Character Poll Arc is the 29th arc in Gintama.
After the second character popularity poll is released, Shinpachi sits alone in a restaurant bemoaning his placing in 8th. Yamazaki approaches him from behind and consoles him by saying that characters like them are like the dirt - plain, and unnoticed, but they help beautiful flowers bloom. Soon afterwards, Yamazaki is stripped naked and beaten by an unknown villain. The humiliation causes Yamazaki's ranking to drop drastically, warning Shinpachi of an unknown villain who is trying to reach the top of the character polls by taking out everybody above him.
Characters in order of appearance
- Shimura Shinpachi
- Yamazaki Sagaru (Main antagonist)
- Takasugi Shinsuke (character poll)
- Kamui (character poll)
- Sakamoto Tatsuma (character poll)
- Sarutobi Ayame
- Shimura Tae
- Justaway (character poll)
- Sorachi Hideaki (character poll)
- Yagyuu Kyuubei
- Sakata Gintoki
- Sougo Okita
- Hijikata Toushirou
- Hasegawa Taizou
- Kondou Isao
- Katsura Kotarou
- Starfront Coffee is a parody of Starbucks Coffee.
- At the time this episode was broastcasted, the anime Sengoku BASARA was premiering its second season. Since Kazuya Nakai (Hijikata's voice actor) voices Date Masamune in there, this is why Otae asked Hijikata to "celebrate the second season" and tried to get him to say "Let's Party"; a phrase that's common to Date Masamune.