Afro Arc is the 58th arc in the Gintama series. This arc introduces the new character of Saitou Shimaru, third captain of the Shinsengumi.
As Katsura tries to infiltrate the Shinsengumi, he ends up under the command of the silent and dangerous Saitou Shimaru. Shimaru requests the Yorozuya to help him overcome his shyness to befriend the disguised Katsura. Unfortunately everything goes downhill as Katsura manipulates the Shinsengumi into arresting Shimaru and it is up to the Yorozuya to save the silent man and expose Katsura.
In order of appearance
- Katsura Kotarou (Main Antagonist)
- Hijikata Toushirou
- Kondou Isao
- Okita Sougo
- Saitou Shimaru (debut)
- Sakata Gintoki
- Shimura Shinpachi
- This is the only arc where Katsura becomes the main antagonist.