For this review, I will not review this season alone, but the whole franchise up until the end of this season. This will be spoiler-free, unbiased and mostly objective, and instead of straight-up discussing the series, but mostly point out what makes Gintama unique while keeping the structure MAL suggests. Here we go
Other factors: 9/10
Many Gintama watchers may notice something from the beginning of the story, something many end up disliking. That is the fact that "Gintama has no plot". The thing is that it doesn't.... But it does.... But doesn't. Without spoiling anything, Gintama is a mostly comedic series, only
driven by the characters' actions and development. People will often refer to that as the story itself, which I disagree with. The plot is actually existent within the series, but we can say it happens "off screen", since the main cast is often not involved with it. The author does however throw out certain plot points and foreshadowing here and there, which later turn into an actual plot. Fans will often refer to the series' "serious arcs" as the plot, which is valid, since they do tie in with the plot itself. But shortly said: Even though Gintama has almost no plot, watchers still stay for the rest of the content, until the plot actually begins at (surprise, surprise) not episode 1. They way Gintama does it, is brilliant, since even though the plot is to be looked forward to, there is so much else before it that is both appealing and worth watching. Something the plot alone will never justify.
The characters of this series are clearly the strongest points of the series' quality. Not because the rest is bad (look at my rating), but because they are just so well established. I've heard many fans state that "Gintama's cast will be the most lovable cast of characters you will experience", and even though many may argue with that, I agree with the statement, since it does make a point. Gintama has a huge cast, with maybe 20+ cast members that you will often see throughout the series, including the three protagonists: Gintoki, Shinpachi and Kagura. Aside from them, you will experience that almost all of the characters will get their own depth and quality, which make them unique and memorable characters. Almost everyone has their own quirks and problems, as well as backstories, experiences and later development. You will often watch them as you laugh at them and with them, as well as cry with them. Each one of them is lovable in their own way, not because you are guaranteed to relate to them, but because how much the author respects and loves them to write them the way they are. I could sit here and ramble on how deep and lovable the main character Gintoki is for instance, and how much his past experiences and present connect to each other to make a good character, but nothing I say any more, can do the characters' quality justice. If you feel like you don't like even one of the characters, then I do not know how to defend myself.
This is finally something to complain a little about. The animation in this series has never been particularly good, nor has it ever been horrible. A very episodic series like this has no need for extraordinary or consistently stunning animation like the Fate-series or Violet Evergarden. In comedic and "calm" episodes, the animation is not the main point, since it is the comedy and the short-term storytelling that matters. You can say that intense scenes like battles, duels or chases require good animation for better experience, and that is exactly what Gintama has. Whenever a fight or an intense scene occurs, the animation will always step up (a lot) to make the scene great, but you cannot expect all of the 350+ episodes to have animation like that. Why I did not give the animation higher than 8/10, is because it would be to generous, but I do not complain too much either, since I do not require better animation than I need. If this is a problem to you, I will excuse myself, since this paragraph may have been useless in that case.
I will try to make my points shorter here, so that the paragraph won't be super long. MUSIC is an important part in a story, but for Gintama, it is not exceptionally good (but not bad at all). The "beautiful" soundtracks do not match with for instance Naruto's, and the motivational/intense tracks do not match with One Piece's. However, what Gintama does great, is creating few tracks that are associated with a certain scene or a character. There are a few songs you will hear maybe 2-3 times in the whole series, which you will associate with one powerful scene, which will make a good experience.
THE COLLECTION OF GENRES, is also an important factor that makes Gintama, in my opinion fantastic. It is mostly known for being a comedy series (which it excels in of course), but there is much more to it. You will see many other genres or elements from other genres all the time, since it can go from lung-paining comedy, to touching and calm Slice of Life, to (sometimes) deep and emotional romance, bombastic and exciting action and, not least: Tear jerking and painful drama. All these genres get switched between all the time, and it is made in a way that is not absolutely messy or not understandable, but instead very structured and well-made. That is something many pieces of fiction have a hard time with.
Since Gintama is very episodic, we are bound to enjoy some arcs and episodes more than others. Even though there has never been an episode or arc that I really hated, some episodes end up being a little weaker in both quality and enjoyment. Another complaint is that since the cast is so large, some characters will be a little less developed and more flat. And as said before, as there are characters you will most likely relate to, there are some you will not care about so much, and that is difficult to avoid. But these complaints compared to the rest of the praise do not push the series to a 9/10 for me at all, so the series is still pretty much perfect in my eyes (sorry for being a little biased there).
If you want to start/continue with Gintama, there are things you must remember. This series requires patience, so do not expect it to become a masterpiece right away, but please know that as you go on, you will be rewarded with better and better stuff along the journey. When you finally reach the end, you may think "This series was long, but it was absolutely worth the time". But to be more straight forward, think of it like this:
The first serious/plot heavy arc (around 5 eps long) arrives somewhere between episode 50 and 60, where many watchers learn what Gintama can be and WILL be except just comedy. But if you still hate the show after episode 87, then I do not know how to defend myself lol. You will se more arcs like these of course, especially in the last 50 episodes. One more thing: since most of the comedy is based around parodies and references from other anime, it will be better if the watcher has some experience with anime and manga beforehand. Having watched between 5 and 10 animes is enough, I feel, so the comedy will become better. If this review helped, I greatly recommend this series, as it is the best anime (in quality) I have ever seen. I wish you a happy journey, and I hope you will enjoy this greatness of a series.
Following the comedic and mostly lighthearted tone of the first cour with a few serious moments, the second cour takes off the gloves right away with some important deaths and a very real sense of impending doom.The stakes are suddenly much higher with very limited time for Earth.
Utsuro attempts to perpetrate a grandiose suicide to end his immortal self along with the whole of humanity whereas the Oddjobs,Kieheitai, Katsura,Joi Rebels, Yoshiwara and basically the whole of Edo attempts to protect their 'town'.
As if Utsuro isnt enough, The liberation army ,especially Prince Ensho, have nothing but the flame of hatred and war to
keep themselves going forward to destroy Earth,the home of Atlanta.
The series starts off as Gintama like as it can be with a meta comedic flavor before veering off to the main story
Through short backstories, character motivations though not complex yet human-like give a side story and different perspective to each important character like Matako and Ensho, something which Gintama has been doing for quite some time alongside some really impressive foreshadowing.
Much anticipated fights, like Ensho vs Everyone, and rematches finally happen, with loads of bloodshed involved.
The second cour, serves to complement all that Gintama series has to offer via this silver soul arc from the comedy,badass character returns and build up in the first cour to the drama, character interaction,sheer epicness and the 'Gintama' factor that we all come to know and love in the second cour and to serve as an effective conclusion to the series
Let's start with the comedy because that's the main reason Gintama is so horrible. Gintama is often called "a comedy series without any comedy", and that's very accurate. The "comedy" in Gintama consists of colorful bunch of jokes... at least if our color vision is limited to two as practically every joke is either a) a penis joke or b) IT'S a PRank BrO. Be it a gorilla mistaking someone's dick for a banana or 7 feet long sword ending up inside someone's anal cavity, Gintama has it all. But don't worry. It's all made with self-awareness and 4th wall
breaking so it's very funneh even after 700 chapters and 360 episodes. The parody side is really either a) an excuse to write something absolutely terrible and then claim it was made as a joke, or b) references that are so inaccurate and irrelevant that they could be used in E3's pressconference. The banter on the other hand is almost as hideous as seen in the movie Deadpool 2, but thank God not as meta. The comedy is so bad and badly timed that even during the more serious and decent moments, it comes there and completely ruins everything the series accomplishes by inserting some dude there who farts or does something equally lame.
The characters are something that could be decent -- to be frank, if the characters were a separate entity, they could all be said to be of respectable quality -- but the author practically never uses their personalities for their benefit. Almost every single reaction they show is ridiculously, even absurdly overreacted because the author doesn't trust that his characters' personalities alone could carry the content and the jokes he presents. The work is filled with moments where characters just yell some nonsense to each others because apparently, acting like overdramatic clowns is much better than actually creating comedy based to their characteristics. The sentence "it's so damn anime" is pretty much the perfect way to describe how Gintama's cast works. The only character who gets dealt with the respect they deserve, is Zura, and that's not enough.
The art is very clever. At least if we consider edgy 10 year old kids who are vandalizing the town by drawing pictures of genitals on every damn thing they see, clever. When it comes to Gintama, I don't think I have ever seen anyone put so much effort into making every goddamn background object resemble the shape of a penis. Perhaps my favorite part of the art is how often it focuses on puking and blood and assholes and dicks, yet every time these are censored and pixelated so its readers/viewers won't form a trauma because let's face it, most of them are also like 10 years old. It's beyond me how the main content is penis, farts and in generally, dirty jokes, yet they are presented pseudo and aimed for little kids. At least series like South Park went all out with their content and remained loyal to the idea to the very end. Gintama is just censorship aimed for people whose sense of humor was formed in elementary school toilets but never developed it more mature and over the top direction. Gintama is like a person who ages, but never grows up or matures.
As a conclusion: I laughed something like ~50 times during the entire run. Gintama is not a good series. It's characters are pretty much always used as comedy elements, the jokes get old in 50 episodes (starting from 80 because the first 80 don't even have any jokes), the writing is often ruined by stupid "gags" to a point that the good things become less good. Every cringe and downright awful piece of writing is justified by it being a parody. "So you're denying all the good things the show accomplished." Not really, I am just saying that even the worst of things have good sides in them and just like that, I won't be praising Gintama for its achievements.
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at first i had "bad" first impression of Gintama, i thought that The first Episodes and following few Episodes(until 5 maybe) quite average and sometimes i don't understand a few Japanese's culture reference, THEN I CONTINUE watching Gintama, then finding that this is the BEST COMEDY ANIME EVER, especially SILVER SOUL ARC IS THE most powerful and beautiful ARC EVER.
the story 10
immortality and the true meaning of ultimate power are shown clearly in THIS SEASON, and it's already make me goosebump with this civil war setting. NOTE:this is the continuation of
silver soul arc from the 7th season
the character 10
Evil characters gathering in one place and reveal their past and their future (if there is smoke, then there must be fire)
the art 10
action scenes is shown clearly and not too light until make our eye hurt, our head won't be spinning because of the movement.
Some slapstick jokes and dirty jokes are repetitive, but this is Gintama way to maintain their UNIQUENESS until now. The humor's quality IS CONSISTENT, especially in this season. Even in the extremely most serious moment, the Gorilla author still insert funny things that you never expected before.
epilogue: imo only Gintama who can give critics and satire in funny way, they parodied corruptor.
only this anime make SATIRE ABOUT top person who SET LOW BUDGET
only this anime that insulting airing regulation in funny way.
only gintama who can make parody about some anime in excellent way (Bakuman, doraemon, Dragonball, one piece, Kuroko no Basket,Jojo stand hahahaha etc.)
EDITED: warning!! Gintama used to make me cry because of sad and stupid scene
When someone who doesn't know Gintama asks me to tell the synopsis, I can't explain it. I'm sure you can't either.
But on the other hand I can describe my different states: one second I start laughing and crying, the next I cling to my chair, the next I hold my breath, the next second I scream, the next I applaud, the next I want to cry so much because the emotion is so intense. In short, Gintama is a manga that does not leave anyone indifferent.
If Gintama has not lost her sense of humour, this season is barely
letting us breathe. When you think Gintama can't do better, a new twist appears!
The arc where everything makes sense!
Let's talk about this new arc. For me, it is the arc where everything makes sense. In 15 years, Hideaki Sorachi has introduced us to characters who are all more atypical and marginal than each other. This arc is an opportunity to see all of them again: the ones we love and the others we love a little less and where we always wondered what they could bring to the story (Prince Hata for example).
A new approach to the main character.
In a typical shōnen, we are used to the character being the one who fights the most fearsome antagonist of each arc. And yet! Gintoki may be charismatic and badass, but he will not solve every situation on his own. This arc is a good example of this as he faces the strongest antagonist of Gintama. EVERY character has a role to play and it is together with their strengths and weaknesses that they will succeed in overcoming the challenges. Friendship, common purpose, teamwork are the key words of this season.
Verdict after 15 years:
Gintama has proven over and over again that it belongs among the greatest mangas shōnen. The mangaka masters the art of intensity with sometimes short, very short arcs (less than 10 episodes). So I was afraid when I saw the manga lasted so many years (700 chapters) and embarked on much longer arches. Well, I have to say, I'm speechless. So many plot twists and all of this without pretension with a dose of humour that makes Gintama a unique shōnen.
After all the episodes of Gintama i watched until now, this anime made me laugh a lot, sadly cant believe this best comedy anime is coming to end, when i first watch this anime, i thought it was something else, but when starting watching more and more episodes of it, it made me feel awesome!
Gintama is really one of my favorite anime of all time, i wished it can continue a little bit longer, but i wont not the forget all the characters and all the moments they have.
Some of the story arcs are short, and some of them are long, but my favorite arcs
are: Flames in yoshiwara arc, Courtean of the nation arc, Thorny arc, Battle on Rukuyo arc, Shogun assassination arc, farewell shinsegumi arc, and last but not least Silver soul arc.
Im really gonna miss Gintoki and everyone, to me it was one amazing, funny, crazy journey.
Gintama was one of the best anime that i ever watched in my life, but there always a special place for them in my heart.
Thank you Sorachi-sensei for making this amazing work.
I know, I know, Gintama is one of those anime that just always impresses. Great humor, action, suspense . . . well, normally. First off, don't go thinking I disliked this second half of the Silver Soul arc. But it's not without its flaws, but we'll get there.
The arc has a great story and some shocking scenes. There is truly some heart wrenching suspense that you haven't experienced before in Gintama. Passionate and emotional scenes are filled throughout. A fantastic final battle, but . . . things are cut short. Not to go into details, but there is an abrupt feel that changes
the mood entirely. It wasn't subtle and was disturbing. You're left thinking, "Wait . . . wait that was it?" Not at the end of the series of course, just part way through.
The series begins to take a good turn, but where it tries to slide back into the humor zone--I don't know. Yes, Gintama is known for this. But this time, it just didn't feel right. Most of this part is great, but there's that abruptness that greatly bothers me. This was not a strong finish to the series at all and I'm sad in saying that.
Unbelievable. If someone told me back in mid-2015 that in some three years I'd be watching the (supposedly) last arc of Gintama—easily one of my favorite series of all time—all blank-faced, thinking, "please let it end already", I'd be confused and probably laugh it off as some idiocy. Boy oh boy, I sure wish that was the case...
This needs to be said: Sorachi Hideaki is not a good writer. It's certainly true that he can write some outstanding comedy that could rival the best ZAZ movies in terms of both creativity and gag density (remember the Character Poll arc? Brilliant concept AND execution!), and the
series works perfectly well when it doesn't take itself seriously. But it all falls apart the moment Hideaki tries to introduce some drama into the plot; the more of it, the more appalling it becomes. The characters, all conveniently stuffed together for the occasion, immediately arm themselves with their corniest lines, so cringe-worthy that even the typical Shonen Jump series about a spiky-haired underdog would consider them a faux pas at this point. The plot armor surrounding the regular cast dispels all the dramatic tension because we know for a fact: characters would only die at the whim of the author—not when the circumstances will call for it. Battles are won not with skill and strategy but with sheer perseverance and (more often than not) various forms of deus ex machinae. Battle choreography is almost non-existent—it's neither realistic nor aesthetically pleasing. Antagonists are all incredibly conflicted and would constantly waver between their sociopathic ambitions and an uncharacteristically soft core that would invite the audience to think better of them and allow a favorable resolution to the conflict. Furthermore, they would often have this sudden change of heart at the end (after a couple dozen flashbacks attempting to make us care) only to be immediately killed by somebody even badder right afterwards, or they would proactively sacrifice themselves, succumbing to the injuries that should've killed them many times over by that point. But most importantly, none of them really warrant sympathy—their cause is never relatable nor exciting enough to even consider them important. Even Utsuro owes his status quo to the Joi Four's past history with him: whatever he is doing in the present is blown up to such immense scale that confrontation becomes inevitable, but otherwise it's completely irrelevant and uninteresting. The fact that Utsuro's alter ego was a teacher to Gintoki and the others is the only thing separating him from being a random last-boss bad guy. The way Hideaki executes drama is frankly insulting to intelligence.
And the worst part is that the series has mostly been focusing on this mess of a drama ever since the Shogun Assassination arc, constantly upping the ante of cringe-worthiness and exercises in literary impotence. One pointless epic battle after another, one entire-cour-spanning flashback after another. This is what anime at its worst looks like. And I'm not saying this to put down the anime production team—god knows they've been doing their darnedest to elevate the material. The writing is the only thing at fault here.
Thus, despite my affection towards the series as a whole, I won't sugarcoat the truth nor try to delude myself: *Gintama sucks when it stops being funny.* It gets dragged down by bad storytelling, poor pacing, braindead dialogues, stunted characterization and all sorts of melodramatic emotional manipulation the very moment it takes a break from the jokes. If it hadn't established a long history of reasonably high-quality comedy to make the audience invested in its characters and plot happenings, nobody would watch it—let alone put it on so high a pedestal. If you think I'm exaggerating, look at the numbers here on MAL—they may not show the whole picture, but they're still quite representative of the non-Japanese audience:
Gintama°: 238,686 members;
Gintama.: 114,700 members;
Porori-hen: 70,805 members;
Shirogane no Tamashii-hen 1: 63,255 members;
Shirogane no Tamashii-hen 2: 46,418 members (data as of March 2019).
You can see the audience outright halved immediately following the Shogun Assassination arc and shrunk to a mere 19% of what it was before the show had delved into the "plot progression". It hasn't recovered even once during this time, and the numbers keep dwindling. That's just how off-putting this lame drama is; you'd have to be blind not to see the pattern. Considering that, I resigned myself to see the series through at what I considered its lowest point, because I'd already invested so much in it and wanted to have at least some closure, however poor, along with the other 46,417 hopeless idiots—but what did I get there? In the last 1/3 of the arc the series does a 180° on me and goes back to being a (mostly) light-hearted comedy once again...
...And then, instead of giving me said closure, it kind of reboots itself and just ends midways. Nani the fuck?! I mean, sure, subversion of expectations and all that, but let's not grasp at straws here. No matter how you lampshade it by doing that 4th-wall-breaking commentary at the end, it goes beyond poor planning. And I'm one hundred percent on board with the anime production team: Hideaki (and his editor) should take responsibility for the disaster his series has become. That is, either end it already and provide a worthy payoff for all the stupid drama, or pretend that crap never happened and let it remain the episodic comedy it once was for a while longer (but then still end it before it outstays its welcome). But for the love of all that is holy, don't engage in this ridiculous "oh, but I want to conclude the story—oh, but I don't want it to end—oh, but I want it to be serious—oh, but I also want more jokes in there" back-and-forth bullshit. It doesn't work and it leaves more than a few people with quite the bad aftertaste. It's the entertainment industry equivalent of an abusive family member whom you love not *because* they are wonderful but *despite* the wretched scum they are—simply because the bonds were formed back when they were wholesome. And we all (hopefully) know that the biggest mistake one can make when dealing with an abusive person is thinking that it's just a temporary phase and they will once again become wholesome if we remain patient and forgiving. Vote with your feet and wallet—that's the only thing that works against somebody trying to give you shit.
In summary, if I were fair and were judging this season for the travesty it is, I'd have given it a 4 it just barely deserved. But since I have a lingering affection towards some of the characters, and a lot of the gags in the last 1/3 genuinely made me laugh—and very nearly made it worth slogging through the first 2/3—I thought I'd bump it up a little. But make no mistake, this is nowhere near Gintama's finest, and I wouldn't recommend anyone to watch up until this point. Gintama° was fine, Porori-hen was a good break, but do yourself a favor and leave it all at that. The whole Utsuro thing isn't worth the time.
About 1,000 episodes of Gintama made me laugh. for me, this anime was really one of the funniest.
it seems they've decided to kill everyone this season. from the Comedy anime turned into a Thriller.
but it remained one of the best. it's season 8, and interest in Gintama has not faded.
and even on the eve of the Apocalypse, still manage to joke funny.
scene 10 of 10. drawing 10 out of 10. feed character 10 out of 10.
I don't want Gintama to end. all of the characters were really family.
the creators of the anime really brilliant people.
I'm sure they thought of the whole story in the beginning.
they know how to shock the viewer.
this season is just gorgeous.
First things first. My "reviews" system is explained on a blog entry. Which can be found through my profile.
FIRST THINGS FIRST. NOTE!. This review sections are split in 2 parts. First is this season specific comments and second is franchise as whole. Plus score is given to whole franchise not this season. Will add though this season scores to the sections.
#This season: So they decided to wrap it up (?.. although last ep finale felt so troll that I still have no idea if it is truly final season) with grand scale battle. To have a big fight, where pretty much all the characters do
fight or show themselves. As idea I find it pretty nice thing. And I did enjoy quite a lot of moments. But what I hated that made this season biggest letdown as whole, (or simply I'm exhausted of Gintama.. or other reasons) would be that this arc had mixture of typical Gintama comedic aspect with serious aspect of the arc. I do love about Gintama pure comedy/parody arcs or really awesome serious arcs, but I am not fond of mixture of the two. Nevertheless, I found the cool arc being soiled with Gintama comedy a bit unnecessary and balance breaking. Aside that grand finale was fairly awesome. Plus few episodes in these 2 arcs had straightforward usual Gintama bizarre comedy, which did make me chuckle few times. 7/10, found it the least enjoyable arc of the whole franchise.
As mentioned, Gintama does superb comedy/parody arcs and very cool serious arcs absolutely superb. Gory, awesome, powerful action and emotions of serious arcs. Bizarre, crude, dirty and so on humor of comedy arcs/episodes. Story itself is substantially quite well put and has fairly large world and many sides, which mostly comes in with the immense amount of characters. Well, comedy is hit or miss. You will either like or hate it. But this franchise has managed to really make me laugh of the time span of all seasons.
#This season. It was good enough 7/10?
#Whole franchise: Great character design, a lot of artistic approaches, impactful scenes, well done action and Animation. But art'style/quality does feel a bit jumping around with few seasons. (mostly newer ones). But as whole, superb, very pleasing.
#This season. Once again.. good enough, but weakest of the franchise. 7/10
#Whole franchise: A lot of absolutely superb songs, soundtracks and so on. Quite a lot them I have listened many times over.
#This season: Well, it's just cluster of the whole cast essentially. With awesome overpowered villain. Main character and his old friends and teacher story was pretty much well enough wrapped up. Lot of other characters, kinda remained as they were and few of them that had some sort or story given. Felt a bit loose ended. But as whole. Pretty great. 9/10
#Whole franchise: What can I say. Abnormally large cast with all sort of weird quirks. Whilst main characters do have story and a lot of their past, relationships, bonds and so on were presented. And gotta add, fairly impressive and impactful. Other than that, most characters stayed enjoyable in their character,role, place and time quite nicely. Even though a lot of the Anime didn't really have much of development between the characters. But instead we had simply glimpse of their lives, bonding and the whole adventure through going things together. Not sure what else to add aside having unreal amount of characters and almost all of them leave a mark or have fairly well done presence.
✦Enjoyment & Overall
#This season. As said before across the board. I felt these 2 seasons being fairly weak in comparison to a whole franchise. The idea of grand scheme is understandable, but somehow that blend of comedy and seriousness just didn't feel as good. I have no idea whenever I'm simply more depressed than ever or I have been exhausted of seeing Gintama or it simply was the weakest link. But nevertheless I did enjoy it, had some amazing fights and got few chuckles out of it. 8/10
#Whole franchise: I simply do adore the nonsensical humor with almost no bounds. References, parody, dirty humor, offensive humor and so on. And this Anime has managed to really make me laugh in the past. The amazing serious arcs with superb presentation of fights and their impact plus emotion deliverance was simply superb. Well obviously it had moments that were fairly dull or boring. But as whole I find it probably one of the best Anime out of there in the category of comedy/parody and action. With fairly unique and odd world setting. The whole world is pretty nonsensical, but the way it's presented and built, makes it superb. Also movies were quite amazing. Probably would add some more comments, but can't think of any at the current moment. And this review is annoyingly long anyways already to my taste.
Moral of the story. As franchise, it gets my TOPFAV tag, but these final 2 seasons, felt weak in comparison to every other season.