Gintama Report: Renho Invasion Arc (Ep 232-236)

Topic started by MohsinMan99 on Jan. 30, 2012. Last post by takashichea 2 years, 7 months ago.
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Overview

Welcome to the fourth Gintama(actually-it's the fifth!) report. It's been a long break since the last report but I was a bit busy with exams and this arc was 5 episodes long so this required lots of time. Further delayed because I lost the will to do this due to editing mistakes twice (but let's forget that for now).

I'm grateful to my team, especially AnnaBanana and Taka for still supporting me and helping me with the Gintama wiki. They worked on the wiki images when I was not able to due to lack of time. Thank you team!

This report covers Episodes 232-236 of the Gintama Anime, namely the Renho Invasion Arc. Now without any futher ado, let's start!

Plot (Episodes 232-236)

Elizabeth has ran away from home and Katsura takes the aid of the Yoruzuya to search for him. Katsura doesn't remember the circumstances but try to recollects it by looking for clues on Elizabeths signs. During one of his flashbacks, recollects everything. A mysterious woman however appears and tells that that Katsura was fooled all along-Elizabeth was the commander of a race of aliens, the Renho who were out to invade earth. Elizabeth was just deceiving Katsura and the others all along.

She introduces herself as Fumiko and tells them that the main reason Elizabeth ran away was to go back to Renho Leader & Supreme Commander, Dark Vader and prepare for the invasion of the earth. She tells them they don't stop the Renho now, the earth and it's people will be doomed forever. The Yoruzuya trio and Katsura are the only things standing between earth and it's imminent destruction.

Will Gintoki and the others manage to stop the invasion of the earth from the dreaded Dark Vader? Will Katsura have to face his dear friend Elizabeth and fight him? Will we be treated to some mecha action?

So what are you waiting for, go and watch the Renho Invasion Arc of Gintama!

Verdict

Renho Invasion Arc
Renho Invasion Arc

Warning: POSSIBLE SPOILERS!

THE GOOD

232

  • While searching for clues, the team happens accross a room where all the signs Elizabeth used are stored. We are treated to some funny and not-so-funny flashbacks.
  • Sakamoto and Mutsu are back. It's after a long while too.

233

  • Gin and the others dressing as Elizabeth and the ensuing commotion. Hilarious!
  • Katsura's scream when he sees Elizabeth again. "ELIZAAAAAAAAAAAAABBBBBBBBEEEEETTTTTTTTTTTTHHHHHHHH!!!". It echoed through the whole planet!
  • The people turning into Elizabeth sequence was also pretty funny. Sakamoto striking a deal with Vader even more.
  • Vaderzabeth showing off his sword skills. Cool.
  • The Shinpachi being only a pimple joke.
  • And of course, Shinpachi's reaction to above joke.

234

  • The part of Elizabeth being unable to recognize his own girlfriend when she changed her ribbon to another color. I get the strange feeling nobody could either.
  • Soo many references to other anime and popular characters in this show by the Elizabeths that I found to be pretty funny, especially Narutozabeth.
  • Leezabeth asks whether or not they can bring their PSP's into the battlefield and Katsura's reply to him. Also, the 3M part.
  • Sakamoto: A planet is just a rock. It takes people to build a world.
  • First time (after a long time) we hear Elizabeth speak.

235

  • Elizabeth and Katsura moments. Couldn't help laughing at them.
  • Flashy Mecha action. Depending on your tastes, you will enjoy or hate it.

236

  • Hilarious method of dodging attacks. One of the high points of this episode.
  • After defeating the boss, Eren leaves but not before modifying everyone's memories of the events. Hilarious moments ensue.

This episode marks the last appearance of Elizabeth and...the ending will make you laugh so hard you can almost share the same feeling as Gin and Shin aare feeling in this image:

THE BAD

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232

  • So many references to Japanese politicians and poking fun at them. Gintama got into trouble for this.
  • Fumiko and the pointless "fan-service" (if you can call it that). Was really unnecessary IMO.

233

  • More unnecessary Fumiko "fan-service". Just no good. And this was dragged out quite a bit.
  • Sakamoto puking out each and every time because he gets airsick...overused joke IMO.

234

  • Starting from this episode, it's MECHA... MECHA...MECHA!!! Of course, it's only limited to this arc so bear with it if you hate lots of Mecha action (like me).

235

  • Mecha action unlimited.
  • The main weapon of the combined "MegaZord" is a blast from it's crotch. Didn't find that funny though.

236

  • Episode was nice and had a good buildup. No bad points.

THE BIZARRE

232

  • This episode got into some trouble because of parodying the Japanese Government and a minister Renho. I heard they were contesting in elections that time and in this episode, they show Renho throwing food at an old lady.

233

  • Apparently, everyone on Elizabeth's planet has game cartridges for food. The more popular the game, the more expensive and rare the food. "Food" such as Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest, etc. is only served to the elites and any commoner found eating them is executed. LOL.
  • Episode comments from the director: Speaking of mecha, will this anime be able to survive? When we first started Gintama, we figured there wouldn't be any mecha.

234

  • Zura: Earthlings treasure their three M's above all. Their money, their mothers and their manhood.
    We start by hitting them in their manhood and immobilizing them. Then we take their mothers hostage and seize their money!
  • On seeing the Gunsams, Shinpachi comments that they are going to be sued. Fumiko says no as they are same company so they can get away with it.
    Fumiko: The earth won't last long against such an onsalught.
    Shinpachi: Uh, we won't last long against a copyright infringement lawsuit.
    Fumiko: Both were animated by Sunrise so a lawsuit would go nowhere.They planned ahead. *winks*

235

  • The Renho planet was a huge mecha all along. It was originally known as Sagi and the D Vaders were just pawns.

236

  • Final episode of this arc. They skipped the opening and started with the ending as the opening. Weird. Oh well, at least saves some time.
  • The mecha''s main weapon is a blast from it's crotch. Which does nothing against the planet.
  • Sagi: You thought you could use your limited knowledge from dirty magazines and porn to defeat me?

REFERENCES

232

  • Katsura refers back to episode 230 of Gintama while trying to remember Elizabeth. (4th-wall break No:1)
  • Reference to some Lionel Ritchie commercial (I guess this was Japan only?)
  • Reference to famous singer Tokiko-kato as "Tokiko-gato."
  • In one of the flashbacks, we see Elizabeth watching the Gintama movie and also reading Shonen Jump. (4th-wall break No:2)
  • Star Wars template for the intro. Cool!

233

  • Sakamoto talks about hurrying up because "Jin" is being released on DVD. Jin is a popular Japanese drama about a brain-surgeon who accidently travels to the past in Edo period Japan and must find a way to get back. Funny thing is, Gintama is Edo period Japan mixed with a modern setting with an alien invasion excuse. (4th-wall break No:3)
  • Each one of the Elizabeth parodies certain well-known characters.
  • The game cartridges are all popular games from the NES/SNES era. Including but not limited to Dragon Quest, Final Fantasy, Super Mario, etc.
  • The 2 commanders of the Renho army are called as "Double Dragons". No points for guessing what that refers to.
  • The "Gunsams" are actually the very famous RX-78 type Gundams. The Earth federation is now the Renho federation.

234

  • Shinpachi says that stopping the Renho is even harder than finding Waldo. Waldo, is a popular character from the "Where's Wally?" series. Wally is known as Waldo in NA/JP region. The main media, a series of picture books in which the reader has to find Waldo in double-page spread illustrations depicting dozens of people doing something. Needless to say, that locating isn't easy at all.
  • Reference to Bright Noa, a popular character from Mobile Suit Gundam.
  • Fusion of the mecha and the spaceships into an even larger Mecha, Kaien. Seems to be a reference to the Gundam series.

235

  • In typical Super Sentai/Power Rangers fashion, all the ships combine together into a very huge and powerful Mecha!With it's own theme song and With 5 pilots at rather...interesting locations. Shinpachi gets the...pimple.
  • Clause 2 of Sakamoto: When Renho are visiting earth, let them play SNES games along with NES.
  • (ActRaiser game in hand) On the earth, you can eat all the ActRaiser games you want!
  • Shinpachi: Seriously, what's wrong with this planet? They beytrayed their leader for an ActRaiser! (ActRaiser is popular SNES game in Japan).
  • Kaien is the name of the huge mecha. Reference to Remus Kaien of Gundam.

236

  • The hospital scene is probably a reference to BlackJack series but I'm not sure.

RATING

My personal opinion on the various episodes (on a scale of 1 to 5):

  • Episode 232: 2.5/5
  • Episode 233: 3/5
  • Episode 234: 2/5
  • Episode 235: 3.5/5
  • Episode 236: 5/5 (you get trolled at the end...isn't that nice?)

Thanks!

Thank you for taking your time to read this report. I hope you found it interesting and a bit knowledgeable (because Crunchyroll never explains any of the references) and you go and watch the episodes after reading it. I know I was a bit late with this report and there are more episodes waiting to be reported so you'll be seeing some more reports this week from me. Hopefully. :)

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Post by KuroNekoXIII (427 posts) See mini bio Level 14

Awesome report MohsinMan99! I haven't watched this arc yet, but seeing that Elizabeth makes a lot of appearances, I think I'll watch it soon (she cracks me up :P) Your report is lookin' great, and it shows how much effort you put into it. Keep up the good work man, and I'm looking forward to reading more of your reports!

Post by MohsinMan99 (1,777 posts) See mini bio Level 21

@KuroNekoXIII:Thanks Kuro. I'm quite late with this though. Arc ended in November. :)

For the first time though, I had little to no trouble at all while editing/formatting. Progress?

BTW, can you guess all the characters in those images? (#References Ep233)

Post by KuroNekoXIII (427 posts) See mini bio Level 14

@MohsinMan99: Yea, I think the Vice upped the blogs and editing tools. I don't have much troubles with format anymore.

Lol as for the references, the ones I spotted are:

Hinata Huuga, Renji Abarai, Naruto Uzumaki, Kakashi Hatake, and Rock Lee

Post by MohsinMan99 (1,777 posts) See mini bio Level 21

@KuroNekoXIII: Almost there. The only one that you missed was Chopper Tony Tony. I guess that eye-patch guy might be from Full Metal Alchemist.

There was one more image with lots of other references but it isn't uploaded. I'll do it soon.

Post by KuroNekoXIII (427 posts) See mini bio Level 14

@MohsinMan99: Lol sweet! I was only one short :D Perhaps, but the crescent thing on his head kinda threw me off. I dont quite remember a FMA character with that on their forehead.

Cool! I'll try to guess them as soon as u post it :P

Post by takashichea (12,396 posts) See mini bio Level 25
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Oh my god, Elizabeth
Oh my god, Elizabeth

Damn, that's a lot of references. Nice report there, teammate! I have to improve my Gintama reports since they don't have much references.

I'm a bit overwhelmed with the wiki, too. You can just add the synopsis, characters, and images. The full plot seems too much now. I have to add the synopsis since I forgot. In your case, you want to add your awesome references. Does that sound good?

Looks like Kuro beat me to the guessing game. About the Renho Invasion Arc, I loved most of it. I didn't like the frequent barfing. It ended with a climax.

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@MohsinMan99: @KuroNekoXIII:

The only problem I had with the last one was the links were dead. I'm glad that you guys had no problem. Strangely, my second to last report had no problems with the links dying out. It was odd.

I think it's because I try to do a shortcut by copying and pasting the multiple links, the last week's report section. I guess I have to do the long way.

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Nice! I'm working on other wikia sites to inform people about Anime Vice last weekend. Then, I'll publish a blog about Gintama.

The references I got down were the gundam, mecha animes, Star Wars, and Waldo.

Edit:

Gintama News From Crunchyroll

Please see below. I got the links for them.

Gintama Best 2 Wins Animation Album Gold Disc Award

Other winners included AKB48, Lady Gaga

Emily Balistrieri

January 28, 2012 11:05am PST (1 day ago)

Gintama Best 2 won Animation Album of the Year at the Japan Gold Disc Awards.

Track listing:

Disk 1

Anata Magic - monobright

I, Ai, Ai - ghostnote

Kagayaita - Shigi

Stairway Generation - Base Ball Bear

Asa Answer - PENGIN

Woo Ai Nii - Hitomi Takahashi * BEAT CRUSADERS

Light Infection - Prague

Wonderful Days - ONE DRAFT

Sayonara no Sora - Qwai

Kaze no Gotoku - Joe Inoue

Wave - Vijandeux

Kanousei Girl - Chiaki Kuriyama

In My Life - AZU

Karto Niago - FLiP

Sakurane - Piko

Bokutachi no Kisetsu - DOES

Bakuchi Dancer - DOES

Disk 2

Anata Magic (TV series 6th season OP) - monobright

I, Ai, Ai (TV series 11th season ED) - ghostnote

Kagayaita (TV series 12th season ED) - Shigi

Stairway Generation (TV series 7th season OP) - Base Ball Bear

Asa Answer (TV series 13th season ED) - PENGIN

Woo Ai Ni (TV series 14th season ED) - Hitomi Takahashi * BEAT CRUSADERS

Light Infection (TV series 8th season OP) - Prague

Wonderful Days (TV series 15th season ED) - ONE DRAFT

Sayonara no Sora (TV series 16th season ED) - Qwai

Kaze no Gotoku (Yorinuki Gintama-san OP) - Joe Inoue

WAVE (Yorinuki Gintama-san ED) - Vijandeux

Kanousei Girl (Yorinuki Gintama-san OP) - Chiaki Kuriyama

In My Life (Yorinuki Gintama-san ED) - AZU

Karto Niago (Yorinuki Gintama-san OP) - FLiP

Sakurane (Yorinuki Gintama-san ED) - Piko

Bokutachi no Kisetsu (Gintama: Shinyaku Benizakura-Hen ED) - DOES

Bakuchi Dancer - (Gintama: Shinyaku Benizakura-Hen Main Theme) - DOES

Other awards included AKB48 for Japanese Artist of the Year, Lady Gaga as Western Artist of the Year. Three New Artist[s] of the Year were chosen: Kis-My-Ft2 (Japanese), LMFAO (Western), and 2PM (Asian). Japanese Album of the Year was Ikimono Gakari's Ikimono Bakari ~Member's Best Selection~, while the Western equivalent was Lady Gaga's Born This Way. Girls' Generation took the Asian spot on that list with their self-titled release.

See the full results here, and let us know if you think the Gintama soundtrack best-of is where it's at!

via Hachima Kikou

"Gintama" Anime Inspired Glasses Go on Sale in March

Cosplay glasses to correct otaku vision on March 15th

Scott Green

January 24, 2012 6:27pm PST (5 days ago)

They're available at character goods retailers like Animate and not an ophthalmologist. They're based on the glasses worn by the straightman, Shinpachi, and not the ones worn by the more exotic ninja, Ayame Sarutobi, but if you ever wanted to sport eyewear inspired by alternate history comedy Gintama, they'll be available in Japan on March 15th for ¥3,150 ($40).

Manufacturer Movic lists that the glasses are good for both everyday use and cosplay.

via Comic Natalie

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