THE STORY THUS FAR: odd jobs was hired to find a stolen sword, shinpachi went looking for kagura after she went missing, zura’s men attacked takasugi’s ship, gin-san and nizo duked it out, and mayo ordered yamazaki to investigate gin-san
In true Gintama fashion, this episode opens with a picture drawn by the author of Maison de Penguin for some reason that is never explained. Then, after the OP, we get Zenzo philosophizing about the roles of samurai and ninja while delivering pizza.
Zen gets hit by Gin-san’s scooter, then rushes off to complete his delivery, accidentally grabbing Gin’s JUMP instead of the pizza. The customer doesn’t mind the mixup, and not only takes the magazine, but also warns Zen that his “buttocks will endure great misfortune” right before Gin-san crashes into him again, demanding his JUMP back.
The next day, Zenzo has a meeting with his client while on the toilet, and it’s revealed that the pizza delivery was a front, and he’s was actually hired to kidnap the little psychic girl. The most interesting reveal of the episode, however, is the reason it started off in such a weird way is because either this episode’s production or release coincided with the ending of Maison de Penguin, so the staff got Kouji Ouishi to do some drawings for them.
Okuni and Zenzo have a really cute bonding scene where he brings her pizza and another copy of JUMP and tells her he’ll be back to kidnap her, and she asks him to bring her some shojo manga when he does. Meanwhile, Okuni’s nannies hire Odd Jobs to protect her from the bad guys.
This was a really good episode. I always appreciate child characters that aren’t annoying, and her relationship with Zenzo is really sweet.
This episode also features a new ED. It’s not as interesting as the last one and the song is kinda dull, but all the characters watching a meteor shower is nice. It typically takes a couple episodes for me to decide for sure how I feel about new OPs and EDs, but this one seems pretty okay.
Next episode features an undercover news report on Zura. Till next time.