Ranked #10


Alternative Titles

English: Gintama
Synonyms: Gin Tama, Silver Soul
Japanese: 銀魂


Type: TV
Episodes: 201
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 4, 2006 to Mar 25, 2010
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company


Score: 9.051 (scored by 67443 users)
Ranked: #102
Popularity: #74
Members: 211,237
Favorites: 18,633
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Oct 18, 2009
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 read more
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Jul 23, 2014
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 read more
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May 20, 2015
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 read more
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Feb 5, 2009
Gintama is a masterclass in comedy writing and variety; a series that grows in originality with each passing episode, so inventive and fresh, dynamic and interesting, it's no wonder it has become one of Sunrises' flagship series, not to mention a mainstay of Shounen Jump.

The plot - from the get-go - perfectly encapsulates what Gintama is about: it's absurd. The Gintama universe is limitless; anything can and will happen. This insane nature is perfectly explored through the episode structure. Chiefly, it's an episodic series, with multiple story arcs woven in-between. Each episode will see a new plot, exploring one (or multiple) aspects of this wide read more
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Sep 16, 2013
Gintama to be symbolized is like a bottle of fine apple cider. Its not the hot cinnamon one you enjoy at winter time, but a bubbly and sweet drink enjoyed alongside some of the finest of your holiday wines. Gintama is sweet. With a cast of bubbling and energetic characters who lift spirits. They just make the show sizzle with satisfying pops. At first Gintama feels like a kiddy drink laughable and nothing more. As you slow down and enjoy Gintama it becomes something more. There is certain tartness mixed in, a hint of something more dramatic, this only materializes itself once read more
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Jul 31, 2007
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. read more
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Sep 13, 2008
Gintama takes place in Edo(a.k.a Tokyo nowadays). Aliens who call themselves, the Amanto, have invaded Japan. In order to prevent another resistance of samurai's, they prohibited the use of swords. Only a handful of samurai's are remaining, Sakata Gintoki, a laid-back samurai who carries a wooden sword, is among these few. Together with Kagura, an extra-terrestrial girl with a monstrous strength, and Shinpachi, your average troubled adolescent, they'll take any kind of job as long as it fills their stomach and keeps them from getting kick out by the landlord.

Gintama is an action, comedy samurai anime with a sci-fi twist. You dont get to see read more
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Aug 2, 2014
Gintama is one of those rare epic anime where our lead is not an immature boy who is naïve and interested in doing everything for laughs. No, instead it is an epic where our lead is an immature man who is the gold standard of cheap laughs. There is no style of humour Gintama does not touch, and does not excel in, and despite the fact I have not finished the show, the comedy paired with both insightful social commentary and emotional character development cements the show’s place as one of the most complete packages anime has to offer.

At this stage, I should clarify I read more
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May 30, 2014
Well over the past 2 years of re watching this anime and reading the manga i have to say that this is by far my most favorite anime i have watched in my entire life from story to characters i have enjoyed ever minute of it.

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 read more
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Aug 23, 2013
This is my first review on MyAnimeList, so please bear with me! So, Gintama. The anime that my friend tried to get me into by showing an episode of a toilet scene. At first, I thought it was funny, but I still didn't get into it, since I thought it will still be boring. However, I was indeed very wrong. This is Gintama, a silver samurai who runs the Yorozuya.

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 read more
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Feb 5, 2015
I've never really been a fan of long-running shounen anime. I had some bad run-ins with series like Naruto and Bleach when I was a kid and ever since then I've tried my best to stay away from them. For the same reason, I'm quite sure I would never have made myself watch Gintama either if it wasn't for its incredibly high ratings which made me feel somewhat obligated to. When I eventually started it though about 1,5 years ago, it was very quickly made evident that Gintama is... different. Not just different from other shounen anime, but different from almost every anime. In many read more
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Aug 5, 2012
At first I was very skeptical towards the idea of watching this anime. For you see, to watch Gintama one must have a profound knowledge on Japanese pop-culture and language (as the show doesn't lack puns and references), none of which I have. Nevertheless, if you are one to appreciate a good laugh and a chaotic story line, Gintama is the anime for you.

My opinion on this show:

Story: 9/10

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 read more
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Dec 9, 2014
I had seen this anime since the year 2009. I was a cub then and had no clue as to what Gintama really was. I was like, " Hey, something's showing on TV! Let's watch it! ". The First moments I laid eyes on Gintama was on episode 132. ( THE HAUNTED INN ).

It was really funny back then and had my eyes all teary. But mostly, its quite the action. It's the typical type of shounen action you'd see but with more feelings. It actually really gets badass at the right moment and then the next thing you'd know you're in a GAG!

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Jan 3, 2008
Japan, a nation which was once known as "samurai country", has been invaded by aliens called the Amanto who now pull the strings of the government. The samurai have been forced to become ordinary citizens and sheath their swords forever. Gintoki Sakata, a former samurai who follows his own code of "bushido", was once a fierce warrior who can now barely scrape together the change to purchase this week's Shonen Jump. What's a samurai to do?

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 read more
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Dec 9, 2009
My first time writing a review so people,please be NICE :)

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.

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Dec 17, 2013

If you're looking for a funny anime with a bit of action and drama here and there, this is the anime for you. It literally had me crying with laughter, and sometimes I'd even laugh to the point where I just stopped breathing entirely. Aside from being funny, I also found it really heartwarming because it focuses on relationships of all kinds, especially friendship. It really makes you realize that, no matter how terrible things may get, one friend can make your world so much brighter. It teaches you so many amazing life lessons, read more
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Dec 2, 2013
To be honest, I've got a strange sense of humor. I laugh to myself a lot (often alone). Most of the humor I like comes from the alt-comedy community, and is weird, bizarre, silly, nonsensical, or just way too out there for a lot of people. Rather than anime, I usually would find a comedy outlet in the lesser known stand-up of people like Paul F. Tompkins, Todd Glass, Mitch Hedburg, or network TV shows, whether it be sitcoms like 30 Rock, It's Always Sunny, Community, or sketch/variety shows such as Mr. Show, Kids in the Hall, or Comedy Bang! Bang! In the anime I read more
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Apr 19, 2012
It was lucky I had the opportunity to watch this anime and I thank you very much to the Sorachi Hideaki for making the work of "Gintama". I can say Gintama is a "Masterpiece" because the anime was successful from all genres ranging from Action, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Parody, History, Sci-fi, Samurai, Shounen.

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 read more
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May 6, 2009
In just 25 minutes, this anime will show you that even a simple fight between friends over a sukiyaki pot can be more engaging than some epic battle between planets and solar systems (while there's plenty of that too).

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.
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Feb 6, 2008
I don't really know how to start this off, but here it goes...

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 read more
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