#1: "Samurai Heart (Some Like It Hot!!)" by SPYAIR (eps 1-13) #2: "Balance Doll (バランスドール)" by Prague (eps 14-26) #3: "Anagura (アナグラ)" by Kuroneko Chelsea (eps 27-39) #4: "Nakama (仲間)" by Good Coming (eps 40-50) #5: "Tougenkyou Alien (桃源郷エイリアン)" by serial TV drama (ep 51)
When you REALLY love a certain anime and hear it's going to end, you weep a little inside. So is Gintama, and the news of the new season were salvation to many sad Gintabros all over the globe.
That's right. The #1 show is back - and I am damn excite, son.
To any of you who haven't watched the first season, please do. but if you wouldn't want to commit yourself to a 201 episode show, feel free to just skip ahead to season two and try an episode or two. The storyline's arranged in inconsistent arcs, meaning you can pick it up from any arc - as long as you get an explanation on the origins of the different characters.
I assume all of you know the general setting - a Samurai who lives in a modern era in which aliens are a part of our (humans) daily lives. There's an ongoing ban on swords, so being a Samurai is obviously forbidden by law.
Though there's no rule against a wooden sword, is there?
In the last year, our friendly studio Sunrise had enough time to stack up material for a long-lasting second season, while our beloved mangaka had time to improve and write arcs which without a doubt - have the Gintama effect. Holding tears in your throat, and two minutes later laughing like a maniac - only to be in tears again a few minutes later. The long touchy speeches are back, the unexpected plot turns are back, everything we longed for in this Gintama-less year, is back.
It might be important to specify the fact that Gintama is now well funded, and is in HD. Can you imagine seeing Gintoki pick his nose in 720p?! Insane!!!
The first arc is the comeback we all wished for, every character you knew is making an appearance, though you should ready yourself for a surprise - they've all changed.
I promise this - starting at the first 15 seconds up to the end of the 24 minutes of awesome, you'll be smiling, laughing, perhaps even crying if you're touchy. Enjoy.read more
Edit after episode 13: I cried big wet tears at the excellent storytelling and well placed character development. SUCH. BIG. TEARS.
I was skeptical as hell for the return of the Gintama anime. To be honest, I went into this anime wanting to slam it as hard as possible, especially upon seeing it's overbearingly high-score. But I won't, because to be frank, I can't.
I don't really think a lot of reviews, complex and heavily-illustrated need to be written about this anime to get a feel for what it's about so let me get straight to the point: It's ridiculous over-the-top comedy, plain and simple. Of course you can't forget the awesome stories built from these insane gags, too.
The scripting, the scenario, specifically the way that the anime envelops you inside - making you a returning character as well, are all ingeniously meshed together.
And of course, after five years... brought to you in 16:9 format.
...With even better songs than ever (hard to believe, I know).
If you haven't seen Gintama before, I recommend checking it out, and I know 201 episodes sounds like a grueling task, but after seeing the pilot episode for the second series, I was left more than satisfied. This episode is reason alone to watch the over two-hundred preceding it.
Even if you're familiar with Gintama and think you're ready for Gintama', let me be the first to tell you; you aren't.
Note: I don't believe this review needs to be edited every week, as most episodes are either episodic or self-contained within an arc. If you've braved the first 201 episodes, don't miss season two.read more
Gintama and Godly both start with G, coincidence? This anime is the pure essence of entertainment. You will laugh, you will cry, you will become emotional invested in a variety of ways. Not having watched this anime is like missing out on a classic movie and that means that you haven't fully lived yet. I watch an episode every night before I go to sleep so that I can sleep in pure comfort and relaxation. Watching Gintama for me is not a hobby. It is a life style. I HIGHLY recommend this show to anyone who likes anime and especially comedies.
The people who enjoy this have probably spent most of their time watching CNN or the Weather Channel to be quite honest. I'm 90 episodes in TRYING to see what's so good about this anime, I mean I WANT to like it, I honestly do, I LOVE anime in ALL SORTS. I've seen probably between 500-750 different anime, and have a taste for each genre. I also know what makes an anime, or writing withing an anime good(or bad). With this said, for the crying love of baby Jesus, please lets all put forth an effort to remove this from anywhere near the top of any relevant anime list.
Gintama is an incredibly boring anime 80% of the time. There is a fair amount of comedy, but I only found myself laughing once every 3-5 episodes or so on average even when I WANTED to laugh. The "serious" action is even watered down by skits of comedy which distract from the climax of the fight, which I found to be deflating.
Unsure also what the deal is with Shinpachi's older sister, Tae being so overpowered-ly strong? Not only physically, but emotionally. Her character would be really cool if she seemed human. Again I'm not done yet, but it seems her character would draw me in to the anime more. The writing around her character is dreadful. Also her interactions with anyone aside from Shinpachi are underwhelming to say the least.
Kagura's character is actually TOO stupid to be interesting. The premise around the writing of the character is actually good. A descendant of the strongest clan/family in the world/universe? Cool idea. Making her a child so that she's not OP, another cool idea. Making her an idiot? Surrounded by characters like Gintoki? Frustrating.
The introduction of Sarutobi Ayame was a great idea. everything about her character is PERFECT. She is one of the better written characters in the whole show. Strong, but with a couple of flaws to prevent her from being the strongest character on the show. She has a sexy feminine side that we can all look forward to when she makes an appearance. My problem is that her dialogue is TOTALLY ignored by characters withing the show. PLEASE writers my GOD.
Summary: This anime is about a 2/10 on average with high points of a 4/10. The art is awesome. The sound is awesome. Some characters are cool. There is no plot. There is no writing. There's little enjoyment to be derived if any, only if you're already in a great mood before watching it (sometimes it spoiled my good mood though.) If you hate yourself, I highly recommend this anime. read more
If you're interested in an anime that's constantly hilarious, but also has a great balance with serious plots, Gintama is an anime to check out. To start you off, read this article that features the main and minor characters you'll see in this unique anime series.