After recalling their true memory, Gintoki, Katsura and Sakamoto were horrified to find out that Kurokono Tasuke was blown up in a temple back in the Joui War. They tried to convince themselves that Kurokono had survived, since the invitation letter was written by him. Though, they still believed that he had returned as a ghost and was still playing "kick the can" with them since then.
Katsura was the first to leave the tatami room for the toilet. Upon returning, he ran into a mysterious shadow playing "kick the can" with him. Then, Katsura's scream was heard by Gintoki and Sakamoto. The two men went to the toilet to look for the disappeared Katsura, but Sakamoto soon disappeared as soon as he left Gintoki alone.
Gintoki, believing that it was a ghost's doing, ran back and panicked in the tatami room. However, it was revealed that everything was just a trap set up by Takechi and Matako as a plot to get rid of Takasugi's former comrades. While so, Katsura and Sakamoto were brought to sleep with sleeping gas and held captive.
As Takechi and his people attacked Gintoki as basketball players with sleeping gas, the latter was put into a short sleep, in which he dreamt of meeting Kurokono. He then woke up and defeated the Kiheitai people, much to Matako's surprise. What surprised her more was that her men were also defeated by the true and alive Kurokono Tasuke, who told her to release her captives and ran away with her people.
The next morning, Katsura and Sakamoto woke up in the tatami room, believing that they were just too drunk the night before. They asked Gintoki what happened, and he replied that he had forgotten everything.
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- Kurokono Tasuke: (In Sakata Gintoki's dream) I could never forget how I worked in everyone's shadows, but everyone forgot me, huh? That's okay. That is a shadow's pride.