Here's my second attempt to translate some of Gintama content, the 2018 radio broadcast titled "Parallel World: The Shogun's Meeting" and the VAs of the two shoguns came as guests. The broadcast was bundled together w the Silver Soul arc pt. 2's BD.
Ono Yuuki (Shigeshige's VA) sharing his experience visiting Shigeshige's and Nobunobu's grave irl.
Pls correct me if there's some errors in my translation bcs im still a newbie and my Japanese is really sucks so ya
(I love it whenever Gintama does the episode title reveal at a specific moment where you’ll understand its meaning)
This is the second time Nobunobu has made me cry, and sadly, it seems like it will be the last. Always love a good redemption story, and I’d certainly count this as one.
I love that Sakamoto was the most visibly shook over his death (Shinichiro Miki’s performance was amazing),
since the moment they captured Nobunobu he was always there trying to talk sense to him and ended up leading him to the path of redemption in the first place. Sakamoto saved Nobunobu’s soul, but in the end
he couldn’t save his life.
Getting some recognition from Zura was great as well, especially after he said he won’t look up to Nobunobu as shogun, but if the real shogun (Shigeshige) was there, perhaps he would, only a few moments earlier.
I’m glad Ensho’s backstory was shown in the previous episode, getting a sudden reveal for his character would’ve distracted me from Nobunobu’s part a bit, this way we understood where he was coming from and that he ultimately got what was coming for him without thinking about it too much in the moment, which made his death being so unceremonious compared to Nobunobu’s more appropriate.
The saddest thing about all this is that Nobunobu can never meet Soyo at Shigeshige’s grave which means Soyo will, by her own words, never forgive him. Sometimes death is sudden and you just don’t get that perfect closure, whenever you see that in a story it’s frustrating but just makes it feel that much more real.
Farewell, Tokugawa Nobunobu the shogun, may you too be relieved of your duties, and find peace as simply Nobunobu the man, as simply another buddy~
I will protect Edo and our country, no matter what. That's what your brother would say, right? That's what a real shogun would say. Unfortunately, I have neither the right nor the capability to do so, but I do have the right to act as the country's stepping stone. So many people died failing to protect what they wished to protect, and I have the right to die for the things they left behind.