forces are beat by just these two humans, and flees the scene. Gin then helps Jirocho resolve his issues regarding Tatsugoro; Otose and Jirocho reconcile at the hospital. Outside the hospital, Kada desperately launches one last feeble attempt at conquering Kabuki-cho, but is stopped in her tracks by Pirako and the Yorozuya - Kada settles for swearing that the Harusame will be back, and flees yet again. At the very end, Jirocho denounces all other names he has ever been called except for Father of Pirako, and goes with his daughter back to the country.
#18 - Beware of Those Who Use an Umbrella on a Sunny Day!
Season 3 - Episode 41
Seita was picking pockets to see Hinowa, the highest-ranked 遊女/Yujo (courtesans/ prostitute) in the underground 遊郭/Yukaku (Licensed Quarters) Yoshiwara Tougenkyo, where law has no meaning. But his picking act was all for the sake of seeing the mother he was separated from at a young age. To let Seita see Hinowa, Gintoki and the gang march into Yoshiwara Tougenkyo, where they receive a rough welcome by Tsukuyo – the head of Yoshiwara’s paramilitary force, “Hyakka.”
#19 - Unsetting Moon
Season 6 - Episode 9
As the Tendoshu arrive to take control of the situation, Shigeshige makes an unexpected announcement. Later, things have finally calmed down, but one question still remains; Will Suzuran finally meet her beloved after all these years?
#20 - Dog Food Doesn't Taste Like You Think
Season 6 - Episode 13
Sadaharu, fed up with the lack of food at Odd Jobs, decides to leave to fend for himself. On the way he meets a starving puppy that he can't ignore.
#21 - It's the Irresponsible One Who's Scary When Pissed
Season 4 - Episode 29
Tsukuyo falls into the hands of Jiraia, her former master, and is held captive. Meanwhile Gintoki manages to survive the attack thanks to Zenzo, and he learns about Jiraia’s past. During the Amanto attack twenty years ago, Jiraia is said to have killed his own people within the Oniwabanshu, all for the sake of his devotion to the previous shogun. In the end Jiraia himself was the one to be terminated, but he managed to escape. Now his devotion is directed toward his own creation, Tsukuyo. Jiraia’s motive is to eliminate the bond that she has come to rely upon. And he intends to achieve that goal by setting fire to Yoshiwara and burning down everything!
#22 - The More Precious the Burden, The Heavier and More Difficult it is to Shoulder
Season 4 - Episode 30
Gintoki strikes down Jiraia and frees Tsukuyo from his twisted web. Chiding Tsukuyo for trying to shoulder every burden herself, Gintoki goes on to say that rather than throw away your life to die beautifully, it’s far better to live and be yourself – even if your life is not a pretty one. And finally, Gintoki expresses his anger toward Jiraia for betraying his own student, despite calling himself a master.
#23 - Important Things Are Hard To See
Season 3 - Episode 5
Now fully free from the curse, Hijikata battles against Itou. Meanwhile, Gintoki is forced into a confrontation with none other than Bansai, right hand man to Takasugi.
#24 - Rank Has Nothing to Do With Luck
Season 2 - Episode 34
The cold/flu season hits hard; Yorozuya is enlisted to help out at Otae's workplace.
#25 - Those Who Stand On Four Legs Are Beasts. Those Who Stand on Two Legs, Guts, and Glory, Are Men
Season 3 - Episode 44
Amidst the fierce battle, Kagura awakens to her Yato instincts and defeats Abuto. Thanks to Shinpachi’s desperate plea, Kagura is able to return to her senses and together they head after Hosen. Meanwhile Kamui has brought Seita before Hinowa, who is confined to her quarters. “Mom, let’s go home together!” Seita shouts out to his beloved mother. However, unexpected words leave Hinowa’s mouth…