Thanks for the hard work.
The thing is that Gintama has been pretty formulaic recently, there have been a couple of nice chapters here and there, and moments, but for the most part I think that it should at least gear up to the ending.
After the 4 devas arc, and Kintoki arc, and a little of the Darth Elizabeth arc and Obi Wan arc, nothing much had captured the emotional highs of the series.
Bottom line: Love Gintoki and the cast, but it's time for the promissed fight with the emo destruction guy. There's a limit on how many dick and shit jokes/pop culture references/characters running gag can you put in a manga, Gintama went over it a while ago, but the quality of it's serious arcs, plus the charisma of it's characters and the humor high notes that it reaches have keept it afloat.