Introducing some friends to Gintama in like, highschool or something? That was a big mistake. I apparently forgot that I only suffered through the first, what, 40 episode, 'cuz I’d already read the manga.
The early episodes are… really bad.
And god, for all that I love that stupid series to death, it has some big 'ol glaring problems.
Like, okay. Kyubei being genderqueer/non-binary is cool as fuck.
But other than that, the arc message or moral? Just… why. And there’s some garbage in earlier arcs. And the way it handles trans stuff… I wouldn’t say there’s active malice, since a lot of the series is about acceptance, but ugh. It’s bad. Any arc involving Saigou, Saigou’s employees, or god, Kyubei, highlights the problems the series has with portrayal of any character that isn’t cishet.