It would take too much effort to make this title sound like a text message subject

It would take too much effort to make this title sound like a text message subject is an anime episode of Gintama that was released on 10/24/2011

Synopsis

It Would Take Too Much Effort To Make This Title Sound Like a Text Message Subject

Kagura's friends all have cellphones except her. She longs for a cellphone and asks Gintoki to buy her one. He declines as they can't afford one however, by a stroke of luck, all of them get a cellphone each by the efforts of Sadaharu. The focus of this episode is Kagura and her cellphone and the how the others react when she becomes texting obsessed.

Full Plot Summary

Opening Theme

"Dilemma (ジレンマ)" by Ecosystem

Kagura and friends
Kagura and friends

Kagura, on the way home along with her friends Marippe and Saki, begins discussing about some popular drama on TV. Saki mentions that she hasn't seen the show from the beginning but Marippe says not to worry as she has recorded all the episodes of the show since inception and they can all watch it once she is free from her work. She also adds that she'd text message both Kagura and Saki once she is free so that they can come over to her house to watch but at that moment. Marippe realizes that Kagura doesn't have a cellphone. Kagura feels sad so Marippe tells her not to worry and that she'd think of some other way.

Kagura and Gintoki arguing
Kagura and Gintoki arguing

Back at the Yoruzuya, Kagura starts pestering Gintoki to buy her a cellphone however all her requests are ignored by Gintoki saying that they can't afford one. Shinpachi arrives after doing some shopping and he also mentions the same thing which leads to Kagura pleading with both of them but to no avail. This leads to an argument between her and Gintoki during which Gintoki mentions that she can go look for another family if she so desperately needs a cellphone.

A gift from Sadaharu
A gift from Sadaharu

Sadaharu, Kagura's pet, gets tired of watching them fight and feels ready to poop which Shinpachi takes care of by bringing in a newspaper, However, the Yoruzuya trio are surprised to find that three cellphones are sticking out of Sadaharu's poop which they figured he might have swallowed from somewhere else.

Kagura puts Yorozuya tags on the phones
Kagura puts Yorozuya tags on the phones

The trio head towards Hiraga Gengai's shop, the best inventor in town. He says he managed to fix the cellphones but they'd be only useful for sending text messages. He'd have fixed more but they won't have the money to pay him. Kagura, on receiving the cellphones, is overjoyed. She takes one of them and hands one each to both Gintoki and Shinpachi, attaching Yoruzuya tags on them beforehand. "Now, we'll be always connected!", she says.

Kagura as a messageaholic
Kagura as a messageaholic

Back at the Yorozuya headquarters, Kagura turns over a new leaf. She starts messaging the others for simple and pointless things like "Hello!", "Good Morning. How was your day today?" and other greetings. She won't talk, she'd do all her conversations with the others using only messaging. This habit of her gets so bad that she messages the others at any time while secretly watching them, even when the others are sleeping or in the toilet.

Gintoki and Shinpachi at Otose's
Gintoki and Shinpachi at Otose's

Gintoki and Shinpachi go to Otose's Snack Bar and tell her about this new change in Kagura and Gintoki starts complaining to her. Suddenly, he gets a message from Kagura, who seems to have listened him complaining and was hiding nearby. When Gintoki tries to confront her, she runs away smiling. Catherine and Tama give their theories as to why Kagura might be behaving that way but Gintoki says he doesn't care. Otose says to him that he should calm down and tells that maybe Kagura is doing that because she is eager to get a reply from both of them. She asks Gintoki and Shinpachi to text her back the next time she texts either of them. Gintoki says "Whatever!" and leaves the bar saying that he will go to play at a Pachinko Parlor. Shinpachi stays behind and waits for Kagura's message.

Within a few moments, Shinpachi gets a message asking him where he is. It doesn't seem to be from Kagura however. The same message seems to have been delivered to Gintoki and some other characters who all reply back to Shinpachi with various provoking messages. Shinpachi wonders if this could be the real owner of the phones looking for them. He begins to think they might be in trouble soon.

The mysterious man
The mysterious man

Back to Kagura, it seems she has found a new pal who texts her. He arranges a offline meeting with her. Within moments, Shinpachi receives a message from the same man (who messaged earlier) with a photo of him with Kagura. He says he will kill her if they don't meet with his cellphones at a particular shop within 10 minutes.Shinpachi gets flustered, leaves the bar in a hurry to look for Gintoki so as to pass this urgent message.

However, it seems Gintoki also received the man's message and he replies by asking whether he could get some extra time. The mysterious man introduces himself as Death Cancer and says no. Gintoki tells him to come to the parlor and the man agrees adding that he wouldn't give them any more time. He then goes to the address Gintoki gives him.

Death Cancer
Death Cancer
Holy Cancer
Holy Cancer

Fortunately, Death Cancer messes up and goes to a hostess bar where he spends more than 40 minutes and forgets all about Gintoki. He then messages Shinpachi and Gintoki saying that he has awoken from his nightmare and to forgive him. He says he changed his name to Holy Cancer and asks them to return his cellphones to him. The message Shinpachi, Gintoki read suddenly takes thme to a flashback of the man. He used to be a barber whose business never ran well because in his own words,"I did not speak with my customers." It is revealed that his wife who worked with him in the same shop asked him to use messaging as a way to talk to his customers. Since she passed away soon after, those cellphones were all that he had of her.

The fall of Death Cancer
The fall of Death Cancer

Gintoki and Shinpachi gather at the place where he asks them to. They find Kagura there and a man in white kneeling down. They return their cellphones to him, all except Kagura. She says she doesn't want to and runs away. After she leaves, the man says to let her take it and then he heads to his wife's grave saying it's her third anniversary. Gintoki and Shinpachi follow him.

The man at his wife's grave
The man at his wife's grave

The man gives offerings at his wife's grave and prays. Shinpachi reminds him of Kagura having his phone but the man says that he doesn't need it anymore. He now realises that all his wife wanted by giving him those cellphones was so he could learn to speak to others face-to-face without feeling shy/afraid. Now that he can do it, he says he will message about his accomplishment to his wife in heaven and after that he himself will no longer use those phones. After messaging her, he offers the phones to both Gintoki and Shinpachi but they decline saying that he should keep them and wait for a reply from his wife. Gintoki and Shinpachi leave.

Before they leave, the man gets a message on his phone. Gintoki says that it is the power of "Holy Cancer" that he got a message from heaven itself and leaves with Shinpachi. The man later reads it to find that it's from his wife and she says to him to have fun with his friends. He cries.

Just a little further away, Gintoki finds Kagura sitting behind a grave. It seems she was the one who messaged the man as his wife. She then returns the phone to the old man and runs away to join with Gintoki and Shinpachi. The old man understands that they won't need it anymore.

The Yorozuya trio
The Yorozuya trio

Kagura, Shinpachi and Gintoki take their leave. Kagura finds out that Gintoki and Shinpachi still have those Yorozuya tags she gave them before. She smiles.

Closing Theme

Anagura (アナグラ)" by Kuroneko Chelsea

Characters & Voice Actors

Add a character to this episode
Gintoki Sakata ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Tomokazu Sugita ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Kagura ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Rie Kugimiya ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Shinpachi Shimura ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Daisuke Sakaguchi ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Otose ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Kotarou Katsura ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Akira Ishida ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Ayumu Tojo ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Kyubei Yagyu ( x ) ( x ) ( x )

Credits

Add a credit to It would take too much effort to make this title sound like a text message subject. (No voice actors. Add voice actors to characters above.)
Shinji Takamatsu Director
Hidaeki Sorachi Original Concept A manga artist who is best known for his series Gintama. He is seen in Gintama as a gorilla.

Locations

Add a location credit to this episode

Concepts

Add a concept credit to this episode
We don't have any concepts attached to this episode. Help us fill it in!

Objects

Add an object credit to this episode
We don't have any objects attached to this episode. Help us fill it in!
Top Editors
Mandatory Network

Submissions can take several hours to be approved.

Save ChangesCancel