Orius Posted July 22, 2015 Share Posted July 22, 2015 Anime Fanbase Movie Triathlon: Part 3 Gintama: The Final Chapter - Yorozuya Forever (2013) Rewatch Nostalgia. It can be a highly frowned upon value, one some people considered to be as worthless as an old, wooden sword. It's sentimental and mawkish, and the cynics who have never experienced the thing we are nostalgic about in the first place might dismiss it as pointless and stupid. Yet, "Gintama: The Final Chapter" relishes in such nostalgia and makes it f***ing awesome! In the tradition of Gintama, the movie begins with a witty public service announcement about not pirating the movie, switching your phones off, and other cinema ethics. Like all the jokes of Gintama, it's fun and clever while breaking all kinds of fourth wall. It even inserted jokes about its box office competition, "K-On: The Movie" that was released around the same time as this movie, and even mocks K-On's shameless movie tie-in merchandises (right as it mocks Gintama's very own shameless movie tie-in merchandises). All is right with the world for Gintama fans as it gives us everything we loved about the TV series, and then some. The thing is, it was very easy for me to dismiss the movie as fanservice pandering in the back of my mind had I not reexamine it. Rewatching the movie, however, I like what it does with said fanservice. And the truth is, much like the two anime films I've watched over the past two days, you need to be part of the fanbase to appreciate it. When this film was released, Gintama's TV series has been on a sort of hiatus for a long time. There were two 'short burst' series with 51 episodes and 12 episodes (the original series consists of a lengthy 201 episodes), but it seems that Gintama wasn't going to stay for much longer, and it's getting shorter with each new series. Along came this movie with its message about the good times, and how those good ol' days won't last forever, and you can understand why the fans consider this to be a masterpiece. It's probably the same sentimental feeling "K-On" fans felt about their movie. Of course, those fan-concerns are unwarranted for now, since we have a new series released after this movie with unknown episodes, but who knows how long that's gonna last (it's only got about 15 episodes so far)? The message of the movie nevertheless stays bittersweet. A lovable (albeit not unique) trait of Gintama is how it successfully turns the most absurd and pointless things into humor, and it's still done very well here as I've still laughed my way through the first-half of the movie. Special shout-out to the "Fist of the North Star" parody. The second-half is where it shines as it dives deeper into the drama and sentiment. It looks at a world without Gintama Gintoki, a (almost) grim humorless counterpart to the other half of the movie. Like the curse the White Demon carries in his body that causes rapid aging, Gintoki's world will come to an inevitable end as well, with or without the curse of aging. Shortly after, this turns into a literal blast to the past as Gintoki and the gang arrives at a Joui War that revels in its fanservice. The movie knowingly holds onto old things and clutches onto nostalgia, but it just doesn't give a damn. Celebrating such shamelessness, it gives us yet another badass soundtrack at the end as Gintoki and the gang tear apart anyone who would deprive them of this precious sentiment, brutishly protecting the world they hold sacred. As Gintoki put it in the end, "I'll never be able to protect anything? Hardly. My sword may be filthy, but there are still things it can protect!" There's a bookend scene right before the credits that I think sums up the movie very well: the Joui-era Gintoki looks behind him, but instead of having the grimace at the beginning of the movie, he now looks back with a smile. 10/10 (Awesometacular) Enjoyability: Very High Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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