Weekly Gintama: Ep. 230 - This title is a text message subject

Topic started by MohsinMan99 on Oct. 22, 2011. Last post by MohsinMan99 2 years, 10 months ago.
Post by MohsinMan99 (1,777 posts) See mini bio Level 21

Overview

Welcome to the second weekly Gintama article! I'm MohsinMan99 (sounds a bit funny, doesn't it?) and I'll be most likely doing the weekly Gintama articles from now on. The first weekly report, covering Episodes 228 & 229 was brought to you by fellow teammate, Takashichea, who finally convinced me to get up and do something for the wiki and especially Gintama, a series of which I recently became a fan of and for which I've always wanted to contribute to. Thank you, Taka.

Since this is my first report, expect to find some faults here but I shall try my hardest to keep errors out of this. If anybody is willing to help me with these reports or something related to the Gintama pages, feel free to drop by a PM.

This report covers episode 230 : It would take too much effort to make this title sound like a text message subject.

Plot

I bet you never got your phone as I did!
I bet you never got your phone as I did!

Kagura's friends all own a cellphone and they message each other daily. Kagura starts feeling left out and decides to ask Gintoki to buy her one. However, Gintoki refuses saying they can't afford one. In an eccentric twist, Sadaharu does an act of nature in which Shinpachi finds three cellphones, which, he assumes Sadaharu swallowed due to his habit of eating anything smaller than him. The phones don't work at first so Gintoki gets it repaired by Gengai who only fixes the messaging function of the phone and gives one phone to each of them. After getting a phone, Kagura suddenly begins acting weird, avoiding them and only conversing with them through texting and going so far as to sending them pointless updates every five minutes. On being confronted, Kagura runs away from home making Gintoki and Shinpachi to start searching for her. Morever, they get a message from the man who owns their phones that he is looking for them and will kill them for taking his cellphones.

This guy is looking for his phones and he is not HAPPY!
This guy is looking for his phones and he is not HAPPY!

Will Gintoki and Shinpachi find Kagura before the man finds her or will they themselves become a target of the man?

Verdict

NOTE: Possible spoilers

GOOD
  • Kagura's reactions are definitely the high points in this episode. Her tantrums when being refused to own a cellphone, becoming overjoyed after getting a phone, texting while hiding and her cutesy smiles exhibit a certain kind of childlike innocence.
  • As you might know if you've seen some of Shinpachi's reactions before, they never fail to bring a smile to your face. Especially the part where he gets a message from Kagura while in the toilet.

  • Gintoki (on the topic of phones that were covered in poop): I don't want to carry around a phone that was covered in poop.Kagura: Humans are always carrying around poop. Only difference is that it will be in your hand instead of your body.
  • Catherine's suggestion to Gintoki (saying what it is would ruin it). And also, her comment on Shinpachi's wallpaper.
  • Katsura's marketing gimmick was hilarious.

The various ways in which you can misuse your cellphones

BAD

  • Death Cancer had a nice entry and had potential to be a really interesting character but sadly didn't live upto my expectations.

  • His backstory also seemed kinda forced and not really something natural.

Cancer and his past

BIZARRE
  • Kagura (as to why she should own a cellphone) : "These days, even babies are born with cell phones dangling from their umblical cords!"
  • Shinpachi listening to Otsuu's songs while having a bad day in the toilet. And Kagura's comments on it.
  • The sneak peek at Catherine's school life.
ANIME REFERENCES
Gintoki reading Naruto
Gintoki reading Naruto
  • The manga which Gintoki is reading in Shonen Jump is Naruto Shippuden.

  • The cover of the Shonen Jump magazine has Dragon Quest and Umibouzo (Kagura's father) images on them.
  • Kagura says Gintoki can provide her with a cellphone as he only needs to check his four-dimensional pouch for that.(Doraemon)
  • Kagura asking Sadaharu to drag Gintoki into his four-dimensional pocket. (Doraemon)

Thanks

Thank you for reading this. It's my first time writing a report here and formatting this was a real pain as well so go easy on me. It seems HTML code isn't accepted for blogs so after posting this, some things looked out of order but I'm working on it. I'll take it easy on the "Thanks" section for now and fill it with the usual stuff. Taka influenced me to write this so here it is. I may not do one for the next week depending on how things go but I'll try my hardest!

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Post by takashichea (11,700 posts) See mini bio Level 25
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@MohsinMan99
I thought we supposed to alternate on the Gintama's weekly reports.  I did one last week, so I do the next Gintama weekly report.
Also, if the episode has a story arc like that mini Sim Tournament, it's fine to combine them. I  combine 2 episodes into one weekly report (for Sket Dance and Blue Exorcist) so far. 
I will comment on the episode as soon as I watch it. 
Overall, a great weekly report.  I love the quote features you give out. Your plot overview is better than mine. Mine is too short and blunt with that hook thing. 
One question:
How did you make your stacked images big?
Post by MohsinMan99 (1,777 posts) See mini bio Level 21

@takashichea: Okay, you may do the next one. :)

Frankly, I need a timeout after spending hours on this report. All because of some formatting problems.

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

Sweet first report MohsinMan99! Keep up the good work!

I'm still not up-to-date with Gintama, but I'm planning to get into it really soon. Your report really gave me the urge to get back to watching Gintama regularly.

Great start and best of luck for your upcoming reports! :D

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

@KuroNekoXIII:Thank you. That report took more time than needed because the formatting seemed to get out of hand.

How would you rate the wiki editing here? I've never faced problems before on other wikis but this one was a little too much. You wouldn't believe it...this report took me 10 hours+.

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

@MohsinMan99:

You're welcome!

True....editing really does add unnecessary time to the reports. The pictures and text always get messed up. It gets pretty annoying.

I would rate it as a 4.5 out of 10.....mainly because it's down sides are more than its benefits. 10+ hours? Man that must of been super annoying. Lol I would've given up XD

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

@KuroNekoXIII: OK, a question. How do you change the size of the text? You can notice that my headers, headings, etc. are in a pretty small font size. I tried using HTML but after posting everything became messed up.

I guess I'm the only one who took that much time for his first report. I wanted it to look as good as the others but the problems mentioned before prevented me from giving it my all.

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

@MohsinMan99:

I don't know how. But you see, the blog formats change depending from where you're viewing it. So looking at your blog here (on the forums), the headers look really small, but if you look at your blog from your "blog" tab on your profile, the headers are big: http://www.animevice.com/profile/mohsinman99/blog/ (this is the case for all the blogs, I think)

I dunno why there's a difference, it would be better if it were consistent. I agree that it would be very convenient if there was an option to change font size, other than using the headers.

Don't sweat it though. Your blog turned out very nice!

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

@KuroNekoXIII: Oh, that's pretty surprising. Did you guys mention this in the error reporting thread?

Oh, well. I guess it's pretty much OK. Thanks again! :)

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

@MohsinMan99:

No, I havent mentioned it yet. I guess it happens since the blog area on one's profile is a bit narrower than the are on the forums. But that doesnt really explain why the header fonts are bigger....

No prob! :D

Post by takashichea (11,700 posts) See mini bio Level 25
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@MohsinMan99: @KuroNekoXIII:

The blog headers are big due to the upgrade on Anime Vice. Don't know why. I can't recall when it happened but it was this month for sure.

Darn it KuroNekoXIII. I forgot it was MohsinMan99's first report.

How would you rate the wiki editing here? I've never faced problems before on other wikis but this one was a little too much. You wouldn't believe it...this report took me 10 hours+.

Okay. I have to PM the staff about this. The Weekly Sket Dance and Weekly Beelzebub took 2 hours or more each for me. It used to be 30 minutes, but I get crazy and think of ways to make it better like that interactive GIF for Chiaki. Yeah, I don't know why I did that. People might think I'm strange for making an animated GIF for a girl eating cookies fast. Shame on them for their gutter minds. I don't think it's strange.

Plus, you typed up the report before hand. I remember Sotyfan16 telling to be careful when you typed up in word. Don't use double space or higher. Just use single space. Don't link words in the word document. The format will be buggy when you copy and paste from a word document. This was for a beginner guide.

The best way is to type in the blog itself. Then copy and paste it onto word document just in case the computer crashes on you. I remembered my weekly report for Sket Dance was gone. All my original thoughts were gone. I couldn't remember what funny stuff that I wanted to say because when I'm tired, I'm not creative.

Post by takashichea (11,700 posts) See mini bio Level 25
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Okay now, I watched the episode. First time, I learn about Kagura and her personality. She's like a little kid, and I love how she thinks things in the wrong way. It was a strange episode that talk about cell phones and addiction. The Japanese are so addicted to their phones. Kagura just wanted be a normal girl, but we know deep inside, being weird is being funny.

The old man reminds of Edward Scissorhands.

Edward Scissorhands
Edward Scissorhands

The one strange thing is the cell phones ring when you get a text message. That doesn't happen in the U.S. You just get one chime.

Nice Anime References! I was not sure what Gintoki was reading. I don't know Doraemon. I have to watch that in order to catch these things. I remember you correcting me on that Pokemon reference in the Gintama X Sket Dance episode wiki page. Thanks partner! I never watched Toriko before or One Piece. Yeah, I never watched One Piece only my little sister watches it until she hated it.

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

@takashichea said:

but I get crazy and think of ways to make it better like that interactive GIF for Chiaki. Yeah, I don't know why I did that. People might think I'm strange for making an animated GIF for a girl eating cookies fast. Shame on them for their gutter minds. I don't think it's strange.

I didnt think the GIF was strange, It`s a pretty creative idea in my opinion. :D Its a new way to spice up the report :D

Plus, you typed up the report before hand. I remember Sotyfan16 telling to be careful when you typed up in word. Don't use double space or higher. Just use single space. Don't link words in the word document. The format will be buggy when you copy and paste from a word document. This was for a beginner guide.

The best way is to type in the blog itself. Then copy and paste it onto word document just in case the computer crashes on you.

Thanks for sharing that! I didnt know that copy-pasting from Word can make it glitchy; it`s a good thing to note. I have a habit to write up the blogs onto Word then copy-pasting it.....I should change that.

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

@takashichea:Well, I watch quite a bit of anime so that stuff comes naturally. :)

mohsinman99.myanimelist.net

Actually, they mentioned they were parodying the OP x Toriko crossover in the Gin x Sket Dance crossover and I had watched the OP crossover so it was pretty evident.

Another problem I've noticed is that...pressing Ctrl+Z thrice or more totally removes everything I write in the blog. And, no, I can't even recover it back once it happens. >_<

Post by takashichea (11,700 posts) See mini bio Level 25
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@MohsinMan99:

I forgot about that. The other mistake is that I thought the bird look like Togekiss from Pokemon.

Bird from Sket Dance
Bird from Sket Dance
Togekiss
Togekiss

See. I thought the level and the while color was referring to Togekiss.

Toriko bird
Toriko bird

Then I looked up Toriko bird. I was dumbfounded. I made too many mistakes.

I'm such an anime bumpkin. I haven't watched Toriko or One Piece (For One Piece, I only glanced at what my little sister was watching. That didn't count as watching an episode).

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

@takashichea: Oh, it's fine then. BTW, did you watch the latest Gintama? Too hilarious for words. :)

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