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Shinpachi, it's better for men to play around when they're young. If they don't, when they get older, they run the risk of getting played by younger women or entering into unhealthy relationships, that's what my mommy told me.
Kagura
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Kagura (神楽 Kagura ) is a member of the Yorozuya and the main female protagonist of Gintama.

Background

She is an Amanto from the Yato Tribe. During her childhood Kagura lived in the slums of a faraway planet with her father, mother and older brother. At one point in her life her older brother Kamui attempted to kill their father Umibouzu, however he failed and only managed to cut off his father's arm. This caused Umibouzu to go berserk and he nearly killed Kamui but was stopped by Kagura. Soon after that, Umibozu left the family. In fear that he might harm her unintentionally just like Kamui, Umibozu left to avoid further destroying his family [1].

While at home, Kagura is left with taking care of her sick mother and she would wait for Umibouzu to come back from his alien hunting work. Kagura calls her mother 'Mummy' and she remember her as a beautiful woman. Her mother died of illness when Kagura was very young.

Knowing her brother and father weren't around, She travelled to Earth to start a new life.

Kagura has a number of pets named 'Sadaharu No.X' before the current Inugami Sadaharu came along. Previous pets all died because of her own inability to control her massive strength and killing the pets inadvertently. 'Sadaharu No. 28' was the latest deceased addition in the form of a dung beetle. 'Sadaharu No.1' was a rabbit.

Appearance

Kagura has vermilion red hair and ocean blue eyes. She typically wears a red cheongsam with yellow piping. She has red hair, which is tied in two knots to the sides of her head and are covered with ornaments. When outside, she's usually seen carrying a purple umbrella around, which works as protection from the sun.

Throughout the series, she grows a bit.

  • Grows throughout the series, being initially 155 cm but then later on closer to Shinpachi's height.
    • In the timeskip arc, when she is 16, she was taller than him, at 170 cm of height.

Throughout the series she is seen wearing various disguises and has been shown in different styles for gags.

More images at Kagura's Gallery


Personality

Kagura can be described as naive to a fault as seen in her introduction where she was manipulated by a gang on the pretense that she was justly protecting them. She refuses to accept her legacy as a yato, and just wants to live as a normal girl. Although she doesn't like violence, she clearly use violence to solve her problems which Hasegawa Taizou labeled her as 'ultra hot (tempered/aggressive) China girl'. She often gets into quarrel with Shinpachi and Okita and she always hits them mercilessly. She has a sharp tongue and isn't afraid to speak her mind or insult people even if its to strangers. She would often swallow everything Gintoki says and regurgitates them ad hoc as a form of advice, sometimes in inappropriate context. She acts very "unlady like" in terms of the ways she speaks and in certain things she does such as vomiting or picking her nose.

However, she is still a young girl who likes others to pamper her and on some occasions has shown to have a girly side. Although she doesn't act like she cares (such as beating up Shinpachi), she loves the Yorozuya and becomes even stronger and determined to protect her loved ones.

She loves eating and seems to have an insatiable appetite, with a particular fondness for rice and sukonbu.

She has strong 'maternal instincts' as seen in various parts of the anime, for example she wanted to breast feed "Gin's" child in Episode 51.

Has an obsession with big breasts like Sarutobi Ayame's. She even adds oranges to her chest in Episode 138 when talking about the 'fleshy woman' in the photo.

Strength & Abilities

Due to the yato blood running through her veins she is exceptionally strong, but can also lose control of her power and "awaken", when her friends are in serious danger.[2] Her innate Yato killer instincts are generally suppressed because she doesn't like it, but is frequently overtly released when giving Shinpachi a thrashing every now and then. However, her instincts fully woke up in Yoshiwara Blaze arc in her battle with Abuto when he hurt Shinpachi who came to assist Kagura.

In the Benizakura arc, she has shown amazing healing abilities after Kijima Matako shot her. Kagura was able catch the bullets with her hands and mouth.

She also carries an umbrella around, as protection for the sun, since the Yato species are averse to sunlight. The umbrella also acts as a weapon that can fire bullets like a machine-gun. Even without her umbrella, Kagura is an incredible close range fighter.

In the Bentendo Owee chapter, her fighting ability enabled her to be the first to defeat the final boss/Maou.

Relationships

Family

  • Umibouzu: Her biological father. She feels embarrassed in his presence because of his baldness. She would call Umibouzu as 'Papi' and after his hair is all gone, calls him Hage (literally meaning bald-head). Kagura's dream is to travel with him to become the best female alien hunter.
  • Kamui: Her biological older brother. She calls her brother Aniki (a.k.a. older brother). She hates him for leaving their mother bedridden but actually she cares for him very much. Umibouzu highlighted that Kagura, in spite saying she hates Kamui, greatly wanted to save him from his destructiveness, in Episode 146.

Friend & Allies

  • Sakata Gintoki: Their relationship seems to be more like that of a "father-daughter kind" even though it isn't really nothing that simple. She greatly admires the man she calls "Gin-chan" and has picked up several of Gintoki's habits such as laziness and picking her nose. She wanted to wean Gintoki off strawberry milk in Episode 58. They do many different gags together and are usually partners in crime. As the series progresses, it could even be said that Kagura is a mini Gintoki.
  • Shimura Shinpachi: Shinpachi is like a brother to Kagura, although Kagura is often not polite to him and even bullies him. However in Yoshiwara Arc when Shinpachi was going to dead, Kagura's true instinct's awakened and Shinpachi's voice reached her true mind, stopping her frenzied attacks.
  • Sadaharu: This Sadaharu is actually the 27th Sadaharu of pets she ever had. Since her another 27 (there's Sadaharu 28, 'killed' by Sougo) has been dead, she badly treasures Sadaharu #27. She also likes Sadaharu, the Yorozuya pet and mascot, and while Gintoki and Shinpachi always seem to have a hard time controlling him, she does it with ease, something that may have to do with her gargantuan strength.
  • Shimura Tae: If Shinpachi is like a brother, then Otae is like a big sister for her. Kagura respects (and scares) Otae as she calls Otae "Anego" (a very respectful term for big sister). Like many other characters in Gintama, she fears her cookings above all else.
  • Okita Sougo: After the Cherry Blossom party, they would fight whenever they had a chance. she calls him 'Super Sadist'. In Yagyuu arc when Kagura's in danger, he saves her as he said only he is allowed to beat her and in Rokkaku arc when Kagura was shot on the leg being chased by a group of terrorist, Okita helped her escaped as he covered up for her. Kagura is second known female Gintama characters (beside Mitsuba) Sougo apologizing to.
  • Hasegawa Taizou: Kagura was the one named Hasegawa as MADAO.
  • Katsura Kotarou: She also gets along well with Katsura, and he often calls her 'Leader'. She dislikes Katsura's idiocy about as much as Gintoki does.
  • Soyo Hime: She's the one who introduced Soyo to her favorite food Sukonbu. Kagura helps her for 'being a normal girl' for a day and dealing with the Shinsengumi, and took a purikura with her. They remain in good ties.
  • Imai Nobume: The two had been on good terms especially towards their mutual hatred for Sougo. Together with Soyo Hime, the three are called, "Sadistic Sisterhood Three".

Enemies

  • Kijima Matako: During Benizakura arc, she was Kagura's primary opponent, much like Henpeita was Shinpachi's
  • Abuto: A fellow Yato clansman. She and Shinpachi fought against Yato veteran who was clearly overpowered against them. When Shinpachi was almost killed by Abuto, Kagura lost all her sanity which led her to surrender herself to Yato's destructive nature. Her newly awakened, destructive power allowed her to defeat Abuto without much of a effort.

Story

She travelled to Earth with no money and no job would hire a little girl. Kagura helped some local gangs while she she only knows fighting. The gang provided food and shelter and manipulated her in order to gain more turf and name. Kagura gotten tired of violence, decided to ran away. She first encountered Gintoki when Gintoki thought he ran over Kagura with his scooter. While Gintoki appeared not interested in helping Kagura escape, Shinpachi tried to help Kagura but thery both ended up captured. Gintoki managed to save both of them, Kagura was so impressed that she wanted to learn more about Samurai and Bushido from Gintoki and she intends to stay at Yorozuya forever.

She is staying at Gintoki's place at the moment, she sleeps in the cabinet shelf above Sadaharu in the Yorozuya office.

Harusame Arc

Yorozuya gets their first job to find Kimiko 公子 at a night club but she alongside with Shinpachi were capture by the Harusame. She and Shinpachi was later saved by Gintoki and Katsura.

Gengai Arc

Rengokukan Arc

Memory Loss Arc

Umibozu Arc

Go-Ninja Arc

Inugami Arc

Infant Strife Arc

Train Samurai Arc

Benizakura Arc

Mother Arc

Yagyu Arc

To win Otae back, Kagura and the others must face off against the Yagyuu in a game in which they must break the opponents' dishes. Before the game even starts, Kagura breaks her own dish when she decides to place it underneath her foot. Hijikata helps her to find another dish but she insists that she wants to use a really big dish. Ultimately, she attaches two smaller dishes to her chest and Hijikata is forced to use the big dish that she initially wanted. Kagura faces off against Nishino Tsukamu.

During the battle, she breaks her wrist and is thrown into Okita, interrupting his own battle. Okita attempts to fix Kagura's wrist by snapping it back but this painful action only incurs Kagura's wrath, causing her to crush Okita's leg in retaliation. Realizing the limitations of their handicaps, they team up against Nishino with Okita atop Kagura's shoulders. The battle is won when Kagura hurls Okita into Nishino, resulting in a double KO. When the two victims are discovered by Kondou and Shinpachi, they are disgusted by the perpetrator's actions. Shinpachi later discovers via a cellphone photo of Kagura standing victorious over the two that Kagura was the one responsible for the two's demise.

Hardboiled Detective Arc

Fuyo Arc

Owee Arc

Hasegawa Prosecution Arc

Shinsengumi Crisis Arc

Ryugujo Arc

Guardian Dog Arc

Monkey Hunter Arc

Ghost Ryokan Arc

Kintaro Arc

Yoshiwara in Flames Arc

Otsu Arc

Tama Quest Arc

Red Spider Arc

Character Poll Arc

Rokkaku Arc

Kabukicho Stray Cat Arc

Diviner Arc

Santa Arc

Kabukicho Four Devas Arc

Glasses Arc

Timeskip Arc

Scandal Arc

Vacation Arc

Renho Arc

Host Club Arc

Kintama Arc

She and Shinpachi were among many who got hypnotized under Sakata Kintoki's hypnosis wave. Their memories were alter so that they believed Kintoki was the true leader of Yorozuya from the very beginning of the anime. They couldn't recognize Gintoki anymore.

Ikkoku Keisei Arc

Obi-One Kenofi Arc

Trivia

  • Kagura most likely based on "The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter 竹取物語": Kaguya Hime.
  • When disguising, she takes the name "Gura" or "Gurako"
  • Kagura doesn't wear or carry an umbrella in the first 2 episodes of the anime.
  • Always adds -aru in her sentences, something which is believed to be a "Chinese Accent" and speaks in Chinese accent.
  • She is the first Shonen Jump heroine to vomit.
  • Based from episode 111, Kagura could do sewing, but managed to sting herself a few times with needle, suggested by bandages on her hands.
  • Otae is the only woman Kagura is afraid of and respects the most.

Battles

Kagura vs. Umibouzu (Loss)

Yorozuya and Shimura Tae vs. Eromes (Loss)

Kagura vs. Kijima Matako (Loss)

Kagura vs. Kijima Matako: Rematch (Interrupted)

Kagura and Okita Sougo vs. Nishino Tsukamu (Win)

Yorozuya and Tsukuyo vs. Kamui, Abuto and Ungyo (Loss)

Kagura and Shimura Shinpachi vs. Abuto (Win)

Kagura and Shimura Shinpachi vs. Chin Pirako and Saigou Tokumori (Win)

Yorozuya, Kaientai, Katsura Kotarou and Elizabeth vs. Dark Vader (Win)

Quotes

  • (To Sadaharu) "Sorry, Sadaharu. The umbrella is a little small. But bear with it."
  • ('To Abuto) "I stand on the battlefield to protect what's important to me. And if anyone's to stand in my way, I don't care if it's one of my kind, my brother or anyone else... I'll crush them all!"

References

  1. Sorachi Hideaki, Gintama, VIZ media, Vol. 8, Lesson 63, page(s) 100.
  2. Sorachi Hideaki. Gintama. Shueisha, Vol. 26, Lesson 219, p. 8.

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