Mitsuba Arc is the 12th arc in Gintama. This arc introduces Okita Mitsuba and some of Sougo's past.


Mitsuba, Sougo’s older sister, pays a visit to the Shinsegumi headquarters to announce her marriage. The squad members are shocked to see Sougo’s change in attitude when in front of Mitsuba. The two spend some time together for the first time in years. Mitsuba, who has always looked after her younger brother since he was little, is worried if Sougo is doing fine in the Shinsengumi. But her fiancee has some dirty plans and he's using her. She is also Hijikata's first and only love, and when he learns that her fiancee is using her, he decides to kill him. Meanwhile, Mitsuba has a serious pulmonary disease and she gets worse when she saw Hijikata, and is taken to the hospital.


  1. Hijikata Toushirou
  2. Okita Sougo
  3. Kondou Isao
  4. Okita Mitsuba (debut)
  5. Yamazaki Sagaru
  6. Harada Unosuke
  7. Sakata Gintoki
  8. Kuraba Touma (debut)


  • This is the first arc where Gintoki appears without Shinpachi and Kagura.
  • This arc also reveals the reason behind Sougo's animosity to Hijikata.
  • The Okita Mitsuba Arc is the second arc to be well-known used in Gintama's short drama 3 episodes (animated and live-action).

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