Synonyms: Gin Tama, Silver Soul
Apr 4, 2006 to Mar 25, 2010
Thursdays at 18:00 (JST)
24 min. per ep.
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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SynopsisThe Amanto, aliens from outer space, have invaded Earth and taken over feudal Japan. As a result, a prohibition on swords has been established, and the samurai of Japan are treated with disregard as a consequence.
However one man, Gintoki Sakata, still possesses the heart of the samurai, although from his love of sweets and work as a yorozuya, one might not expect it. Accompanying him in his jack-of-all-trades line of work are Shinpachi Shimura, a boy with glasses and a strong heart, Kagura with her umbrella and seemingly bottomless stomach, as well as Sadaharu, their oversized pet dog. Of course, these odd jobs are not always simple, as they frequently have run-ins with the police, ragtag rebels, and assassins, oftentimes leading to humorous but unfortunate consequences.
Who said life as an errand boy was easy?
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Characters & Voice Actors
Opening Theme#01: "Pray" by Tommy heavenly6 (eps 1-24)
#02: "Tooi Nioi (遠い匂い)" by YO-KING (eps 25-49)
#03: "Giniro no Sora (銀色の空)" by redballoon (eps 50-75)
#04: "Kasanaru Kage (かさなる影)" by Hearts Grow (eps 76-99)
#05: "DONTEN (曇天)" by DOES (eps 100-125)
#06: "Anata MAGIC (アナタMAGIC)" by monobright (eps 126-150)
#07: "Stairway Generation" by Base Ball Bear (eps 151-176)
#08: "Light Infection" by Prague (eps 177-201)
#R1: "Bakuchi Dancer (バクチ・ダンサー)" by DOES (Yorinuki Gintama-san eps 1-9)
#R2: "Kaze no Gotoku (風のごとく)" by Inoue Joe (Yorinuki Gintama-san eps 10-26)
#R3: "Kanousei Girl (可能性ガール)" by Chiaki Kuriyama (Yorinuki Gintama-san eps 27-39)more
#R4: "Katoniago (カートニアゴ )" by FLiP (Yorinuki Gintama-san eps 40-51)
Ending Theme#01: "Fuusen Gum" by Captain Stridum (eps 1-13)
#02: "MR.RAINDROP" by amplified (eps 14-24)
#03: "Yuki no Tsubasa" by redballoon (eps 25-37)
#04: "Candy Line" by Hitomi Takahashi (eps 38-49)
#05: "Shura" by DOES (eps 50-62)
#06: "Kiseki" by Snowkel (eps 63-75)
#07: "SIGNAL" by KELUN (eps 76-87)
#08: "Speed of Flow" by The Rodeo Carburettor (eps 88-99)
#09: "Sanagi" by POSSIBILITY (eps 100-112)
#10: "This World is yours" by plingmin (eps 113-125)
#11: "Ai, Ai, Ai" by GHOSTNOTE (eps 126-138)more
#12: "Kagayaita" by SHIGI (eps 139-150)
#13: "Asa Answer" by PENGIN (eps 151-163)
#14: "Wo Ai Ni" by Hitomi Takahashi feat. Beat Crusaders (eps 164-176)
#15: "Wonderful Days" by ONE☆DRAFT (eps 177-189)
#16: "SAYONARA no Sora" by Qwai (eps 190-201)
#R1: "Bokutachi no Kisetsu" by DOES (Yorinuki Gintama-san eps 1-9)
#R2: "Wave" by Vijandeux (Yorinuki Gintama-san eps 10-26)
#R3: "In My Life" by AZU (Yorinuki Gintama-san eps 27-39)
#R4: "Sakurane" by Piko (Yorinuki Gintama-san eps 40-51)
Over the years there have been a multitude of comedy shows that have graced our TV screens, from the surreal stylings of Monty Python and sarcastic wit of Blackadder, to the sci-fi tomfoolery of Red Dwarf and the strange antics of The Fast Show. There are numerous notable series that have taken their rightful places in our DVD collections, and in an age where comedians are treated like rock stars, maybe it's fate that comedy anime would also come of age.
It's strange to say this, but humour has never been a strong department for the medium, partly because of the cultural differences between East and West, but mainly because the majority of anime comedies rely more on parody than anything else. The problem with this is that quite often the viewer is left without a frame of reference, so the humour simply goes over their heads. Some shows manage to get away with it purely by throwing out an almost constant stream of gags in the hope that people will understand enough of them to be entertained, while others like Seto no Hanayome and Jungle wa Itsumo Hale Nochi Guu have a slightly more careful approach.
The area where anime is weakest is where situational comedy is concerned. There are plenty of shows around that could invariably class themselves as sit-coms, but the penchant for studios to base their stories in some sort of school setting severely limits the quality of the humour. In essence, the industry's blind adherence to what they think is a winning formula has resulted in the dilution of just about every single joke that could be told in a school setting, so much so in fact that these days studios have fallen to relying on fanservice based comedies in order to make ends meet (pardon the pun).
Comedy anime isn't dead though, as there are some rays of light shining down on the wreckage of red noses, bladders on sticks and giant shoes. Nodame Cantabile insane otaku heroine and her long suffering boyfriend introduced many people to the world of classical music and the usage of otaku power when learning French. Genshiken took a slightly rose tinted look at the multi-layered world of the Japanese otaku, while Moyashimon payed homage to the classic American frat comedy National Lampoon's Animal House.
One series has, however, defied all the conventions, and has become one of the greatest comedy anime of all time. Incorporating elements from some of the best comedy of both East and West, the series has an anarchic streak that, at times, is more reminiscent of Monty Python, The Simpsons and Family Guy.
I am, of course, talking about Gintama.
The concept of a samurai sit-com isn't new to anime and manga, however it wasn't until the serialisation of Sorachi Hideaki's manga in 2003 that anyone actually realised the potential in this type of story. Set in a quasi-historical Edo, Japan (and possibly the rest of the world), has been conquered by an alien race known as the Amanto. The nation's strongest warriors were no match for the alien technology, and in an effort to prevent another samurai uprising, the powers that be have banned humans from carrying swords in public.
In this world there lives a former samurai with silver hair who runs the firm known as Yorozuya from his rented second floor apartment. From time to time he takes on odd jobs (yorozuya), for people in order to pay his rent and buy milkshakes and his beloved Weekly Shounen Jump.
He is Sakata Gintoki, and his destiny is to make you cry with laughter.
To say that the story is a bit on the haphazard side is probably a gross understatement, however Gintama is nothing if not consistent in its approach. The underlying story is of Gintoki and his "friends", Shimura Shinpachi (an average human teenager with no real special qualities), and Kagura (an alien who looks human and possesses monstrous strength), as they go through their days doing odd jobs for people, getting into arguments/figths with the Shinsengumi (police, kind of), drinking strawberry milkshakes (or some other flavour depending on Gintoki's mood), and trying in some small way to make the world a better place.
And that's really about as serious as many of the episodes get. The haphazard approach to the story is a purposeful measure that, strangely enough, works very well, mainly because Gintama is a comedy series. There are story arcs that occur over the course of the show, and even though they may include some serious or dramatic content, Gintama never once loses its sense of fun. Indeed, the comedy is the true strength of this series, not simply in its style and delivery, but also in its content. Many of the visual gags have to be seen to be believed (seriously, how the hell did they get away with the Neo Armstrong Cyclone Jet Armstrong Cannon), and whilst the series is top-filled with parodies, the humour is always involving so the viewer rarely feels like a joke has gone over their head.
That said, Ginatama has one aspect that is greater than all others in terms of its plot and comedy content, and that is its ability to turn the seemingly ordinary into something completely different. This is the main reason why Gintama can be considered a sit-com rather than a parody, as this aspect has more in common with shows like Blackadder and Monty Python than anything else. There are numerous occasions where the series will catch the viewer off guard with its sly, anarchic take on seemingly normal events (like being in a public toilet and running out of paper).
Of course, there are downsides too. Although the series is extremely strong in terms of comedy, it sometimes lacks when events take a serious turn. This may be due to the audience's reactions, as viewers may automatically think that something funny is going to happen next, however a part of it also stems from the fact that the comedy is sometimes too "strong". It's ironic to say this, but Gintama's greatest strength may also be its biggest weakness.
As with any long running shounen series animation and design are pretty good on the whole. The characters convey a sense of visual individuality that at times goes beyond that of other shounen anime, although this is tempered with a small degree of genericism that allows the humour to flourish . The colours are extremely bold and solid, while the backgrounds and set designs highlight the synergy between alien technology and Edo. The animation itself is of an extremely high standard, so much so in fact that some of the visual gags only really work because of it.
The high points of the visuals are the show's numerous and well crafted parodies. There are many occasions where the style, animation, end even the character design, changes to make the humour more immediate, sometimes occuring in the blink of an eye, and sometimes lasting for a good portion of a given episode. The series also plays around with a variety of concepts that most people only really read about, one example being an occasion where Gintoki and the gang are rendered invisible because the episode is incomplete. It's nigh on impossible to find another anime that not only mentions something like this, but also shows the viewer what it would look like.
Much of the humour comes from the characters themselves, but no matter how good the scripting is, delivery is everything when it comes to comedy, and in this respect Gintama is extremely well served by its seiyuu. The cast are able to perform with a panache that is sometimes astonishing, and their portrayals of their respective characters are so good that one would be forgiven for believing they were full time comedians. Possibly the best example of this is Kugimiya Rie (Kagura), who for many years has been typecast into various tsundere roles. Her portrayal of Kagura is truly excellent, especially in terms of comedy, and much like the rest of the cast she manages to not only maintain a consistent character for a an extended period of time, but has actually become more adept with her timing and delivery.
Gintama is generally consistent with its choice of music, and certain tracks are repeated throughout the series usually to add to the comic atmosphere of a given scene. That said, some of the more serious moments can feel a little off-kilter as the score changes can sometimes be a little sudden. As with any long running series the OP and ED have changed since the show began airing in 2006. These tracks are usually pretty good at capturing the essence of Gintama (which just sounds wrong), as a whole, and the opening sequences are designed and choregraphed to highlight the important aspects of the anime - humour, fun, some seriousness, and a large slice of anarchy.
In all honesty, there is no real reason to find the characters outstanding, and the fact that they are iconic, original and memorable is possibly Gintama's greatest triumph. Gintoki, Shinpachi, Kagura, the members of the Shinsengumi, and all the sundry characters, alien and otherwise, who appear in the show will find some funny bone to tickle. When taken as individuals each is a flawed creation that really wouldn't work were this any other anime, but the plot and scripting for the series, together with the talent of the seiyuu and the design of each character, turns this idea completely on its head. Much of the comedy is dependent on the characters, and it's because the series is so good at entertaining the audience that any noticeable flaws are generally forgiven or ignored.
Gintama is not simply a funny anime though. Over the seasons the show has gradually become a phenomenon in the medium, mainly because of its ability to maintain consistent humour for over most of its 201 episodes. The irreverent and oh-so anarchic humour can, at times, come off as weird, but this has only served to endear the series to more viewers.
Numerous fans refer to Gintama as their "anime crack", a sentiment which is understandable in a sense as it has the ability to lift one's mood in a way that few other anime can manage. That doesn't mean that everyone will be entertained though, but if the viewer approaches the show with the right sort of mindset (e.g. open), then the series has a lot to offer.
That said, shounen fans will definitely find Gintama appealing, not simply because it bears all the stereotypical hallmarks of that genre of anime, but also for its ability to creatively parody other shounen tales (like Bleach, Naruto, One Piece, etc - who can forget the infamous DragonBleaPiece movie trailer). Fans of comedy anime like Seto no Hanayome, Jungle wa Itsumo Hale Nochi Guu and others of that ilk, will also find Gintama's ability to mess with everyday concepts worthwhile.
There are plenty of aspects to the series that possess a broad appeal in terms of humour, and it's to the credit of everyone involved with the production (from mangaka Sorachi Hideaki on down to the guy/girl who makes the tea), that the show never gets old, stale, or too bogged down in how good it actually is.
There's a new king of comedy in town. Make way for Gintama. read more
Gintama? Gintama. Hmmm, Gintama... Gintama or not Gintama, that is the question.
Now this is a show I've wrestled with for a long time. Many of my friends pledged almost fanatically this is the best anime in existence. I watched the first episode. So this is it? I was not impressed. As a person who found pleasure in the darkest and most gloomy kinds of settings, I would almost immediately say that this was not for me. Everything was just so weird and appeared to be arbitrarily glued together.
I was so naïve.
At some point I picked Gintama up again, I’m one of the people who are not easily moved to laughter but still, there had to be something to this… Let me tell you this, Gintama is a journey, a pilgrimage. You will not appreciate it after two or three episodes, even twenty may not be enough. It took me sixty whole episodes when I was finally thoroughly entertained but it was then that I realized: Gintama is like a snowball rolling down a mountain. It’s barely recognizable at first but the next time you turn your gaze in its direction, it will have turned into an avalanche.
Sooo… yeah, this is actually hard. Gintama is composed of a series of mini arcs that have no real connection to each other. You can’t call it a consistent storyline but it’s also not really episodic, there are also fillers organically weaved into the style and pace of the anime. A strange kind of hybrid, that still works somehow. We have different little events like the Benizakura, Yoshiwara or Popularity Poll arc, which all are amazingly done. Action, drama and most of all comedy, Gintama’s got them all and none of them are bad. Also, because I can’t find a better place to do this, let may tell you a few things about the often overlooked setting. The pseudo-medieval, post war Japanese capital Edo with modern technology, invaded by a multitude of alien races called Amanto. Sounds utterly random right? Wrong. It is my firm believe that this setting is actually the backbone of Gintama. Why you ask? Because it allows for the greatest number of possible scenarios, different people and places. You can have a samurai, a rebel leader, an alien and a penguin costume guy added to the cast and nobody bats an eye, because it still feels natural. Never forget the setting, it makes this anime what it is.
It’s strange, when I started watching I thought to myself ‘This looks somehow generic’ but at the same time ‘This looks somehow unique’. It’s hard to explain but that’s the feeling I get from Gintama. Visual quality may not be top notch here but it gets progressively better, a fact that is especially apparent in latter battle sequences. I would leave it at nine points but there’s another thing… facial expressions. They are beyond hilarious, I won’t say too much about it but you will understand once you have seen a few exemplary episodes.
There are a few very iconic and memorable tracks on the Gintama OST, that’s probably due to the fact that they are used so frequently but that doesn’t mean that I ever got sick of them. Audio is mostly bright and uplifting, fitting to the animes focus on comedy. Opening and ending themes are also pleasing, notably Donten and Stairway Generation. This would also be a eight or nine if it wasn’t for the seiyuus. These guys are BRILLIANT! Every voice fits its character and Sugita Tomokazu is probably the most unique voice I have ever heard in anime. He’s now the voice of Gintoki for me, forever. Kugumiya Rie is a rather well-known name, revered for her roles as your run of the mill tsundere girls. Kagura was a kind of character that was probably new to her but she still did an excellent job. There are a dozen other examples but I’m not going into debt on all of them, only thing you have to know is that the voiceover job is amazing.
Alright, so this is the deciding factor that makes this anime awesome. Here we have some amazingly thought out characters and not just for comedy purposes, most of them have a backstory, even the vilest of antagonists are not just pure embodied malice. This is also what causes the anime to take time to get going, you have to get to know the characters. A naked random guy is very much different to a naked Isao Kondo. Almost all of them are likeable, memorable and most of all funny. We have no focus on development here but such progression would do more harm than anything else. It takes time to get to know them and that process is very important, changing a well-established character after that process is complete doesn’t strike me as a good idea.
It takes time, 60 episodes to get it rolling, 140 episodes to have me almost dying of laughter but it was well worth it. Gintama maintains a consistent, no, increasing level of entertainment over the course of its 201 episodes. It’s already hilarious and would have been even better if I was capable of understanding the Japanese language without subtitles or if I’d seen more anime to understand all the parodies going on. Knowledge of basic Shounen Jump, Ghibli Movies, NGE, Doraemon or Gundam widely enhances the spectrum of jokes you can laugh about. Even without that and as part of a western audience, I found myself crying out in laughter over a majority of the jokes, there are just so many of them, no way you can miss everything.
So are all these people right, is Gintama the best anime of all time? I dare not to pass judgment unto that, simply because Gintama is so unique and unconventional that I feel it falls into a category of its own. There is no competition for this anime in its specific category because it’s the only one that ever made it there. This is not the best of all anime, this is just Gintama, don’t lump it together with all the others! Even if they’re brilliant, if they’re entrancing, if they’re masterpieces, don’t make that mistake. I myself who is speaking so highly of this anime have other favorites; this is simply Gintama, no need for comparison.
If you plan on taking a shot at Gintama and you’re not completely hooked after the first few episodes, bring a lot of patience, it will pay off.
This is my first review here, so please let me know what you guys think!
Gintama is about Sakata Gintoki, who is a samurai in an age where samurai\'s have been deemed unnecessary by the aliens who have taken over. As far as I can tell, that\'s about as deep of a story this anime has. But you probably won\'t care, because this anime is downright hilarious. The characters are funny, the situations they get in are completely ridiculous, and all the references to other anime/manga they have make it all the more enjoyable.
As I mentioned earlier, there really isn\'t too much of a story line. Most of the story arcs last about 1-2 episodes, and some are pretty strange. But all the random references and pure comedy make up for any shortcoming in the story.
The animation is just what you\'d expect from a good comedy anime. The characters have their distinctive features, the backgrounds are pretty detailed, and you get all the classic elements that you\'d expect from a comedy anime (depression lines, expanding heads, etc.).
The openings and closings are really good. They\'re all catchy and make you actually want to listen to them. The voice acting is well done and really gives life to the characters.
The characters really make this anime awesome. From the Jump reading samurai Gintoki to the machine-gun-umbrella toting Kagura to the oversized skull-biting dog Sadaharu, everyone is unique and hilarious in their own way. There are a lot of recurring characters, and each has his or her own traits that set them apart from the rest. Also, a lot of the characters resemble characters from other anime, but with a twist. For example, the main character Sakata Gintoki is very similar to Himura Kenshin from Rurouni Kenshin, as both are very accomplished samurai; but while Kenshin is for the most part kind and quiet, Gintoki is very eccentric, somewhat rude at times, and seems to be overall very apathetic about everything. Things like this really make the characters familiar, yet unique, and overall very likeable.
This anime makes me laugh out loud. Literally. There have been occasions where I nealy fell out of my chair of laughter. I\'m always a little sad when an episode ends, because I laughed so much during the episode.
If you like comedy and have watched your share of anime, then I highly recommend Gintama. If you aren\'t well versed in anime, you may miss a bunch of references, but that shouldn\'t really affect your enjoyment of this anime. Overall, this anime is one of my favorite. read more
Gintama is an ongoing manga by Sorachi Hideaki. From 2006 to 2010, Sunrise, the same studio behind the Gundam franchise, did an anime adaptation which lasted for just over 200 episodes. So, does the anime manage to stay entertaining for that long, or even be entertaining at all? Let’s take a peek and find out.
There isn’t a single cohesive narrative to Gintama. There are some loosely connected arcs, and a whole lot of episodes that have nothing to do with those arcs, but there is no single narrative. The basic setup is that the world has been conquered by aliens, referred to in Gintama as “Amanto” and the government is still subservient to them. Samurai are no longer allowed to carry swords except for a few who work for the government or who have wealth and connections. In this world a samurai named Gintoki works by, in theory, doing odd jobs. Although that largely consists of him doing nothing. His crew consists of a youngster named Shinpachi, an Amanto girl named Kagura who possesses super strength and is highly vulnerable to sunlight, and a giant dog named Sadaharu, our cute character who requires ear scritches and belly rubs. Hijinks ensue as this group and the people around them get into shenanigans.
Let’s begin by looking at the problems with the series, shall we? By far the biggest issue is that the writing aesthetic is horribly inconsistent. Most of the episodes are highly random and intended for humour but when they get to the more story heavy arcs things take a huge shift into serious territory, sometimes including really heavy topics like sex trafficking, and it creates a huge tonal clash between episodes. You can’t segue from jokes about testicles and bloody rectums into a story about an underground city where children are sold to be raised as sex slaves. There is quite literally no way to make that transition so that it isn’t painfully awkward and completely disrespectful to the serious issue. It’s worse than that Captain Planet episode that dealt with AIDS. Sure, that was way over the series’ head too, but there wasn’t such a radical tonal problem. The tone isn’t the only thing that has problems with consistency, there’s also the continuity. There are three basic ways to do continuity. The first is having a strict, coherent continuity where everything matters. The second is to have a basic progression from one episode to the next but the details aren’t that important. The third is to toss continuity out the window completely, like Galaxy Angel. The problem with Gintama is that it does all three. Some episodes deal very much with continuity as being super important, others follow the more fast and loose route where there’s a progression but the details aren’t important and there are other episodes that don’t fit into any kind of continuity and will never be mentioned again after they’re over.
Now that we’ve been over that, let’s talk a bit about the comedy in this series that is, mostly, comedic. A lot of it is pretty puerile humour where someone defecates in their pants, or someone’s anus bleeds or where the punchline is something involving testicles. There are also a lot of bits where the characters will make loud references to some other piece of media and there are some other random bits of humour. The trouble is, a lot of it really isn’t funny. For example, there’s a running gag about one of the characters eating too much mayonnaise which is funny because… if he ate that much mayo in reality he’d weigh two hundred kilos and have to get around with a motorised scooter? There are two characters who pretty much exist for stalker jokes and there’s another running joke about Katsura getting annoyed by people calling him the wrong thing. There are times when the randomness can work and there are some points where they parody something competently instead of just making reference to it but they’re few and far between. I will give the series full credit for having some surprisingly clever deconstructions here and there, particularly when it comes to its treatment of trans-gendered characters.
Gintama has a large cast of reoccurring characters, but very little in terms of complex ones. Most of them are used for one or two jokes and that’s pretty much it. I will say that there’s nothing wrong with that for a comedic work. You can have a bunch of fairly one-note characters as long as they have dynamics that provide good comedic possibilities and you can take advantage of that. The problem is the more serious episodes. This cast would be perfectly passable if the series didn’t have those largely serious story arcs but when you take a bunch of relatively shallow comedic characters and try to do something fairly serious with them it just quickly loses any sense of tension and the characters come across as heavily under-developed, if not as completely out of place.
The artwork and animation are pretty decent. There are some cases where they recycle footage or show a background with nothing happening, which they will almost always lampshade, but it’s competently done. The action sequences can be pretty strong, both when they’re doing something largely serious and when they’re doing a jokey action scene.
The actors are pretty capable and no one does badly. However, the level of over-exaggeration in the series is really high and you might very well find yourself growing weary of listening to people shouting. The music varies. Sometimes it’s pretty good, sometimes it’s kind of annoying. Mostly, it’s just kind of bland.
There’s some in the series. There’s an openly lesbian character who shows up on a semi-regular basis and there’s a guy who is heavily implied to have romantic feelings for Sougo who shows up for a couple of episodes late in the series. There’s no reciprocation for their feelings, but they also aren’t used for jokes based on their sexuality. Some of the other characters act like asses about it at points, but the series itself doesn’t treat it as an issue. So, I’ll give Gintama some credit for treating its gay characters no differently than it does its straight characters. It is pretty refreshing, especially when you have “comedies” like Baka to Test that have to be as mean-spirited as possible about things like that.
Gintama has a real problem with consistency. Its tone is wildly inconsistent which can lead to some really awkward and stilted moments. It’s inconsistent with what it wants to do with its continuity. If you like humour that’s more than a little puerile and pretty random then you might still enjoy the series in spite of that and there are some things it does pretty decently but it’s honestly not my cup of tea in that regard. I just don’t find ninety percent of the attempts at humour to be amusing. As such, I have to give the series a 4/10. Next week we’ll have this year’s film festival. Starting with Kara no Kyoukai 6 on Sunday. Because I’ve looked at that franchise first during the last two years and I might as well do it this time as well. read more
Both shows bring out the best humor anime has to give. Both shows are very funny but also tell a story. All things done have a deeper meaning behind them and lots of emotion.
Odd jobs trio takes care of your problem, sometimes through laughing and fun and other times by tugging at your heartstrings. SKET Dance creator (Shirohara) is a former assistant of Gintama's creator (Sorachi). It's therefore not surprising to see Sorachi-sensei's influence in SKET Dance. Comedy styles are similar.
SKET Dance and Gintama' also have crossover episodes.
both have same comedy and have a group of ppl helping those in need !!! also Shinohara-sensei was Sorachi-Sensei's Assistant for a while so u can expect the same style from him.also both of them are from Shounen Weekly Jump...
Trio of odd jobs, characters that are very unique and gags that surely make you laugh! Plus, numerous parodies of other anime!
Both are hilarious in their own way and the proof is the genius script (and lines) which are not a total waste. If you love one of them, try watching the other~
In the SKET Dance there is an organization which is similar to Yorozuya in Gintama Series and it has the same crazy atmosphere and few seiyu, who's working in Gintama.
Sarcastic, Parodies that breaks the 4th wall, High detailed animation.
Some costumers are usually a plot device to the story.
Themes (School & Feudal Japan), settings.
More drama no or less action.
very funny, the main characters are also doing odd jobs
Kazuyoshi's VA is the same with Gintama's main character (Gintoki)
if you want something random, I recommend you watch this anime.
The three main characters are very similar, and they do almost the same job, help people with whatever they request. Also both series are focused on comedy, but Gintama is way better than Sket Dance.
Both shows are about a 3-man group who'd do anything asked to them.
Plus Kenta Shinohara, mangaka of Sket Dance, is the assistant of Hideaki Sorachi, the author of Gintama.
If you love odd jobbers, you will definitely love SKET Dance! Basically, SKET Dance is Gintama in school format and not perverted as Gintama. I recommend this to all Gintama fans and school-related anime fans out there!
Although sket has a different setting than gintama both are gag animes with tons of fun and 4th wall breaking scenes!
A lot of people say sket dance is the school version of gintama, and that's kinda true.
Both have 3 main characters, 2 guys and 1 girl. In both of them a guy started their odd jobber group and the others joined later.
The envirement is a bit different, because in sket dance they are in a school and help studens with odd jobs and things like that. In gintama they are in a city were there are different orginizations and people they help ( Shinsengumi, Joi and aliens).
SKET Dance creator (Shirohara) is a former assistant of Gintama's creator (Sorachi-sensei). It's therefore not surprising to see Sorachi-sensei's influence in SKET Dance, also the comedy styles are similar.
Mang, if you didnt watch this yet, gtf out of here and go watch
It's just the second best anime you gonna watch in your life, One Piece is the first ofc.
Well, its pretty much a insane Sket Dance in the good old days
You can not watch a single episode and dont laugh or cry, or both (me every episode).
- Do favors just for help people;
- Funny and charismatics characters;
- Nice set of openings, endings and OSTs 9/10
- Always get in trouble and fix it in a funny way;
- A funny story gets serious and a minute and ends up in a comedy anyway;
- Very nice and complex plot behind all that comedy;
- May the feels be with you bro.
- Do favors for money but ends doing it just for help their friends;
- Insanely funny and very charismatics and uniques characters;
- Nice set here too, each opening is better than the other, 9/10;
- Always in trouble, same from Sket;
- Shit get pretty serious before you know it, sometimes ends serious but always in a comedy way;
- One of the best shady-plots-behind-the-story I have ever seen;
- Damn... The story behind Gin-san and his friends in the past, war and stuff... Shouyo-sensei... I cant handle such feels...
- Kagura best girl.
Watch it bro, do a favor for humanity.
They are pretty much the same show in different settings.
SKET- 3 club members (2 guys and 1 girl) that do anything to help the student body
Gintama- 3 yorozuya (2 guys and 1 girl) who do any job for money
Both are HILARIOUS and will have you laughing every episode. They both parody other animes and sometimes have a sentimental side.
They have the same feel. Maybe because the mangaka of Sket Dance was once an assistant by Gintama's mangaka. Both are very funny. Some characters in Gintama are voiced by the same seiyuus in Sket Dance (For example: Gintoki - Switch, Jugem - Himeko, Takaya Hachibei - Bossun). Sket Dance is like the school version of Yorozuya.
Is similar because both are three mean characters.
Both do parodies.
both have a completly history.
Both have a trio that takes odd jobs, with plenty of laughter and memorable stories along the way.
The creator of SKET Dance used to work under Hideaki Sorachi who created Gintama. That was what prompted me to take a look at SD.
This is similar to Gintama because of the "helping" part. Its like a school version of Gintama. And it also has the Manzai type of jokes. It is also really enjoyable.
well both of Sket Dance and Gintama have a trio that helps people which are usually odd jobs.
and they rely on parodies of other franchises such as Shounen series for their humor.
and finally they're both hillarious and fun to watch.
Both anime are comical and there is a group that works to help the others, but in different situations. The style of Joes is similar. Beyond being comedic, both also have a lot of action and sad stories. They both make you "laugh and cry at the same time."
These two anime are similar anime because they are obviously both made by Shonen Jump, but also they are both comedies. They both have the same concept of having a group of 3 people helping other except their storylines and timelines are completely different.
SKET Dance's author is something like the student of Gintama's author, so you know what kind of things to expect. SKET Dance follows a similar concept, but in a High-school and with three incredibly funny characters. Sometimes you laugh, sometimes you cry! Every character is different from one another, and most of the situations they're messed in are completely unpredictable.
Its like Gintama but in a School Setting. Really funny and has some deep moments too.
In Sket Dance, each character is so unique they wont seem like just background characters.
Similar characteristics and humour used.
When you have seen both similarities are there but no joy is lost. Gintama has three main characters same as SKET Dance. If you enjoyed SKET then Gintama is the right kind of humour!
Both are funny anime with a few serious arcs about main characters who help others and have a simliar message.
SKET Dance is basically a modern day Gintama.
Gintama and SKET Dance are both focused on 3 characters that help people in their world. Both shows also have lots of comedy.
both don't really have a plot, but its filled with tons of humor, while there is a tough main heroine while the other two have their own characteristics. also, the two animes have had a few crossovers.
Both of these have anime have similar comedic elements.
They both star 3 main characters and a service help-like club.
*Gintoki's voice actor is in both anime*
*Shinpachi's voice actor is in both anime but plays a minor role in Sket Dance*
They have crossover episodes.
Sket Dance is pretty much what i think would happen if Gintama was set in High School.
Both of them describe a story with people who do anything you ask. Both cover stupid jokes and epizodes which are almost about nothing but still you can't stop laughing. Main heroes compete with someone but at the end of the day they're better friends than ever before.
Both these anime series are extremely high level comedy that will make you laugh out loud. There are many times when both of these turn serious and they even have a cross-over
Episodic series about 3 friends helping other people usually in roundabout way. As once it was stated in the Sket dance, it's poor man's Gintama.
They both are fun, alike. Some say, SKET Dance is school version Gintama. They both are willing to help people. SKET Dance mangaka also used to be Gintama Mangaka assistant. There is a lot concept taken from each other. They both also come from Jump. The Anime Airing time is Also almost same.
Both stories teach you value of friendship and helping.
Both feature a group of three who work together to solve people's problems or task. Both anime have similar humor, and not to forget that in both anime there is a 'rival' group,Shinsengumi in Gintama, while it is the student council in Sket Dance. If you enjoy Gintama, you should also enjoy this anime.
They both are odd jobs and it's really funny they also once had a cross-over. Gintama can have its own seriousness sometimes but can always make a joke out of it. Sket dance is more modern Gintama is just random.
Where Gintama and SKET Dance really shine is the comedy. Their sense of humor can only be described as, for a lack of a better word, random. It's just a roller coaster ride when watching Gintama and SKET Dance. The comedic relief comes out of nowhere and sucker punches you, making it feel like your jaw is dislocated. Albeit, the humor is relatively different as far as the topic. But if one thing is similar, it's POOP. The amount poop jokes just makes you want to sh*t bricks from loosened bowels.
Another point where SKET Dance and Gintama are similar is the heart warming scenes. Gintoki always has great one liners that are almost inspiring while SKET Dance has a dramatic, "serious" climax.
Please, just watch them both.
Exactly the same kind of humour, but different setting.
Kimi to boku meets Gintama.boys doing random funny stuff in high school setting.it is from Sunrise like Gintama and shares many staff with it like Takamatsu, Shinji as director,Audio Highs for music and Sugita, Tomokazu and Suzumura, Kenichi as Voice Actors
Other than the fact that one of the main character is voiced by same voice actor as Gintoki, this anime really does remind me of Gintama, but in an entirely different and refreshing set up. It was also very unique for me in terms of its take on high school girls, most anime I see show high school girls as timid and powerless or outright evil. The comedy is outstanding, there's never a dull moment. Don't give it much thought, just go for it. This series won't disappoint.
Daily life, crazy characters, a lot of comedy, randomness.
They're both comedies animated by Sunrise. They also happen to have the same director and composer and a few similar voice actors.
They both have a very similar style of comedy and you'll definitely get Gintama vibes while watching Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou.
DanKou and Gintama share some of the aspects as the comedy anime. Although Gintama (and it's sequel) are superbly funny, DanKou's Situational Comedy was similar to Gintama. You got the same director, same music composer, same producer for this anime and the same seiyuus from the epic anime series.
They nearly have the same comedy sense, it doesn't have any arcs but its hilarious to the core. If you liked Gintama's way of comedy and the way that girl's are stronger than guys, go ahead and watch Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou!
Jokes' topics, episodic style and pure randomness make Daily Lives of High School Boys and Gintama quite alike in terms of comedy. As for die-hard Gintama fans, these animes not only share Sugita Tomokazu and Suzumura Kenichi, but also voice actors of Sa-chan, Zura, Kijima Matako and even the frigging Shogun! You'll definitely have some fun figuring them out.
When i think of 'What similar to Gintama..?' I instantly think of Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou! Both animes have the same kinda comedy feel to them. They drop jokes in the same way too and they also kinda break the 'fourth wall' during episodes. The only difference between the shows would be Gintama is about Yakuza's and fighting while Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou is about high school boys in their daily lives.
Overall both animes and great and similar in many ways.
The same sense of humor. Some scenes are totally random, characters have epic inner thoughts about ordinary things and sometimes have the same way of speaking. Both series are very funny and make you laugh out loud.
Also you can hear a few seiyuus from both of these series. Hidenori is voiced by Sugita Tomokazu - the same goes for Gintama's main character - Gintoki. There's Suzumura Kenichi (DKNN - Yoshitake, Gintama - Okita), Ishida Akira (DKNN - President, Gintama - Katsura) and Kobayashi Yuu (DKNN - Yanagi, Gintama - Sacchan).
And both are made by Sunrise. It explains everything.
Studio Sunrise animated both of them.
Shinji Tkamatsu directed both of them.
Tomokazu Sugito voiced Gintoki from Gintama and Hidenori from DKnN.
Audio Highs composed music for both shows.
Also, same comedy style: mocking everything around them!
Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou is Gintama in High school setting.
The style of parody is really similar to Gintama, not to mention same seiyuu on one of the characters.
Both involve a trio and there is no real story to it, but both are really enjoyable comedies all the way through.
Danshi Koukousei and Gintama are two rare shows in anime industry that make use of situational irony as its main source of entertainment, though Gintama also heavily lean on parody of practically everything. Both shows are mainly episodic, showcasing the main characters' daily lives.
Made my the same studio and has similar comedy. Both are hilarious! Both have the same delivery of jokes and comedic behavior. If you enjoyed or loved either of these you'll enjoy the other as well.
Guaranteed to make you laugh each episode. Have a bunch idiot, crazy people that sometime make the "tsukkomi" (straight man) stressed. Both main "boke" (funny person) voiced by an awesome seiyuu Sugita-san, make it even cooler. The difference is that Gintama sets in ancient Japan, danshi koukousei now. Also Gintama has more development of plot. If you love comedy, you should watch both of them.
These two series have the same kind of comedy and absurd situations, maybe because they have the same director and Sugita Tomokazu in the lead role (Gintoki/Hidenori).
Both are mainly plotless but have some long-lasting stories.
Their music (same composer) has also the same perfect way to accompagny the comedy.
Gag humour that picks up after a while, if you enjoyed Danshi in that manner you will probably enjoy Gintama and get more.
Both are very funny and relaxing.
Gintama - Is longer and therefore has more deep story
Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou - doesn't have a real plot
Overall, they are both great anime and worth your time unless you dislike comedy.
JUST DO IT.
Everything in Gintama except well its fans and 200+ episodes is in Danshikou. They both have Sugita-san in it, above all else, sexual jokes and some touching or laughable or touching/laughing moments.
My favourite comedy series, altough different in settings (Gintama is set in the Edo period with a twist and Danshi is set in highschool) the story follow tree main chars and their daily lives but here is where the fun begins, every little thing becomes the biggest thing in the universe, every normal scene turns into something comical and everyone is anything but "normal".
Both share a couple of voice actors (Tomozaku Sugita as Gintoki and Hidenori, Suzumura Kenichi as Sougo and Yoshitake etc), both made by Sunrise.
Having a bad day? Start watching this, the bad day will turn into the best day eva.
Both are freaking awesome :P
Plus have the same sense of humour.
Both shows have similar humor. If you liked one you'll like the other. The director if I am not mistaken is the same as in some episodes of gintama and the voice actor of Hidenori is the same of Sakata Gintoki.
Same style of comedy, has references to different animes. Both will have you laughing a lot.
Gintama is set in a world of samurai and aliens
Danshi Koukousei is a school type setting
These are one of the funniest show ever made. Gintoki truly reminds me of the cast of DKnN. Laid-back, catches up to the mistake of everyone and makes a joke about it. With the absurdity in this anime i doubt you'll survive. Good luck!
Both animes have the same type of humor. They are both extremely hilarious with never-ending jokes.
Gintama : Gintama is about a former Samurai trying to make a living while being a Jack of All Trades. He befriends two people, Kagura and Shinpachi, and they decide to stay and work with him in the odd jobs they are given.
Danshi Koukousei no nichijou (Daily lives of high school boys) : Is simply as the title says. Three friends, high school boys, go through their normal, joke filled days in high school. Wondering what normal boys wonder such as things about girls, food, etc.
In these two animes, you will never be bored. Every episode is packed with hilariousness. The main character in Gintama has the same voice actor as the main character in Danshi as well.
These two animes are not ones to be missed, they are extremely hilarious.
Well, besides the fact that one of the mc has the same VA as Gintoki, both are pretty funny and has similar kind of humour. The only major difference is the setting. If you really enjoy Gintama, you should enjoy this too.
Well both of these anime's are made by the same studio, but that's not all infact both of these anime's are almost exactly the same. Daily Lives Of Highschool boys is the same as GIntama in just different settings. Gintama and Daily Lives Of Highschool Boys are definitely in top some of the most hilarious anime's i've watched. Both of the series uses almost exactly the same voice actors which just adds to the similar feeling. At the start of Daily Lives Of Highschool Boys i started to believe it was just a parody of Gintama. These two anime's are by far the most similar anime's i've ever watched.
Gintama and Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou have a similiar sense of humor, being that the main reason why i'm making this recommenation. If you like one of this shows for it's comedy, you will probably enjoy the other one for the same reason.
Both directed by Shinji Takamatsu, the animes also have in commom the fact that they don't follow a straight plotline and are full of randomness.
Both have the same kind of comedy, they both have random daily lives.
Both are comedy show sharing pretty much the same humour.
Both are amazing comedies, with our favorite voice actor: Tomokazu Sugita, playing one of the main characters.
Both are ridiculously hilarious!! Every episode leaves you smiling or even laughing like crazy. Also the VA of Gintoki also voices one of the main characters in Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou.
Like Gintama, this is a comedy surrounding a group of people and the shows have both like to break the 4th wall. They both (mostly) have episodic humour based around what the characters do in their daily lives. It is directed by the previous director of Gintama and so Danshi Koukousei No Nichijou has a similar style of humour (toilet humour etc).
Oga is like Gintoki. Main characters, pretty aloof and sometimes naive but surprisingly strong.
Furuichi is like Shinpachi. Pretty weak and screams a lot, often frustrated with the main character and points out to obvious when the main character is oblivious. Total spazzes.
Hilde is like Kagura in the sense of being the only girl in the group. Kagura is more crazy, but both girls are pretty strong and sometimes also aloof.
Beel and Sadaharu are pretty strong as well, and are more like the mascosts even though Beel is a baby.
Lots of fights, action, and crazy humor in both series.
Both are wacky comedies based in a world with unreal features.
The lead characters are kind of similar.
Both animes are action/comedies where the main character is very strong, and have abilities far from the normal. Although beelzebub may have more action, the comedy in both is similar
Same Comedy and atmosphere...
both have many similar things to mention.in character design both have a lazy and easy going and strong man as the main character.both have a simple and straight character to support the story in comedy section and a girl with monstrous power.
as for the story both have their main story hidden in their amusing side stories and the comedy part is just not for the beginning but most of the chapters
and a lot more things in common ...
well the humor is EXACTLY like gintama (well not exactly, gintama is still waaaayyy~ funnier, but its still has the same way of saying a joke or something) the main character Oga resembles gintoki in on how he seems like a lazy bum, whos really strong, and has that "funniness". then his friend Fuiriuchi resembles shinpachi alot, like how he points how the problems of the main character, hes basically the "comic relief character". and the whole story is just like gintama episode 51-52 (when gintoki is accused of having a baby when its someone elses, but he was left in charge so the chid wouldnt be found by the gandfather so the child could be the heir of the grandfathers fortune) SOOOOOO TO PUT IN SHORT~ beelzebub is just a rip off of gintama and fails to match gintamas creative , original humor that you just cant keep a straight face. but its still pretty good. :)
If you liked Gintama's senseless violence and lack of a major plot than you should watch Beelzebub. Beelzebub has more of a plot than Gintama which is based on various 3 to 6 episode long archs, which in no way relate to each other. However all the comedic aspects of the shows are similar. One of the main characters who cant actually do anything is just there to point out whats obviously wrong with the situation. A stupid main character who can be very EPIC when he has his moments.
The storyline of both are essentially aloof, in that, they do not appear to have a solid storyline meaning that they have been enabled to "Free" themselves from the anime-"universe" -as it were- and refer to their own anime in a third perspective, which is an outrageous concept that can provoke only the purest of laughs. Also with simple understanding of the characters to their surroundings, Gintama and Beelzebub are simply hilarious.
Beelzebub and Gintama also involves deep character development as well as hear-warming stories that mostly, always end with an amusing punch-line.
Both include explosive action sequences and suspense.
Though the setting is completely different, the main characters are similar and both shows are funny and have arcs with full-on action, becoming a nice blend.
Both are action gag comedy with lazy, stupid MC. Both take one classical genre (samurai/demons) and make it completly random.
If you liked Gintama, you will like Beelzebub its a much more condensed/Faster version of Gintama in certain ways( comedy and Fight scenes). In Gintama the some of the stories are parodies based on Japanese life, which is difficult for Non-natives to understand. Beelzebub has more of a sitcom setting, which anybody can understand.
Oga and Gintoki are kind of similar.
The jokes and comedic elements are also a bit similar.
*Gintoki's voice actor is in both anime*
Other then that I really don't know why Beelzebub is similar to Gintama...
Both of these shows are amazing. They have that special something that make you laugh hard when it's time to laugh, and get you into the story and the fights when it's time for some serious plot. Moreover the tone shifts between the humour and seriousness is something that is done really well.
Furthermore, both the main characters of these respective shows are very funny guys, yet very strong. They are what one would call a 'badass main character'. The other set of characters are all very enjoyable. There is also great room for romance pairings for the fans to enjoy.
Both shows have nice and clean artstyles and great soundtrack. I think if you liked one of these, there is a great possibility you will also like the other one. Cheers!
Both of these Animes have a similar feel to them
Both have an immense amount of hilarious comedy along with a strong, lovable attachment to the characters. The jokes and situations that go on in both shows are extremely similar and equally funny.
Both animes have cast members that you will absolutely fall in love with immediately. If you want to just go for a full on comedy anime with some epic action scenes but nothing too serious, I recommend these 2.
Comedy+Action= two of the funniest anime I've ever watched. Gintama is a hilarious comedy that's still surprisingly deep. If you're looking for something similar, I'd try Beelzebub. It's a great laugh while still having plenty of action, just like Gintama. Both have heroes who find are kinda lazy and find themselves in situations they didn't expect or want, but in the end there's no one you'd rather have at your side. You'll laugh, cry and fall in love with these animes
I don't know why, but both MCs give me the same feeling, both anime are funny, if you liked one, you'll definately enjoy the other
- That "randomness" aspect
- Fighting in both animes are usually serious, but they both throw in some aspect to make it less tense, like a funny scene of some sort
- Breaking the fourth wall MANY times in both animes
- Many cameo's and parodies/ mentions of other animes/ shows/ real life references
Both have the same style of humor that revolves around parodies and breaking the 4th wall. Both Hayate and Gin have to do odd tasks because of their jobs. Both are good if you want to watch a good parody anime that relies more on telling jokes throughout the plot than....the plot itself (though Gintama's parodies could be more obscure at times if you do not follow Japanese programming)
Even though the story is different, both shows often break the "fourth wall", both contain a lot of parodies and references to other anime/tv shows.
Not very similiar storywise, but they are both very random, hilarious and both feature a ton of parodies.
Both takes you years to comprehend all the parodies and references to other anime titles.
It is a anime which is heavily based on parodies of other anime and manga. The style of the humor is very similar. If you loved Hayate no Gotoku, you will love Gintama. For example, in Hayate no Gotoku, the anime sets the audiance to be a part of the show. They often use the audience as a reference as well. It is the same for Gintama.
Both shows does a lot of parodies from different anime and they have tendencies of braking the fourth wall.
the plot and background itself have nothing to do with each other but both are great parody series as well as comedy in general. some some of the funniest animes you could possibly watch and both also occasionally have action. Gintama may be more aimed at a bit of a older audience as far as the jokes are concerned but if you watch one you really should watch the other since both are great comedies. also Gin and Hayate are somewhat similar being the character that can come out on top of any predicament so if you like one you really should watch the other since odd's are you will enjoy it ^^
Both have hilarious parodies mixed into their stories along with easy to love characters. If you love Gintama then definately give this a try
They don't have these big plots unlike others do. They're both very random, and very funny.
You want animes with a bunch load or references? have you watched a decent amount of animes which include a broad variety of generes?
or are you completly new to anime?
well either side to it, these animes are a must watch
for people who've watched anime: there's a hell of a lot of references, including specific types of anime and shows
for newbie anime fans: these 2 are like an "anime for dummies" book/anime. your "learn" a bit about anime from here.
Hayate The Combat Butler and Gintama are purely winners at parodying other animes even beeping some of the references related to the anime itself. Oh yeah, Nagi-jo-sama and Kagura shared the same seiyuu
Both animes like to parody and reference other animes. Though in Gintama that characteristic is far more weighted than in Hayate no Gotoku.
-Both my be different in settings but at the core they are both fun filled anything goes gags with a main character who is absurdly powerful
Both are hilarious parody animes. Both MCs are op, they even share the same hair color. Also, a lot of episodes to keep you satisfied.
Himura Kenshin, once feared as the great assassin Hitokiri Battousai, has now become a wandering ronin who seeks to make amends with his past sins in the Meiji Period. Despite the official sword ban implaced by the government, Himura Kenshin still carries a "sakabatou" (reverse blade sword), and plans to achieve his goal by saving as many lives as he can with his sword. He instead stumbles upon the Kamiya Dojo and becomes a boarder there. Both Gintama and Rurouni Kenshin focus on the life of a samurai and how he tries to make his way in the new era after the war.
Gintoki and Kenshin have a great deal in common. Both are former samurai who were among the most feared by their enemies during a great war. Like Gintoki, who uses a wooden sword to avoid killing, Kenshin uses a reversed bladed sword, for the same reasons. There are also many similiarities between supporting characters in the two shows as well.
Gintama's character structure is completely based off of this story, and you will definitely enjoy to learn where the persona of the characters originated.
Overall this is a must watch for anyone that is currently watching gintama.
The heart of the Samurai - for those who are interested in the way of the samurai should like both series ^^
In Gintama and Rurouni Kenshin, the main characters Gintoki and Kenshin both are former war heroes of a great revolution, who now try to enjoy their daily lives as average civilians. Of course, the peace cannot keep up forever, as trouble surrounds these two as their pasts catch up with them.
Since Gintama features almost every main character of Rurouni Kenshin either in character, appearance or historical role, yet comically exaggerates their characteristics and throws them into nonsensical adventures, it can easily be considered a direct parody of Rurouni Kenshin.
1. both shows are about wandering samurai after a time when swords have been banned (but Gintama is more set in an alternate future where aliens have taken over and Rurouni Kenshin takes place in the Meiji period)
2. both the main title characters (Gintoki and Kenshin) are extremely strong with a darkish past
3. both use historical names/organizations (ex. Shinsengumi)
4. Kenshin and Gintoki are both very strong but handicap themselves (reverse-blade sword for Kenshin and a wooden sword for Gintoki)
5. Both Kenshin and Gintoki are against killing (Kenshin more than Gintoki)
6. Kenshin and Gintoki are very silly/goofy, but when they get serious their whole personality changes
7. Both shows are really good
Both anime are set in the same historical period, but with some big differences: while Rurouni Kenshin tries as hard as it can to be a historical accurated portrait of late 19th century Tokyo, Gintama is set in a totally fictional Tokyo where rounins and people dressed in typical Japanese clothes share space with advanced technology and aliens.
Also, Kenshin and Gintoki have a very similar past, as both played a leading role in the ultimate Japanese Civil War and became legends; now, they want to leave their past behind and try to live a peaceful life, hiding their scars from the past with a carefree pose.
And for the last but not the least, both main characters dropped the katana in favor of non-lethal swords like bokken (Gintoki) and a reverse-edged sword (Kenshin).
Gintama is more comedy-driven, while Rurouni Kenshin is more action-paced.
Both about samurai who prefer not to kill people because of a violent past. Both employ drama and comedy in turn. Kenshin is more serious than Gintama, which has a lot of silly, immature, or pointless humor (which is, of course, part of its charm).
Both are similar to each other in a lot of ways.Strong protagonists who have a somewhat dark past.Goofy at most of the times but know when to get serious.And the shinsengumi is involved as well. Also Shisio (Rurouni) is quite similar to Shinsuke(Gintama)
Both anime series have samurais and dozens of hardcore action battles.
Gintama and Rurouni Kenshin are alike in many ways.
-They both have the same type of humor and use it in the same way.
-Both of the MC's have the same type of morals.
-Both take place during the time of samurai.
Where will you go if all your dreams have been fulfilled? That is the question that both series deal with. They don't have a serious plot, just the daily life of a man who is trying to live his life. There are battles and funny moments sometimes. Recommend to people who are looking for some funny anime to watch to add some spice to their life.
Although not exactly the same, the main characters of both stories share personality traits. Gintoki and Saitama are not overly concerned over their public image and are willing to blemish their reputations to accomplish a goal. They both also display nonchalance in extreme situations and are also the strongest fighters in their respective universes. Unlike Saitama though, Gintoki has displayed cowardice and laziness in certain situations and will avoid trouble if possible. The settings in each anime are also similar in that they contain futuristic and fantastic elements, such as the presence of aliens and the usage of advanced technologies.
Each anime also approaches comedy from a similar angle. Both Gintama and One Punch Man employ satire but through different means. One Punch Man employs satire through character designs whereas Gintama uses referential dialogues and cameo appearances.
The mix between the Comedy and the action
If you liked gintama you're probably gonna have fun watching One punch man too
To begin, both series are super hilarous and share the same kind of humor. Also the two series contains "serious arc" wich is freaking awesome! They even have the same kind of main character (Laziness Overload). They are very common in a good way ;) The only difference is in the universe. OPM is the super hero universe while Gintama is the Edo universe.
So if you love Gintama, there is no reason to hate One Punch Man! (and vice versa)
Gintoki and Saitama have a common ideal, They fight for their own reasons and not to appease others. They are too lazy... Gintoki is lazy by birth whereas Saitama gets lazy as he lacks a serious opponent time after time. They are funny and when they get serious they'll bring devastation upon their enemies. While Gintoki (Shiroyasha) is a lazy samurai living by his own rules, Saitama is just a guy that serves as a hero for a hobby.
(Oo I actually wanted to be first to this one; I tried a while back...)
But wow, this really is all about comedy, world building, and reasonable characters. The fact of the matter is we have two MC who are heroes down to their very souls but don't acknowledge it with their exterior mannerisms. The irony behind their characters and the world around them are similar and wonderfully uncanny than what we usually see.
Gintama is very much amidst the top of the anime industry, and OPM will soon join it.
While their storylines are rather different, they both offer a humourous take on the shounen genre. Both main characters are hilarious and interesting. There are unique and alien-like villians (and just... characters in general) in each and both feature shounen-like battles (opm more than gintama). If you liked the humour in one of them, you'll probably like the other!
Do you want a deconstruction of typical shonen clichés? Do you want a OP main character who just don't care about his enemies' complaints or objectives? Do you want to laugh in every scene? These series are for you!
By far later episodes of One Punch Man really gave me a strong Gintama vibe. Why?
* They both are about the misadventures of it's heroes (Gintama with a samurai, OPM with a tokusatsu hero)
* REALLY similar parodic humor, including high levels of randomness.
* In plot, both would start out without a particular story arc whatsoever until this kind of stuff would later come, while Gintama tries to be more episodic with it's own arcs.
* Both also have good fight scenes.
There are some dissimilarities, like OPM having less females and a highly overpowered MC, and Gintama touching a lot of references to other series and being more longer.
They will not dissapoint in the anime comedy zone and will get you hooked for more. And also, be sure to check out the OPM manga if you want more of it.
Parody genre - ☑
MC who are funny & badass when they need to be - ☑
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