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See Historical Precedent
Shinsengumi 真選組 is the "special armed police force" 特別武装警察 that forms the law-enforcement entity of Edo, in the service of the ruling Shogunate in Gintama world. Though their main tasks involve going after groups/individuals in anti-government or terrorist activities, they do perform regular police duties such as going on street patrols. In Episode 8 it is reported that they are also in charge of directing Edo's traffic. In Episode 172 they were tasked with interrogation of dangerous criminals when other departments are unable to make any headway. Whenever the Shogun goes out of the palace, seemingly the whole Shinsengumi outfit, including Commander Kondou Isao, accompanies him as his bodyguard along with helicopters and tanks (Episode 83).
Because they serve under the government, they have been given various negative labels, such as:
- - 幕府の犬 bakufu no ken, aka The dogs of Bakufu by the Jouishishi 攘夷志士,
- - 税金泥棒 zeikindorobou, aka Tax revenue robbers by Sakata Gintoki 坂田 銀時.
- - Mimawarigumi's Vice-commander Imai Nobume calls them チンピラ警察 chinpira keisatsu, aka hooligan police
In the original Shinsengumi 新選組, the character for 'Shin' 新 literally means new.
In the Gintama version, the character for 'Shin' 真 literally means 'real' or 'true'. There is a possibility of the manga author's pun here as there are many other characters that can be read as 'shin', which the author did not choose.
|The original Shinsengumi 新選組 (alt. 新撰組) organization chart||The Gintama Shinsengumi's 真選組 Kyokuchuu Hatto|| Bakufu Special Military Police |
In the original Shinsengumi's Kyokuchuu Hatto 局中法度, there were 5 main regulations, namely:
For more details on the historical precedent Shinsengumi 新選組, refer to Historical Precedents.
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- Nakasaki 中崎 - aide & chauffeur to Matsudaira, first appeared anime Ep. 223. Recently had a baby girl named Fuuko.
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