Harusame Arc is the first arc in Gintama. It introduces the Harusame Pirates as potential future antagonists and shows the first hints of Gintoki's psychological state.
The arc began with Katsura visiting Yorozuya, only to find no one but Sadaharu there.
At a house of an aristocratic family, Gintoki was asked to find Kimiko - the family's daughter. The Yorozuya then looked for her in a bar, yet the searching seems to no avail. Shinpachi and Kagura attempted to get a stranger substituted her, but he quickly fainted due to a drug overdose. Later, the two were caught by a gang known as Harusame.
Meanwhile, in the toilet room of the bar, Gintoki found Kimiko, who was beaten while pleasing for drug. After a fight with Kinya, he found himself surrounded by the Harusame, while Shinpachi and Kagura was taken away, seemingly under the effects of the drug. Daraku then kicked Gintoki (along with Kimiko) out of the window.
The scene cut to a battlefield. Among the dead bodies lying around, Gintoki was shown carrying someone on his back, telling him not to die. A skeleton on the ground told him to drop the man, saying that Gintoki could not protect anything at all, when he could only kill the enemies.
The scene turned out to be a nightmare, as Gintoki woke up in Katsura's house. He and Kimiko were found by a member of Katsura's Jouishishi group and brought to there. Katsura revealed that the drug was called Tenseikyou and it was brought to Earth by the Amanto. The Harusame was, in fact, the space pirates and the largest criminal organization in the galaxy. However, despite Katsura's warnings, Gintoki still headed to the Harusame, with Katsura joining.
In the Harusame's ship, Shinpachi and Kagura were taken captive, and the former was forced to tell Katsura's hideout. Gintoki, disguised as a "space captain," came to rescue them, while Katsura bombed the Tenseikyou storage. During the battle between Gintoki, Katsura and the Harusame, Daraku was killed by Gintoki.
In the aftermath, Shinpachi and Kagura told Gintoki to carry them on his back, which Gintoki reluctantly did. As they headed back home, Katsura watched them from afar.
Characters in order of appearance
- Katsura Kotarou
- Sakata Gintoki
- Shimura Shinpachi
- Takasugi Shinsuke (flashback)
- Sakamoto Tatsuma (flashback)
- It is the first arc of the entire series, introducing a Tendoshu official, as well as Harusame as an enemy in future arcs.
- The person Gintoki carried on the back in his dream somewhat resembles Sakamoto Tatsuma.