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Gin Tama, Volumes 14-19 by Hideaki Sorachi

book 59:  Gin Tama, Volume 14 by Hideaki Sorachi

Continuation of a samurai/alien/alternate history/ parody manga...In this volume, the battle with the sword expert Yagyu clan for Otae continues.  After some epic (and humorous) battles only Gin, Shinpachi, Kyube, and and Binbokusai are left in the competition.

book 60:  Gin Tama, Volume 15 by Hideaki Sorachi

The battle with the Yagyu clan concludes, Otae repays her debt to Kondo by saving him from a gorilla wedding, Zenzo the shinobi bonds with a girl who can see the future, Katsura tries to get a driver's license, Sadaharu finds doggie love, the girls (faux and real) "entertain" the shogun, and Okita's sister (and Hijikata's unrealized love) arrives.

book 61:  Gin Tama, Volume 16 by Hideaki Sorachi

Hijikata takes down Okita's sister's criminal fiance (with some help), and they say (in their own ways) goodbye to her as she succumbs to her illness (actually touching for such tough characters).  A virus causing unibrows turns everyone into zombies (or zombrows, thank you, Katsura!).  Gin and crew assist (and get annoyed by) a "hard boiled" cop while he tries to take down/ vindicate his long time criminal rival.  The gang hosts a match-making party to convince Kyube of her femininity and prevent her from "building a tower of babel" (getting a sex change).  Gin was actually surprisingly charming at times. :)

book 62:  Gin Tama, Volume 17 by Hideaki Sorachi

Gin finds a disembodied head in the trash and ends up involved in a robot conspiracy.  The gang tries to get the new video gaming system the Owee and ends up in an eccentric video gaming competition for the prize.

book 63:  Gin Tama, Volume 18 by Hideaki Sorachi

The video game competition ends.  The soul of Gin's wooden sword visits him and tries to give him greater powers.  It's Valentine's day, and the gang witnesses intergalactic...love(?).  Gin accidentally twarts an assassin and purposefully defends Hasegawa against lewd behavior charges.  The girls all get fat and compete to loss weight at a "fasting dojo".

book 64:  Gin Tama, Volume 19 by Hideaki Sorachi

A conspiracy to destroy the Shinsengumi involving Takasugi finds the return of a colleage, Hijikata becoming cursed and turning into a "loser otaku", betrayal within Shinsengumi ranks, and some pretty epic fight sequences involving Gin and some of the Shinsengumi members.  Some nice scenes both in fight sequences and in character depth building in this arc.
Tags: adventure, comedy, japanese, manga, young adult
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