Sakata Gintoki ([personal profile] pachintoki) wrote2017-02-02 01:00 pm
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Application for The Far Shore

Name: Dan
Contact: plurk : tropospheres
Age: old enough
Other Characters: I was in the game with Gintoki before so I don't know if that counts.

Character Information

Name: Gintoki Sakata
Canon: Gintama
Canon Point: After the Shinsengumi leave Edo, before Yato planet.
Age: late 20s
We don't know where Gintoki actually came from, but the links below give a good summary of his history without giving major spoilers:

Gintama is an AU (Alternate Universe) story set during the Bakumatsu era of Japan, or the final years of the shogunate. Rather than foreigners from the Western world, aliens from outer space have invaded and integrated themselves into society.

Gintoki is the owner of the Yorozuya, a word that means something similar to 'House of 10,000 (or many) businesses'. Basically, anybody can make offers to the Yorozuya, and they'll take the job which can be anything from finding someone's lost cat to standing in line to buy a new game system for a client, to even helping the Shinsengumi. On the surface it may seem like Gintoki is just trying to make a living in an era where it was, in historical Japan, often difficult for former samurai to do so. Despite this, the Yorozuya hardly seems to make enough money for Gintoki and it's employees, Kagura - a freakishly strong teenage girl who belongs to a clan of crazy stong aliens called the Yato - and Shinpachi - the son of a former samurai and the only straight man- to survive. This is something that the two kids remind him of often. Their relationship is very sibling-like, and they pester, nag, tease and argue with each other to no end. But as Gintoki himself says, life would be too boring without them.

Gintoki can be very lazy about traditional work, happy to do as little as possible for as much money as possible, even to the point of refusing a job because it might be too much work, or something he doesn't want to be involved in. There's really no reason to work when a person could be napping or enjoying the finer things in life, such as fantasizing about the attractive weather lady or building a careful chocolate stash. He seems to really like to watch television, too. Gintoki likes to eat, too, and the series creator has said that his cooking skills are 'iron-chef level'.

Despite the laziness Gintoki can be surprisingly industrious. He is, after all, a business-owner. Money speaks to the Gintoki, and to the Yorozuya, as we see when Gintoki is first hired by Hasegawa, and he often will accept money for any reason. Anything to buy his weekly Jump and daily sugar requirement; his favorite seem to be large ice cream and fruit parfaits. He's childish, he sleeps late, talks like a hooligan and sometimes has a quick temper. Other times, he can't be bothered to do anything other than laze around under a kotatsu with the television on. He's terrified of scary things like ghosts or even a scary movie. He's also not a man who is above taking an extra glance at an attractive lady or reading a dirty magazine, being just a little too comfortable with those rated-M things.

However, there is much more to Gintoki than the lazy former samurai, a typical good-for nothing man who mooches business and living space off of Otose. She is the owner of the building and a bar/snack house on the first floor. There is also much more that the Yorozuya represents besides a struggling business. Although jobs don't always go as the client plans, we always see Gintoki resolving issues relying on his own personal convictions, and that nearly always means the resolution is on the side of justice, on helping those who are in need, and generally doing the right thing. While initially refusing a job from a man who has no money, the moment Gintoki learns that he's dying in the hospital, he takes the man's job anyway and does what the man asks. Countless times we see Gintoki use his business to help individual people, and often risking his life and safety to do so. This is in contrast to his former war-time comrades who seek major reform of the country and the bakufu, even to the point of its complete destruction.

And those former comrades of Gintoki's lead to a much darker past than his more light-hearted existence with Shinpachi and Kagura, with whom his relationship is very familial ( it's very obvious he cares about them deeply and would do anything to protect them), reflects. We know nothing about Gintoki's actual family; he was found by Yoshida Shouyou, a teacher and samurai, on a battlefield, taking food from corpses and protecting himself with stolen swords. It's pretty obvious that Shouyou-sensei was the most important person to Gintoki growing up, and was a model of protection and care and kindness and strength to him. Although it's hard to say given the limited background information that we have, Shouyou is someone that Gintoki relied on and someone who never disappointed him, living according to his convictions to the end, much like Gintoki tries to do. It's natural that Gintoki's desire to protect his soul by doing good, and also to protect the souls of those who can't protect themselves stems directly from Shouyou's teaching, and it's a big part of what motivates Gintoki in everything he does with the Yorozuya, and everything he does in life.

"From now on, you will swing that sword. Not to cut down your enemies. Not to cut away your weaknesses and protect yourself. But to protect your very soul." -Shouyou-sensei

Doing this is likely, to Gintoki, to feel as though it's the only way to honor and repay his teacher, who likely served as a familial figure to Gintoki as well, having no family of his own at all. To avoid major spoilers, Shouyo was taken prisoner by the government, which led to at least 3 of his former students (including Gintoki) joining a 20-year conflict against the Amanto, aliens that invaded the earth. It's clear that they joined what's called the Joui war in the final years of the conflict, when it quickly became looked they had no way to defeat species' with such advanced technology. During this period Gintoki was known as Shiroyasha, or the White Demon; his swordsmanship was highly feared, and the destruction he caused was devastating. Sensei was killed during this conflict, which crushed Gintoki and his comrades.

Gintoki clearly only joined the conflict to rescue his sensei, and not to rebel against the government. This reasoning is hinted at during a flashback with Katsura, one of his comrades and one of Shouyou-sensei's students. As they are surrounded by Amanto, Katsura says they should commit seppuku and die honorably. Gintoki's reply is one of the most well-known quotes from the series: "If you have time to fantasize about your beautiful death, then why not use that to live beautifully until the end?"

This is clearly again in reference to Shouyou-sensei's teachings, Gintoki believing that his teacher would much rather have him survive than die for something like honor. Gintoki doesn't seem to care too much about honor; killing himself rather than surviving for the sake of others would seem very selfish to him, especially since his life was given to him by Shouyou-sensei, and he's going to treasure it. To Gintoki, dying isn't much of a victory, even if he has shown himself to be self-sacrificing when he isn't sure there's another way to protect those he wants to protect. After the conflict, we know that Gintoki spend some time in prison waiting to be executed; he was arrested after trying to protect children and families of former comrades who the government had started targeting after the Joui Wars. He was then allowed to escape by an executioner who didn't feel he deserved to die, even if Gintoki was ready to throw his life away. Sometime after that he met Otose, a woman who owns a bar, and he now lives in an apartment above the bar. She is definitely a mother/grandmother figure for him. He pays her rent, but he's also her protector. He also takes the well-being of the Kabukicho district somewhat seriously, and proudly owns the community as his own. He's created his own little family with the people he looks out for, and that is how he sees them. It's obvious in the series that he values this 'family' more than anything.

In his life at the Yorozuya, as far as we know, few if any of Gintoki's acquaintances and friends know all the details about his dark past. Despite the occasionally nightmare about past battles, he's definitely left the past behind as far as he's able to, to the frustration of former comrades Katsura and Takasugi, former students of Shouyou-sensei who seek the dismantling/reform of the Shogunate and it's destruction, respectively. But it’s easy to see that he’s still somewhat haunted by the past, and past events influence his decisions in many ways.

For a man who largely acts like he doesn't want much to do with others, Gintoki sure manages to get into others' business pretty effortlessly, and he will help them tenaciously, with that indomitable soul of his. He also manages to get involved with his former comrade again when Takasugi plans to assasinate the Shogun by using a local inventor, Gengai, whom Gintoki ends up befriending. Takasugi also deliberately makes use of Amanto technology in combination with swords to form the Benizakura, a bio-mechanical sword. It is here where we can truly see that Gintoki's actions after the Joui war are in complete opposite of Takasugi's; Gintoki tries to exist in the country on his own terms and look after people, forming bonds with people, where as Takasugi wants to tear down and destroy the country so it matches his own convictions. Both Katsura and Gintoki are concerned about their old friend, but despite this, claim that they will kill him if they need to.

Because he never had a family, the people close to him are extremely important to him, and much like a family to him, particularly Otose, Kagura, and Shinpachi. By extension, he has others that he'll do a lot for, such as Hasegawa and Otae-san, Tama and Gengai, Tsukuyo and those in Yoshiwara, and even a few unnamed idiots in the Shinsengumi. He comments that it's ironic that those without families understand what's important in a family better than those who have them. It's a particular sort of anger Gintoki feels, when he sees others betraying or failing to protect their those closest to them. We definitely see this with regards to Gintoki's interactions with Kagura's family; while he doesn't seem to dislike Kagura's father, Umibozu, there is definitely contempt for a man who would leave his own family behind. And in the red-light district Yoshiwara, when Gintoki and Co. help the courtesans there rebel against Yato clan member, Housen, we also meet Kagura's brother, Kamui. Kamui seems to be a cold killer who cares only about fighting the strongest, beating the strongest, and getting stronger to the point where he tried to kill his own father. This is practically the first thing Gintoki berates him for, pointing out the kind of person he must be to have tried to kill his own father and sister. Unfortunately, Kamui's only response to Gintoki is being excited to find someone new who is strong enough for him, and Kamui hopes to fight with Gintoki someday. When Umibozu tells Gintoki that Kamui wasn't always that way, and Kagura still hopes to save and change her brother, Gintoki is left without anything to say.

At the same time, this gradually growing attachment and care for the people around him - no matter what he says, it's clearly there - is what draws so many to the often abrasive, bristly, lazy, sugar addicted ex-samurai, and he has people who care about him; Shinpachi and Kagura especially are visibly very distressed when he gets injured, and the same goes for Gintoki if anything happens to them. Despite this, we can also see that there is a small part of Gintoki who seems to hate himself, considering himself worthless and even referring to himself as trash at one point. But because of who Gintoki is, those around him can see the good in him too - Gintoki's shining soul. For now, it's one day at a time, trying to get a job, earn a living, and at least have a little extra left over for some strawberry milk.

Gintoki is a samurai and has very well-developed skills. Although he usually will use a bokuto (wooden sword) he has been shown to use a normal katana and polearms when he needs to truly defend himself. He has also been shown to be able to cut through things/break things with his wooden sword. In his youth during the Joui war, he was known as Shiroyasha (the White Demon) and shown to be very destructive, slaughtering countless enemies by himself. As a swordsman, along with his strength he also shows speed and ingenuity in battle, along with an incredible ability to fight through any pain or injury. But he's not invincible.

Gintoki largely will use his sword only to protect his convictions and those people important to him. He'll also use it to stop others from doing bad things. It's very rare that he will even fight for fun, such as with members of the Shinsengumi. Still, as a samurai, if someone challenged him, he'd likely accept. He'd probably think it was stupid though, and we see from his 'duel' with Kondo that he doesn't really take it seriously. He gives Kondo a secretly broken sword so he can easily win and walk away from the duel. He's a major cheater, and he'll run away if that's the best option.

He seems to like the idea of justice, and defending those who can't defend themselves. Just as potent as his sword sometimes can be the inspirational lecturing he tends give those who are doing wrong. He can cause quite a bit of destruction, but his reasons for doing so would be for the greater good; he's very unselfish when it comes to his sword.

Physical: Gintoki is a samurai and has very well-developed skills. He's very fast, he's creative, and he's strong. He has incredible stamina in his ability to fight despite pain or injury.
Mental: Gintoki is clever when he wants to be, and when it serves him to be. Sometimes he may actually even feign ignorance or stupidity in order to protect himself or accomplish what he needs to. He is surprisingly shrewd when it comes to getting information, especially when it's to help someone else or complete a high-paying job.
Emotional: Gintoki, as it's been put, is "more reliable than he looks." Even when things look bad, when he's hurting physically or emotionally, he manages to know exactly what needs to be done and said. He's very good at telling people exactly what they need to hear in order to overcome their challenges. Sometimes, if he cares about the person enough, he's even good at comforting them with the exact words they need to hear; we see this with Shinpachi and Kagura during their many challenges together; we also see it with Tsukuyo, Kyuubei, Otae and even sometimes with those Shinsengumi assholes.

Physical: When Gintoki isn't fighting for his life or his friends, he is the most lazy guy in all of Edo. He's as reckless in the bars of Edo's nightlife as he can be on the battlefield, staying out late drinking and sleeping in even later. He's no doubt spent many days happily lying on the sofa of the Yorozuya watching tv or immersed in his favorite issue of JUMP, reading and lazing the day away.

Gintoki is also shown to have a real addiction to sugar, being grumpy, irritable, and even lethargic when he doesn't get his daily fix. Strawberry milk, parfaits, and adzuki jam on rice are some of his main drugs, and he'd probably eat them until he got sick if he had the money for it. Other characters tease him by calling him pre-diabetic, though he has mentioned that his doctor has limited him to one parfait a week.

He also has a slightly smaller addiction to gambling activities, whether it's a horse-race, a game of cards, or his most-often turned to activity, pachinko. There's something about those silver balls he can't resist and he wastes a lot of money on it, only to be scolded afterwards by Shinpachi and Kagura.

Mental: He's deathly afraid of ghosts. One of his favorite things to say is 'the best way to life a full life is to be a child, no matter what your age' and he sure takes that to heart. Unfortunately, all his childlike behavior looks a lot more like childish behavior, and he can be really immature.

He can also lose his temper easily at stupid things, like when he's arguing with Hijikata. When he's arguing and bantering he can get really petulant, irritated, and downright prickly, just like a sulky kid.

Emotional: As someone who was subjected to so much trauma at a young age, Gintoki represses a lot. He's experience much more sadness than the average person, and he hasn't always been a place where he can deal with it, instead internalizing his emotions and pain. Some of his habits, and his personality that's easily addicted to things, are most likely his way to keep his demons and pain at bay.

Unfortunately this also means he usually keeps people at a safe distance too, rarely confiding in anybody and taking on hardships alone. He'll fight alone for those he loves, he'll take all the risk alone, as long as it keeps other people from having to suffer he'll do it all, alone.

Not only does this stem from wanting to keep people safe, but it stems from guilt he carries from his time fighting in the Joui wars, where he had to do some things that scarred him for life. Having already lost so many people he cared about, including his sensei - his most important person - Gintoki quietly carries this guilt around. During and after his fight with Jiraia he implies that he's a coward and not a good student to his master - sensei.

When things get really hard, or if he fails to protect someone important, such as when Jirocho attacks Otose, the guilt becomes too much for him to bear and he starts making decisions that push the people close to him away, which is distressing to them, in particular Shinpachi and Kagura. It's also implied that he will often have nightmares from the time period of the Joui wars, his guilt never quite leaving him alone even when he's trying to rest.

God/Shinki: God

Why?: I'm applying for Gintoki to be a god for a few reasons. The main reason is that Gintoki is a leader. Despite his laziness and his seemingly aloof/apathetic attitude, the fact is that Gintoki is charismatic. People follow him because he does get the job done when he needs to, and because he is a good person somewhere deep-down. He's definitely got that indescribable something that causes people to listen to him. Another reason, though, is that Gintoki is protective. Anybody that is under his command or care becomes important to him and he'll take care of them. Lastly, he owns an odd-jobs business as a human. In some ways, answering prayers is kind of like doing those odd jobs, so he's already experienced. He'll definitely enjoy helping people who need it.

Top 3 Choices:

Shinto/Japanese god Inari - Inari is the god of rice, cooking, sake, agriculture, prosperity in business/worldly success, and foxes. I honestly cannot think of a better god for Gintoki, who loves to eat food, loves sake, had a successful business, loves money, and is as clever/shrewd as a fox. One of the representations of Inari is of an old man sitting on a bag of rice. It's pretty much Gintoki 100% accurate. In the Edo period Inari was known as a patron god of merchants/businesses and a protector of warriors, so that's perfect for Gintoki.

Shinto/Japanese god Tajimamori - The god of sweets and confections. Gintoki is unhealthily obsessed with all things sweets and he loves sugar dearly.

Buddhist/Japanese god Jizō - Jizō is often associated with protecting children who die before their parents. However, another definition that I like is 'protector of the vulnerable' and Jizō is also represented as protecting other things, such as travelers or pregnant women. Gintoki is a champion of the vulnerable; he doesn't like bullies or unfairness.


I think it would interesting if he could gain some sort of power from food. I don't know how mods would have to limit this, but I'd like him to be able to gain some sort of stamina from eating rice or eating something sweet. Maybe he could get a healing type of power from eating something else too.

Writing Sample

Well, here's some links when I was in the game before:

If Gintoki does get to be Inari, any characters that have any affiliation at all with foxes would be great for a shinki.

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