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|title = Shogun Assassination Arc
 
|title = Shogun Assassination Arc
|image = [[File:ShogunAssassinationArc.png|300px]]
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|image = [[File:Episode 300.png|300px]]
|jname =
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|vol = 56 - 58<br/>3 Volumes
|vol = 55 - present
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|chapter = [[Lesson 502|502]] - [[Lesson 524|524]]<br/>23 Lessons
|chapter = [[Lesson 502|502]] - present
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|episode = [[Episode 300|300]] - [[Episode 307|307]]<br/>8 episodes
|episode = N/A
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|date = July 14, 2014 (Manga)<br>December 2, 2015 (Anime)
|date = July 12, 2014 (Manga)
 
 
|prev = [[Guardian Spirits Arc]]
 
|prev = [[Guardian Spirits Arc]]
|next = N/A
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|prev anime = [[Feigned Illness Arc]]
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|next anime = [[Farewell, Shinsengumi Arc]]
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|next = [[Farewell, Shinsengumi Arc]]}}
<p style="text-align: justify;">'''Shogun Assassination Arc''' was the 59th arc in the [[Gintama]]. In this arc, the [[Tokugawa Shige Shige|Shogun]] was almost assassinated, and a plan to bring him out of Edo was come up. However, it turned out to be a chaotic battlefield, with the participation of [[Takasugi Shinsuke]], the [[Harusame]] and, later, the [[Tendoshuu]].</p>
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'''Shogun Assassination Arc''' is the 61st arc in [[Gintama]]. It is the first of a [[Farewell, Shinsengumi Arc|series]] [[Rakuyou Decisive Battle Arc|of]] [[Silver Soul Arc|arcs]] that will mark a turning point in the nature of Gintama, making it more serious and plot oriented along with a permanent change in the character roster. This arc reveals the connection between Shige Shige and the [[Sarutobi Ayame|ninja]] [[Hattori Zenzou|duo]] plus the linked past between Gintoki and Takasugi, including the true circumstances behind their failure of saving Shouyou.
   
 
==Story==
 
==Story==
<p style="text-align: justify;">At the [[Bakufu]]'s palace, the Shogun was about to drink the tea made by his sister when Ayame suddenly broke the cup with a kunai, revealing that the tea had been poisoned by someone. As a result of this failed assassination attempt, the [[Shinsengumi]] and the newly-back [[Oniwabanshuu]] were given a mission: To escort him out of Edo. However, Hattori refused to return to the Oniwabanshuu and cooperate with the others.</p>
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Shige Shige finds himself a target for assassination from Nobu Nobu and his allies, the Kiheitai and the Harusame. To protect him, Matsudaira forms a plan to secretly smuggle him to Kyou, with the help of the Oniwabanshuu, Shinsengumi and the Yorozuya. They must contend with enemy ninja, one of the strongest terrorist groups, and one of the strongest Amanto races to save the Shogun. But will that be enough? Plus the long-awaited battle between Gintoki and Takasugi happens here.
 
<p style="text-align: justify;">As planned, there would be three doubles of the Shogun: one stayed in Edo, one went by sea and one by land, whereas the real one would travel by air. The [[Yorozuya Gin-Chan|Yorozuya]], Shinsengumi (except Okita) and Ayame protected the last double, who was actually Gintoki. While so, on the spacecraft carrying the Shogun, Hattori turned up and beheaded him before Maizou's eyes. Soon, many shinobi disguised as soldiers began attacking all four groups. On air, Okita slashed the traitors and protected Soyo-hime from Kamui and the other Yato people before Hattori gave them the Shogun's head and the spaceship crashed.</p>
 
 
<p style="text-align: justify;">As of the land group, Ayame said that the shinobi attacking them were from [[Iga Clan]], where the Oniwabanshuu originated. Three leaders of Iga were Fujibayashi Gaimon, Momochi Rappa and Hattori Zenzou. There, believing that the Shogun was dead, Fujibayashi said that he would kill everyone and reduce the Shogun's power afterwards. Nevertheless, the Shogun, still well and alive, appeared and ordered everyone to attack the insurgent. It was revealed that Momochi and Hattori had put a double in his place to fake his death and planned to kill Fujibayashi, who had surrendered Iga to the [[Harusame]].</p>
 
 
<p style="text-align: justify;">Not long after, the Harusame and Takasugi visited Iga, intending to destory the village and kill Hattori. Unbeknownst to them, he had planted the bombs on their ships earlier, resulting in explosions on every of them. While so, Abuto soon found out that the Shogun was still alive, and shinobi were sent to fight against the Harusame's Yato people and to make time for the Yorozuya and him to run away.</p>
 
 
<p style="text-align: justify;">Meanwhile, on another fleet, Maizou and Soyo-hime were revealed to have survived after escaping in a pod, which was altered by Okita to trick the Harusame into thinking that they were dead. Though, Okita himself was put in a deep coma due to his injuries. There, Maizou informed Matsudaira that Hattori had beheaded a double, not the real Shogun. He knew that by checking the body for a scar, which the Shogun got while saving one of his doubles, [[Kagemaru]], in his childhood. In return, Kagemaru became the beheaded double to save his life.</p>
 
 
<p style="text-align: justify;">On the Harusame's fleet, Ayame rescued an injured Hattori, while other members of the Oniwabanshuu came to aid them. In Iga, after a while of fighting, the Yorozuya had to bring the Shogun out of there through a tunnel, whereas Momochi, Kondo and Hijikata stayed back and continued fighting. Ayame also brought Hattori to there, where she was stabbed and shot by Takasugi and Kamui, respectively, as the Harusame were waiting for the two inside the tunnel. The Yorozuya and the Shogun then arrived at the right time and fought fiercely against them.</p>
 
 
<p style="text-align: justify;">During the fight between Gintoki and Takasugi, many flashbacks of their past had been shown:</p>
 
* <p style="text-align: justify;">Takasugi was frequently mistreated by his noble family and got bored with the current education.</p>
 
* <p style="text-align: justify;">Katsura was a poor, orphaned, yet excellent student who got a scholarship in the school Takasugi was in.</p>
 
* <p style="text-align: justify;">After meeting Yoshida Shouyou and visiting his school, [[Shouka Sonjuku]], the two tried to protect it from the officials and were eventually admitted by him.</p>
 
* <p style="text-align: justify;">Gintoki was Shouyou's very first student before he opened his school.</p>
 
* <p style="text-align: justify;">Gintoki was also Shouyou's executioner, as a result of having to choose between killing his teacher and letting his comrades die.</p>
 
* <p style="text-align: justify;">Takasugi's left eye was destroyed by Oboro.</p>
 
 
<p style="text-align: justify;">Meanwhile, as fight ensued between Kagura and Kamui, the two siblings battled against each other, with the younger eventually losing. Nevertheless, the fights were all disrupted by the [[Tendoshuu]]'s arrival, and Takasugi was stabbed by Oboro, who got stabbed back in the left eye. The Tendoshuu then announced Nobu Nobu becoming the next Shogun and dethroned Shige Shige. In reaction, Shige Shige went hiding in Kyou to plan a resistance, where he was assassinated later.</p>
 
 
<p style="text-align: justify;">Despite Matsudaira's suspicion of the new Shogun's role in the assassination, Nobu Nobu ordered an investigation on Shige Shige's death, which was carried out by the [[Mimawarigumi]]. As a result, Matsudaira and Kondo were sentenced to death for being unable to protect Shige Shige. The [[Shinsengumi]] was disbanded, and its members became homeless.</p>
 
 
<p style="text-align: justify;">In reaction to the former's Shogun's death, Katsura claimed that he would keep [[Lesson 415|his promise]] to Shige Shige no longer as his enemy, but as his friend. He then threw a flower bouquet for Shige Shige.</p>
 
   
 
==Characters==
 
==Characters==
 
'''Characters in order of appearance'''
 
'''Characters in order of appearance'''
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#[[Yamazaki Sagaru]]
 
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#[[Harada Unosuke]]
 
#[[Kagemaru]]
 
#[[Kagemaru]]
 
#[[Rotten Maizou]]
 
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#[[Wakikaoru]]
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#[[Shuwa]]
 
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#[[Takechi Henpeita]]
 
#[[Takechi Henpeita]]
 
#[[Umibouzu]] (flashback)
 
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#[[Katsura Kotarou]] (flashback)
 
#[[Yoshida Shouyou]] (flashback)
 
#[[Yoshida Shouyou]] (flashback)
 
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#[[Katsura Kotarou]]
 
#[[Shimura Tae]]
 
   
 
==Trivia==
 
==Trivia==
* <p style="text-align: justify;">As of November 2014, this arc has surpassed the [[Yoshiwara in Flames Arc]], which had 18 chapters, to become the longest [[Gintama]] arc ever.</p>
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* As of November 2014, this arc has surpassed the [[Yoshiwara in Flames Arc]], which had 19 chapters, to become the longest [[Gintama]] arc. However, in July 2015, it was surpassed by its following arc, [[Farewell, Shinsengumi Arc]].
* <p style="text-align: justify;">This arc explains [[Tokugawa Shige Shige|Tokugawa Shige Shige's]] origins before becoming the Shogun and marked his last appearance at death in [[Lesson 524]].</p>
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* This arc explains [[Tokugawa Shige Shige]]'s origins before becoming the Shogun and marked his last appearance upon his death in [[Lesson 524]].
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* This story arc is largely based on the [[wikipedia:Second Chōshū expedition|Second Chōshū expedition]] and the preparation of the [[wikipedia:Boshin War|Boshin War]]. In this period, the 14th Shogun, [[wikipedia:Tokugawa Iemochi|Tokugawa Iemochi]] (who Tokugawa Shige Shige was based on) died, and the [[wikipedia:Kiheitai|historical Kiheitai]] reformed.
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*In [[Episode 307]], Sougo appears without speaking for the second time. The first was the [[Shinsengumi Crisis Arc]] in [[Episode 105]].
 
[[Category:Story Arcs]]
 
[[Category:Story Arcs]]

Latest revision as of 14:14, July 18, 2019

Shogun Assassination Arc is the 61st arc in Gintama. It is the first of a series of arcs that will mark a turning point in the nature of Gintama, making it more serious and plot oriented along with a permanent change in the character roster. This arc reveals the connection between Shige Shige and the ninja duo plus the linked past between Gintoki and Takasugi, including the true circumstances behind their failure of saving Shouyou.

StoryEdit

Shige Shige finds himself a target for assassination from Nobu Nobu and his allies, the Kiheitai and the Harusame. To protect him, Matsudaira forms a plan to secretly smuggle him to Kyou, with the help of the Oniwabanshuu, Shinsengumi and the Yorozuya. They must contend with enemy ninja, one of the strongest terrorist groups, and one of the strongest Amanto races to save the Shogun. But will that be enough? Plus the long-awaited battle between Gintoki and Takasugi happens here.

CharactersEdit

Characters in order of appearance

TriviaEdit

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