Gintama: Mitsuba hen

Gintama: Mitsuba hen (2017)

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Okita’s older sister, Mitsuba, visits the quarters of the Shinsengumi to announce her marriage to the trader Kuraba Toma. The two siblings spend time together. Mitsuba worries that her brother has no friends and in order to assure her, he introduces Sakata Gintoki, who happened to pass by, as his best friend. Meanwhile, there are reports of strange boats going in and out of Edo. Hijikata Toshiro investigates this and it turns read moreout that the incident has an unexpected link to Mitsuba.

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28 days ago
  • Overall 7.5
  • Story 7.5
  • Acting/Cast 8.0
  • Music 7.5
  • Rewatch Value 5.5
A short simple webdrama - nothing fantastic but I still enjoyed it! I finished this after I saw the movie but you can watch them in any order fyi - their stories aren't connected to each other. I will take new viewers into account (though I'm guessing mostly fans will be watching this haha).

Not a whole lot to it since 1) it's something more for the fans than new viewers, read more and 2) the point of the webdrama was to promote the movie. The plot alone is enjoyable enough but nothing amazing. Fans will appreciate it more since they have a better understanding of the characters, especially Okita Sougo and Hijikata Toushirou. I love the story mostly for the character exposition as well as the relationship between Mitsuba/Sougo. There's some bouts of comedy especially in Episode 1 (including some hilarious drama-original lines from Gintoki when he shows off as Sougo's ~good friend~), but it's mostly a serious series -- not a unique feelsy story but still a good feelsy story nevertheless. The quality of the episodes feels lackluster at times but it's only a webdrama so nothing surprising. For fans curious about any changes, there's some cuts in content but no big changes. (Also feel free to skip the entire opening segment with Elizabeth, Takeichi and Gengai in Episode 1, it's really unfunny and pointless imo.)

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I'll focus on the two mains - Sougo and Hijikata, who get to shine here compared to the movie - but generally everyone else did a mostly good job at their characters. Shout-out to Mitsuba (the center of this story) and Yamazaki who only appear in this drama and not the movie - I think their actors did well enough. Oguri Shun basically brings our fave slack yet caring protagonist Gintoki to life, and Nakamura Kankuro makes the most out of Kondou's rather brief appearance.

Okita Sougo is the main character here, and you get to see the usually deadpan shit-head show a softer side towards his sister. Thank god for this Sougo-eccentric story because Yoshishizawa Ryo still blows me away, I can't get over how well he portrays him especially in the more emotional scenes.

Yagira Yuuya also gets to shine here as Hijikata aka our favourite grouchy but ultimately sincere vice-commander. Weirdly I feel like I liked him more in the movie than here (even though I'm pretty sure this was filmed later) -- he seemed a little stiff to me at times, but he got the character down-pat otherwise so I was pretty satisfied.

Not much OST to go around and nothing special but it fits the mood so not bad. The ED song, DECIDED by UVERworld, is great!

Overall, an okay and enjoyable webdrama! Recommended for fans who won't be picky and can just appreciate the drama for what it is, including a solid cast.
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18 days ago
  • Overall 8.5
  • Story 8.5
  • Acting/Cast 8.5
  • Music 8.5
  • Rewatch Value 8.5
Okay, the plot is from Okita Mitsuba arc, in the manga it is like a minor arc but a very important one since it explained the history of the three important Shinsengumi officers. I really like Hijikata in the manga, so I am happy they chose this arc since he didn't have too much screen time in the live action lol.

You can just watch this one without watching the live action, read more the storylines are not related. It focused on Sougo and Hijikata with Gintoki on the background. Gintoki is still as awesome as ever even only as a sidekick, don't worry. But Shinpachi and Kagura didn't appear here. Just like the live action, this drama literally follow the manga and didn't change any of the plot so it is very enjoyable for the fans. It used the same style and music from the live action so it didn't feel like two different Gintama.

You can just watch it alone or complete it with the live action. Nicely done, recommended.
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    prettytin Aug 20, 2017 - edited

    is this connected with the movie? or just a side story?

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      Wei Aug 24, 2017

      I haven't watched the movie yet, but both the movie and this drama are adaptations of arcs from the manga / anime. They are both legit stories (this one is not really of great importance to the main plot, given that it's a story mainly focused on Hijikata and Sougo, who're not main characters, one would argue) and I highly recommend for you to watch this one if you're interested. It's not really a sequel to the movie, it's more like a continuation of the general plot, like, it doesn't continue where the first movie left off (I suppose, cause like I said I haven't watched it yet, I'm just implying facts based from the anime/manga cause I believe that they made the live action versions similar).

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      RhapsodyinBlue 29 days ago

      As someone who's seen both, you don't need to see this to understand the movie (or vice versa). The drama was primarily made to promote the movie/garner interest, really. So just a side story.

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      prettytin 29 days ago

      thanks for all the replies :)

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      Wei 28 days ago

      you're welcome :)

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    joannesmith Jul 30, 2017

    full subs 1-3 downloadable on furritsubs livejournal site for Gintama: Mitsuba Arc

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    Jessica Jul 17, 2017

    Gintama: Mitsuba hen (2017) and Gintama (2017).. both coming out soon!! WOW!

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    Erica Jun 29, 2017

    OMG>.. I cannot wait.
    Let me see if I can find the trailer for it!!

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    Wei Jun 15, 2017



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