Synonyms: Gintama' (2012), Gintama' Overdrive, Kintama
Japanese: 銀魂' 延長戦
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 4, 2012 to Mar 28, 2013
24 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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Score: 9.071 (scored by 19212 users)
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SynopsisSakata Gintoki, Kagura, and Shinpachi Shimura continue to scrape a living as freelance jack-of-all-trades at Edo while amidst the several odd humans and aliens that inhabit the peculiar metropolis.
This season contains episodes that were aired in the previous seasons of Gintama. For complete episode information, see the More Info tab.
Related AnimeAdaptation: Gintama
Sequel: Gintama: Kanketsu-hen - Yorozuya yo Eien Nare
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This is my review for Gintama': Enchousen. I'd appreciate if you could read all of it and I would welcome any and all feedback on my MAL profile.
Gintama': Enchousen (I'll refer to it as just Enchousen, from now) is the third season of the Gintama series. The previous two seasons, Gintama and Gintama', are both very enjoyable, as both had numerous entertaining story arcs and memorable characters. So naturally Enchousen had a lot to live up to and, from the score I've given, you can tell that it shattered my expectations (and then some).
I won't bother with the general backstory of Gintama since it is more or less covered in the synopses for all three seasons. The story structure of Gintama isn't like most Shounen series, in the sense that it doesn't focus on a single story arc over a 10+ episode period. Instead, there are mini arcs that are (usually) covered in 3-4 episodes, as well as many short stories in between these mini arcs. Enchousen, however, is slightly different to the previous two seasons, as there are only 13 episodes and so the amount of content for this season is incredibly limited (compared to the previous two, at least). To get around this, Enchousen covers three arcs over 12 of the 13 episodes. These arcs are: Kintama, Courtesan of a Nation and School of Beam Saber. I will get this out of the way first, I absolutely loved the first two arcs and I am delighted that they decided to do it this way. Enchousen never had a dull moment, as it is relentless from the get go. There are plenty of emotions, great fight scenes, engaging characters and they even managed to sprinkle their trademark comedy into the mix.
Which brings me to the comedy. You can't talk about Gintama and not mention the comedy. The way Gintama tells jokes is quite different to most other series. In that there are recurring gags, shock value jokes, puns, Japanese and Western cultural references, as well as a couple I can't even remember. However, having many jokes isn't always enough. If you bombard the audience with constant jokes it's always likely that some will be lost in the shuffle. Gintama manages to get over this by utilising its comedy at the right moments and this is a major reason why I think it is one of the strongest comedies around. There are several memorable moments in the Kintama arc alone. I love the references to the Gintama DVDs, Gintoki's facial expressions and the Mantama gag, which was incredible. XD
The characters of Gintama are another strong suit of the series. We have our three loveable protagonists in Gintoki, Kagura and Shinpachi, but they are also backed up brilliantly by characters such as Madao, Katsura, The Shinsengumi, Tsukuyo... Yeah, what I'm getting at is that Gintama has a very large cast. Of course, if you were to just watch Enchousen without watching either of the previous seasons, you'd lose out on a lot of great character backstory. Enchousen doesn't just rely on past characters, as they introduce new characters and all of them were very enjoyable for me, from the straight haired Kintoki, the beautifully tragic Courtesan and her partner, the despicable Sada, and the bada**ery of Oboro. All the new characters fit right into the series and all of them enhanced the experience greatly. Special mention to Tokiko and her insanely memorable 'sword and sheath' quote. We are even treated to some backstory for Gintoki and a cameo appearance from everyone's favourite eye patch wearing, government destroying samurai.
In terms of presentation, Enchousen manages to improve over the previous seasons by quite a bit. The art is more polished and the designs are much cleaner and, as a result of this, the characters and backgrounds all look much nicer and, in the case of the latter, detailed. This could be attributed to more of the budget being focused on fewer episodes, so I'm glad that they were able to up the quality. As far as sound is concerned, you don't have VAs of the quality of Sugita Tomokazu, Rie Kugumiya and Nakamura Yuuichi, and not have a winner. As for the soundtrack, Gintama has always been strong in this department and Enchousen continues that trend, with all four of the OP/EDs being catchy and getting me into the mood for every episode. I particularly enjoyed the first OP coupled with the unique animations for the Kintama arc, which is a very nice touch.
In conclusion, I would rank Enchousen as the strongest season of Gintama, if not one of the strongest seasons I've ever seen, period. There was so much that was done exceedingly well that it was impossible for me not to love it. The arcs were extremely entertaining, filled with everything that makes Gintama great. There is action, comedy, emotionally deep storylines and great characters. I would strongly recommend Enchousen, as well as the previous seasons, to anyone. Plus, there is also the Gintama Movie, which is also amazing. I (and everyone else) am eagerly anticipating the continuation of the Gintama anime, preferably sooner rather than later.
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Despite Gintama': Enchousen being shorter than its previous seasons, it still brings the action and comedy part of the show, never leaving, but always staying one step ahead. By doing this, the emotional impact the show brings into the series in some of the small and major arcs is shown in great detail, this leaves the viewers speechless at how perfectly it's put together.
Comedy isn't that strong in series as of late, even in most of the series airing the comedy was either pretty bad or they started out great, but than ended up as failures from becoming great. Knowing when to be funny in a show is essential to making a series great. If you just half-ass your way it won't become funny anymore, instead it will just be a generic show trying too hard. From the Fall and Winter seasons numerous shows tried doing this and they just burnt out near the end. Some recovered themselves near the end, barely.
However, Gintama is able to keep its comedy approach, knowing when to do it at the right time and not forcing itself too much. This gives the show a strong appeal to the fans that look for laughs.
We can't just talk about the comedy of Gintama though, the action and emotional part of the show is able to perform so well that its surprising. It makes you think, "How can a show be so funny, yet so great in so many vast amount of genres?" It really is speechless to say, at least from my standing and maybe you'll be able to question this yourself sometime too.
When it comes to Odd Jobs, also known as Yorozuya in its Romanized name, great hardships befall them. This ranges from running out of money due to the lack of jobs—to putting themselves into greater danger more so than the Shinsengumi, also known as the "Special Police Force." By going to such great acts of danger they're able to overcome and help the people they hold dear as friends.
Another great thing about Gintama is its characters. Gintoki, Shinpach, Kagura, and don't forget about Sadaharu, their pet dog; If it can even be classified as a "dog," have if not the best and unique characters in Anime. Despite Gintoki being the leader his personality takes a 180 turn from being serious, to trolling the viewers by picking his nose and always reading manga. Like Gintoki, Shinpachi and Kagura have pretty much the same type of personalities of Gin but show it in a different way.
The general theme of Gintama has no boundaries, right? Right. It's able to clash from fighting Aliens known as the Amanto that harm their beloved country to fighting corrupted Shoguns that only seek power. This also relates to its artwork by going into an Olden historical setting and even space.
In the soundtrack department, Audio Highs who's worked on all of the previous seasons and this one also shows how she/he is able to compose and arrange the music in the correct places throughout the series. While Amoyamo who played the first opening song, "Let's Go Out" of Gintama Enchousen and SPYAIR who performed the second opening song, "Sakura Mitsu Tsuki" as well as many other songs from the previous seasons is able to show a calm but catchy beat in all of their songs. The ending song is rather catchy as well, performed by PAGE - "Expect."
In the end Gintama lives up to being a great classic to the viewers. A show that can bring comedy, emotion, action and an historical type setting all into one, while keeping strong to its general based theme is Gintama. Odd Jobs will never be forgotten, they shall return one day and when that day comes, prepare yourself.
Calling both of these hilarious would be an understatement. Despite a considerable difference in setting, Gintama' Enchousen and SKET Dance share a similar comedic style that could best be summed up with one word - randomness.
The very purpose of Yorozuya and Sket-Dan are fundamentally the same: they do anything for their clients. In most cases, both of them go through outrageous lengths in order to accomplish their tasks. Moreover, both groups are composed of three members who play very similar roles: a leader, a strong female, and an otaku. Their personalities are so strikingly similar that a crossover was made highlighting that very premise.
The main aspect that distinguishes both series from the rest is its unique sense of humor. Both series parody other anime series but do so in a brilliant and creative manner. If Gintama is considered the king of comedy, Sket Dance would be the prince.
Opening Theme#1: "LET'S GO OUT" by Amoyamo (eps 1-3)
#2: "Mantama (まんたま)" by Tsu Terakado ♀ with Houkago Happy Hour (寺門通♀ with 放課後ハッピーアワー) (ep 4)
#3: "Sakura Mitsutsuki (サクラミツツキ)" by Spyair (eps 5-8, 10-13)
#4: "Expect (エクスペクト)" by Page (ep 9)
Ending Theme#1: "Moonwalk (ムーンウォーク)" by Monobright (eps 1-4)
#2: "LET'S GO OUT" by Amoyamo (ep 4)
#3: "Expect (エクスペクト)" by Page (eps 5-8, 10-13)
#4: "Sakura Mitsutsuki (サクラミツツキ)" by Spyair (ep 9)
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