Lesson 542, titled Shinigami, is the 542nd chapter of the Gintama series.
An injured Nobume ordered the Mimawarigumi to retreat, much to Sasaki's surprise. He tried to communicate with her, but his radio was cut down in the process.
Despite Nobume's insistence, Okita and Kagura chose to confront the newly-arrived masked Tendoshuu member. He told Nobume that she had betrayed her masters twice, and she replied that she only followed her own will from now on. Then, Nobume, Kagura and Sougo joined forces in an attempt to fight against the enemy. Nevertheless, the first two were quickly defeated, whereas Okita got injured.
Upon realising the opponent's immense power, Okita questioned the masked person's identity. Nobume revealed that he was Utsuro, founder of the Naraku.
Characters in order of appearance
- Imai Nobume: (To the Mimawarigumi) The Director... most likely will not be coming back. Henceforth, treat your own lives as the top priority. Moving only with surviving this in mind. Even if it means the end of the Mimawarigumi.
- Imai Nobume: (To Utsuro) Whether it's Isaburo or you people... If I'm going to slay anyone, I will be swinging my sword by my own will.
- Utsuro: No one can escape from the feathers of the true Yatagarasu.