Sakata Gintoki (坂田 銀時, Sakata Gintoki) is the main protagonist of the Gintama series. He is the founder and president of the Yorozuya and as well a highly skilled samurai, having fought in the Joui War in the past. During the war, he became known as the Shiroyasha ("White Demon") due to his powerful swordsmanship and demonic white appearance.
It is unknown where he was born, what happened to his parents and what he was doing before becoming a child scavenger. It is also unknown how long he was doing this. He gained the nickname "Corpse Eating Demon" from the nearby villagers due to being commonly seen wandering in desert battlefields searching corpses for food and weapons to survive. During one search, Gintoki encounters Yoshida Shouyou who had heard the rumors about the child and came to investigate it. Taking a liking to Gintoki and seeing himself in the child, Shouyou gave Gintoki his sword and asked him to come. Gintoki became Shouyou's first student on his newly opened school, Shoka Sonjuku, where he learned basic swordsmanship and academics. After gathering more students, all mostly poor, the school earns the attention and scrutiny of the wealthier people in the village. They also gained the attention of two military academics students who have become disillusioned with the academy and the people attending it, Katsura Kotarou and Takasugi Shinsuke. The two were attracted by the school's goal for the children, striving to achieve their own ideal of a samurai while struggling against themselves. The two will later join officially after helping to fend off some officials from trying to arrest Shouyou. Gintoki himself will later earn a rival, Takasugi.
Years later during the Kansei Purge, despite Gintoki's best efforts to stop them, the Tenshouin Naraku arrested Shouyou and burned down the school. Before leaving, Shouyou asked Gintoki to protect his fellow students, as a promise, to which Gintoki mentally agreed. After learning what happened, the students decided to join the ongoing Joui War on the Joui side to rescue their imprisoned teacher. They met Sakamoto Tatsuma during the fight and Gintoki gains the nickname Shiroyasha ("White Demon") due to his mostly white attire and silver hair and, of course, his ferocious fighting style. At one point, Takasugi asked Gintoki to protect Shouyou but in his stead though Gintoki never truly agreed and instead asked Takasugi for a promise, to stay alive. During a battle, after Sakamoto was taken off the front lines because of an injury, everyone except Katsura, Takasugi and Gintoki were killed while said trio were captured. Gintoki was forced to choose between killing Shouyou to save Katsura and Takasugi or the opposite. He decided to keep his promise to Shouyou and protected his friends but in turn "broke" his promise to Takasugi. Shouyou gives him a final "thank you" before Gintoki beheaded him. After their enemies left, the trio buried their teacher's head and their comrades' corpses and then went their separate ways, leaving the war. Sakamoto was only able to find Gintoki before he too left.
Sometime later, a wandering Gintoki overheard a man trying to offer his daughter to be executed in his place to a group of officials. The man was a Joui informant who had given up information on certain Joui and their families to these officials that belonged to a political faction in the government. Gintoki offered himself up in the daughter's place to protect her and both he and the informant were arrested. In jail he unknowingly met the girl that he saved, who was adopted by the executioner, the 16th Ikeda Yaemon. He saw Gintoki's deeds and, after executing Asaemon's father, declared that he had no right to execute the person who was a good man and then released him. Injured and starving he wandered in the cold winter night to a graveyard to die until he encountered Otose, leaving food offerings to her husband's grave where he was leaning on. He asked her if he could have the manjuu offerings she set out and she told him to ask her husband, who was receiving the offerings instead of her. Gintoki then ate her husband's manjuu without asking him saying that dead people don't talk. In return, he made a promise to her husband that he would protect Otose until she dies.
After this encounter, Gintoki became a tenant on the second floor of Snack Otose and founded the Old Yorozuya with Kanemaru, Ikesawa and Furuhashi. Together their business flourished and they became famous. Nevertheless, for many reasons, Gintoki threw his partners into a river, ending up working in the Yorozuya alone until the start of the series.
Gintoki has a natural perm which causes him no end of distress. His silvery-blue hair is in a perpetually messy state, which is sometimes exaggerated into a frizzy afro when Gintoki's hair is hit by extreme heat. He has indeterminate grey/green (in the manga) or bordeaux-colored (in the anime) "dead fish eyes" (comparison courtesy of Hijikata Toushirou), which are called such because they are nearly always half-lidded.
His standard outfit consists of a white yukata with a blue swirl pattern on the bottom and at the end of the sleeves, worn so that his arm only goes through the left sleeve and the right half droops down over his obi. Over this he wears a black belt buckled so that there is leftover dangling from the buckle, from which his bokutō Lake Toya hangs. Underneath, he wears a black red-lined shirt with a popped collar and black pants. He also wears knee-high black boots, buckled at the top and above his foot, which appear to add about half an inch to his height. It is shown that he has a closet full of replicas of this outfit, so whenever it gets destroyed he can appear in the next episode or chapter with a new one. All in all, his outfit suggests an air of laziness and may be a reflection of Gintoki's own personal sense of style, though it is revealed that his usual attire is actually the school jersey for the Zunborans (episode 292).
During the winter, he will sometimes wear a haori, thicker kimonos, or more layers of vary colors as well as scarves.
During the events of the Dekoboko Arc he switched genders due to a curse and was seen in his female form. In that form he had silvery-blue hair and was wearing Gintoki's normal clothes. Later, he wears a sleeveless white yukata with a blue swirl pattern on the bottom with a blue obi and black boots.
As with most Gintama characters, his outfit and appearance change regularly for the sake of gags.
Gintoki is extremely lazy. He is often seen wearing a dumb expression on his face and spends his days lounging around reading Shounen Jump whilst imparting wise and sage-like advice to his younger employees, even though he doesn't actually know what he's talking about most of the time. Due to his poverty and unwillingness to do mostly anything, he is always behind on his rent and often runs away when Otose, his landlady, comes to collect the payment. He often blows all of his savings on Pachinko and other gambling games, which Shinpachi and Kagura often scold him for. However, even though he is lazy, Gintoki is quite dedicated to his job and tries to help people with the best of his abilities (usually in a very strange and twisted way).
Gintoki's past continues to influence who he is and how he acts. He admitted to Umibozu in episode 42 that he believes that having a loving family is all someone really needs in life, due to his lack of a family during his childhood. He is very respectful of the memory of his teacher Yoshida Shouyou due to his actions (the arrest of his teacher is one of the main reasons he joined the Joui War. The other was to protect his friends who also joined the war). When Jiraia called himself Tsukuyo's teacher and yet harmed her both emotionally and physically, his ideal for what a teacher was supposed to be resulted in Gintoki becoming enraged and taking his anger out on Jiraia.
His inability to protect many of his friends in the Joui War still haunts him, especially the crushing guilt and regret that consumed him when the Tendoshu forced him to execute his own teacher in front of Takasugi and Katsura. As a result, he is very protective of his current friends and holds very little value to his own life. This carelessness can be seen in how Gintoki can plow through armies without tiring, apathetic to the serious injuries he sustains whilst cutting down his enemies. He told Kawakami Bansai, during the Shinsengumi Crisis Arc, that the only reason he fought in the Joui War was to protect his friends and not his country or the samurai way.
The more comical stories depict Gintoki as a coward, attempting to leave behind many of his friends to save his own life. However, he is willing to risk his life for anyone and he is shown to be extremely caring towards his friends, and has killed Naraku members, terrorists and Amanto to protect them. He is extremely frightened of ghosts, but will usually deny their existence so that he doesn't look like a coward. His fear for the supernatural is shared by Hijikata and usually results in quite a few comic interactions between the two.
He has many childish personality traits despite his age, and has even called himself a "child in a man's body." One such trait is his insatiable love for sweets, which has placed him at a risk of getting diabetes several times. His favorite food is chocolate parfait and he loves chugging down strawberry milk whenever he gets access to it.
He loves alcohol, but his tolerance for sake is not high. At one point, his tendency to act like a complete idiot while being completely smashed resulted in the major female characters Otose, Shimura Tae, Kyuubei, Sarutobi Ayame and Tsukuyo deciding to teach him a lesson by playing a prank on him along with Zenzou during the Scandal Arc.
Gintoki seems to dislike his curly perm hair, stating in Episode 5 that his lack of girlfriends is due to his hairstyle.
Though several female characters have shown an interest in Gintoki, such as Shimura Tae, Sarutobi Ayame and Tsukuyo, it is shown that most of their love is unrequited. However, he does have a huge crush on the weather girl, Ketsuno Ana, and once stated he wished to marry her (possibly because of her smile). While Gintoki does not seem to care for any of the women he knows, he still gets excited when he sees random beautiful women, for example, when he was spying on the women in an indoor pool with binoculars and got super excited until he found out the woman he had taken a liking to was Tsukuyo. After realizing this he lost all interest, commenting on how she is a "drunk terminator". He also got excited when he saw a girl with "big jugs" not realizing the girl was actually Kyuubei.
According to Tama, Gintoki is quite a sadist, much like Okita Sougo. This may possibly explain why Sougo feels a certain attachment to him as he addresses Gintoki as "Danna" ("Boss"). This can be showed as he always mistreat Sarutobi, Katsura and Hijikata is various extreme ways and his tendencies on quitting easily on certain moments which can lead to a punishment and someone's death, in which he can handle easily and even enjoy it. He actually has some knowledge on certain sadistic and abusive fore-play showed throughout the series, as he hires prostitutes for Shinpachi and Sarutobi obsession on him. He admits being a sadist, liking to see Ketsuno Ana (who he has a crush on) being abused and his tendency to abuse everyone he is attached to.
Despite or due to all of these traits Gintoki possesses an immense amount of charisma and has amassed a quite large group of friends. When it is needed, he is able to impart words of wisdom and can make those around him feel much more alive even with his inappropriate jokes and deadpan statements. This ability has given him very loyal allies, friends and even former enemies. As Hinowa pointed out, he was able to affect Tsukuyo (who is usually a dead-serious and cold-blooded woman) and even made friends with the Shogun, despite the situation always turning out less than ideal whenever the latter would be around.
Strength & Abilities
Gintoki's feats are very wide, being a veteran in the Joui War. His powerful swordplay and range of abilities gave him the nickname "Shiroyasha" ("white demon"). He is capable of turning the tide of any battle, being called "The Ace" by Katsura and Takasugi. He defeated strong Amanto and killed many high ranking ones, even those who are in legendary status (like enma and ogre). He's also strong enough to defeat opponents considered the strongest in their respective class. However, his biggest weakness is his rage/anger. Despite becoming faster and stronger, he is a berserker whose only goal is to kill his enemy, leading to enemies that are equal or stronger than him to defeat him or hold him off, as was the case with Oboro, Jirochou, and his later interactions with Utsuro.
Immense Strength: Of the Yorozuya trio, Gintoki's physical strength is not as high as Kagura's, given the fact that he is human while Kagura is from the Yato Tribe. However, Gintoki's physical strength is still nothing to scoff at and he is probably the strongest human known so far, strong enough to even be recognized by Kamui, one of the strongest Yato in the series. He can destroy enormous pieces of machinery or drive his blunt bokuto through a man's skull with ease. When fighting Kawakami Bansai, Gintoki was able to break through his strings, which were stated to be as strong as steel, with nothing but brute strength alone. He was also able to pull down Bansai's helicopter just with his power.
Tremendous Endurance: One of Gintoki's defining traits is his extreme level of physical endurance. Gintoki fights without consideration for his life, most of the time, and while this gives him the ability to fight without limits, it is also a testament to how little Gintoki values his own life. Coupled with his incredibly high pain tolerance this makes him an incredibly fearsome fighter. A day after having his forearm impaled by Doromizu Jirochou, Gintoki fought evenly alongside him to defeat dozens of Shinra assassins, withstanding countless injuries in the process and losing very high amounts of blood.
Agility: Gintoki is incredibly nimble, capable of matching the agility of the renowned shinobi Hattori Zenzou. In addition, his reflexes (while often downplayed for comedic purposes) are great and he is capable of dodging, deflecting or in some instances throw back knives, arrows and similar projectiles. When Gintoki is particularly enraged, his speed and reflexes reach absurd heights, allowing him to perform such feats as shattering a sword in mid-swing with his teeth or closing meters of distance between himself and his target in a fraction of second.
Master Swordsmanship Specialist: Gintoki's swordsmanship is rough, but far from unrefined. He tends to wield even full-length katanas one-handed with fair wide but quick chops. His level of skill has been complimented by several esteemed swordmasters, such as Yagyuu Binbokusai, who noted that his style is something not taught but developed by Gintoki himself.
Expert Hand-to-Hand Combatant: As part of his brawler-like fighting style, Gintoki regularly uses his fists and kicks in combat. As such, he is far less bothered by being caught unarmed than most other swordsmen in the series. While his bokuto is usually used to deliver the final blow against an opponent, many of his most consistent damaging attacks are kicks delivered to the torso.
Combat Intuition: Gintoki is noticeably skilled in terms of battlefield tactics, likely due to his extensive experience. He is capable of developing adaptive strategies as he fights, often within seconds, and knows exactly what to look for in an opponent's fighting style to create openings for himself.
Weapon Expertise: While Gintoki vastly prefers to make use of his swordsmanship in combat, he is well-versed in the use of many types of weapons, from naginatas and kunai to senbon and explosives, likely due to his training as a samurai and time spent on the battlefield. He is able to incorporate the use of almost anything he finds in a fight and frequently catches his opponents off-guard by using his surroundings against them.
Spiritual Affinity: Gintoki can see and communicate with spirits, as shown during the Ghost Ryokan Arc. However, this ability has failed to manifest on a few occasions and simply applies to specific types of spirits.
Musical Talent: Gintoki is shown to be a passable singer and is capable of using the Shamisen.
Charisma and Leadership: Just like his fellow Heavenly Kings, Gintoki has shown to be a charismatic leader. Though in much of the Joui War flashbacks, unlike the other three, he usually works alone with even Takasugi commenting that his specialty was covert operations. His leadership skills, although underplayed, can be seen when he leads some of his present allies in fights. His charisma is the most notable thing in the series as it is thanks to this that he gained friends and allies by both his actions and words.
- Yoshida Shouyou: Shouyou was probably the most important person in Gintoki's life, something that is further emphasized by Katsura who mentions that out of the three of them (Katsura, Takasugi and Gintoki), he should be the one to most hate the world considering what it did to Shouyou. Shouyou saved Gintoki from the endless battlefield and gave him the chance to act like a normal child. Gintoki deeply respects him to the extent that he gets furious if anyone dirties the name of being a master. The fact that he was forced to kill him to protect his comrades still haunts him and causes him an immense pain. Remembering his promise to Shouyou, to protect everyone, Gintoki and him shared one last smile with each other with Shouyou even thanking Gintoki before he decapitates him. Gintoki treasures deeply the lessons Shouyou taught him, despite the fact that he no longer has the things Shouyou gave him such as Shouyou's sword and the textbook, which he claims to have thrown away when he stained it with curry. This possibly means that he does not need material items to remember Shouyou and his lessons. One of the things Gintoki honors the most with his sensei is the promise they made the last time they saw each other. Although he controls himself, Gintoki has showed a dark side in which he wants to slay those who were related to the death of his beloved teacher, which is also shown by Takasugi and Katsura at the beginning of the series. During the Joui War when he, Katsura and Takasugi were captured by the Naraku, who were under orders of Sada Sada, Gintoki was forced to execute his beloved teacher in front of Takasugi and Katsura. During Nobu Nobu's reign when Matsudaira and Kondo were about to be executed in a similiar way to Shouyou, Gintoki decided to help the Shinsengumi save them so they won't make the same mistakes he did. Once he learned that Utsuro and Shouyou are the same person, but with different personalities from Nobume. A similar truth was told by Oboro to Takasugi and the later sent Takechi to Gintoki and Katsura to report about Shouyou and Utsuro true origin. Gintoki vows to avenge the good personality of his master and save the universe from Utsuro, even if it's master old temporary possessed body before Utsuro resurfaced to the real world again.
Friends & Allies
- Kagura: Gintoki cares about Kagura, especially when she's in danger or not in a good condition (he saved her in episode 42, when Kagura was attacked by an alien, despite the fact that he abandoned her during, and he even tried to skip his job to take Kagura to the hospital in episode 91). When she was feeling down because she didn't feel that her umbrella was as pretty as other girls, he ended up buying her a cute one (episode 111). Their relationship seems to be of a "father/daughter" or "older brother/little sister" kind since she greatly admires him and has even picked up several of Gintoki's bad habits, such as picking her nose. They are usually partners in crime and join together in many different gags.
- Shimura Shinpachi: Gintoki met Shinpachi at a restaurant where he had ordered a Chocolate Parfait when a fight broke out between Gintoki and some Amantos because they were harassing Shinpachi and accidentally spilled his Parfait. Since then, Shinpachi has been with Gintoki. Gintoki and Shinpachi share a close brotherly relationship, thought both are not willing to admit it (During the battle with Obi Hajime both men stated that neither of them see each other as brothers). Gintoki's bond with Shinpachi can be seen when he went as far as to get on his knees and beg for the Shinsengumi collaboration to keep Shinpachi safe during the Beam Sword Arc. It is also shown in the Kintama Arc that Gintoki was emotionally hurt when a hypnotised Shinpachi punched him and refused to acknowledge who he was. After the battle in the Harusame Arc, Gintoki finds an exhausted Kagura and Shinpachi who claimed to be too tired to walk home. Gintoki retorts on that by saying that he should be the most tired and leaves them be proceeding to walk off. However, he returns seconds later and carries them home. For a man who often doesn't show his soft side, he cares immensely for both Shinpachi and Kagura.
- Otose: Otose is Gintoki's landlady and mother figure. They both met in a graveyard where Otose was visiting her husband's grave. There she gave food to a hungry and weak Gintoki and he vowed to protect her in her husband's place to show his gratitude. Although they argue about paying the rent, they both care about each other. When Otose was cut by Doromizu Jirochou, Gintoki went into a murderous rage against Jirochou, showing how much he cares about her.
- Katsura Kotarou: Katsura has been Gintoki's friend ever since they were young. Gintoki was the one who founded Katsura's nickname, "Zura"("wig"), even though Katsura prefers his real name. They bicker with each other a lot and Gintoki often treats him as an annoyance, but they have complete trust in each other and are close friends. He has extreme faith in Katsura's strength and was extremely angry when Okada Nizou insulted Katsura by questioning whether he was really a man and stating that he had killed him. Although Katsura did witness Gintoki being forced to execute their teacher by the Naraku, during their capture in the Joui War, Katsura may have forgiven him as he feels Gintoki's regret for killing Shouyou with his own hand is a part of their teacher's sacrifice to save Katsura and his allies. In the present Katsura often hangs out with the Yorozuya and still entreats Gintoki to join his terrorist group.
- Sakamoto Tatsuma: Both of them fought in the Joui War and 'till this very day, Sakamoto has a close friendship with Gintoki even though he keeps calling him Kintoki. Gintoki admits that Sakamoto is extremely strong but states that his head is empty. When Sakamoto retired from the war he offered Gintoki to come along with him to explore the outer space, saying that a man like him was too good to stay on Earth, but Gintoki declined.
- Kondo Isao: Gintoki has a lot of respect for Kondou after their first duel. Both of them also have the same desire to change Edo to become better and more peaceful, like Shige Shige. Although he wrote down a new Regulation that Yorozuya is to be hated, Kondo actually respects Gintoki, as Yamazaki stated in episode 32. It is noted that it was Gintoki himself who gave the latter the nickname "Gorilla" by judging Kondo's appearance. After Shige Shige's death and during Nobu Nobu's reign, when he and Matsudaira are about to be executed Gintoki is reminded that their fate is the same as his teacher. Just like the code of honour being passed on, the will of light to watch over Edo, his old Joui allies as well as Hijikata and his fellow former Shinsengumi rush to rescue them.
- Hijikata Toushirou: Hijikata and Gintoki share many of the same ideals: they both want to protect the people they care about and they will both throw away their own lives to protect the lives of others. They also have slightly similar personalities and are usually seen arguing or making snide comments about the other, which results in the two frequently clashing as rivals. They share many similar traits such as being afraid of ghosts and dentists, their obsession with certain types of food most people find disgusting and fiery tempers. However, they can reach an unbelievable synchronization when fighting together, as shown in the anime-only Episode 166, when the two defeated a large group of enemies before reinforcements arrived. Additionally, both share very similar thinking processes, as shown in Episode 48, where Hijikata and Gintoki attempt to avoid each other by trying to think like the other but end up together anyway because they were both trying so hard to avoid thinking like the other that they both ended up doing exactly the same. At one point, the two even switched souls in the Soul Switch Arc. However, even with all of the fights they have they are both shown to (extremely grudgingly) respect each other.
- Okita Sougo: Gintoki seems unable to remember his name correctly and calls him "Soichiro", "Soda" and even "Sofa". Okita seems to get along rather well with Gintoki. After a rough beginning the two find common grounds in their love of torturing and humiliating Hijikata. After witnessing the fight between Gintoki and Hijikata, Okita said he would love to clash swords with Gintoki one day. Although a hit from Hijikata would often result in a violent retribution from Okita, he doesn't seem to have a problem with taking a lecture or a knock on the head from Gintoki. In the Yagyuu Arc, Hijikata and Shinpachi refer to them as the "Sadist Duo". When his sister came to visit, Okita bribed Gintoki (with three chocolate parfaits) to pretend to be his best friend. Later when Okita left, Gintoki acknowledges the friendship to Mitsuba.
- Tama: Gintoki helped her when she was being tracked down by No. 502 and saved her head so Gengai could fix her. He also helped her "let loose" after she began working at Otose's bar. Tama used Gintoki's appearance and strength as data to create the Leukocyte King, her virus defense system. During the Kintama Arc, Tama kept her memories of Gintoki and helped him regain his place in the Yorozuya.
- Hasegawa Taizou: Gintoki understands the misery of Hasegawa and has helped him many times. One time he even went to court as Hasegawa's defense attorney when Hasegawa was convicted for being a pervert. He won the trial, Hasegawa was released and all charges were dropped. He often joins Hasegawa in the pachinko parlor or for horse-betting. They seem to be good friends by doing everything they can to get money together.
- Hattori Zenzou: He is the first ninja seen in the series with an apparently equal obsessive devotion to JUMP magazine as Gintoki. Although he was initially an antagonist he becomes a major ally to Gintoki, helping him many times. Later he assisted Gintoki and his friends in rescuing the Shogun Shige Shige from the Nobu Nobu Faction.
- Catherine: Although Gintoki and Catherine constantly argue, Gintoki can still sympathize with her. He saved her when she was about to be killed by her former organization and when she was robbed by the man she loved. Although he did all these things mainly to protect what's dear to Otose, he still seemed to have the will to help Catherine out when she was in danger.
- Takasugi Shinsuke: Although Gintoki and Takasugi studied together along with Katsura at Shoka Sonjuku under Yoshida Shouyou, the Kansei Purge tore them apart. Takasugi holds a deep hatred for Gintoki because he chose to execute Shoyo to save the lives of the students. Takasugi initially attempted to kill both Gintoki and Katsura with the help of his Kiheitai, and his rivalry with Gintoki peaks during the Shogun Assassination Arc, in which Takasugi aids in attempting to kill Shige Shige and ends up fighting Gintoki. After they brutally exhaust each other on open ground they reconcile and eventually join forces to fight against Utsuro.
- Kamui: Kagura's elder brother. Kamui has his eyes set on Gintoki, as a prey, after he and the Hyakka defeated Housen. He has combined his forces with the Kiheitai. He later gained respect for Gintoki when the Tendoshu used Kiheitai to assassinate Shige Shige.
- Kawakami Bansai: Kiheitai's assassin and negotiator. He was first seen by Gintoki aboard Harusame spaceship next to Takasugi. When Bansai observed Gintoki and Katsura as they fought the Harusame troops, Bansai stated that he'd like to have a match with both of them. He would later appear as the main antagonist of the Shinsengumi Crisis Arc, where he used Itou Kamotarou as a tool to destroy Shinsengumi from within. When he realized that Gintoki was fighting for the Shinsengumi, he attacked him. They had an intense fight before Bansai was finally defeated by Gintoki. Later on, Bansai was seen talking to Takasugi about Gintoki. He stated that falling in love with Gintoki's "song" was his defeat, with which he implied that he held back during the fight. He is currently one of Gintoki's allies since finding out that the Tendoshu was using Kiheitai and Harusame to assassinate Shige Shige.
- Rei: She helped Gintoki in The Ghost Ryokan Arc and joked that her reason for refusing to go to heaven was her wish to wash Gintoki's back in the future.
- Kurokono Tasuke: A former comrade of Gintoki during the war against the amanto. Later, he saved Katsura and Sakamoto from the Kiheitai.
- Houichi: Gintoki meets Houichi, a human who has become a cat, when he, himself, becomes a cat. Houichi helps Gintoki learn to survive as a cat and Gintoki helps Houichi stop cat catchers from gathering all of the stray cats in Edo.
- Ketsuno Ana: Gintoki has a crush on the weather girl, whom he watchs everyday. He even once escaped from his cleaning duties at the Otose Snack to go and buy a Ketsuno Ana figurine and started tearing out calendar pages in despair when he saw on TV that she got married. After her divorce with her husband, he started wishing for a chance to marry her and become a part of the Ketsuno Clan family. In Diviner Arc Gintoki blushed and tried to impress her when she came to the Yorozuya by trying to make everything look professional. Gintoki has said he doesn't care about her weather forecast but only wants to see her smile every day.
- Shimura Tae: Often viewed as Gintoki's girlfriend on multiple occasions, Tae supports him whenever she can as she understands Gintoki's feelings. In the Benizakura Arc, despite her scolding him not to be reckless anymore, she still prepared his clothes and even lent him her favorite umbrella knowing that she could not stop him from doing as he desired. Tae was seen to be somewhat romantically attracted to him during the Memory Loss Arc. He had become significantly more serious and Tae kept insisting that he didn't forget her. When he apologized she tried to knock him on the head to make him remember but resulted in Gintoki touching her hand and apologizing, causing her to blush. She complimented him about his eyes and suggested that he stayed amnesiac as she preferred this version of Gintoki, causing Shinpachi to complain that she had fallen for him. In addition to that, she was even teased by their ugly classmates during the group date episode. Tae even appeared to be jealous when Gintoki went with Tama at the Snack Smile. During the Kintama arc, it was shown that she already remembers him before the others. Gintoki has showned that he cares for her, like standing up for her during his battle with Kondo, reaching out for her when he saw her cry during the Yagyuu arc and helping Obi Hajime come back home and even pleading on his knees with the Shinsengumi. During the Soul Switch arc, Dozaemon, the cat in which half of Gintoki's soul went, even acted worried for Otae having him in her house and Gintoki, in Hijikata's form, was even glad about it. They spend time together with Shinpachi and Kagura. During the Yagyuu arc, Gintoki was asked (in the manga) by Kyubei's grandfather if he just fell in love with Otae, where Gintoki did not answer nor objected. Gin teased Otae as flat chested and Otae teased him as a lazy samurai, but despite it they deeply care and support each other. Although they generally argue about everything, with Gintoki making snide comments about her and Tae physically abusing him, they share a close bond. In the second movie, Gintoki was devastated at her condition and calls her "the craziest chick I know".
- Sarutobi Ayame: She is madly in love with Gintoki to the extent that she stalks him constantly and wants to have a SM (sadist-masochist) playtime with him. Gintoki's denial and sometimes even hostile attitudes towards her only encourages her as she believes it is part of the "sadistic" nature of Gintoki, resulting in a greater wish to be together with him. In the Scandal arc, she mentioned that she would normally never trick Gintoki but in that case she did it in order to live with him. Though Gintoki usually treats her badly, to the point of open hostility, he did rescue her when she fell from a building during the Kintama arc and helped her regain her glasses that he accidentally broke. It is shown that it is not that Gintoki hates her but he is annoyed by her for constantly stalking him. In episode 139, he stated he dislikes clingy women.
- Yagyuu Kyuubei: Gintoki is the only guy that has made Kyuubei behave like a girl and makes her nervous or blush whenever he touches her. She even cried for Gintoki during the Kintama Arc, when she lost her memories of him. This causes Toujou to use Gintoki to bring an end to Kyuubei's boyhood and make her develop romantic feelings for men and forget the romantic feelings she has toward Tae. It's inferred that she has possibly developed a few feelings toward him at the end of the Yagyuu arc, but she developed most of them at the group date, when he touched her in the hand and said that it felt nice to touch the hand of a beautiful woman. In episode 217, Gintoki, upon seeing Kyuubei's breasts while she was in a swimsuit, commented that she had big jugs. In the Kintama arc, Gintoki touching her hand caused her to blush and throw him out of embarrassment.
- Tsukuyo: During the Yoshiwara in Flames Arc, their trust and friendship seemed to develop very quickly, as Gintoki forced Tsukuyo to promise him to survive and symbolized this by taking her kiseru, telling her she needs to get out alive if she ever wants to smoke it again. The events of the arc brought them closer together and formed a strong bond between them. During the Red Spider Arc, Tsukuyo admitted to Gintoki that her resolve to cast aside her womanhood weakens when she is around him. During the Love Potion Arc, Tsukuyo falls under the influence of the powder, intensifying her secret attraction to Gintoki, though it is during this arc that she understood that her love is one-sided.
- Oboro: Successor of Tensho School and leader of assassin organization Naraku. They encountered each other in the Joui War, when Oboro slayed many of Gintoki's allies but failed to kill him. They met up again when Gintoki confronted Tokugawa Sada Sada. Gintoki assumes that he died when he impaled him with his Bokutou, but in truth he managed to survive and report to the Tendoshu about Shouyou's students. They meet again in the Farewell Shinsengumi arc and on the later arcs. By the time Oboro is defeated by Takasugi and dies due to being implanted a half of immortal Altana blood from Utsuro, Gintoki and his three Joui friends soon learned Utsuro's past and the creations of his seven personalities, including his good personality, Shouyou, along with the true death of Shouyou and the rest of Utsuro's six personas inside Utsuro's mind.
- Okada Nizou: Okada Nizou was first met as a hired blade. He was employed by Hashida to find his grandson. He would later appear as a member of Kiheitai and as the wielder of the Benizakura. He was killed by Gintoki when the Benizakura took over his body.
- Housen: Powerful Yato clansman also known as King of the Night. He was defeated by the combined forces of the Hyakka and Gintoki and later killed when he came in contact with the sun.
- Jiraia: Tsukuyo's master and the original leader of the Hyakka. He appeared again in Yoshiwara after Tsukuyo learned to rely on others and intended to make her independent by killing all dear to her. Jiraia managed to defeat and almost kill both Gintoki and Tsukuyo during their first fight. After that he took Tsukuyo with him to make her kill him. Gintoki followed his threads to find him and stopped him right before Jiraia was going to slice Tsukuyo's skin off. He was then defeated by Gintoki.
- Sakata Kintoki: An android which was created by Gengai to replace Gintoki when he was absent. Kintoki soon obtained the title of the protagonist with his hypnosis wave when Gintoki was away. Kintoki had altered Edo's residents memories to make them believe that he had always been the protagonist of Gintama (as he renamed it Kintama). While Gintoki has many flaws as protagonist, Kintoki was designed to have none of them. However, Kintoki lacks genuine human empathy and is single-minded in his goal to erase Gintoki from his own serie, even when it comes to wiping the minds of other characters such as Tama or even the Kabuki District that had looked up to him.
- Jugem Jugem: For some reason Jugem Jugem hates his face and likes to throw poop at him. All monkeys share this hatred for him.
- Tokugawa Sada Sada: At the beginning of the Courtesan of a Nation Arc, Gintoki feared giving away his disguise of Shige Shige to Sada Sada. Gintoki became determined to finish him after he and his comrades found out that he was a corrupted leader that used Suzuran just for political power and ripped off Rotten Maizou's arm, when Maizou made a promise with Suzuran instead of killing her. Gintoki later gained intense hate towards Sada Sada after he cut off Maizou's second arm causing Gintoki to go into a rage and attack Sada Sada only to be blocked by Oboro whose blade he broke with his teeth. The hatred reached its peak when Sada Sada revealed that he was responsible for the Kansei Purge and Shouyou's execution and went on to badmouth Shouyou in front of Gintoki. Gintoki struggled to stand up in spite of being poisoned by Oboro and tried to kill him. He failed to kill him and Oboro poisoned him even more, but eventually carried out his revenge when Oboro shot at him with needles but managed to strike Sada Sada by mistake.
- Daraku: Gintoki and Katsura charged into a Harusame ship to save Shinpachi and Kagura from Daraku and his Harusame pirates. His fate remains uncertain.
- Onijishi: Dakini mercenary. Gintoki fought against Onijishi after the latter killed Oshou Doushin. His fate remains unknown.
- Hitotsubashi Nobu Nobu: Gintoki knows that Chonshu War, Shige Shige's death and Shinsengumi's defunction were caused by him and the Tendoshu. Like Sada Sada, Gintoki hates him for being a tyrannical ruler and thinks him to be undeserving of his position as the Shogun. Gintoki punches him when Nobu Nobu causes trouble at Snack Smile. Before going to save Takasugi and Umibouzu from Utsuro, Gintoki and his allies already know Nobu Nobu will chase them from behind, thus successfully capture him as a hostage.
- Utsuro: The original personality of Shouyou and his true killer. It wouldn't be until the Farewell, Shinsengumi Arc that Utsuro and Gintoki will first meet, with Gintoki suffering a breakdown in the middle of fighting him when Utsuro fully reveals his face. It will be the arc after, the Rakuyou Decisive Battle Arc, that Gintoki learns about both Shouyou and Utsuro as well as the immortal's plan to destroy the universe. This leads to the last arc, where he must lead the charge to save the universe from Utsuro.
- Doromizu Jirochou: One of the Four Devas (former) and leader of Dobunezumi yakuza (former). He is an old Joui War veteran who was also a childhood friend of Otose. While not techically evil, he forsook his humanity in order to stop Kujaku Hime Kada from conquering the Kabuki District the same way Housen obtained Yoshiwara. In his last duel with Jirochou, Gintoki spared his life as he was important to Terada Tatsugorou and saved him from his suffering. He retired after Kada was repelled from Kabuki District. Then later, Gintoki helped Jirochou to reconcile with his daughter Chin Pirako.
StoryGintoki made his first appearance at a café where Shimura Shinpachi was working, when his Chocolate Parfait was spilt by a couple of troublesome Amanto. In a moment of anger, he punched the manager and beat the Amanto with his wooden sword. However, Shinpachi was the one to take the blame and lost his job as a result.
When Shinpachi's sister, Shimura Tae, learned of his doings, Gintoki was heavily beaten, and he offered Shinpachi a place in the Yorozuya as compensation. Later, Tae was forced to work in an illegal nightclub airship to pay off the debt of her family's dojo, and to save her, Gintoki and Shinpachi rescued her from the debt collectors and destroyed the ship. After bearing witness to his strength, Shinpachi decided to work with Gintoki and learn how to be a true samurai.
The two first met Kagura when she was hit by Gintoki's scooter. They then saved her from being caught by the gang she worked for, which had been using her for her Yato strength. After the gang was beaten, she stayed at Gintoki's house (much to his annoyance) to work for money, thus becoming a part of the Yorozuya.
The Yorozuya was asked by a client to find his missing daughter, Kimiko. During the search, they eventually found their way into a shady night club filled with Amanto. In the bathroom of the club, Gintoki bumped into Daraku and Kimiko, while the Harusame was trying to get rid of her because of her addiction to a drug called "Tenseikyou." (translated as "Paradise") He tried to protect Kimiko from them, but due to the shock of seeing Kagura and Shinpachi being taken away by them, Gintoki was caught off guard and impaled in the shoulder by Daraku. The impact caused both him and Kimiko to break and fall out of the window behind them, and both were knocked unconscious.
In his unconscious state, Gintoki has a dream of carrying a dying body through a field of corpses, (which is presumed to be during the Joui war) and he hears a voice from one of the dead bodies telling him to drop who he was carrying, saying that he could not save him, and that he ultimately does not have what it takes to rescue anyone, nor protect anyone when it really matters. The corpse calls him reckless and uncaring, only swinging his sword at what's in front of him, not protecting anyone. He is also called powerless in an attempt to coax him into just dropping everything (namely those who are closest to him), and "taking the easy road," which he wordlessly declines, and is shocked to find the body he is carrying is also a dead corpse. He then awakens. This dream is likely influenced by his subconscious telling him that he is not good enough, and was triggered by his inability to save Kimiko, Shinpachi, and Kagura.
After awakening, it is revealed that Gintoki and Kimiko were both saved by Katsura, who informs him of the drug afflicting Himeko and also tells him about he Harusame, and warns him to not try and go after them in his bad condition. Instead of heeding the warning, he insists on saving Shinpachi and Kagura, and, convinced by his desire to protect the two and as well as the fact that he owed Gintoki, Katsura later agreed to go with him. Disguised as "Space Captains", they attacked the Harusame's ship. As Katsura bombed their storage to destroy the durg, Gintoki fought and knocked out Daraku and carried Shinpachi and Kagura home.
To help the neighbors stop a noisy inventor, Hiraga Gengai, the Yorozuya let Shinpachi sing in front of his house. After a while, one of the inventor's robots, Saburo, came out and the group came to meet Gengai. They managed to get inside his garage and moved Gengai's inventions to a place that wouldn't disturb the neighbors, namely the riverbank, but broke them into pieces in the process. Since Gengai needed to prepare the robots for the festival that night, the Yorozuya was forced to help him fix them.During the festival, Gintoki talked to Gengai about the Joui War, and Gengai asked if Gintoki ever thought of avenging his fallen comrades. Later, while watching the fireworks, he was ambushed by his former Joui comrade Takasugi Shinsuke. Under the threat of a sword at his back, Gintoki was forced to watch Gengai's robots ran wild, attacking the Shogun and the Shinsengumi. Nevertheless, after a moment, he grabbed Takasugi's sword with his bare hands, completely immobilizing it before punching the other.
Gintoki then confronted Gengai and his robot, Saburo, asking him to stop what he was doing. Gengai ordered Saburo to fire towards the Shogun even if Gintoki stood in the way. Gintoki proceeded to attack the robot and destroyed it, noticing for a brief moment that the robot hesitated and lowered its weapon on its own free will.
Okita Sougo offered the Yorozuya a job which involved them tracking down the champion of Rengokukan, Kidoumaru. During the investigation, hey later found out that Kidoumaru had been raising dozens of orphans, and they decided to help him escape from the Tendoshu with his children. However, Kidoumaru was killed by the new Rengokukan champion, Onijishi. Later on, the children asked the Yorozuya to avenge their sensei, giving their toys as payment. Gintoki agreed to help them, despite Hijikata's warning.
Later, Gintoki entered the ring with Kidoumaru's mask, as he challenged Onijishi to a revenge match. As they started to fight, Gintoki's mask broke and he received a heavy blow from Onijishi. Gintoki, however, blocked the attack with his wooden sword to reduce the impact of the blow. He then dealt a finishing blow to Onijishi. The Shinsengumi then also showed up to arrest the Rengokukan owners (despite knowing the consequences they may receive for their interferences.)Kagura and Shinpachi tried to trigger the restoration of his memories by visiting many of Gintoki's friends and comrades. They almost succeed on multiple occasions, but outside interference always ruined their efforts, and wiped Gintoki's memory clean. During their visit to Otae, she suggests to Gintoki that he'd be better off forgetting his old self and starting a new life. Meanwhile, Sakamoto Tatsuma crashes his spaceship into the Yorozuya's house, thus wiping out the last remnants of Gintoki's previous existence. Now with no home, memories, or friends, Gintoki declares his old mess of a life to be null and void, and decides to disband the Yorozuya and start his life all over again.
He is later found, along with commander Kondou Isao, who had also lost his memory because of Otae's cooking, to be working in a Justaway factory by Yamazaki Sagaru, which he had infiltrated because of the factory manager's shady background. Soon, they find out that the Justaways they were producing were actually powerful bombs that would be sold to the Jouishishi. It is also revealed that the factory manager, Banzou, had decided to destroy Edo after losing his job and his otaku son turned into a Yakuza member. To do so, he planned on using a giant cannon set inside the factory.
Kagura and Shinpachi find their way to factory, thanks to Otose's investigation, and help the Shinsengumi try and defeat Banzou. When Banzou begins to fire the cannon, they stand in front of Gintoki to protect him, and he starts to remember everything slowly. Having fully regained his memory, Gintoki grabs his wooden sword from Shinpachi and destroys the cannon. After its explosion, he walks away, telling Shinpachi and Kagura that "[They] are going home."
Kagura's father is prepared to drag Kagura home, and after witnessing the collateral damage their fight creates, Gintoki tells Kagura that children should return home to family. He encourages Kagura to leave, but when he sees her on the news fighting for her life, he doesn't hesitate to go help. Once things calm down, Gintoki hands over a letter Kagura secretly wrote to her father, one of many which remain unsent due to the lack of an address.
Katsura asks for Gintoki and the others, to help in rescuing Elizabeth from the clutches of an evil magistrate. Enlisting the help of Sacchan, the four recieve some hasty ninja training, and form the Go-ninja in order to storm the magistrate's home. Gintoki himself was the white ninja. After clashing with the magistrate's grunts and fighting their way through the various traps, they make it to the final room where Elizabeth was supposedly being held. Instead, they were confronted by Hattori Zenzou and his Shinobi Five. Gintoki faces off against Zenzou, who still holds a grudge over the Jump affair. Though the group was seemingly out classed by the professional ninja, they managed to defeat them using a combination of fighting, luck, and bad curry. In the end, it turned out that Elizabeth had never been captured, and had instead just left after an argument with Zura.
Gintoki stumbles in, hungover from a night of drinking, to find Sadaharu extremely large and with Shinpachi and Kagura's legs hanging out of his massive maw. He at first thinks he's still drunk, but after the other two confirm his abnormal largeness, he pushes the blame onto Kagura giving him too much calcium. (From his own precious strawberry milk, nonetheless) He then produces a bark translator, (with a corny Doraemon reference) and finds that the (incredibly rude) Sadaharu is in pain from growing back into his Jyushin form. He breaks the ceiling, causing a ruckus in Kabuchichou. However, Gintoki refuses to abandon Sadaharu, claiming he would have never taken him in if he was going to abandon him.
When the group reaches where Sadaharu had run off to, the miko girls tell Gintoki and Shinpachi to distract Sadaharu while they recite the incantation to seal him. While Sadaharu attempts to attack Shinpachi in his crazed state, Gintoki jumps in front of him and takes the brunt of his attack with his sword. He moves to attack, but cannot because he doesn't want to hurt his pet. Sadaharu hits him with his paw, heavily injuring him.
However, the group manages to seal the Inugami with the power of a baseball thrown in a five-pointed-star, and Sadaharu is returned to normal. The miko girls offer to take Sadaharu back if they don't want him anymore, but Gintoki declines, and before we can hear his reason, it cuts away.Kanshichirou to his mother, he engages in a duel with Okada Nizou, who was hired help to Kahei, Kanshichirou's grandfather.
A customer comes from a wayward town and requests the Yorozuya to find her son. They find out that the son had undergone plastic surgery changing his features. They suspect that the man is now working in a male host bar and join after discovering it is being harrassed by the Yakuza. After the Yakuza come to collect payment and fail, the mother who came to look for her son was swept away when the Yakuza was leaving to be seen later at the Yakuza's base helping a pet of theirs give birth. They capture her and threaten the son to pay back the money. He goes with all the earnings to gain back his mother but the Yorozuya enter causing havoc, saving the mother and impeding the son from losing his money. The mother leaves without her son, but she is proud of him nonetheless.
Elizabeth comes to the Yorozuya, alone, and they are unable to help him, due to the fact that he wasn't talking. They wonder where Katsura is, but Gintoki ignores the thought, and leaves for a job, leaving Shinpachi and Kagura to handle Elizabeth. He meets his clients, Murata Tetsuya and Murata Tetsuko, and is asked to find the evil sword Benizakura, which has gone missing.
Later that night, he saves Shinpachi and Elizabeth from the assassin and new member of the Kiheitai, Okada Nizou, who is revealed to have been the weilder of the Benizakura . Nizou sends Gintoki into a fury by claiming that he killed Katsura, and had cut off his trademark long hair as evidence and a trophy. Gintoki refuses to believe him and engages him in battle. During the fight, Nizou overpowers him and he badly injures Gintoki, who was unaware of Benizakura's properties and abilities, and impales him, but he is saved by Shinpachi, who cuts off Nizou's arm. He retreats after people come due to the commotion created by the fight, leaving Gintoki half-dead and bleeding out.
He wakes up bandaged and in the care of Shimara Tae. He wants to go help Kagura and Shinpachi, both of whom were fighting the Kiheitai without him, much to the displeasure of Otae, who threatens to kill him if he moves, claiming he is in no shape to be fighting. While he is under house arrest, Tetsuko comes to make him an offer in order to stop the sword. He declines her offer, but while Otae is out buying Jump, he attempts to leave to fight anyway. Otae, however, knew he would leave and set him up with a fresh change of clothes at the doorstep, and her favorite umbrella, which he promises to come back alive to return.
With the help of Tetsuko and a sword crafted by her to replace his broken bokuto, Gintoki manages to land on the Kiheitai airship. There, he encounters Nizou once again and they fight once more. During the fight, Gintoki starts out strong and evenly matched with the demon sword, but, as the sword drained Nizou's strength and became stronger, later is overwhelmed by the full power of the Benizakura and his previous injuries, even after reawakening the mentality of the Shiroyasha, and falls behind. He is knocked unconscious and wrapped in a binding tight coil by the Benizakura-controlled Nizou, but awakens right as Nizou goes to attack Tetsuko. He slices the sword in half, effectively ending its reign of terror.
During the aftermath, he is herded out by Shinpachi, Kagura, and Tetsuko, only to find that the Harusame Space Pirates have invaded the ship, called by Takasugi, who offered both Gintoki and Katsura's heads as prize for their backing. Gintoki and Katsura battle the Amanto while the rest of the gang flees, and during their fight, tell each other never to change for the worse, and if they ever did, to kill them. They then point to Takasugi, who has already broken this promise, and that the next time they meet, they will cut him down. With that, and the others retreating, they jump ship, and parachute down to the ocean below. When Katsura tells him that Shouyou's lesson book saved his life and that Takasugi still had his copy, Gintoki tells him that he threw his own book away because he spilled ramen on it.
Later on, Gintoki and his friends gets hired by Kondo to try to break down the wedding ceremony in which he was going to forcefully go to with Princess Bubbles. At the ceremony though Gintoki and his friends does not take the job seriously and complains about that there is only bananas as wedding food. However thanks to Shimura Tae the ceremony gets interupted and the marriage somehow got off.
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When Mitsuba's health conditions worsened, Gintoki visited her at the hospital with her favourite spicy snacks.
Before Sougo headed off the battlefield, Gintoki, while pretending to be sleeping, listened to Sougo's most inner thoughts. He then headed off to the battlefield together with Sougo.
When Hasegawa was charged with sexual harassment, Gintoki turned up last minute as his lawyer. Hasegawa remarked that Gintoki stood a chance since no one had ever won an argument against him.
Tasked with buying the Owees by their clients, Gintoki and the Yorozuya queued up for the purchase of Owee. The situation later turned into a battle of the Yorozuya against the Shinsegumi. Gintoki, together with Kagura, took part in the final round of battle, Dragon Hunter lll, where each team will have to fight to defeat the bandits in the caves.
Abandoned by their teammates right at the start, Gintoki and Hijikata teamed up to make their way to the caves where they eventually was able to restore their health back to full. Using the village leader as their weapons, Gintoki and Hijikata started their fight with the bandits. However it became a hassle when Okita arrives from the casnio and Kagura at a much higher level and chaos happens.
Gintoki and the Yorozuya were asked by Hijikata to protect the Shinsegumi from Isao as he was unable to do so when the demonic sword's power started eating into his personality and turning him into Tosshi. Gintoki and his friends decides to help him as they steal a shinsengumi police car. Later on, while dressed in Shinsegumi uniforms, the Yorozuya headed off to the train and into the battlefield to save Kondou that was the target of the internal strife. There, Gintoki encounters Kawakami Bansai as he reveals Kiheitais plans to Gintoki about destroying the Shinsengumi. While the train that Kondo, Hijikata and the others were on explodes at a bridge and hangs to the edge Gintoki starts to fight with Bansai. At one point, Bansai stops Gintoki's movements with his instrument strings but Gintoki manage to break out of them in a painful way. When Isao protected Kondo and Hijikata from the shots from a Kiheitai helicopter Gintoki push Bansai into the helicopter in which causing it to lose balance. On the helicopter, Bansai takes out his hidden sword and pierces Gintoki's left shoulder as he argues to Gintoki that their country is rotten as Gintoki has lost his way of life. At that point, Gintoki had manage to use Bansai's own strings to tie Bansai and the helicopter together as he jumps down to the ground. Gintoki tells Bansai to leave Takasugi a message and says that what he tried to protect in the Joui Wars has not changed. Gintoki then pulls his wooden sword which was attached with strings to the helicopter as he pulls the helicopter down with all his strengh and destroys it . Bansai manage to survive somehow as he returns to Takasugi for a summary of the mission.
Yorozuya went to the beach with the mission to catch a suspicious person, however, Gintoki started to look at chicks with his binoculars. Kagura caught Kamenashi videotaping girls in their swimsuit and proceeded to beat him up. They agreed on not to take Kamenashi to the police as he would take them to Ryugu Palace.
In the sea, they saw a cruiser and Kyubei, Otae and a golden turtle was on board. They have saved his daughter from some punks, so he was taking them to Ryugu Palace. Later, they saw a warship and Hasegawa was on board with a badass turtle. The turtle had saved Hasegawa when he was about to jump of a cliffand was taking him to Ryugu Palace. Suddenly, Katsura appeared, riding a flying soft-shelled turtle, and was going to Tianzhu. These two turtles started to fight and everyone got lost in the sea as their boats got destroyed.
As he was alone in the island, he practiced Kamehameha to his heart’s content and when he saw them, he got embarrassed. They pretended like they saw nothing. Then, they saw Otae singing B’z’s Taiyo no Komachi Angel, and she got emberassed when she saw them. They found Kyubei on their way. She drew an ice cream, but the waves erased half of it and made it look like poop, and she used her body as a wall to protect it from the waves. After she saw them, she got emberassed and Otae tried make her feel better. They found Kagura, stating that Laputa must definitely be on that huge cloud. She also felt very bad when she saw them. At last, they saw Katsura. He was drawing an SOS with his piss and was singing Taiyo no Komachi Angel. He saw a giant cloud and stated that Takizawa Crystal must be there and ran out of piss. He also protected the SOS from the waves with his body, making Gintoki furious and he stated that he doesn’t understand any of his actions. They talked about their situation and made three groups. Katsura, Kagura and Gintoki were in charge of exploring the island.
They found a giant box in the forest. While Gintoki was about to touch it, Katsura stopped him but he accidentally touched the box. Gintoki managed to save Kagura by pushing her but a gas came out of it and turned him and Katsura into old mans. They found others fighting with the turtles and easily got caught due to their old, weak body.
In the prison, he watched sumo watches with Katsura. Kagura thought Gintoki was eating something and attacked him. Katsura got disturbed by the noise and stated that kids must stop playing with the mega drive and go outside. Gintoki started to repeat the phrase that he heard from Shinpachi. Some turtles appeared and took Otae. Then Kamenashi came and pushed the guard to the bars to make them take the keys, but Kagura kicked the bars down. The turtles attacked them but Kyubei and Kagura defeated them.
Kamenashi told everyone that Otohime is doing this to make everyone look ugly, so she can be the most beautiful creature. Before they went to take Otae back, Kamenashi used spouzer to divide their power equally, but the spouzer got destroyed as Gintoki and Katsura were too much of a burden. The soldiers found them and started to attack. Shinpachi carried Gintoki and Katsura, and tried to escape from the soldiers.
After getting away from the soldiers, Shinpachi, Katsura and Gintoki entered into a room and there was a man in a capsule. Katsura sit on the controller and the computer opened, showing Otohime’s journal, mostly about Urashima.
After reading the journal, Gintoki asked Zura if he can run straight, and went to ‘’rehabilitate a 3000 year old woman’’. Urashima communicated with Shinpachi through the computer and told him about the antidote.
Gintoki and Katsura went to stop the cannon, and old turtles confronted them. However, as all of them are old, Gintoki stated that there isn’t any way that they will lose and started to run much faster than the others. Shinpachi catched up to them with the antidote on his shoulder. But, their new challenge was stairs, and it was very hard for Katsura and Gintoki. However, Hasegawa, Kamenashi, Kyubei, and Kagura tried to stop Otohime and earned them some time. Before they put the antidote to the canon, Otohime caught the antidote and made it fall down. But, the antidote leaked, resulting in Katsura and Gintoki return to their former selves and they easily shot the antidote to the cannon. Everyone in Edo got back to their old selves. Otohime lost and got stuck under the parts of the cannon that was destroyed. Gintoki and others saved her.
After hearing a news about a certain incident about aliens doing experiments on humans, the Yorozuya realized that their body part were changed into screwdrivers. Gintoki's analog stick was turned into a screwdriver and went into rage telling that he'll definitely kill the aliens who commited a grave sin to him.
The trio found out that they're not the only ones that has a modified body, and they decided to play Monkey Hunter, in order to return their bodies to normal. Gintoki's name in the game was "Ginko" with the appearance of a cute, short haired girl, carrying a large sword.
Shinpachi found a message in a bottle at the shore, asking him to be his pen-pal. After seeing the picture, he decided to properly work on the message but he doesn't know where to start. There comes Gintoki to the rescue.
Sadaharu was feeling bad so they took him to a veterinary. There was a human hand-shaped shadow in his stomach, and when he saw it Gintoki got terrified. He told the doctor that they don’t need his help and they will make Sadaharu puke themselves, but Sadaharu puked in the room. It was just a human-sized doll. Gintoki and Shinpachi took the doll and went home.
Then, a client called them to the hospital and wanted them to find their father. While they were on their way, Katsura appeared on foot and told Gintoki everything about Kintarou. Katsura also wanted to ride on his bike, but they stopped, gave Katsura the doll and left.
While the cats were targeting Kintarou, Gintoki accidentally hit them with his bike and wondered if he has done something.
Otose asked the Yorozuya along with Otae to visit an old friend of hers who runs a Hot Spring. As they reached the place, only Gintoki and Shinpachi realized the place is a haunted run down Hot Spring. He tries to find ways to get out of the place as soon as possible but it only comes to worse when the road was blocked by a big boulder and Otae, Kagura and Shinpachi were possessed by ghosts, preferably called "Stands" and play UNO all day and night.
Oiwa, the owner of the Hot Spring chose Gintoki to be the new staff seeing he has a great resistance from being possessed. Gintoki scared to death, he acts as a staff with his screen name "Gin" under Oiwa's orders with the help of Rei, a ghost staff of the Hot Spring. Finding out Rei is also against Oiwa's way of running the Hot Spring, she helps Gin conspire with Mitsuhide, Nobunaga and Hideyoshi (nicknamed as "Brief Three"), to lessen the trust of the ghost coming by humiliating Ieyasu, the special guest of the Hot Spring. Unknown to him, the "Brief Three" is loyal to Oiwa and betrayed him instead and his harsh actions caused him to be imprisoned and lose hope. But then, he found a way to settle the score after seeing Otae, Shinpachi and Kagura as Stands watch him in despair.
Rather battling the customer Stands head on, Gintoki sang "The Thousand Winds" to purify them and with the help of his friends, they entertain them and gave them happiness that sent them into heaven. Oiwa gained more power as she fought Gintoki by inhaling her own husband and become her "Excellency" but Gintoki, by absorbing, Rei, Kagura, Shinpachi, Otae and some other Stands, dominated the battle. Oiwa was defeated through Xavier who possessed him as well.
Oiwa's husband cannot accept the fact and absorbs all of the Stands even from the living animals. Gintoki as Stands left his body and as he tried to return on it together with Otae, Kagura and Shinpachi, Xavier shoot them and took the body inside the inn. Oiwa's husband became more violent and forcefully tried to inhale all of them then Oiwa realized that her husband couldn't rest in peace because he cannot leaver her behind alone. The Stand was defeated after Oiwa apologizing to the mistakes she had done which caused her husband as Stand to be purified.
Oiwa decided to continue running the Hot Spring for the Stands even if she was alone. Gintoki left them behind with the assurance to his face that Oiwa will be doing well and will not be lonely, probably knew that Rei will continue helping her with the inn.
Gintoki meets Seita who was trying to steal his wallet but got caught instead (even though Gintoki's wallet was empty to begin with). At Snack Otose Seita explains his situation about his desperate need for money to be able to meet the courtesan Hinowa of the underground city Yoshiwara. Gintoki makes a mistake at first that Seita wants to meet her because of sexual desire but then he reveals that may be Hinowa his lost mother. When everyone realizes his desperate need for money to meet his mother, Otose offers him to work at her Snack House to be able to help at bit of his problem.
After Seita had been working at the snack bar for a while, Gintoki went to Yoshiwara and at a bar he overhears the men who were given money by Seita for him to able to afford to meet Hinowa one day. The men had however spent Seita's collecting money for sake instead. Gintoki knocks them down and takes their wallets to repay for their crime. However because of his ruckus, Gintoki suddenly gets attacked by a Hyakka soldier who was disguised as a bar waitress. Gintoki flees as he meets up with Shinpachi, Kagura and Seita who had Hyakka on their tail as well. Gintoki then meets Tsukuyo as he protects Seita from her kunai by repelling them. Gintoki however got hit by one right in his forehead and tries to desperately act nonchalant about it. By making things worse, he gets noticed that Seita got hit by one of the kunai Gintoki repelled and as in result made him even more desperate but still tries to desperately act unfazed. Tsukuyo then knocks down Gintoki and everyone else with a kunai in which made them fall unconscious.
Later on they all ended up in underground pipes, & Tsukuyo faked their death to let them escape from Yoshiwara.She was asked by Hinowa to let Seita escape as she does not want him to get hurt by getting near her. Suddenly the group gets interfered by the Yatos Kamui, Abuto and Ungyou from the Harusame pirates who plans to capture Seita do bring him to Housen. Gintoki and the others gets easily tricked as the Yatos success capturing Seita and then destroy the pipe walls in which resulting the group loosing their footing. Thanks to Tsukuyo's help Gintoki and the group managed to survive the fall in one piece. Gintoki and the others then decide to go rescue Seita and then try at the same time get the sun back over Yoshiwara. Gintoki and his friends disguise themselves in Yoshiwara female clothing as they manage together with Tsukuyo infilitrate the Housen castle. However, once inside they got spotted right away by the Hyakka soldiers. Tsukuyo tells Gintoki and his friends to move on ahead as she will hold the Hyakka soldiers off for them. Gintoki then ask Tsukuyo to give him her blowing pipe as a promise that they will all survive and returns it once they fight is over.
As the proceed, the group encouter Abuto who plans to clean up the infilitrators. Shinpachi and Kagura offers to fight him while Gintoki will run ahead of them. Later on, Gintoki finally encounters Housen who had meet up with Seita who had finally reuinte with his mother even though it was revealed that she was not his real mother. Housen ask him what the reason is to be here and wonders if he wants to have a drink with women at his Yoshiwara. Gintoki answers that does not want a drink from a women who is crying as he notes Hinowa's tears and wants instead a drink from a smiling women without sadness.Gintoki and Housen then starts their battle againts each other as Housen brings out his giant fightning umbrella and Gintoki had prepared a samurai sword. Gintoki got easily pushed back by Housen's first strike and after a some blows he gets smashed into the wall. Housen quickly jumps forth and grap his head into the wall. Housen tells Gintoki that the samurais has lost their place in life and that their world and women have already fall into the Amanto's hands including his own. He tells him that the samurai had already lost their battle againts the Amanto but Gintoki however laughs at his word and says that he is still fightning for the world. Gintoki then pierces Tsukuyo's blowing pipe into Housen's right eye making him feel a great pain. Under that time, Gintoki yells at Seita to run away with his mother. Seita though refuses as he does not want to leave behind his friends. Gintoki answered that he should do it for his sake as he does not want to fail to protect anything again. Gintoki suddenly gets hit again by Housen in which result leaving him to close death. After a short while, Tsukuyo shows up at the place together with several Hyakka soldiers as they all plan to take down Housen together. Tsukuyo sarcastically makes fun of Gintoki when she sees his condition but when she throughs a kunai at him to try to make him wakes up from his senses Gintok catch it with his fingers. Gintoki then returns back to the battle as he joins forces with Tsukuyo and the Hyakkas. The battle gets pretty tight as Gintoki manage to get some big hits at Housen as the Hyakka backs him up by throughing many kunais at him. Housen however easily defeat a lots of Hyakkas as Gintoki gets more injured from his attacks. At one point with the help from Tsukuyo Gintoki strikes a big hit with his wooden sword against Housen and attack several times after without Housen have time to strike back. Gintoki pulls Housen back against the walls and with help from the Hyakka they do a finish attack several kunais. Believing that Housen is defeated everyone gets happy relieved. However, Housen then throughs back some kunais in which goes towards Tsukuyo. Gintoki then pulls away Tsukuyo and takes the hits from the kunai himself instead. a criticial injured Housen rise back from the wall and claims that no matter how many candles of light they collect they cannot compare to the sun. Gintoki however decline and says that with enough light they can melt the chains of Yoshiwara. At that point, the hatches to the underground starts to opened thanks to Seita, Shinpachi and Kagura who had planned to bring the sun down over the town. When Housen realise that they sun starts to shine into the city, Gintoki then moves in and dealt the final blow on Hosen that sent him straight through the wall of his mansion and out into the sunlight. As Hosen was a yato who hadn't seen sunlight for many years, as stated by Hinowa in Episode 144, his body immediately reacted to the sun and he dried up, dying in Hinowa's lap, who had been carried to him by two rebelling members of the Hyakka, as seen in Episode 145. She had always wanted to show him the sun, and cried as she said that he was just a foolish old man who wanted to sleep under the sun, yet he built that foolish city (Yoshiwara), and turned everyone against him.
Hosen was buried at an unbearably hot place, as stated by Umibouzu in Episode 146. He was buried on a cliff with his umbrella used as a gravestone. Gintoki, who was there with Umibouzu, said that the prostitutes wanted Hosen to sunbathe in the afterlife. Umibouzu then told Gintoki that he didn't expect him to take down Hosen. However, Gintoki quickly disapproved that he did it himself, and said he never would have made it alone and that they just ganged up on him. Umibouzu continued that Kamui thought otherwise. Kamui had been put in charge of Yoshiwara, as he took credit for killing Hosen, telling the Harusame that it was a result of their investigation. But he hadn't sent anybody there, and had left the place completely unattended. According to Umibouzu, this was because Kamui had no interest in Yoshiwara. His only interest was in Gintoki, and he obtained Yoshiwara so that no one would lay a hand on them. Umibouzu then stated that Gintoki may have saved Yoshiwara, but he himself, would be killed.
Gintoki, Kagura, and Shinpachi was left by the owner of the Barber Shop to buy some manga, without experiences, the Yorozuya find ways to do their duties as Yorozuya Barbers.
Gintoki literally gets dragged into Shinpachi"s fight against Hijikata for the number one Otsu fan club.Leukocyte King, which looked the same as him, only wearing different clothes.
Tsukuyo hires the Yorozuya to help her stop the most recent criminals appearing in Yoshiwara. Acting as a married thugs couple, Gintoki and Tsukuyo infiltrate into a group of thieves but they later discover that they only want to steal kamaboko. They escaped from the organization and investigated another one whose members have tattoos of spider in their bodies. The organization discovers the two and the leader ambushed Gintoki.
They found out that the leader of this organization was Jiraia, the former teacher of Tsukuyo and she was held captive by him. Thanks to Zenzo, Gintoki survived the ambush and went to rescue Tsukuyo. Gintoki after seeing Tsukuyo's situation was angered and when he knew that it was her former teacher, Gintoki proceeds to fight Jiraia to show that he does not deserve to be teacher due to how he made Tsukuyo suffer. By evading all of Jiraia's attacks with counterattacking, Gintoki escapes from his spiderweb and starts beating him up until overwhelming him. Jiraia still attempts to kill Gintoki, but Tsukuyo throws a kunai to his neck.
Gintoki became number 1 in the poll, in other words, everyone's target.Yorozuya goes on a hunt to lure and capture the Kabukichou Boss Cat Houichi ホウイチ, After Gintoki urinated on the grave of the stray cat he then passed out and woke up that he has turned into a white cat, at first he didn't notice that he transformed into a cat but after he asked for water from the talking stray cats, he then sees his reflection of himself on the puddle that he has transformed into a cat, he then panics and ask himself why he turned into a cat.
Ketsuno Ana, the girl who gives the weather on television, and a person whom Gintoki admires, has begun to have bad weather forecasts and people are beginning to complain about the situation. Gintoki and the other Yorozuya decided to help her causing the trio to be caught up in the world or onmyojis and demons.
Gintoki had his contract shikigami named Gedomaru which was given to him by Ketsuno Ana to help them fight against demons.
Gintoki dresses up as Santa for Kagura but soon Umibozu shows up as one as well, in which turns into a fights between the two of them of who will be the true Santa for Christmas.
After the two year timeskip, when Shimura Shinpachi visited the Yorozuya, he found Gintoki with a drastic change in appearance along with Kagura. Gintoki has a long hair and a scar in his face that resembles Yamcha from Dragon Ball.
Shinpachi together with Hijikata Toushirou later found out that a two year timeskip has never happened. It was actually because of an alien wart that absorbs a memories host that has full ambitions and change it to its two year future self and the only way to kill it is by hitting it with a paper fan. They dealt with the alien wart that infected their friends but it caused them a great trouble with some circumstances that kept them from killing the wart. Shinpachi, as the last man standing successfully defeated the warts that infected his friends and even Hijikata but then, Gintoki suddenly smashed his head with a paper fan telling he is infected as well.
It turned out Gintoki was the only one who was not infected by the wart since he doesn't have any ambition at all.
At the end of the episode, Gintoki activated the Getsuga Tenshou, parody from Bleach.
Gintoki broke Ayame's glasses, which caused him to buy her new glasses. When they went to buy glasses, Gintoki gave Ayame the Shopkeeper's glasses causing Ayame which was useless to her.
Due to Ayame being threatened by other killers due to her poor performance and eyesight, Gintoki and the Yorozuya protect her in Zenzou's home from attacks but stray from Zenzou's thorough plans.
Sometime after the Four Devas arc, Gintoki became one of the four 'devas' of Kabuki-cho.
A brothel had hired Yorozuya to make a certain customer in jailor outfit to pay his debts. Gintoki found out the man was actually a real jailor and was put in jail for falsified accusations.
In order to save Shinpachi and bring him back to reality, Gintoki started playing the Love Choriss game but was stuck with the most unpopular character of the game, Shiramizu Pinko. Pinko's son died when Gintoki shut the game with force. After the event he was haunted by Pinko and her son's visions even in real world even though other people excluding the fellow Choriss gamers couldn't see.
During the Love Choriss event, when forced into a corner, Gintoki, with his imagination, was able to remodel Pinko into his dream girl, successfully allowing him to face off Shinpachi in the final round. In the end, he was the one who fell deepest in the game world which woke the others back to reality.Otose, realizing that he must have had sex with her. As he struggled to piece together what happened in the night before, he learned that he apparently did not just have sex with Otose, but also with Shimura Tae, Sarutobi Ayame, Yagyuu Kyuubei, Tsukuyo and Hasegawa Taizou. With the help of Hattori Zenzou, Gintoki struggled to lose their affections by appearing committed to each one of them, while trying to the women to find out that she slept with all of them. Each plan of his backfires until the women figure out that Gintoki lied to all of them and beat him up. As Gintoki felt guilty for betraying all of them, he vowed to never drink alcohol ever again. Right after that, Zenzou revealed that the entire thing was just one big prank and that every woman he supposedly slept with was in on it. When Gintoki then learned that Hasegawa was not in on the prank and that it's possible that he truly slept with Hasegawa, he instantly started drinking again.
After a "misunderstanding" between police forces, Shinsengumi and the new Mimawarigumi, almost-arrested Gintoki is offered a job by Mimawarigumi chief Sasaki Isaburo. He was to infiltrate Check It Out Gang, which held connections to Jouishishi. But when the gang kidnap and hold hostage a younger half-brother to Sasaki and assisstant to Hijikata Toshirou, Gintoki only sticks around until Sasaki makes it clear his job is over. After witnessing both black and white police uniforms fighting each other, Gintoki declares Check It Out Gang is with neither side but his own, Shiroyasha! More fighting ensues until the gang has been apprehended and everyone's (mostly) ok. Gintoki's arrested later by Hijikata for announcing his famous Jouishishi title and possibly attempted murder, but Sasaki Tetsunosuke vouched for his freedom and no charges were pursued.
After returning home from a vacation (hiatus of the animation), Gintoki discovers that someone named Sakata Kintoki had usurped his place as the protagonist of the show. People no longer knew him, and he was feeling hopeless until Tama and Sadaharu came and told him what had happened- a machine developed by Gengai intended to be the ideal leader had altered the memories of others with hypnosis. They formed the Yorozuya Sepia in order to recover everyone's memories of him. Tama would go under the alias of Matagura (Kagura's temporary replacement) and Sadaharu would be Sachiharu (Shinpachi's replacement). In one of their attempts to trigger others' memories, Gintoki manages to save Sarutobi Ayame from falling down a building (who in reality wanted to receive more attention from Kintoki) and is helped by Kagura and Shinpachi, who sense that something is amiss and that they have lost something special but also worthless. Although Tsukuyo, Sarutobi, and Kyuubei state their memories are uncertain and whether they should believe in gold or silver (the false and real protagonists' contrasting colors), they believe in their friend's tears and decide to protect Gintoki against Kintoki as flashbacks occur. Then they challenge Kintoki that if he is truly their nakama, he should believe that Gintoki is not the type of man Kintoki believes him to be and is trustworthy. Kintoki easily disregards them and declares the entire Kabukicho district as their enemy as Katsura and Hasegawa act on the contrary and turn their swords against him, stating that a true nakama is the first to kill a friend if he changes and to tread along harsh paths with; however, if the path is ill-taken, even if they are forced to turn everyone against them and remain alone, they must stop their friend.
Kintoki threatens Gintoki that even if he is killed, his death will only set everyone's memories to 0, but Gintoki takes the risk. Otae, Shinpachi, and Kagura surround him as he seems to commit seppuku and Kintoki is taken on a virtual animation called Mantama in which he is the protagonist.
Memories of Gintoki persist in others because there is something in humanity that exceeds memory, and their bodies will always recognize the memory of silver (their swords- thus the souls of samurai and Gintoki's color), and Kagura and Shinpachi implore Tama not to eliminate Kintoki as they have encouraged his production to Gengai.
Tsukuyo and Hinowa tells him about Suzuran and her beauty that affected Yoshiwara. Hearing this he was invited by Suzuran herself thinking that he would have a chance to sleep with her but her appearance is not what she think she is. Learing that she had made a promise with one of her clients, he, Tsukuyo, Shinpachi and Kagura helps her find her clients. He finds out that her client is the former Shougun.
Because her former client is the Shougun, Gintoki says it's impossible to enter the castle to meet the Shougun. But Kagura says it's not impossible to enter the castle. He, Shinpachi and Tsukuyo are shocked to see how Kagura is close to Soyo. Entering inside the castle, he meets Isaburo and Nobume for their duty to protect the Shougunate castle. To get the former Shougun attention without noticing, Tsukuyo suggests that they should play 'Kick the Can'. Gintoki resisted but had no choice but to kick the can at the former Shougun's room, but ends up injuring the current Shougun.Hearing that Tokugawa Sada Sada is entering the room to speak with Shige Shige, both Gintoki and Nobume panicked and started to run away but is stopped by Tsukuyo. With no choice Tsukuyo and Nobume pretends to be prostitude while Gintoki tries to act like Shige Shige. When Tsukuyo tells Sada Sada about Suzuran, the Naraku guards comes and arrests and framed them for killing the high Bafuku. While in jail, Soyo comes and tells them a bed time story based on the actual promise between Suzur an and Maizou. Learing that Maizou is the man that made a promise to
Suzuran, the Shinsengumi lets them out and save Maizou.
Reaching to Sada Sada place, Maizou's body is thrown and an enraged Gintoki tries to kill Sada Sada but is blocked by an masked enemy.
Battling against the enemy, Gintoki gets himself hit by poison needles and is unable to move. When he relized that the enemy is Oboro, he seems to be shocked to meet him again. Hearing about Yoshida Shouyou's crime, Gintoki is boiled with rage and tries to kill Oboro. Overpowered and poisoned by him, Gintoki lays defeated until both Shinsengumi and Mimawarigumi arrived. Sasaki Isaburo and Mimawarigumi members attack the remaining Naraku members as Gintoki remains wounded and unable to fight. After some banter between the two, Sasaki shoots Gintoki in the chest claiming he is useless trash now.Tsukuyo is sent into a rage after seeing Gintoki get shot. She runs over to him but neglects a Naraku member sneaking up behind her and attacking. Suddenly Gintoki's wooden sword is plunged through the Naraku members stomach, killing him. It turns out that Sasaki Shot him with a antidote to the poison that helps Gintoki recover. Gintoki leaves after Oboro and Tokugawa Sada Sada slashing two more naraku members along the way. Before he leaves Sasaki asks Gintoki what he wants, Gintoki replies that he wants "Sada Sada's Head", Sasaki says it could be expensive but Gintoki replies that his head is worth nothing, Sasaki covers Gintoki's escape and orders all his Mimawarigumi members to cover "That ordinary man" and to allow absolutly no one upstairs. Gintoki, Tsukuyo, and Nobume all leave together after Oboro and Tokugawa Sada Sada.
Gintoki personally tries to bring Shinpachi"s childhood friend Obi back from his senses.
The Yorozuya finds a way to make the clock move and Gintoki found out that it works by moving the hands of the clock manually, and make Gengai fix the clock, but by doing this, it caused Gengai and Hasegawa die in different situations.
Later on, the trio found out that the clock was only running low on battery and saw that the battery needed was unique, and they searched for the battery. Things don't seem to go their way, causing ruckus until the clock runs out of battery and caused them to also froze in time. The SFX replaced the battery of the clock turning everything back to normal.
With the time returned to normal, Gintoki slapped his alarm clock and attempts to smash it, and the Universal Clock was nowhere to be found.
Gintoki is invited to a reunion party in which he encountered Katsura and Sakamoto who are already having a good time as soon as he reached the room. He turned his back against them realizing it was the idiots who started the party but he soon learned that the two were also just invited by someone else as Katsura showed the invitation with the name "Kurokono Tasuke" as the sender.
Katsura and Sakamoto only recalls a basketball game, a parody of "Kuroko no Basket" together with a Pokari. Gintoki has no idea what they were saying until a letter, delivered by Takechi Henpeita with words "Rest in peace, my comrade". They realized their memory of Kurokono is somehow related to Pokari.
Everyone swapped genders, where both sexes appear to have a strong masculinity/femininity. Gintoki appeared to be slightly shorter with big eyes and fully equipped with a large chest, where s/he was shortly named Ginko.In the female form, Ginko is flirtatious and seems to enjoy his time as a woman, even dressing up as a high school girl. She later encountered the female Hijikata and teases him how he won't get a man due to his fatness, and was later seen competing at each other by attracting males. She also encountered the male Sa-chan who seems to be not attracted to the female Gin, but was still eager with the S&M play. When the virus cannon was fired, people came back to their normal appearances apart from Gin, Kagura, Sa-chan, Tsukuyo, Kyubei, Kondo, Sougo, Hijikata, Sadaharu,
After seeing how the customers in Otose's snack bar ask advice from Tama and confess all of their problems, Gintoki comes up with an idea to profit from the ordeals. He uses Tama to open up a Robo-Girl Confession Room in an alley. However, he gets caught up in horrible mess when an unexpected customer, the shogun, arrives.
Gintoki gets caught in an accident with Hijikata, causing them to accidentally switch souls.
The Yorozuya try to help the silent, shy Saitou Shimaru become friends with Katsura, who is acting as an undercover agent in the Shinsengumi and joins Saitou's third division. However, oblivious to Saitou's attempts, Katsura gets Saitou embroiled in an execution trial, and the Yorozuya must speak for Saitou and defend him for his life.
Due to viewers' questions about Kagura's glowing health and aptitude under the sun despite being a Yato, the author decides to reinforce early character set-up, and Kagura collapses in the summer heat one day.
Once at the hospital, Kagura takes advantage of her friends' deep concerns and misunderstandings to pretend to be a lot sicker than she actually is. However, things get out of hand and a lavish funeral for her is prepared by Princess Soyo. Luckily, sadist king Sougo takes extreme measures to unveil the truth.
The Yorozuya gets hired by the Shogun and the Shinsengumi to protect him from an assassination attempt/ Gintoki also finally had his clash fight with Takasugi in this arc. As such, his past if finally brought to light. When he was takien in by Yoshida(as shown previously), he meets Takasugi and Katsura, students in an official temple school, with former being a scholarship student and the latter, a noble.
Takasugi is shown to be very mischeivous, often getting into trouble. While he and Katsura are confronted by some fellow classmates bullying Takasugi for his outrageous behaviour, Gintoki arrives and knocks one of them down, after cracking an inappropriate joke to Takasugi and Katsura, resulting in Yoshida coming and beating him up along with the bullies. Takasugi later goes to challenge Gintoki and is defeated. After being encouraged by Yoshida to keep trying, Takasugi keeps challenging and getting beaten up. This is discovered by Takasugi's father and he threatens to disown him. Eventually, Takasugi becomes the first person ever to defeat Gintoki(stated by himself). Slowly, Katsura(who seems very different from his current goofy character), Gintoki and Takasugi become good friends. Gintoki along with his two fellow Samurai, later stands up against officials who had come to disband Yoshida's school. After this, Katsura Takasugi leave their temple school to study under Yoshida along with Gintoki. It is also revealed that when Yoshida was captured by the Naraku, Gintoki is forced to make a choice between saving his friends or his Sensei. Gintoki decides to kill his Sensei, required to do so by himself, to save his comrades, since it is what Yoshida would have wanted. This also explains the reason for Takasugi's grudge against Gintoki
After a fierce fight Gintoki consults Takasugi that even if he have to kill him he would save the soul of his old friend Takasugi of the Yoshida school from his childhood. This led to a outcome where they both fought shortly together against their true enemies of the Naraku faction.
With Hitotsubashi Nobu Nobu in power, the Shinsengumi is falsely rendered as the scapegoat for Shige Shige's murder and are superseded by the Mimawarigumi. In the aftermath of the shogun's assassination, Gintoki drags his injured body to the dojo Kondou is practicing, and the two finally share a drink as nakamas as Kondou is taken away. Matsudaira and Kondou are taken as prisoners to Kokujou island and are awaiting execution, and the Shinsengumi is seemingly dissolved. With Kondou's plea to not cause trouble and to protect Edo, Hijikata tries to stay clear of trouble and stifles his anger when he encounters Nobu Nobu in Snack Smile. However, Gintoki punches Nobu Nobu and knocks out his memories when Otae is under threat for speaking out against the new shogun.
Along with the newly assembled Shinsengumi and the Jouishishi, the Yorozuya crew travel to the island and fight against the Mimawarigumi and Tendoshu in unison. With escape imminent, Utsuro appears and battles Sougo, Nobume, and Kagura, later aided by Gintoki. Although baffled by Utsuro's resemblance to Shouyou, Gintoki automatically responds and is able to fend off Utsuro's attacks despite being obviously outmatched in strength because he remembers Shouyou's sword.
While Tsukuyo researches underground dealings of the love potion drug in Yoshiwara, the drug gets out of hand and affects the Kabukicho district. Love lines are forged and distorted, and Gintoki becomes a casanova who does not discriminate between women and appreciates them across all ages and forms.
However, even when the effects of the drug wear off, Tsukuyo's feelings for Gintoki remain.
Gintoki gets a worn out Excalibur stuck in his butt and tries to get rid of him by winning back the sword's wife from Sougo, who possesses the sheath for the sword. However, the sheath is in love with Sougo and is occupied by another potent Excalibur.
Gintoki and Umibozu discover that Kagura has a boyfriend, causing them both to panic and worry about her so-called boyfriend. When Kagura brings him home, Gintoki and Umibozu are unable to contain their nervousness. However, an unexpected turn of events brings impending marriage for the new couple as earth is under threat once again.
Katsura and Gintoki go off in search of a homeless man who used to annually visit Ikumatsu and her husband's ramen shop because of her promise with her deceased husband to perform the shop's end of the year ritual of splitting the man's single bowl of ramen into three and sharing them.
Gintoki, with his lifeless eyes and lackadaisical demeanor, blends impeccably with the homeless while Katsura's enthusiasm stands out from the crowd. At the park, they meet a mysterious man who suffers from severe memory loss and is hailed as a god among the homeless.
Gintoki becomes a producer to profit from Kagura and Otsu's collaboration as an idol unit. However, an alien idol group, "Galaxy Kingdom Bitches 48," arrives to threaten Otsu chan's fandom and status as top idol by providing questionable services to fans behind closed curtains.Silver Soul Arc
- Gintoki's last name & character design are recycled from Sakata Tomiko & Gorouzaemon; characters from a rejected one-shot story Sorachi wrote before Gintama.
- According to Sorachi, Gintoki's name was based on Sakata Kintoki, also known as Kintaro, from a famous folk tale set in the Heian Period. Kintaro became friends with the animals that lived on the mountain where he was raised, and was even capable of battling with them. After certain events, he became a samurai and eventually went under the name Sakata Kintoki (坂田公時). Sorachi-sensei, in one of the question corners explains this, and doesn't intend on making Gin-san a descendant of Kintaro. His robot counterpart actually does take the name of Sakata Kintoki.
- Gintoki likes to order a custom "red beans on rice"(Uji-Gintoki-don 宇治銀時ドン) dish at his local restaurant.
- He might not look like it, but Gintoki was noted by Sorachi as a skilled chef. It was said that he was at the "steel man" level when it comes to cooking  (mentioned in episode 92's behind the scenes). He is also a capable baker, being able to bake his own strawberry cake at Shinpachi's house as shown in episode 2.
- His design was actually meant for Hijikata when Sorachi lost his first design.
- Until now fans created a 'Shinsengumi' version of him which included Hijikata Toushirou, Shimura Shinpachi, Kondou Isao, and Okita Sougo.
- It is only during the second part of Episode 97 that Gintoki did not assault Sarutobi Ayame. This maybe due to him been sick and feable, or it could be in the way Sarutobi approached him and slept next to him unchantedly that made him unable to beat to her.
- Gintoki bows to the Shinsengumi for the first time in Lesson 406 in order to save Obi Hajime, which caused Sougo to take pictures or record Gintoki on his phone.
- Gintoki's nickname Shiroyasha in the Japanese manga meaning White Demon is change to White Knight in the English translation VIZ media.
- Ketsuno Cristel is the only female character to not really know him well and not to attack him at all.
- In Episode 111, it was shown that Gintoki has at least 3 pairs of his normal attire (consisting of yukata and his black pants and shirt) when Shinpachi was hanging laundry inside their house.
- In Episode 45, Gintoki accidentally revealed his genitals on the national news after forgetting to zip up his pants.
- Whenever he loses after he gambles, he is commonly shown wearing pink boxers with strawberry pattern. In episode 111, some of his undergarments were shown hanging including the strawberry-patterned one.
- Gintoki's dominant hand is his right one.
- Apparently, Gintoki can sleep with his eyes open.
- His favorite drink is strawberry milk.
- In the Yoshiwara Arc, Gintoki stated he dislikes women that are clingy.
- In Episode 175, it is revealed that Gintoki (as well as Hijikata) is afraid of dentists even though they are old enough to be not afraid of them anymore.
- Gintoki shares many traits to the main protagonist of the Gundam anime, Amuro Ray. As they earn the same title - White Devil - after put an end of a great war in it's final moments, however being traumatized through out the war, decided to became a NEET for a decade until they return back to the battlefield to protect The Earth.
- Lu Lingqi, a character from Dynasty Warriors, seems to be based on Gintoki's Gender Bender form.
- Gintoki's voice actor, Sugita Tomokazu, also voices Switch from SKET Dance, another Jump Manga Series. He also did the voice of Gintoki when they had a crossover with Gin Tama due to "Time Slot" Argument.
- He can't swim. (As confirmed by Tama in Lesson 472 and hinted at by him using floaties in/avoiding the water throughout the series)
- Gintoki used to have scooter goggles fastened around his neck during the early stages of the manga, but they soon disappeared due to Sorachi Hideaki stating that they were a pain to draw.
|Fight||Outcome||Time it Occurred|
|Sakata Gintoki vs. Kondou Isao||Win||Lesson 8|
|Sakata Gintoki vs. Hijikata Toushiro||Win||Lesson 9|
|Sakata Gintoki vs. Daraku||Loss||Lesson 12 - 13|
|Sakata Gintoki vs. Daraku: Rematch||Win||Lesson 14|
|Sakata Gintoki vs. Onijishi||Win||Episode 27|
|Yorozuya and Shimura Tae vs. Eromes||Win||Episode 30|
|Sakata Gintoki vs. Hattori Zenzou||Win||Episode 44|
|Sakata Gintoki vs. Okada Nizou||Win||Episode 51|
|Sakata Gintoki vs. Okada Nizou: Rematch||Loss||Episode 58|
|Sakata Gintoki vs. Okada Nizou: Final Fight||Win||Episode 61|
|Sakata Gintoki and Katsura Kotarou vs. Harusame||Retreat||Episode 61|
|Sakata Gintoki vs. No. 502||Win||Episode 71|
|Sakata Gintoki and Shimura Shinpachi vs. Yagyuu Kyuubei and Yagyuu Binbokusai||Win||Episode 81|
|Sakata Gintoki vs. Kawakami Bansai||Win||Episode 104|
|Sakata Gintoki vs. Nakamura Kyoujirou||Loss||Episode 107|
|Sakata Gintoki and Nakamura Kyoujirou vs. Yazuka Gang||Retreat||Episode 108|
|Yorozuya and Tsukuyo vs. Kamui, Abuto and Ungyo||Loss||Episode 140|
|Sakata Gintoki vs. Housen||Almost Loss||Episode 143|
|Sakata Gintoki, Tsukuyo and Hyakka vs. Housen||Win||Episode 145|
|Sakata Gintoki and Tsukuyo vs. Jiraia||Loss||Episode 177|
|Sakata Gintoki vs. Jiraia||Win||Episode 179|
|Sakata Gintoki vs. Doromizu Jirochou First Fight||Loss||Episode 211|
|Sakata Gintoki and Doromizu Jirochou vs. Shinra||Win||Episode 214|
|Sakata Gintoki vs. Doromizu Jirochou Final Fight||Win||Episode 214|
|Yorozuya, Kaientai, Katsura and Elizabeth vs. Dark Vader||Win||Episode 235|
|Sakata Gintoki vs. Sakata Kintoki||Win||Episode 256|
|Sakata Gintoki vs. Oboro||Loss||Episode 259|
|Sakata Gintoki vs. Oboro: Rematch||Win||Episode 260|
|Sakata Gintoki vs. Obi Hajime||Loss for holding back||Episode 263|
|Sakata Gintoki vs. Okita Sougo||Draw||Lesson 429|
|Sakata Gintoki vs. Takasugi Shinsuke||Interrupted||Episode 304 - Episode 305|
|Sakata Gintoki and Takasugi vs. Oboro||Draw||Episode 306|
|Sakata Gintoki vs. Oboro||Interrupted||Episode 312 - Episode 314|
|Sakata Gintoki, Kagura, Okita Sougo and Imai Nobume vs. Utsuro||Retreat||Episode 314|
|Sakata Gintoki vs. Pluto Batou||Win||Episode 321 - Episode 322|
|Sakata Gintoki vs. Kamui||Interrupted||Episode 325 - Episode 326|
|Yorozuya and Abuto vs. Kamui||Win||Episode 326|
- (To Amanto) "Blah blah blah blah, quit your babbling. Is it mating season already?"
- (To Hijikata, anime only) "You can slash away any number of men, but you can never betray a girl's innocence."
- (To Hijikata) "I'm the same way. A long time ago I did something a lot like that. There were two things I wanted to protect. I didn't want to lose either of them. But it ended up where if I didn't throw one of them, I would end up losing both. I tried to protect both, but that was the same throwing both away... Even now, I dream about it... Wondering if there was some better way."
- (To Kagura) "Here we don't call someone who could hold a scooter with one hand a girl, we call them mountain gorilla."
- (To the loan shark Amanto) "The country? The skies? You can have them! I'm busy enough protecting what's in front of me. I don't know how many times I failed to protect what I wanted. I have nothing left, so at least if something has fallen at my feet I'll pick it up."
- (To Terada Tatsugorou grave) "I won't forget this favor, the old lady probably doesn't have much time left. From now on, I'll protect her for you."
- (To Katsura) "What's the use of fighting a futile fights? Do you really intend to lose more of your friends for something like that? I'll pass on that, as long as I'm alive I'll live by my own rules. I'll live how I see beautiful and protect those I hold dear."
- (To Hasegawa) "So what if the government collapses or the country is ruined! I'm not civic-minded! All I want is to stand tall, and live on until the day I collapse and die!"
- (To Katsura) "If you've got enough free time to fantasize about your beautiful death... Why don't you just live your life beautifully to the end?"
- (To Shinpachi) "A samurai doesn't need a reason to take action. If something needs saving, all you have to do is grab your sword. Do you love your sister?"
- (To Katsura) "All of the sudden I'm feeling this weight again. If I threw it away it might be easier, but somehow I don't feel like it. It would be too boring to keep walking without them."
- (To Daraku) "Listen, I don't care what you do around the universe, but this is my sword, and anywhere it reaches is my country!"
- (To Daraku) "Bastards who mess with my things, whether it's a general, space pirates or meteorites, I'll crush them!"
- (To Hasegawa) "Men don't need to speak the same language, they can communicate with their soul."
- (To Sakamoto) "Sorry, but despite how I look, I really love this planet."
- (To Sakamoto) "I'll just relax here and cast my fishing line, I'll catch a shooting star or two and release them to the sky."
- (To Hijikata) "Whether I go or not I'll die anyway, I have an organ more important than my heart. Although you can't see it, I feel it going through my head down to my feet, and I know it exist within me. It lets me stand on my feet, it lets me walk forward without trembling. If I stop here, I feel like it would break.... My soul will break."
- (To Umibouzu ) "Relax. I have no intention on taking that annoying brat back, of course I have no intention on dying here, but I have no intention on letting her die either."
- (To Umibouzu ) "I don't really get the little things, but if you have a caring parent what more would you need? I had always wanted a family like yours."
- (To Nizou) "Those who can easily kill others are shit-heads who can't even see the pain of others, even if your whole body can see, your soul can't see a thing."
- (To Kanshichirou) "Maybe, after you grow a little more and you still remember about me, come and find me again. I'll be glad to do more things with you then."
- (To Kanshichirou) "Oh, it's a promise. A samurai never makes a promise he can't keep. Laugh a lot, cry a lot, and hurry grow to become an adult, I'll be waiting"
- (To Kondo Isao ) "I told you, Mako-chan is your image mascot. Stupidly and barbaricly protecting the peace of Edo"
- (To Katsura) "Zura if you ever change, I'll be the first one to cut you down"
- (To Okuni) "You know, in our lives we are not readers but we are writers, the least we could do is change the ending"
- (To Marinosuke) "If we're unable to climb down the mountain, then we won't know whether there's another mountain to climb up"
- (To Shimura Shinpachi) "We're not here for justice or whatever and not for your sister either, we're here for you"
- (To Yagyuu house 1st head along with Shinmura Shinpachi) "The world that surpasses men and women? I could careless idiot! People who let their love ones cry, doesn't matter if it's man or woman, are all scumbags who needs to be punished!"
- (To Ryuzan) "Hey dad, she's not in rebellious phase, it's time to let your little girl grow up, you can't keep taking baths with her forever you know!"
- (To Tama) "The ability to feel pain, is important for a living thing. We all live our lifes in troublesome meachine in one way or another, sometimes they leak oil. When that happens let it all out, if it doesn't stop then we'll help you clean it"
- (To Bansai) "Then and now, what I protect has never changed."
- (To Bansai) "I'll give you a limb or two. However, no matter how many you cut... this string... this rotten bond... If you think you can cut it, then just try!"
- (To Kyoujirou) "Stop trying to act cool! If you really think the old man as your farther, live on! I don't care if you could only take is a single flower but visit his grave and live on!"
- (To Katsura) "Compared to being young and beautiful, it's a much harder task to live and walk honestly even with a crooked back, when raising our souls beautifully is far more meaningful"
- (To Otohime) "Why did you wait for him for hundreds and thousand of years, why among the hundreds and thousand words you've heard, only his words that you couldn't forget? Isn't because he looked through your soul when he said it? didn't you fall in love with that man's soul? So what if you're covered in wrinkles and your back is bent? whether you wear dentures or you're covered with age spots or you've gone senile, LIVE! Live on and greet him with that wrinkled face of yours"
- (To Shinpachi) "I'm not interested on keeping anyone around who isn't willing to share, even if he's an animal."
- (To Sadaharu) "The Sakata family will always share when times are tough, with food and also pain."
- (To Tsuu's Father) "The best way to live a full life is to be a child, no matter what your age."
- (To Tama) "I didn't forget it.... I couldn't if I tried. Because the colors of all you idiots are mixed into it."
- (To Shachi) "You may be a powerless prisoner locked in a cell, but no man can put a lock on you or anyone else's dream. Release from this cold cell your dream."
- (To criminal pigs) "If it’s a shinigami you want, there’s one right here, you buncha criminal pigs."
- Even if you need to use that sword as a cane, move forward!"
- ( To Kurokono Tasuke) " A shadow won't appear on the ground unless there's at least a little bit of light . If just one person remembered, you won't get any punishment. So, if something happens, come and help us again. Kurokono."
- (To Takasugi Shinsuke) "While you've abandoned a hundred, I've connected with a thousand. While you've destroyed a thousand, I've been saved by ten thousand. So what's an army of a few thousand? We have protected everything as just three people. We're the Yorozuya."
- (To Takasugi Shinsuke) "Even if I......have to use my master's corpse as a stepping stone, Taksugi, even if I have to use your corpse as a stepping stone, I will protect the soul of his diciple, our comrade, Takasugi Shinsuke of Shouka Sonjuku. I am the disciple of Yoshida Shouyou, Sakata Gintoki."
- "Above or below, I follow my own rules."
- (To Jiraia) "You still don't understand? Some of the things you sacrificed were too important. You abandoned your comrades? No. You were afraid of losing your comrades. You fought alone? No! You wouldn't have to feel the pain of solitude if you'd been alone to begin with. You abandoned your sense of self? No. You were running away from the pain you caused and the pain you endured. You're just a coward!"
- (To Jiraia) "You don't have the right to call yourself her master! You don't have the strength to shoulder a student and their pain!"
- (To Tsukuyo) "Hand it [kiseru] over. If you want a smoke that badly, come back alive. Make sure you come back alive and have your smoke. If you don't hurry, I'll finish it off."
- (To Tsukuyo) "I won't be dying. Nobody will be dying. I won't let anyone in Yoshiwara die. You see, we aren't gonna leave you all alone."
- (To Tsukuyo) "Don't bother telling me to run again. Trying to shoulder the burden all by yourself ? Don't be such a stranger. Weep and ask for help. Lean on me with your runny nose. Cry when you feel like crying. Laugh when you feel like laughing. When you're tearing up with an ugly face, I'll give you a good cry with an uglier face. When you're laughing so much your stomach hurts, I'll laugh in a louder voice. That's how it should be."
- (To Oboro) "You and I were dating in hell!"
- (To Oboro) "Send my regards to my teacher!"
- (To Tokugawa Sada Sada) "Hell is too good for him, but it seems he was fit to be judged by judge that he made"
Gintama The Final Chapter: Be Forever Yorozuya
- (To Shimura Tae) " Your future.. Our future.. This world's future.. We'll change it for the better."
- (To Enmi) " No matter how it is, I'll bear the burdens I've earned. And I'll take as many crappy curses as many times it takes."
- (To Enmi) " Can't save anything? No. Even a dirty sword like me, can still protect something!"
- (To Yorozuya) " I know we'll meet again. No matter when or where, I'll be in Kabuki-chou, working under the Yorozuya sign.. Its a promise."
- ↑ Sorachi Hideaki, Gintama, VIZ media, Vol. 7, "Sorachi's Q&A Corner #10", page(s) 50.
- ↑ Sorachi Hideaki, Gintama, VIZ media, Vol. 13, "Sorachi's Q&A; Hanging with the Readers #38", page(s) 106.
|List of Gintama Characters|
|Yorozuya Gin-chan||Sakata Gintoki • Shimura Shinpachi • Kagura • Sadaharu|
|Old Yorozuya 旧万事屋||Sakata Gintoki • Kanemaru • Ikesawa • Furuhashi • Beautiful Fleshy Woman|
|Yorozuya Kin Gon Chan 万事屋金良ちゃん||Stainless Boy ステンレスボーイ • Kanemaru • Ikesawa • Furuhashi|
|Old Jouishishi||Sakata Gintoki • Katsura Kotarou • Takasugi Shinsuke • Sakamoto Tatsuma • Saigou Tokumori • Hiraga Saburou • Doromizu Jirochou • Terada Tatsugorou|
|Sakata Gintoki's doppelgangers||Sakata Gintoki • Leukocyte King • Sakata Kintoki • Chinkasu Samurai ちんかす侍 • Stainless Boy • Ginpachi-sensei|
|Sakata Gintoki's gallery|