Lesson 551 is the 551st chapter of the Gintama series. It is also the last chapter of the Farewell, Shinsengumi Arc.


During a meeting between the Shinsengumi, Mimawarigumi and Katsura's Jouishishi faction in a temple, Katsura suggested them leaving Edo and going hiding due to current political condition under Nobu Nobu's reign and the fact that the Shinsengumi had become a symbol of the rebellion.

Before leaving, Kondou, Hijikata and Okita met each member of the Yorozuya to bid farewell. Despite their insistence, the Yorozuya chose to stay in Edo. At the Shimuras' dojo, Otae and Shinpachi promised to welcome Kondou as a normal person. Meanwhile, Okita and Kagura had a fight before parting to decide who was the stronger as both of them swearing to be stronger so as not to lose to anyone else.

In a familiar pub, Gintoki offered Hijikata a drink, but he refused and promised to pay their debt to the Yorozuya for reminding them of something they had forgotten. Though, Gintoki claimed that it was him who got it back. When their food was served, the two swapped their dishes, only to find the other's food disgusting, yet they still burst out laughing happily.

Departing from Edo, the Shinsengumi swore to become samurai of Edo when returned, with Kondou noting that the end of their true path is still far off.


Characters in order of appearance


  • Katsura Kotarou: (To Hijikata Toushirou, referring to the Shinsengumi) It is because you truly care for this country that you must leave it and focus only on surviving.
  • Shimura Tae: (To Kondou Isao) So please, don't make that face. Hold your head up and smile, won't you. Otherwise, even though I promised Shin-chan I would, I won't be able to say goodbye or welcome back.
  • Sakata Gintoki: The one who got back something he'd forgotten was me.
  • Kondou Isao: We'll make that vow as many times as it takes. We're gonna become samurai of Edo... Yes, the Shinsengumi's dream starts here. The end of our true path is still far off.
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