Together with his assistants, Gintoki pursues his way of the soul while working as ‘Odd Jobs Gin’ in the downtown area of Kabuki-cho. Jenkins, H., Textual Poachers: Television Fans & Participatory Culture (London: Routledge, 1992). In this respect, reproductions of Hijikata in Moeyo ken and Gintama could be appreciated as reflecting popular imaginations of Shinsengumi as autonomous heroes. Yoshikawa, K., Shinsengumi! After seeing this arc, it gave fans another reason to love the characters of … They also did regular police duties like patrols, traffic, and handling non-terrorist related crimes. Tsukuyo tries to collect the incense, but the smoke affects her. To confirm whether the metamorphosis of Toshizō into Tōshirō corresponds to contemporary readers’ imagination of Hijikata Toshizō, customer reviews of Moeyo ken on Amazon.co.jp will be examined, since the reviewers tend to equate Shiba’s protagonist with the actual historical figure.44 These reviews are not quantitatively and qualitatively sufficient to draw a comprehensive ethnography of the fandom; only 152 reviews were published in the period from late 2000 to August 2009, and the reviewers remain anonymous. Shaw, ‘Contemporary Japanese Literature’, p. 292. This season follow the events Shogun Assassination Arc, Farewell, Shinsengumi Arc and Rakuyou Decisive Battle Arc, adapting the Silver Soul Arc. Such stern determination and ruthlessness award Toshizō with notoriety as the demonic vice commander among residents of Kyoto and his enemies. Considering they could have characterised him in any manner, the majority’s identification of Hijikata as a self-driven individual indicates reviewers consider this characteristic as his defining feature. In the course of their work, the Odd Jobs gang encounter many colourful residents of Edo ranging from Mademoiselle Saigō Tokumori, an ex-jōi shishi gay club manager, to the Shogun, Tokugawa Shigeshige.52 These characters typify Sorachi’s parodying of reality in Gintama as they are similar, but not identical, to the actual historical figures. But this study nonetheless provides a foundation to understanding a social phenomenon never scrutinised previously; future studies about the relationship between popular heroes and public consciousness in contemporary Japan could begin by theorising the romanticisation of Shinsengumi as evidence of the public’s desire for self-determination and a sense of belonging. I’m the last fortress protecting Kondō, the last sword  protecting Shinsengumi. Please enable Cookies and reload the page. 20 vols., trans. Firstly, as taishū bungaku entertains its audience by appealing to their philosophy and sentiments, readers’ attraction to Toshizō in Moeyo ken could be evidencing their sympathy for and synchronisation with the self- determining hero. As Kondo and gang run around Kokujo Island … Owee is a parody of Wii, a game console produced by Nintendo Electronics. Secondly, a caveat must be imposed that in examining representations of Shinsengumi in Moeyo ken and Gintama, this article will consider the authors’ renditions of Hijikata Toshizō as reflecting the public’s perception of Shinsengumi as a whole. With the demand for conformism on their shoulders and lost in the quest for self identity, the masses would have found Toshizō’s strong sense of self identity and his strength to defy the conventions to actualise himself tremendously attractive. This difference in Tōshirō’s textual context also relates to the final finding to be discussed in this article. Here, the term popular literature is mainly used but both mass and popular will be used to refer to, An example of this is Sorachi’s characterisation of Shinsengumi in. No doubt contemporary idolisation of Hijikata as an autonomous hero is also a likely result of the public’s frustration with finding and pursuing their individual goals. It has been noted that the dynamics between the vice commander and Shinsengumi in Moeyo ken and Gintama are different as Toshizō seeks death as a Shinsengumi fighter and Tōshirō risks death to protect other Shinsengumi members. Gramsci, A., Forgacs, D. and Nowell-Smith, G., Selections from Cultural Writings (London: Lawrence and Wishart, 1985). Concurrently, Shinsengumi’s reputation also peaks with a successful raid on a secret jōi shishi meeting at the Ikedaya Inn. Morris, I., The Nobility of Failure: Tragic Heroes in the History of Japan (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1980). Another important arc, it follows the team-up of two former enemies, revelations concerning the founding of the Shinsengumi and one of the arc's main antagonists, Isaburo and Nobume. He thus acknowledges Shinsengumi as being pivotal to his self and dedicates his life to protect it. 24, no. If you want Kondō’s head, you’ve gotta beat me first. Gintama is an anime franchise with several seasons end more of 350 episodes. The complete fallout … Not only do these responses reflect the nature of popular literature as a reflection of one’s ideals, they confirm Hijikata is popularly imagined and loved as a hero driven by self-determination. In light of these changes in society, it is highly noteworthy that Toshizō’s almost-reckless drive to accomplish his aesthetics continues to be a defining characteristic of the twenty-first century remake of Hijikata, Tōshirō. Watch Gintama Season 3 (Eps 266-316) Episode 315, Farewell Shinsengumi Arc Part Eight: Nobume, on Crunchyroll. During this period, Japan and her people have experienced dramatic changes as the golden period of rapid economic expansion gave way to the bust of economic bubble, and subsequently to the Lost Decades. Steiner, ‘Private Criticism in the Public Space’. The novel was serialised from November 1962 to Mach 1964 in a magazine, Taishū bungaku literally translates into mass, popular literature, fiction. This arc spans from episode 158 to 168 in Sorachi. All translations from Japanese to English including any associated errors and omissions in this article are my own unless otherwise stated. © The Japan Foundation, Sydney, 2011. If you are at an office or shared network, you can ask the network administrator to run a scan across the network looking for misconfigured or infected devices. Benizakura arc. No other text is more appropriate than Moeyo ken to extract the archetype imagination of Shinsengumi in post-war Japan. This opening impressively… 291-340, 20, (2009). Vogel, E. F., Japan as Number One: Lessons for America (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1979), Originating from kōdan or historical romances for commoners, taishū bungaku is rather ambiguously distinguished from junbungaku (pure literature).15 It is argued that the term was initially adopted in the early 1920s to differentiate works from pure literature as well as from the more vulgar fiction.16 Thus labelling a work as taishū bungaku did not necessarily connote that it was non-serious or even commercially popular.17 Nevertheless, the two genres became qualitatively differentiated as authors of junbungaku were considered ‘artists’ in contrast to their ‘artisan’ counterparts.18 This division was further solidified with the creation of separate literary awards for each style.19 However in recent years, postwar economic expansion, development of mass media, writers’ shift from one genre to another and a new generation of writers’, such as Murakami Haruki’s, experiment with postmodernity have further challenged the definition of pure and popular.20, For our purposes, it is sufficient to note that authors of junbungaku wrote more ‘for the sake of other writers’21 and were ‘withdrawn from concerning themselves with political and national affairs’.22 In contrast, taishū bungaku has traditionally been ‘absorbed and reflected by the masses through entertainment’.23 That is, popular literature exists precisely because the masses consider a work entertaining. 174-86, Thus an end comes to the tumultuous fate of Toshizō and Shinsengumi, and to their fleeting yet blazing appearance in Bakumatsu Japan. Form, content and target audience of taishū bungaku have fluctuated across time as authors try to adapt to changes in the readers’ environment and perception. Being another reincarnation of Toshizō, Gintoki is determined to live according to his ideals whether or not he is right. A man must follow his envisioned aesthetics to the grave”. Kondō’s execution is ordered by the new government and many core members also perish in battles. He is another archetype of Japanese men idealised by Shiba, whose view of male aesthetics concedes that a real man dies for his ‘risei to kigai (reason and spirits) as opposed to ideologies and discourses’.46. In Tōshirō’s case, his attachment to Kondō and Shinsengumi does not diminish his autonomy because his reliance on them is an act of volition flowing from his own assessment of his self and surroundings. For a practicable comparative study of Shiba’s Shinsengumi and its replications, the scope of this research will be defined as follows. In the manga series, gaijin (foreigners) are replaced with Amanto, extra-terrestrial aliens who invaded the land of samurai and subdued the Bakufu into their puppet. This signifies a notable shift in the masses’ yearnings as their contemporary hero is not only autonomous, but also shares a filial kinship with people in his surroundings. In this sense, individuals’ desire for self-determination could have been frustrated by constraints in their social realities. Unfortunately, he ended up beating the Shinigami unconscious and brought it home. Since historical accomplishments do not explain why Shinsengumi is romanticised and idolised, this article will discover why this particular group of young men continue to appeal to the Japanese public by looking at popular imaginations. http://www.participations.org/Volume%205/Issue%202/5_02_steiner.htm. ), new abridged ed., (Surrey: Routledge, 1997). 2 (2008), pp. Before we probe the readers, let us first consider the hero of Moeyo ken, Hijikata Toshizō (1835~1869), who will be referred to as Toshizō to distinguish the fictional character from the actual person or other versions. In short, Shiba’s ideal hero is a man whose personal philosophy defies worldly logic and rationality. VanderStoep, S. W. and Johnston, D. D., Research Methods for Everyday Life Blending Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches (San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 2009). DOI: http://doi.org/10.21159/nvjs, © The Japan Foundation, Sydney As a text, Moeyo ken is open to numerous interpretations. This arc is the first serious arc in the series. Gintama (2015) Episode 316 - Farewell Shinsengumi Arc Part Nine: Farewell Shinsengumi The complete fallout of the events at Kokujo Island come to light and brings about farewells nobody thought they'd ever see. It is purely for entertainment purposes and in no way meant to offend. In the Yagyuu arc he saved her from an enemy while stating that “That brat is mine to beat up." being humane, empathetic, down-to-earth and/or straightforward), f) a man of integrity, g) a talented individual, and h) others. Auto-update my anime list NO Discuss this episode 5, Katō Shūichi chosakushū (Tokyo: Heibonsha, 1980). With research interests in the social function of popular historical heroes such as Shinsengumi and in the construction of ‘the Japanese’ identity, she is currently exploring Japan as a research student at the Department of Advanced Social and International Studies, University of Tokyo. 3 (1996), pp. Sorachi’s Tōshirō is unconcerned about the interests of the Bakufu or the Japanese nation despite his position as the vice commander of a police force. This requires a scrutiny of how readers locate their own model  heroes and compasses since the entertainment value of a work is ultimately judged by the audience.33 For this purpose, the practice of ‘sequel-writers’ who ‘revive’ and ‘recreate’ heroes of successful popular fiction with ‘new material’ is noteworthy since modifications are made to accommodate changing social sentiments.34 We may therefore discover why the masses are drawn to Shinsengumi by comparing Shiba’s heroes in Moeyo ken, the prototype of contemporary representations of Shinsengumi, with its reproductions. While there, they stumble across a … The Last Day of Hijikata Toshizo] (Japan, 2006). Retrieved from http://www.amazon.co.jp/. I’m Hijikata Tōshirō, the vice commander of Shinsengumi!!)60. Readers are kindly reminded that popular understanding of Shinsengumi’s spirit could be located in its vice commander, Hijikata Toshizō, because his dedication to the organisation and his death as the end of Shinsengumi are indispensable to the myth of Shinsengumi. It sets up the bigger storyline plot with … In turn, this could elucidate the underlying reason for popular romanticisation of Shinsengumi in contemporary Japan. The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Maaaaaaany times with Kagura. • That is, results from first and second observations were used to identify recurring themes and to re-design questions and response categories. 307-8. 2 (Tokyo: Shinchōsha, 1996). 8, no. Representations of Shinsengumi in Gintama could therefore be considered as a reflection of the group’s social images in the twenty-first century. Accordingly, he is determined to achieve self-actualisation by fostering Shinsengumi, a motley rabble of men from various walks of life, into a samurai organisation more stoic and authentic than real samurai. The Division between “Pure” and “Mass” Literature’, Monumenta Nipponica, vol. Thereby Hijikata’s subsequent struggles against the new government were omitted from the series. This requires a consideration of who constitutes as the ‘silent majority’ in postwar Japan. Nishimura, S., Saraba, waga seishun no shōnen jampu [Farewell, Shonen Jump of My Youth] (Tokyo: Gentōsha bunko, 1997). See Stretcher, ‘Purely Mass or Massively Pure?’, and Kato et , Mack, ‘Accounting for Taste’, pp. Shinsengumi is likewise reincarnated with a different kanji name as Edo police force. Tōshirō’s dedication to Shinsengumi is akin to an obsession that when Kondō, the figurehead of Shinsengumi, loses comically in a trivial fight, the vice commander bellows in fury, ‘we created Shinsengumi with nothing but our swords. What I was protecting before, and continue to protect today hasn’t changed one bit!! Yet a close examination of Tōshirō’s socio-historical context suggests that the nature of current demand for a self-determining hero is not identical to the masses’ attraction to Toshizō in earlier times. In this climate, reincarnating Hijikata into a lone wolf would have been insufficient to create a popular hero. Watch Gintama Season 3 (Eps 266-316) Episode 311, Farewell Shinsengumi Arc Part Four: Prison Break, on Crunchyroll. The upcoming samurai action game Gintama Rumble for PS4 gets another video featuring the popular Farewell, Shinsengumi Arc. The Shinsengumi and Mimawarigumi compete over solving a fictional case. Terms of Use | Privacy Policy, [REVIEW] The Anime Ecology: A Genealogy of Television, Animation, and Game Media, Child’s Play? Kato, S., A History of Japanese Literature: From the Manyōshū to Modern Times, Sanderson, D. (trans. I won’t let anyone ruin our Shinsengumi. For a detailed account of the cultural ramifications of. What I was protecting before, and continue to protect today hasn’t changed one bit!!63. Matsuura, R., Shinsengumi (Tokyo: Iwanami shoten, 2003). http://dx.doi.org/10.2307/25066744. http://dx.doi.org/10.2307/2385614. Stretcher, M. C., ‘Beyond “Pure” Literature: Mimesis, Formula, and the Postmodern in the Fiction of Murakami Haruki’, The Journal of Asian Studies, vol. In short, both characters are driven by their personal aesthetics, which are based on a strong awareness of their selves. The Shinsengumi's main task was to find and arrest Jouishishi and any other terrorists. It also forces Tōshirō to break the very code he imposed on Shinsengumi and thereby robs his standing as the vice commander. http://dx.doi.org/10.2307/2751472. But both characters are not dispirited by these changes; Toshizō continues to fight as Shinsengumi to his very death even though the organisation has lost all legitimacy and Tōshirō continues to fight for Shinsengumi’s survival even though he has been dishonourably discharged from the force against his will. Similarly, the life of Gintama’s Hijikata Tōshirō, the twenty-first century reincarnation of Shiba’s Toshizō, is driven by his determination to protect Shinsengumi. 19. Watch Gintama Season 3 (Eps 266-316 Dub) Episode 315, Farewell Shinsengumi Arc Part Eight: Nobume, on Crunchyroll. The first three response categories were adopted to check if a response corresponds to likely approaches to reading Moeyo ken previously canvassed in the article. Self-determination theory contends humans are naturally growth-oriented beings who attempt to ‘master and integrate their experiences into a coherent sense of self ’.65 Individuals are inclined to exercise autonomy, i.e. No one can pass through me. Retrieved 23 June 2009, from http://www.nhk.or.jp/drama/html_news_shinsen.html. In contrast, Toshizō considers himself as the living embodiment of Shinsengumi. 334: 6 "3000 Leagues in Search of a Scabbard" Transcription: "Saya o Tazunete Sanzenri" (Japanese: 鞘をたずねて三千里)November 5, 2017 (): Excalibur Arc Part One: The Yorozuya visits Tetsuko's blacksmith shop to resharpen Otose's husband's sword for his death anniversary.. Thus when Toshizō is questioned whether his intention to strengthen and expand Shinsengumi stems from a desire to gain the status of a daimyō, a samurai lord, Toshizō strongly refutes the suggestion: Of course I don’t wanna become one. Whether this country or the samurai comes to an end – I don’t care. Nakao, H., ‘The Legacy of Shiba Ryōtarō (In Memory of Shiba Ryōtarō)’ in Starrs, R. Tōshirō eagerly stakes his life to fight for Shinsengumi, the crystallisation of his life. That…you must not die…you have to survive…, Because Shinsengumi will not perish so long as you continue to exist, because we joined Shinsengumi for we admire you…, Kondō, you’re the soul of Shinsengumi and we’re the sword that protects it.59. While not the first serious storyline, the Yoshiwara in Flames Arc was the first to truly push action to the forefront. Shimozawa, K., Shinsengumi shimatsuki [The Chronicles of Shinsengumi] revised ed. Sorachi’s character is unconcerned about the illogicality of his actions as long as it suits his logic that Shinsengumi, their home, is preserved by ensuring the head’s authority and integrity are upheld. I’m Hijikata Tōshirō, the vice commander of Shinsengumi!!). Gintoki, the main protagonist and a jōi shishi-turned jack of all trades, is not afraid to challenge the currents of his time as he continues to carry a wooden sword. Murakami, Y., Kumon, S. and Satō, S., Bunmei to shite no ie shakai [Ie Society as a Civilisation] (Tokyo: Chūō kōronsha, 1979). Would Toshizō, the rebel…, be able to fill the shoes of a daimyō?…I’m a craftsman. It will be demonstrated from these studies that a likely reason for the Japanese public’s romanticisation of Shinsengumi in recent years could be their attraction to autonomous, self-determining heroes who also appreciate the value of community. The representation that what Gintama is. Matsumoto, K., Shiba ryōtarō – shiba bungaku no basho [Shiba Ryōtarō – The Place of Shiba Literature] (Tokyo: Gakushū kenkyūsha 2001). Dreaming of self-actualisation amidst economic vivacity, the masses would have easily identified with Shiba’s pugnacious, peasant-born hero who actualised himself into the vice commander of Shinsengumi during the dynamic Bakumatsu period. Shinsengumi-related products range from conventional media such as novels, games, manga, films and dramas to quirky items such as figurines, accessories, pets’ costumes and even an idol group, Shinsengumi Lien. Published January, 2011 Sorachi presents his interpretation of the popular hero by transporting Shinsengumi into a science-fiction, periodical comedy set in the fictional city of Edo, a mix of actual Edo from the Bakumatsu period and present Tokyo. Then, the significance of taishū bungaku will be examined to demonstrate that a comparative study of popular fictional heroes and their replications could reveal the masses’ consciousness. Rosin, M. (San Francisco: Viz Media LLC, 2007-Publication in progress). Tōshirō could become popular in the twenty-first century because his strong bond with Shinsengumi members constitutes the backbone of his personality in addition to his drive for self- determination. Looking for information on the anime Gintama° (Gintama Season 4)? Shinsengumi; Shiba Ryōtarō; literature; autonomy; Japanese hero; contemporary. First, it will be advanced that the characterisation of Shinsengumi in Moeyo ken (Blaze, My Sword)7, a taishū bungaku8 by Shiba Ryōtarō (1923-1996), is the closest crystallisation of popular romanticisation of the group. On this basis, it may be possible to locate a ‘philosophy of the age’ by examining how and why readers are attracted to heroes of successful taishū bungaku. Sorachi’s characterisation of Hijikata as a self-driven individual is also reflected in Gintama’s main character, Gintoki, who is described by the author as a ‘shattered’ version of the original image, i.e. The latter were established after two counts of review analysis to make a coherent synthesis of the responses. Yoshiwara is a cool setting. He asserts Shinsengumi are subordinate to none other than the head of Shinsengumi, Kondō, who provided a place of belonging for them, ‘uneducated rogues who knew nothing but how to swing a sword’.54 Having self-analysed his capacities, limitations and circumstances, Tōshirō is aware that his sole talent in fighting could only be realised through Shinsengumi in times when sword-bearing is forbidden. Amanto technology has transformed Edo into a hybrid of old and new; people still wear kimono, albeit in modified forms, but become hyped over the latest game console, Owee.51 Like their real counterpart, samurai in Gintama are prohibited from bearing swords in public and thereby, effectively deprived of their once-honourable warrior status. Indeed, present romanticisation of Hijikata in this manner is most likely attributable to the enduring popularity and influence of Shiba’s characterisation of the hero. Shiraishi Kyōji is a proponent of such an argument, see Suzuki. Asahina, K. (Tokyo: Heibonsha, 1997). Gintama is ideal because its Shinsengumi-based characters are heavily influenced by the author’s interpretation of Shiba’s heroes and the real Shinsengumi, as he claims, ‘I love everything about the real Shinsengumi…ever since I read “Burn, My Sword”. The Last Day of Hijikata Toshizō as a sequel to the taiga dorama (grand fleuve drama), ‘Shinsengumi!’.40 As a particular genre of historical narrative that ‘encourages and integrates present Japan by remembering and celebrating the past’, taiga dorama influences, and is influenced by the zeitgeist of the Japanese society..41 Like heroes of popular fiction, popular taiga dorama heroes exhibit values which resonate with the Japanese public. During the fight, an opponent ridicules Gintoki’s action as a futile effort to protect ‘a grotesque, rotten country that has been devoured by the Amanto’ and advises him to instead revolutionise Edo like a proper jōi shishi.62 Gintoki refutes by correcting his opponent’s misunderstanding of the nature of his battle: Not once did I fight for this cheap country. There is nearly forty years of time difference between Moeyo ken and Gintama. Zokuhen’ [Sequel to Shinsengumi!] There is a … Gintoki, Shinpachi, and Kagura return as the fun-loving but broke members of the Yorozuya team! Silver Soul is Gintama arc. Strikingly, 64 per cent of reviewers described Hijikata as a self-determining person. Seidensticker, ‘The “Pure” and the “in-Between”’, p. 181. For an analysis of the various risks present in contemporary Japan, see Kingston. ———, ‘Gin Tama. But they are frustrated for different reasons because it has become apparent that Japanese society has also lost a sense of direction. Their contribution to history is rather limited that at most, less than a page is allocated for them in history dictionaries such as the Great Dictionary of Japanese History.2 In short, not much is written about Shinsengumi other than their small victories and their anachronistic fate shared with the Bakufu’s downfall. ), The Self: Interdisciplinary Approaches (New York: Springer-Verlag, 1991), pp. Antonio Gramsci explains readers are attracted to popular literature because it reflects their ‘philosophies of the age’, which may be discovered by examining popular heroes with their subsequent replications. igure 2 – Graph of Amazon.co.jp Review Analysis. 2 (2004), pp. 64, no. But their glories are short-lived as Shinsengumi descends alongside the Bakufu’s downfall. I even try not to think about the current state of affairs. Shinsengumi Crisis Arc (Episodes 101-105) 5 Guardian Dog Arc (Episode 107-108) 2 … The 18th Ikeda Yaemon identified the cut as "Kimoarai", a techniq… The most notable similarity in both renditions of Hijikata is their strong, almost- irrational determination to pursue personal objectives. Seidensticker, E., ‘The “Pure” and the “in-Between” in Modern Japanese Theories of the Novel’, Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies, vol. Episodes 100 to 105 were directed by Shinji Takamatsu and Yoichi Fujita, while in following episodes Fujita was the only director. They were sometimes given detective work beyond the scope of the regular police. I just wanna build Shinsengumi into the best group of fighters in the world. Equating such a perception of Shinsengumi to the Japanese public’s imagination requires further research involving a wider number of samples across different time periods, and a more systematic methodology. 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