Gintama relationships: Gintoki & Takasugi
"Are they similar? Those two student….to Shouyou…?
Not really. One of them seeks to protect what it Shoyou left behind. The other seeks to destroy what he left. However they are both the same. They both….have eyes full of sadness.”
First of all I’d like to apologize to Zura for erasing him from that middle picture, but I’m probbaly gonna use that one for all the Joui3 dynamics, erasing each time the one I’m not talking about. And second I’m kind of cheating with this one because it’s not two quotes from each of the characters about each other, but one for both of them but well, you’ll gotta deal with that.
So, Gintoki and Takasugi, two sides of the same coin. Little we know about their first years, but what we do know is that they practically grew up together and that then they also fought together to get their beloved teacher back. They are part of each other’s most important moments of their life, they are part of each other’s worst moments of their lives.
I always thought there’s no better representation of the Joui3 that the panel in where Sorachi shows us those three after getting Shouyou’s sensei head back. Especially in the opposite figures that are Gintoki and Takasugi, because they have been in that position ever since that time. On one hand we have Gintoki, with his back turned and facing forward, Gintoki trying to move ahead but being unable to. Because even nowadays, Gintoki faces forward but his back is still in that moment, he still struggling on his steps and with moving away from there. And then, Takasugi, who is not even standing, who is rooted to the place with his eyes fixated on Shouyou’s death. Takasugi is still in the battlefield, still watching Shouyou’s head and with no intention of going anywhere.
Because yes, years have passed and they have obviously moved away from that place, but their souls are still struggling in those positions. And since this is Gintoki’s story we get some development and studies on him every now and then, but what do we know about Takasugi? Not much but the fact that he is angry, he is angry at the Bakufu, he is angry at the world and especially, he is angry at Gintoki. He’s angry because Gintoki turned his back on him, on their comrades, on their teacher. He’s angry because Gintoki is the one who should be in his place, the one who should be in the floor. Because we don’t know about Takasugi’s circumstances, but we know very well how Gintoki arrived at Shouyou’s school, and Takasugi knows too. So then, why is Gintoki going away? He owes their teacher everything, why is he turning his back on him? Again, this is Gintoki’s story so we know why, we know that Gintoki’s decision was right, we are not angry at Gintoki for leaving the battlefield and trying to find his own path.
And then there’s also Gintoki’s thoughts on Takasugi to considerate but sadly, we don’t know them, Gintoki has never voiced them. Yes, he has threatened to kill Takasugi because Takasugi is attempting to destroy everything and everyone he cares about, does this means that Gintoki hates him? Personally, I don’t think so, I don’t think Gintoki hates Takasugi. I think Gintoki understands, I think Gintoki knows that that could be him, he knows that before finding Shouyou’s head, they were the same. Gintoki does not hate Takasugi, but he doesn’t know what to do about him either. He could turn and face him, but then what? Gintoki doesn’t know. And even if he wanted to do something about it, he cannot allow himself to stop stepping forward because if he turned back, maybe he wouldn’t be able to keep going afterwards.
In the end, Takasugi and Gintoki are still there, in the battlefield with Shouyou’s head. But while Takasugi doesn’t have anyone to help him get up and get away from that place, Gintoki has found people who have a tight hold of both of his arms and who slowly but surely, are helping him move away from that place.
NOOO THE CUTE BABY KITTY THING IS HURT
THIS MOTHERFUCKER SHOULD’VE STAYED HURT
The True Madoka Experience
the worst thing about online friendships is no hugs
man i wanna hug the frick outta some of you
if there are no witnesses,
if there’s no evidence,
if there’s no body,
there’s no crime
quirkybrittany did you just kill someone
when you see a comic up on pixiv and it has like 500+ favorites so it must be good but since it’s in japanese you don’t understand shit so you’re just wondering just HOW GOOD IT MUST BE
@Dsd_kgn : 絵描いてて「誰こいつ かっけえ」って思ったら
Shidu : While drawing an art, I thought “Damn, who’s that, he’s hot!”
@Dsd_kgn : コノハなんですよ。
Shidu : But it was just Konoha.