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Synonyms: Gin Tama, Silver Soul
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 4, 2006 to Mar 25, 2010
Producers: Sunrise, TV Tokyo, Aniplex, Dentsu, Sentai FilmworksL, Trinity Sound, Audio Highs, Miracle Robo
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or olderL represents licensing company
Score: 9.041 (scored by 52556 users)
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2 based on the top anime page.
Popular Tagsaction comedy fantasy parody shounen
Oct 18, 2009
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
Jul 23, 2014
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.
Jul 31, 2007
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
Sep 16, 2013
The story of Gintama is about Gintoki Sakata after aliens have taken over the earth and life has generally improved for the world. Yet, a nasty sword ban on the public has put the samurai class out of work. Gintoki must now leave the bloody past behind and forge his own new samurai code as he does odd jobs in the city of Edo(Tokyo) and barely get by. Gintama is mostly comedy following along the ways of the odd jobs crew, each episodes and odd job generally goes around their own little life lessons, gags and stories. The series is very episodic. This takes 95% of the series as fun day to day shenanigans in a world dominated by weird aliens (So not really average by our standards). Under all of the tomfoolery is a dark feel. Gintama portrays this very well and sometimes the feel of the show can switch on a whim. Its the 5% not in the “happy” this is very well thought out drama arcs usually every 20 episodes, with lengths usually 3 to 6 episodes long. These arcs usually start softly, but usually end up serious and involve Ghosts from Gintoki’s past. This sense of past is never lost in the show, you always have a feeling that Gin cannot get over it. It shows through continuously through his actions. Sometimes he stops when others laugh. He thinks back to his war days laughing with comrades and then frames back to his odd jobs crew and new friends; he smiles and joins back in. Gin has a very well hidden PTSD. It mentioned by others, that he “has the smell of a beast to him” as when what he wishes to protect by his bushido code is threatened he’ll revert the “white demon” (nick name in alien wars) and risk everything life and limb to save what he cares about. This is a feeling that is constant through the entirety of Gintama, and in a sense this getting over the bad times and the past is the central meaning of Gintama as a whole.
Art of Gintama is very interesting, very inventive devices, vibrant color palates; the world also can turn dark very quickly. It creates a vibrant fun colorful world that shows its seedy underside. This makes for some great contrasts in animation and just the faces… so good. From troll faces to deadly serious, to plainly confused, Gintama mastered the art of drawing facial expressions. The style in itself isn’t very risky and thus feels above average and not amazing.
Sound is done by a variance of people. the Op’s and Ed’s are for a majority excellent. My personal Favorites from the 1st 201 episodes is the Op Donten with stairway generation being a close 2nd. Osts are well-done; Madao is an excellent theme with slow guitar that makes you just feel. Nothing though was completely off the walls amazing, but everything was great.
Character truly is the greatness of Gintama. It’s a plethora of colorful bubbles that light up the world. Each with their own past they also want to leave behind. The Main Main group is the odd jobs crew lead by Gintoki Sakata, and his two employees/ apprentices Kagura and Shimpachi + their beloved mascot Saduharu . The other best group is the elite police of this crazy world. The Shinsengumi, which is mainly Hijikata, Sougo, Kondo, and Yamazaki. The odd jobs team is like a family always together and always on each others nerves, but help when the time comes, this has created the best friendship speeches in existence. “He owns me five bucks… so I can’t let him die”. The odd jobs crew gallivants around the city of Edo. Gintoki a samurai for a new age, Kagura super strong and supper witty young girl, Shimpachi the only sane man here. It truly is a treat to watch. The Shensengumi also gallivant putting anti government rebellions down with ridiculous police work. They have the daemon vice- chief, the sadist Captain Sougo, the bland Yamazaki, the lovable idiot chief Kondo. They also have their own serious arcs and frequently end up with the odd job team by total accident in deadly situations. These groups with many colorful separate friends and characters make a colorful dish the compliments the totally colorful world of Gintama creating tons of funny moments, and some sad ones too. The characters of Gintama make this wacky world shine.
Overall Gintama is a mastery of comedy and drama. Truly meant to be enjoyed slowly. Something to be savored for what it is. Its not one to be taken too seriously or too lightly. Yet, it is a one of the greatest things to come to the anime median to date. Funny and heart warming, and sometimes just sometimes dark and gritty with a touch of feels. If you take your time to savor it, Gintama is one anime that you shant want to miss.
Jul 17, 2014
It should be obvious, but I'll say it nonetheless:
This is purely my opinion, agree or disagree as you like.
Well, right the first thing I have to say is excluded from that rule though.
Gintama is, without fanboyism, the absolutely best Anime there is.
Why is that, you wonder? Well, read on then.
Gintama has no consistent story, instead it has short arcs and standalones
(which I usually don't prefer) BUT each standalone episode and each arc in itself are hillarious.
Gintama can do whatever they like. Science Fiction Arcs, Comedy Arcs, Shonen Arcs, even more Comedy, Crossovers. But why are there just 9 instead of 10 points? Because of one of Gintamas Weaknesses (It has exactly 2, by the way). It takes rather long to get going. A friend of mine introduced me to some random episodes, rather then watching from the start, so I liked it after a few 2 or 3 episodes, but if you watch it in order it might take up to 50 episodes to get rolling.
But afterwards it only gets better and better. It's like f(x)=x²
Best facial expressions in Anime History!
Awesome Ideas! (Those who already watched it, I'm talking about the Popularity Poll Arc)
Everything in this Anime just looks awesome to the point.
Let's start with the Seiyu-Part.
There we have Sugita Tomokazu, the genious of all ages.
He, on his own would suffice to give 10 points, but no, we also have the Tsundere-Queen Kugimiya Rie in her probably best form.
Sakaguchi Daisuke as straightman Shinpachi completes the Set of awesomeness.
And yes, these are only the Main Chars of the Yorozura. The rest of the bunch is just as awesome.
Every single one of the Openings made it to my favorite track list.
SPYAIR, Does, Hearts Grow,... They all did a great job.
Each and evey opening fits the anime perfectly.
The endings are just as good, and are great closure for every episode.
Even though I don't know their names, all of the BGMs have been burned in my brain. Just awesome.
I absolutely love each and every of Gintamas Characters!
As standalones they probably wouldn't work, but they aren't standalones.
Sorachi Hideaki did a phenomenal job. Taka-tin, Shogun-sama, Dragon-Taicho, Ill Smith... And these are just some hillarious sidecharacters.
There is no measurement for my enjoyment of Gintama.
Which episode I watch doesn't matter. I'll laugh. Hard.
I'll probably die laughting one day. Not, like I'd regret it though.
Well, I talked about TWO weaknesses, right?
So here's the second one:
Gintama gets funnier the more Anime One has seen.
So basically, this should be the last anime you see before you die.
Because then you have seen the Pinnacle of Anime. read more
May 30, 2014
To start off with the story always jumps around as this show has many different arcs but almost each and every story has always pulled me into the series and want to continue on to the next. from serious dramatic arcs to wacky and straight up parodies of other anime this show never seems to disappoint.
The art i would have to say is about sub par in the beginning but later on and in the more serious arcs i am blown away by how amazing the art had become so crisp and amazing in such a short span of a few episodes. along with the sound that compliments each fighting and dramatic scene.
another great thing about gintama is it's many great and unique characters spanning from the amazing main shounen protagonists to side characters that always make appearances in the series. even villains seem to always have a great back story and make you want to relate with them and get somewhat attached in the end.
Overall i have very much enjoyed this anime and would gladly recommend this to my friends. and i'll be re watching this again in the near future. read more
Feb 5, 2009
Set during the 19th century in Japan, known as Edo at the time, aliens called Amanto have invaded and have ultimately taken over the world. They heavily influenced the day and age and implemented a sword ban on the 'samurai country' that leaves one carefree samurai in a dilemma. Gintama follows that certain samurai, Sakata Gintoki, as well as a huge cast of other characters in their daily lives and adventures.
Many of the episodes in Gintama are that of episodic nature, they do not connect, they are stand alone. You are presented with a story at the beginning of the episode, and it is resolved by the end. I believe this benefits Gintama greatly since it's probably the best way to go about creating an anime or manga with such a huge cast and eccentric setting. While most episodes do not connect, there are a few throughout the series that do however. Never have I come across an episode or an arc so far that hasn't had me in tears from laughter, my mouth wide open from amazement or my face glued to the screen due to the intense drama or action. Throughout the series you'll notice that Gintama borrows elements from everywhere, and these are mostly found in parodies. What does Gintama parody? Literally anything and everything. From Death Note to Ju-On, to Star Wars to Dragon Ball Z, to Rocky to Hajime no Ippo, to famous people to famous places to famous things and beyond. Gintama mixes these parodies into almost every episode which results in a presentation unlike any other. Also, encase you're wondering, the parodies do not distract from the story, they actually make sense and mix extremely well in a rather random series.
I know some critics will disagree with me giving the story a ten out of ten, but every episode is so imaginiative and captivating it's what it deserves and to be honest I can't see how you could give it any less. It's a given that the first twenty-ish episodes are mainly for character introduction, but once those episodes are over and we know the cast, Gintama releases it's full potential. Each story itself revolves around many different characters within the huge cast, so not one single character is under or over used, therefore they never get boring. Which is a must in such a long series. Gintama manages to interest you in each story within a few minutes or even seconds, while in another anime series it may take a few episodes. Basically, Gintama does in one episode what another anime might be building up to do throughout the entire series, and without it feeling rushed. This is much more apparent later on in the anime. Since there are so many different stories throughout the series, it makes you wonder just how much more Hideaki Sorachi (the creator) can think of. His mind must be extremely vast, because the stories do not get dull as the series progresses one bit, they get better, and better, and better, and better. More characters are introduced later on, more scenarios are presented to you and different plot devices are used, as well a the occasional plot twist. A lot of critics seem give Gintama low ratings for it's story because it doesn't have a long or on-going one, which I find rather stupid because it's not supposed to. Each episode is supposed to have a different story, that's the way it's supposed to be, so why should it be rated down for something it never intended to have anyway? The fact in the matter is, even after over 150 episodes, each stand alone story is way, way, way above average and each arc is just as amazing as the other, which is what we've come to expect. It never, ever gets old and that's why I believe, without a doubt in my mind, that the story deserves a ten out of ten.
Gintama is animated by Sunrise, mostly known from Code Geass fame these days, but they've also produced such marvels as Cowboy Bebop, Planetes, Yakitate!! Japan, Gundam, Outlaw Star and a ton more. You can safely say Gintama is in good hands... actually, probably the best hands it could be in. The animation remains consistant throughout, and occasionally gets even better whenever it needs to. The character design is slick and smooth, the shot setups and camera angles always get the job done to the highest of quality and are often quite imaginative and dynamic, and scenes are well presented on screen through the animation. The direction is at it's best and I don't think Sunrise could offer us anything better. They've done a fantastic job.
Up to episode 150, Gintama has had six different openings and twelve different endings. All themes have been above average and the background music is always brilliant and never lacks. Gintama has introduced me to many fantastic Japanese music artists, such as Tommy Heavenly6, The Rodeo Carburettor and DOES, which I am eternally greatful for! The music could not blend better with the anime than it already does. It's like the music was made to be used in Gintama and in Gintama only - it really does blend that well. The voice acting is also top notch and very ranged. A ton of popular seiyu's are involved. Rie Kugimiya voices the main female character for example, and Tomokazu Sugita voices the main male character. Rie is especially known for her tsunderes roles, such as Louise, Shana and Taiga, and Tomokazu is know for voicing Kyon in the popular 'The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya'. Both do an outstanding job, and Rie Kugimiya has continued to impress me with her voice acting throughout the entire series.
The best part about Gintama is, without a doubt, the characters. There are so much words I could use to describe them, but I think I'll use this one - perfect. The characters simply could not get any better. Extremely appealing, very imaginative and filling all of your needs and wants, you'll no doubt have more than one favourite. Without the characters, Gintama would not be where it is today. Thank the creator, Hideaki "The Legend" Sorachi for creating such wonderful pieces of art! Most of the characters are also based on real people during the time Gintama is set, which will please us history nuts out there!
Gintama is, in my opinion, the most enjoyable form of entertainment ever created. The laughs never stop coming. Let me give you an example so you know what kind of comedy I'm on about. In one episode, four of the characters each happen to take a dump in seperate toilet cubicles next to each other. To their dismay, they then discover that there isn't a single roll of toilet paper in sight. One of the characters then happens to have four sheets of sandpaper with him. What emerges after that is a mind war between the characters to protect their pride and honor, but also to wipe their ass. Another scenario see's the Shinsengumi (the Japanese police force at the time) trying to come up with new idea's on how to make the other members of the team actually take care when they go to the toilet in the urinals, because they often splash their urine on the floor. The series sadist, Sougo, comes up the the idea the put a long plank of wood with holes in across the urinals so it will aim their urine in the right place. The Shinsengumi commander then shows up so they hide to see if Sougo's idea works, but not only does it work, the commander gets his 'thing' stuck in one of the holes! How can you not enjoy yourself when hilarious scenarios like this hapeen in almost every episode? Gintama is mainly a comedy anime, but there are episodes or arc's that throw away the comedy for a more serious approach. These episodes are just as enjoyable as the rest, but the whole time you're just sat there in amazement because you never even stopped to wonder if Gintama had this potential and it's suddenly hit you like a brick in the face. For you action whores out there, Gintama also has some damn amazing action sequences that will stick with you throughout time. Gintama could not rank higher in the enjoyment factor than it already does.
Overall - perfect, amazing, hilarious, breath taking, eye watering, simply fantastic. Gintama is the god of comedy and everything else for that matter. In my opinion, the only anime series to deserve full marks in every aspect. Gintama is among the best anime has to offer. read more
Sep 13, 2008
Gintama is an action, comedy samurai anime with a sci-fi twist. You dont get to see this kind of anime's anymore, heck youve never seen an anime like this before. I mean seriously, where can you find a samurai whose role model is Bleach's Ichigo Kurosaki? Or an intense ordeal involving four adults who all recently took a dump in a comfort room that has run out of toilet paper and now they must decide on who among them has to run outside butt naked, to relieve them from their predicament?
Unlike most samurai's anime's, this anime is really all about the comedy.Dont misunderstand, their are several decent actions here and some of em are even pretty damn good but most of them are use for opportunity to present something extremely hilarious . Dont expect any amazing coup de grace here as Gintama doesnt want to be striking, it wants to be funny. But hey, it pays off. In an odd way, Gintama can be very unpredictable because of this. Its like watching the antics of Harry Houdini, you never know whats going to happen next.
To exaggerate something so insignificant is one of Gintama' primary nature. Now I would like to point out that Im not fond of slice of life anime's, because well lets face it, real life aint worth watching one cent especially when they all they do is talk about is the different ways to cut cheese. But Gintama is capable of making mundane circumstances into something incredibly ludicrous, that you have to be dead inside not to burst out and laugh your ass off.
A good example would be when the gang were all dead hungry but there's only one remaining food left? Who gets to eat the last food? The epic psychological warfare begins. If you havent noticed, every second of that is insanely diverting. And yes, that episode is the best Death Note parody I have ever come across. Its doesnt stop there. Gintama has all kinds of parody, whethers its Star Wars, Resident Evil, or some famous horror flick, there's nothing that can escape the derision of Gintama. It is so amazing how they were able to successfully mix samurai and modern pop culture into one show.
Gintama is promising from the start. It boasts distinguished characters that make up a unique combination that opens up future comic possibilities.
Gintama is episodic, meaning dont expect any heavy character development, although there are some minor alterations as the series progresses but it doesnt make enough difference to be considered. Who needs development anyway? As long as its funny, thats good enough for me.
The OP and ED in Gintama are pretty upbeat and catchy. Sometimes it can even make you laugh. As for the animation, it is fairly average. I have nothing against it because it fits right in the atmosphere of something utterly humorous.
Some people consider Gintama as the only thing decent anime that Shounen Jump serialized. Others think of it as the next best thing since sliced bread. I am neither of this. The way I see it, Gintama can only warrant two things for a person. Either they become fans of Gintama or become dumb with astonishment that they resort to watching paint dry.
If there's one thing you need to know about Gintama, it is blatantly comical.
And if thats what you have been looking for, then look no further. If not, look elsewhere. read more
Dec 2, 2013
I was completely blown away at how funny it was and how much I was laughing. This is the major selling point of the show. It. Is. HYSTERICAL. Perhaps your stomach is sensitive, and you live in constant fear of your gut busting. Don't watch watch this show. No, forget that, watch it anyway. You'll die with tears in your eyes and a smile on your face.
Yes, Gintama will forever be good for a laugh. While I feel it is unsurpassed in this aspect, it is not constant comedy. I make this point for two reasons:
1) In a way, it has a slow start. I did not immediately think I was watching a comedic masterpiece from the beginning. It was not truly Gintama until about ep. 25 (which is coincidentally when I realized I was watching a comedic masterpiece). What I mean by that is it needed time to become familiar; to feel itself out and establish what it is. The more you watch, the more you become aware of Gintama's style and the running jokes, of which there is an infinite supply!
2) This is probably the biggest complaint the show gets, and the main reason you can breathe between in place of perpetual laughter. This show can be serious. Seriously. Some people say that the solemnity kills the mood, that it should just stick to its usual gags. Gintama is mainly episodic with little connection from episode-to-episode, and it can indeed be fairly serious in some some of its standalone episodes, mixed in with comedy, of course. Personally, while I can sort of see why people are not as into it, I have no problem with it, and even welcome it as a sort of balance. What I understand less is the not liking the arcs Ithat range from 2-8 episodes) that have a more earnest approach. A different tone is set from the start and subsequently, though there are still funny moments, it is done in a bit more mature fashion where the show takes itself a little more seriously for the time being, especially with the arcs set in Yoshiwara. In fact, this is when the show's, for lack of a better word, 'badass-ness' is in full display. I never looked at the drama and emotional bits as a weak point, but instead reveled in it, amazed that something so funny could spin emotion so well. For me, it's a nice change of pace that shows how well-rounded Gintama is.
Having discussed the 'flaws', I'll briefly touch on other criteria, starting with the plot. There isn't any. As I said earlier, Gintama is episodic, each one being distinct and usually unrelated to the next. For the few short arcs that appear, a premise is set up, giving the show its only instances of an existing story. It is a shounen anime, published in JUMP with other great shounen anime, but it is a parody show first (which is often pointed out on screen, often through the nonexistent 4th wall). While the plot and various situations that arise each time are certainly good, they are not what make this show truly shine.
The characters. O MAN, DEM CHARACTERS. The highlight of Gintama and what separates it from any other anime. Put simply, they are fantastic characters. In fact, I loathe to assign them as 'main' and 'minor'. Every one has backstory, depth, flaws, likes, dislikes, quirks, and distinct personality. This extends through a large cast of characters where there may be entire episodes centered around secondary characters, or they may make short, pointlessly funny cameos, giving the series what little semblance of a connection between episodes it has. I will always love the array of characters and the idiosyncrasies they bring to the table, such as a mayonnaise obsession, sadistic/masochistic sides, an annoyance at a nickname, a bad case of hemorrhoids, a love for JUMP, and so many more.
The art is good, though nothing revolutionary. It improves as the series goes on. Its main function is to be diverse for the use of visual gags, and in case you were wondering: yes, it does its job well. The sound is in a similar boat. It is simple, diverse, and showcases the dialogue, changing according to mood, or to help drive home a punch line. As for the OP/ED, I thought it was an amazing soundtrack, though your musical taste may be different. Go figure.
Gintama is nothing short of outstanding and hilarious. Sitting through 262 episodes was one of the most enjoyable experiences with anime I've had. I cannot recommend this show enough. You're bound to enjoy it (just ask the MAL rankings). To end with, I'll leave you with a quote that sums up the show pretty nicely.
"If One Piece teaches you how to pursue your dreams, then Gintama teaches you how to live on even if your dreams have shattered." read more
Aug 5, 2012
My opinion on this show:
I can't help it but admire the author's ingenious approach towards not only fiction, history and adventures the characters come by, as well as the daily life of Ooedo inhabitants and all their small problems (e.g. the ups and downs of having to buy a new fan or when a young girl wants her undergarments washed separately from her father's). In the Gintama world, there are hardly any linearities. Even an everyday story will make a twist or turn somewhere until the end of the 20-minute episode. And it is most likely that the aforementioned twist will make you shed tears from laughter.
The show is also overflowing with d*ck jokes, b*tt jokes and the likes... Not to mention famous shounen manga, famous actors, etc. Nevertheless, toilet humor is an inseparable part of Gintama.
Of course Gintama also has its seriousness, as you will notice when you stumble across the small "arcs", sometimes revealing dark secrets from the characters' pasts and adding for a more thrilling experiences. At those times, Gintama may turn its back on humor for a while, to unsheathe its blade, but that doesn't mean it's utterly forgotten.
The reason why I gave it 9 (although my overall score is 10) is that a really small part of the characters' pasts is revealed. Imo, that's a turf many things could be explored on.
The anime is very well drawn, with nicely balanced colors and fitting for the pseudo-historical Japan landscapes. The characters are also well drawn, each with unique features, more than enough to distinguish them. The motions are especially well made, though not too frantic or annoying for the viewer's eye. The camera angle is also great, at times even stunning as it adds for more laughter or sharpens the breath-taking moment, depends on the case. There's more to add about the character design, but I'll do that later, when I share my impression on the characters.
The reason why I gave it 10? I am particularly an appreciator of good art, especially the characters, and this is one of the few shounen titles from what I've seen that has such a good style; they are not deformed, annoying (most of them) or made with the same template.
Gintama hooked me on the first opening, if it hadn't already with its synopsis (more like, the lack of it) ...and I was shocked when I realized it's made by Tommyheavenly6. Then, I thought to myself, this anime means serious business. Before I used to weigh anime on their openings and endings and more or less that hasn't changed much (although now there are many more things I judge in an anime). After all, OPs and EDs made 1/10 of the screen time of an episode and the OP creates your first impression of that anime. So far for 252 episodes Gintama hasn't got a weak opening. And as a matter of fact a weak ending. And those openings usually catch perfectly the overall idea of the show. If you are keen on watching this series and want to know what it's about, one glimpse at the opening would be worth a thousand reviews read. The opening can tell you straight away who are the main characters, what other characters you are to expect, what are their occupation or preferences (oft times the right word is obsession), their affections, friends, bonds, where they live... and what the story is about, but that could be described with one word: mayhem.
Gintama has OPs and EDs in J-Rock style, usually with upbeat sound, funky at times, with lots of guitars. The rhythm is quite catchy, so listening to them at least twice is a must. The soundtrack of both seasons is composed by Audio Highs, also with lots of guitars for the pressure moments, piano for the sad moments and drums for the punch lines. Audio Highs' themes are styled in almost perfect synchronization with the emotion charges a scene in Gintama could carry.
Gintama's character design is unique and I'm not talking solely for the silver-haired "tennen-paama" protagonist, although he is surely unmistakable with his bokutou and the manner he wears his kimono. All the characters are drawn as befits their roles in the anime, more or less, with lots of imagination poured into each of them and a feature (usually more than one) to distinguish them from the others. Also all the characters' seyuu fit more than perfect, as they have a diapason large enough to make any situation even more comical or sh*t serious. There are no banal characters, for each has it's own story to tell and contributes on their own way for the story; and last but not least - there's no character that's out of place in Gintama. Although most of them complain they aren't given enough screen time and the show is as random as it gets, with more people appearing every episode, the secondary characters pop up just when you though they were forgotten.
The characters are probably the thing I enjoyed most at the anime. As ridiculous as it sounds, they are all unique, as each of them has it's own backstory, a manner of speaking, dressing, preferable meals and many more, but most importantly: bonds. All these small features make the character stand out, not like some shallow figures, that stand there to fill the plot; and make it truly a "person" to sympathize to.
Overall score: 10/10
I truly enjoyed every bit of this anime and this review is pretty much valid for both seasons. I only want to add that, as an anime based on manga, it boldly adds its own brush strokes, such as complaining about sponsors and producers, or making top 50 most popular characters show. Where some people would consider this fillers, it merges with the story so swiftly that not even once it annoyed me; on the contrary, it makes it more vivid and diverse than you would expect from an anime based on manga.
There are many other things I wanted to say, but I either forgot as I typed or just decided it was long enough the way it is.
Thank you for reading my review and hope it was convincing enough to make you watch Gintama!~ read more
Apr 19, 2012
Learn the history and remember it was quite difficult, but the Sorachi Hideaki find its own way so that people can learn is to create Gintama where almost all the characters here are historical in the Edo era. He added his imagination in the form of the Alien and modern times so that the audience is saturated and can not compare with life today.
The reason I love this anime Gintama because super silly and all the characters have a joke in itself. The story is simple enough to tell about Gintoki Sakata (protaginist) as a retired rebels set up a jack-of-all-trades is doing everything for money. In the care of a jack-of-all-trades assisted with Kagura and Gintoki Shinpachi, in running the business they always make the silliness.
Gintama does not have a definite plot, almost in every episode there are always new stories and new jokes so the audience would not get bored and always laughing. Apparently not only that, the action game is also interesting from an empty hand combat, guns and samurai.
When looking at the early episodes of sudden I'm a bit pessimistic because there are so many characters without any introduction and the story is confusing. But when entering the third episode realized that at the beginning of the episode is the introduction of Gintama characters. Episode 3 which tells Shinpachi introductory course has a lot of jokes and I'm sure the anime is going to be a Top Rating and indeed proved to be a cover in Shounen Jump and when I was a user at the end of 2011 it was ranked above Gintama and scored 9 (very great).
The hallmark of Gintama is a farce in terms of parody, in which every scene will be reminiscent of the anime or another popular game not only from that scenario as well as many take the scenario of the anime or other games, but certainly with a play so if the anime or the serious home game but in Gintama everything becomes funny. For example, when Gintoki, Kagura, Toshi, Kondo and Shinpachi virtual play their game to the character of "Dragon Quest" and to beat their opponents using their parents as a weapon and beat the boss.
Talk about Art, basically Gintama has a plain design no excess and as generally modern Anime. But I give a plus for Hideaki Sorachi imagination in making different Alien where the alien is described in general but creepy creatures depicted in the figure Gintama silly like Princes Hata. Not only that Gintama Elizabeth also has the Icon is a merger between the penguin and a duck and talks using the board.
Gintama remembered when looking at the soundtrack and sound effects where almost all the Naruto opening and ending is very nice and pleasant. Not only was the sound effect of Gintama also fitting of each scene ranging from live action, character entry, silly scenes, drama and instruments.
If the anime is famous character like tsundere, kuudere, yandere, but all the characters Gintama are and have a similar nature that is "ridiculous". At the beginning of the character Gintoki saw his first impression was weak because at the time of the siege the enemy and he was running and outwit his opponents, but at the constriction It appeared that the original nature of the male, strong, protective and caring. Shinpachi always chatty and always shouted, but in fact he was someone who cared and were willing to help anyone. Childish Kagura is seen from his attitude and way of talking, but actually he is a loyal and powerful. Isei Kondo who is chairman of Shinsenugami described manly and authoritative but actually he is very gentle and has a love of death. Katsura who is the leader of Joi (rebels) seems so cool, brave and strong but he is stupid. All characters in Gintama entirely unexpected in view of the physical then we will be deceived because of their real nature is as the story progresses. In this anime there are no useless characters all have a role in developing the story and make the story live.
Every Monday, I always wait Gintama out of curiosity what's the story again and jokes what is given. Because the manga and anime differ on where the anime chose a random chapter of the manga so do not know where that next week will come out. Gintama is perfect to watch with family or relatives. But keep in mind most of the Gintama carry as many dirty jokes and sayings Nudity sensor so you do not watch it is good with small children. If you see repeated Gintama then you will still laugh at the farce it is and not pretend impressed.
Overall the anime category Gintama "Masterpiece" because it managed to present an extraordinary live action, parody that fits with the story, Comedy stomach churning.
Gintama is suitable for various groups ranging from Comedy lovers, lovers Shounen, Sci-Fi lovers, lovers parody, drama lovers, and lovers of the Samurai. I guarantee you will not regret watching this anime ^ __ ^.
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Aug 23, 2013
There isn't a storyline to this anime, since every anime has its own story to it. There are some really great arcs such as the Benizakura Arc and the Yoshiwara in Flames Arc. Gintama is a comedy shounen anime, but that doesn't mean it never gets serious. Gintama gets you dying on the floor laughing then later to tears. Then, it hooks you up with intense action, such as many of Gintoki's fights. I was amazingly stunned how Gintama can transition from comedy to serious action.
The animation in this anime is pretty great, the art and design on each character is really nice and detailed. The background designs are really pretty, too. If you want to see a modern city or feudal Japan, then Gintama pretty much nailed it all.
The original soundtracks (OSTs) sound really amazing in this anime. The songs in the openings and endings are amazing, especially the songs that Gintama used by DOES (such as Donten, Shura, Bakuchi Dancer and Bokutachi no Kisetsu)! Some OSTs sounds extremely hilarious, like when Otose shows up. Some OSTs are so awesome, such as the Kabukicho Four Devas theme. The voice acting in Gintama fits the characters just too well.
I can just say too much about each character, but let's not. In general, each character has their own distinctive personalities. Do you ever see a character who's obsessed with adding such huge amounts of mayonnaise on top of their food or a character who is a super sadist? Well, Gintama has it.
ENJOYMENT & OVERALL;
I loved this anime as you can tell that I overused 'amazing' in this review a lot. Nothing more, nothing less. read more
Jan 3, 2008
Gintama is not an anime that one should approach expecting a plot. It's an episodic action and adventure comedy that details the hilarious and ridiculous daily escapades of Gintoki and the other boarders that are a part of his freelancing business. The only thing that Gintoki, Kagura, and Shinpachi want is to be able to pay the month's rent but instead wind up attracting trouble like a magnet. The jokes can be downright hilarious and the characters will literally go out of their way to say something funny at the wrong time. It's not a series that I would recommend to new anime fans because a lot (but certainly not all) of the jokes poke fun at the anime subculture and even the more seasoned fans might have trouble understanding some of the Japanese cultural jokes to a point where it's like a Japanese Family Guy. The fansubs do, however, take the time to explain a lot of the references. It's also great to approach this series with at least some knowledge of Japanese history, particularly the Bakumatsu and Meiji Periods, due to the fact that a majority of the characters are based on historical figures.
The characters watch television dramas and read Weekly Shonen Jump but the scenery and the clothes do a good job of reminding us that this series is supposed to be based on the Meiji Period. The backgrounds are detailed and the animation is generally smooth. Facial expressions, as with any comedy anime, are important and the character designs suit the characters. The overall semi-realistic art style helps the characters seem more realistic as well, though, it's not something I personally found to be especially unique.
The themes are fun, catchy, and upbeat. I found that one of the most memorable things about Gintama's music was the fact that one of the ending songs, Mr. Raindrop, is entirely in (good) English! The background music does not particularly stand out but its "wild" style suits the anime. The voices fit the characters well and the acting is excellent.
And did I say that the most memorable thing about the sound of this anime was Mr. Raindrop? I meant to say that the most memorable thing about this anime was the popular idol singer, Otsuu, who writes these catchy songs with crazy lyrics, like, "Your brother is a hikikomori!"
Characters are the single most important feature in an episodic series such as Gintama and this is one area where this anime does not disappoint. Every character has unique quirks that makes them interesting and the few "archetype" characters that are in this anime are parodies. Shinpachi's sister Otae, for example, has the appearance of the typical "sweet older sister" character but she's actually one of the most violent characters in the entire series aside from trigger-happy Okita. There is no "self-righteous" hero in this anime; every character is just another person trying to get by in the new Japan no matter how rude, weird, or downright strange he or she might be.
This is the first series that I have seen in a long time that has made me truly laugh-out-loud. I sometimes even have to stop myself from laughing while reading the manga in study hall to avoid being stared at!
The best thing about this anime is that it's not afraid to laugh at its demographic, its medium, its culture, or even itself. It almost goes out of its way to make sure that it crosses the line. And, even though some of the jokes are hit-or-miss references, it's an anime that can leave even new anime fans laughing or literally thinking, "WTF?" read more
May 28, 2013
First thing I wanna say is that I've been watching Gintama way before it was cool and hardly anyone knew about it. I never imagined it would get this far in popularity.
I am a fan, but this is not going to be some fanboy review praising it to high heavens. I will criticize it for its shortcomings since nearly all of the reviews on here seem to overlook them while showering it with non-stop praise.
Ok, lets start with the settings. The whole Samurai+alien thing as an alteration of history is actually pretty interesting. If it weren't mostly a comedy it probably could've pulled off a pretty epic story. As an episodic comedy it doesn't really use the settings it established to its fullest potential..
But ok, it does use its settings for both comedic purposes and serious ones to an extent so it's not just background decoration.
Also the premise of the three characters doing odd jobs for money is a good set up for a comedy. Unfortunately, that premise is just forgotten in later episodes in which they hardly ever do any jobs. Even the anime itself is aware of it and they referenced that fact at some point. So at least they're self aware..
The point is, if you haven't watched Gintama yet, don't go in expecting some epic storyline, because it doesn't have that.
In any case, although It doesn't have much of a story (or rather it has one that's just in the background for 90% of the episodes) It does however, have a bunch of short arcs (some of which are not comedic, but rather serious) and they usually have very rich content, interesting ideas, awesome villain/s and great action. The longest arc is about 8 episodes long. And this makes Gintama very different from your average shonen with its structure being mostly episodic and only occasionally having story arcs.
I know a lot of fans go crazy about the serious arcs, and while it is interesting to see how such a silly comedy can go in to serious mode, I mostly preferred its stand alone episodes and the comedic arcs, because that's what makes Gintama different from your average shonen.. Besides, as great as most of the serious arcs are, as I've mentioned, most of them do NOT progress the story in any meaningful way and those that do, have only a minor influence on it. In addition, some of the arcs are just there to introduce a new character, which is also fine, but they're added for comedic purposes and they usually don't seem to contribute to the main story that's in the background.
Anyway, most of the arcs are pretty contrived when you actually think about their plots logically. Not that this show claims to be logical or anything. And as cool as it is when it takes itself seriously, logically it doesn't really add up very well with the show breaking the fourth wall, just 2 episodes ago...
Another reason I like the serious arcs/episodes less, is the fact that sometimes (not always) it makes Gintama fall in to the very same cliches it makes fun of.
Most of the comedic arcs and even some of the standalone episodes, combine comedy and seriousness in a very clever way. In which you'll laugh all the way through it and then possibly shed a tear at the end. And yeah, the serious arcs can be very emotionally intense as well.
So Gintama isn't very logical because it's not supposed to be and it always works very well on an emotional level. It will likely make you both laugh and cry and these mood swings are normally handled very well.
It also deals with a lot of interesting themes that are quite uncommon and mature for a shonen anime. And it does involve more social commentary a little later in the series. And I think it does a really good job with that.
But overall, there's not much of a big story and there's no proper ending in sight.
To its defense though, this show is mainly a comedy. And how many comedies do you know of that have a good story (or a story at all for that matter)? This is why the story has less of an impact on the score I gave it than it normally would.
*Characters* (and humor in general)
Since this is a comedy series and the humor it has is mostly driven by its characters, needless to say this is the best part of the show.
All the major characters great and unique personalities.
Ok, so a great deal of the characters (but not all of them) are basically shonen troupes taken to extremes never seen before. I know that might sound kinda stupid, but it's actually done very cleverly and the more familiar you are with battle shonen anime in last 20 or so years (and anime in general), the more you'd appreciate these characters.
On the other hand, familiarity is one of the downsides of this anime. There's a lot of anime parodies and other Japanese pop culture references made through out the series which will just fly straight over your head. And it also prevents Gintama from becoming a "timeless" comedy so to speak. But know that when it hits (and it usually does, at least for me), it hits hard and hilarious.
And like I said, the source of most of its humor is still character driven, the silly randomness, the situations they get in to, the funny dialogue and of course, making fun of every cliche in the book. References are only one part of the humor.
So as you can probably tell by now, this series doesn't have your usual anime humor. It really is a lot more like a Japanese version of The Simpsons or Family Guy or whatever. Which is great, as far as I know we've never seen anything like that before. And it does it successfully.. Well, for the most part..
One of the things that bother me a little with its humor is the toilet humor and dirty jokes it has. It combines lots of types of humor and this particular type comes across as shocking rather then funny. especially considering that this is basically a kids show broadcasted in Japan right before Pokemon no less.... Even Shinpachi (the straight guy) said at some point "isn't this a kids anime? I know kids are pretty screwed up nowadays, but still". That's a paraphrase anyway.
But seriously, the dirty jokes sometimes borders on pornographic levels (yes, it's that bad), so I don't like that very much. It's usually not very funny and it might turn off some people completely (not to mention the violence which is very extreme for a shonen as well).
There's another thing about the humor that some people complain about. They say that "it's not funny cause they explain the jokes". What they're referring to is the fact that the characters sometimes do something stupid and then the straight guy comes in and says "What the hell are you doing!?". Well, personally I don't have a problem with that, because the straight guy says exactly what the audience is thinking and he delivers his lines (your exact thoughts) in a very funny way. I know it's not subtle, but it's still hilarious and it makes things funnier. Besides this is a well known method in Japanese humor that is used in Japanese stand up comedy, or so I've heard.
Anyway, lets talk a little more about the characters. All of the major characters have different goals and ambitions. Also, most of them are based on Japanese historical figures. And fortunately, familiarity with Japanese history is not really necessary because you'll understand the role of each character eventually, the show does explain that pretty well.
A lot of the characters also have an interesting back-story that is often touching or sad and they excuse the characters' motives and personalities in a surprisingly excellent way. And some are combined very nicely within some of the serious arcs. They indeed do a masterful job with this.
But on the other hand, the vast majority of characters generally don't develop, with the exception of one or two who aren't even main characters (like Katsura for example) but even their development comes to a halt from a point on. And yes, I acknowledge that this is a comedy so I shouldn't expect much development of any kind. Still kind of a waste though.
The only major complaint I really have about the characters' personalities, is the lack of distinction between the major female characters. I mean they are all freakin violent and scary! And I do mean ALL of them (it's true, think about it). Of course, they also have very unique personalities but why is it necessary to give each of them that particular trait? I mean this series' greatest badge of honor is how uncliche it is, and yet for some reason it keeps hammering in this particular cliche that probably originated in the 1920s or something. sheesh.. It seems like the author just didn't know how to make female characters funny, so he just made them all violent and crazy as an additional trait.
Another issue is that there's also some recurring minor characters that seem to be forgotten in later episodes (Where's Prince Hata and his Butler? they were hilarious!).
I can't go in to detail about each character, but know that overall they are excellent characters in every way a character should be (if you can overlook a lack of development) there's never a dull moment with them, each one feels like world of its own and I especially like how smart and self aware they are. I'm pretty sure they won't be forgotten any time soon.
Generally the artwork is really good. The backgrounds are nice and detailed. The character designs are quite decent and distinctive, nothing too special though.
The animation is pretty good for a long running shonen. I wouldn't say it's on the same level as (for example) Bleach, which probably has the best animation a long running shonen could possibly have (and maybe HxH 2011, but that came out later). Still, Gintama's animation only gets better and better the further you go in to the series, I assure you.
In addition, even though Gintama is a comedy first and action second, when it gets to the action, the battles have amazing choreography. So that's another big plus for this anime. Don't expect an awesome battle in each episode though, there aren't too many of them compared to the length of this show.
This is another huge advantage this anime has. Most of the opening and ending songs are awesome ranging from pop to punk rock and a bunch of other stuff. And they all fit well the series perfectly. There are even serious openings/endings for when the series takes a serious turn and such (how awesome is that!?).
The soundtrack in general is very memorable too, but it's probably because of the length of the show and so you hear the ost again and again so you never forget it.
And of course the voice acting is excellent. I don't speak Japanese, but even I can tell the actors are putting a lot of effort in to their performance (and they sound like they're having fun with it as well). DONDAKEEE!!
For me, episodes go by really fast. And I always look forward to what crazy idea they'll come up with next.
So yeah, I don't think Gintama deserves to be in the top 10 on MAL, but I am glad that it's being acknowledged and that it gained such popularity.
And regardless, Gintama is still pretty amazing as both a long running shonen and a comedy. It's also somewhat unique and influential cause it seemed to have spawned some clones in recent years. And it's certainly by far the funniest comedy anime I've seen and among the funniest comedies (in genaral) I've ever seen.
It's not perfect, and the score would've been lower if I took the story more seriously, but it's certainly a must watch. Especially for veteran Otaku. read more
Dec 9, 2009
I started watching Gintama when my friend recommendate me too.She said it was a hilarious anime and people who did not laugh while watching Gintama,have no soul or sense of humor.I gave Gintama a chance and tried watching but i didn't expected myself to laugh non-stop at the jokes and i didn't expected myself to enjoy every second of the anime.
Although Gintama is focused on comedy,DO NOT put the tissue box away.There will be tear jerking and touching arcs which will make tears roll down your cheeks.
And DON'T forget the action which will be showed during serious arcs such as Benizakura arc and Yoshiwara arc which will leave you wanting for more.
From a sadist freak to a space alien,Gintama charcters are lovable and you will NEVER see anoying and weak characters unlike in some other animes.You will fall in love with every characters in Gintama.Yes,even the "bad and evil" characters despite his "less screen time" gets a high rank in Gintama Polls.
After finishing 186 episodes in 1 and a half weeks,i declared that Sorachi Hedeki is the king of humor and wanted more Gintama episodes.Gintama is an awesome anime and people needs to give it a chance.
End of review :)
Thanks for reading and a big thanks to Animefan009 ;D read more
May 6, 2009
I always thought there would never be an anime series that would keep me entertained beyond 50 episodes, and after watching over a 1000 episodes of anime in total, I'm convinced that this is in fact true... except for Gintama.
Watch this anime but be prepared to laugh your stomach out.
Feb 6, 2008
I first began this series out of complete boredom during the summer, but after wacthing the first couple episodes I thought to myself "
Story: The story is fantastic! Even though most of the episodes consits of crazy occurences that occurs with Gintoki and his friends (and shinsengumi), all the episodes are exciting and funny. But this series is not all fillers. There is a secret past with Gintoki and how he is connected to the previous war with the amatos (aliens) and samurais, and he encounters villians who try to harm to the civilians, his friends, and/or Edo.
Art & Sound: The art is now more modern, and is just awesome. I feel like I am at Edo (In Gintama). The sound is great...I guess...I never really encountered an anime with bad sound (unless the DVD was scratched, or the web site was bad...)
Character: It's a rare cicrumstance, but I have fallen for all of the characters. All the characters have a goofy, distinguishable, but also serious side, and I absolutly love it! The character's have their own odd personalities (and fetishes). The character's a developed beautifully, and the characters give the show an unexplainable magic.
Enjoyment: Can I give this a 100/10? This series has action, comedy (A lot of it too), but the series has a couple of serious, and sad episodes. I cannot predict what will happen next! I look foward to wacthing the new episodes! If I didn't enjoy this, why would I be watching (and giving you guys a review)? If you watch this, you WILL enjoy this, no doubt about it!
Overall: As you can see...I absolutly love this series. Do not miss out on this super-special-awesome (Sorry littlekuriboh) anime. There are many "Japanese" jokes, but everyone can love and enjoy this anime! I would give this a billion/10 for overall. I love this show with the bottom of my heart, and I know you will enjoy it too!!! (Watch a couple of episodes before you drop it, the first episode can be confusing) read more
Aug 4, 2012
the scenario is about the time that aliens(named amanto)attacked the earth and japan.because their advanced weapons the humans army(that they have to fight them with sword and old type weapons) has crushed so fast and they lost the battle. but war was a little far from over.so a group of samurai gather and build an army. they called them Joui.in this army there were 4 heroes(takasugi-zura-gintoki and sakamoto)that they fought in the battle...our main character sakata gintoki because his skills in swordsmanship and his white clothes they called him shiroyasha(white demon) and amantos afraid from him.however this war had no result and they almost lost again so gintoki(and sakamoto)left the war because he didn't want to see anymore blood spilled.then he creates yorozya(odd jobs) to gain money and help people but his comrades(zura and takasugi)still fighting. the 2nd and 3rd main character,shinpachi (heir of his father Bushido style) and kagura(an strong member of Yato Clan) joined gin-san for his job.
one of the big + point in gintama's story is Combination of episodic type and story centerd type show .it means that we see a lot of episode that doesn't affect in story line and it often explain about the people and characters problems(i must say some of these EP Affect the story line) but instead there is arcs that continue the story line.
about Characterization,it's perfect. the characters are GRAY.everyone even gintoki sometimes turn into bad guy ! lot of them have no complex goals,so we can contact with them and believe them so easily.
well story is pretty epic i think.
the arcs,action and comedy scenes unlike the most of shounens are not kind of snow job!(especially arcs) the animation in fighting scenes are Spectacular and pretty nice. and about the main and biggest + Point,yes Comedy,it make jokes and parody everything! not only the society's problem and with their Politicians or their elders in history! even they mock themselves! unfortunately i can't say anymore about this. you must experience it by yourself!
about art and graphic i can say everything is very good but there is a problem and that is low resolution! the show is not Fullscreen and it may bother you.how ever they have made some jokes about it too!so i can't count it as negative point
in sound and music part there is no problem too !everyone did their job well and i can say it's one of the best Sound and voice acting that i ever saw.the voice actors are Professional and as i said before,they made it perfect.( the soundtrack too)
i also watch 2 episode from second series, if you watch it after this you'll be drop
jaw...yaaaa no you will be blow jaw!
well i can't say anymore then i cut it to a Sentence:
! MUST SEE BEFORE DIE ! read more
Dec 27, 2013
How should I start by explaining what Gintama is…Just Do It! Do it do it doitdoitdoit…
Just do it? Asks the confused person who has never watched an episode of Gintama before.
I think this is going to be a long one. Yes, there is nothing average about this show, the main character is a sugar addict, who does anything for money, kinda criminal, fights with a wooden sword, a little perverted, is a bad influence to everyone around him, even you, yes you the audience, is sarcastic, had a terrifying childhood, although we don’t know too much about that, which isn’t much of a problem to the plot of Gintama - since there practically is none (and they don’t give a flying fu## about it), you see the truth is the mangaka and the anime creators took it as their mission to constantly conceive their fan base with fake movie announcements and so on, but we forgive them all lies and all last episodes, because Gintama does it brilliantly. The execution of the comedy bits are top notch, very rarely there’s an episode that I didn’t fully enjoy. The pretty, young, 'foreign heroine' spits, curses and is inappropriate in every possible situation, the straight guy with his signature feature glasses has to endure all kinds of insults, has a sister complex, is in love with an idol (worst idol ever), usually has to clean up after the mess his two friends leave behind, but still all three of them are best buds and stick together like gum in your hair.
Then there’s the Shinsengumi, worst police officers in the world, with a gorilla boss, who’s stalking his love interest and has a preference to being naked in public, a pretty looking sadist who tries to kill his superior officer - who is a proud mayo addict, chain smoker and has to deal with the insanity of both, his colleagues and his enemies.
Oh yeah, then there are aliens, terrorists, robots, prostitutes, random perverts, old friends, brothers and sisters and fathers and grandmas…Geez there are so many characters and different story’s in Gintama, some more important than others, which make this show super colorful, rich in variety, and I don’t think I exaggerate in saying, make this is the funniest anime of all time, anything is possible (I don't know what is going on in the depths of Hideaki's mind)
Besides having a good sense of humor, there’s plenty of drama too. Don’t expect something really deep here, but Gintoki and co. can get very emotional and protective of their loved ones, and I like the ‘oohhh’ moments of the show as much as the ‘WTF’ moments.
AND did I mention this is all happening during the ‘Edo-Period’? Yes, yes, old Japan, when women wore kimonos and men…did too lol So if you like interesting but redundant information’s about that time period, Gintama brings some of them up from time to time, you will also see them do heavy parodying of many other shows (probably some of your favorites) and they are reckless in making fun of famous Japanese personalities, hell even of their own producers, and again it’s all forgiven because it’s so well done, and they make fun of themselves too. I guess I’m done with praising this show, if you’re still not interested in watching it (some say you need to at least watch 10 episodes to fall in love with Gintama, to which I say BS, I fell in love with this show after three minutes) I don’t know how to convince you, that you will find a soul mate in Sakata Gintoki, the samurai with white natural perm and a high sugar level, who makes dirty jokes, who knows how to get out of a tricky situation and look cool while being beat up…yeah he’s not your typical protagonist in a shonen jump manga, but by being this different from others, he’s unique and special like the show itself.
The openings (Gintama has one of my favorites) and endings are creative and usually they pick catchy songs for them. While the animation is pretty average, not bad, not outstanding, another thing that I want to mention and compliment on are, the seiyū. No matter if for Gin-san, Kagura, Shinpachi, Hijikata, Kondo or one of my personal favorites Ayame Sarutobi, the voice actors are awesome, of course with the material they are able to work with, they’re hilarious nonstop as well.
Aug 10, 2009
Story - 10/10
Story? What story? There is absolutely no plot to Gintama, its episodic humour that outlines the daily life of an odd jobs freelancer Sakata Gintoki and his two 'employees', the four-eyed useless guy, Shimura Shinpachi and the kung fu China girl, Kagura. The three of them take up odd jobs from searching for lost pets to fighting dangerous evil aliens in order to pay off their rent. Although Gintama does not follow any specific plot, its humour is what makes it top notch, with the amount of humour this anime delivers, a plot isn't even needed.
Art - 9/10
Like with most long running anime, the art starts off rather bad, but does show noticeable improvement along the way. A particular feature I like about Gintama is the way the scenery is done, the houses, shops and clothes remind the watchers that the anime is set in an era that resembles the Edo period. However, things like aliens, mutated beasts, drink machines, scooters, bazookas etc also give Gintama a modern/futuristic feel. The art, character-wise is also very well done, the facial expressions in particular amplifies the humour or joke being told when necessary.
Sound - 9/10
The OP and ED themes ranged from upbeat and catchy songs to slower more mellow tunes, Gintama has a good range of catchy openings that will remain in your head after the 20 or so episode they appear for. BGM-wise, was also very well done, the silly sounding ones were played at the appropriate times and the same goes for serious, wild sounding ones, the BGM went well with the moment/scene in the episode most of the time. The Otsu idol songs were a bonus in my opinion, they were really original and weird with crazy lyrics but did wonders for the humorous side of things in Gintama.
Character - 10/10
The characters really bring out Gintama, each character has a unique trait that makes them stand out from the rest of the other characters. I really liked how the characterisation was done, the innocent and kind looking characters end up being the complete opposite of their appearance. Throughout the anime, the majority of characters are well explored to reveal an underlying side of their personality which makes them more awesome than they were before.
Enjoyment & Overall - 10/10
Gintama is definitely one of the most hilarious anime I’ve ever come across, although the amount of episodes it has may seem daunting, Gintama is an anime that is very easy to fall in love and get addicted to. It's an anime that brings humour to a whole different level with its never ending parodic references and the odd adult joke. read more