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The Amanto, aliens from outer space, have invaded Earth and taken over feudal Japan. As a result, a prohibition on swords has been established, and the samurai of Japan are treated with disregard as a consequence. However one man, Gintoki Sakata, still possesses the heart of the samurai, although from his love of sweets and work as a yorozuya, one might not expect it. Accompanying him in his jack-of-all-trades line of work are Shinpachi Shimura, a boy with glasses and a strong heart, Kagura with her umbrella and seemingly bottomless stomach, as well as Sadaharu, their oversized pet dog. Of course, these odd jobs are not always simple, as they frequently have run-ins with the police, ragtag rebels, and assassins, oftentimes leading to humorous but unfortunate consequences. Who said life as an errand boy was easy? [Written by MAL Rewrite]

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Start Date4th Apr 2006
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Popularity Rank109
Rating Rank134
Age RatingPG
Age Rating GuideTeens 13 or older


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From parody to drama, to horror to comedy, to mystery to science fiction, to crime to adventure, and so on... Gintama combines as many elements as it can and throws them all together to create one absolutely fantastic series that's always on the top of it's game, and where disappointment is simply not an option. 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.

This anime is a real good choice for you who wants an anime with mostly comedy in it, it have some good fighting scenes in it but the comedy part comes up any time and pretty often when it's a serious mood. It doesn't have a real story in it though but it still makes you want to watch more and more, you easily get stuck in it.Because it doesn't have a real story in it and how it is if you watch it you'll fast understand that it is different from the most animes which makes it more fun to watch. I give this anime a 9/10.

Gintama is the anime of my life and I think it is the best of all times. It doesn't have a certain story but Gintama can be funny, exciting, emotional, scary and disgusting. It can make you feel all of these feelings at the same time. Gintama can make you laugh while crying or make you cry while laughing..

**Overall: 10/10** My personal favorite. It makes my day everyday. The comedy never seems to get old and the fighting scenes aren't half bad either. What I like most about it is that underneath all the gags and explosions there's seems to be some genuine deep perspectives on things ranging from relationships to society or whatever. Gotta be careful though cuz they'll throw in the occasional BS rant lol. I would recommend this to anyone who likes to laugh and doesn't mind a bit of samurai craziness **Story: 7/10** There **is** a story that is steadily expound upon from season to season, but the show tends to rarely focus on it. They'll often make separate stories for only 3-4 episodes and there will often be many singular episodes that simply have their own purpose and are completely separate from the plot. I believe this is all reasonable though considering that this **is** a gag anime **Animation: 10/10** The animation is beautiful. During fight scenes you can see almost every swing of a sword or fist thrown. **Sound: 10/10** The soundtrack fits the anime perfectly highlighting the, rarely serious, tone of the anime. Although the soundtrack is lighthearted is doesn't dismiss the need for intense music for fight scenes or emotional music for the few emotional moments **Character: 10/10** Pretty much every character is unique. They are mostly sardonic and often wacky. They characters lay the groundwork for this great anime. **Enjoyment: 10/10** I don't think I've ever dislike an episode of Gintama

Gintama what can i say about this anime it has almost everything making all anime look like their the original they've coppied one piece, bleach, naruto, dragonball and detective conan its a complete set of awesome anime with good sense of humor that will knock you out of this world for sure. nothing can beat gintama when it come to comedy, action, moral leasson and many more their the master of all their the ''Jack of All Traits''

Okay... so if you haven't seen Gintama yet, then you better pick it up. There's no reason sitting here reading reviews. You won't experience the awesomeness that way, there's only one way and that's to watch it yourself. I can agree that it's slow to begin with if you are having a hard time with that, but it gets so much better. So get yo ass away from HB and watch some Gintama for gods sake!

best anime full time  amazing comedy - amazing fight -amazing character - amazing story - amazing animation - amazing sound  truly master piece 

This is the "be all, end all" of comedy in anime. The gags and jokes are relentlessly, unbelievably funny, to the point where I couldn't breathe in some cases. That being said, I would not recommend it to someone new to anime. A lot of the humor in Gintama references many, **many** other anime and tropes common to the anime genre. If you have plunged fully into the depths of anime, however, and have yet to see this masterpiece, you do yourself a disservice. A 10/10 for me, and my personal favorite anime of all time.

The only way I can describe this is japanese family guy but even more random. You can never tell what is a filler with this show because quite frankly everything is goddamn hilarious. And then every once in a while a serious arc happens and it is always epic. It's like how when you watch Rurouni Kenshin you're used to the goofy samurai who doesn't take anything seriously suddenly fight for real. Gintoki's flip for the epitome of lazy and childish to a fast and efficient killer is just absolutely epic every single time. From hilarious parodies of things like death note and DBZ to Gintoki and Zura slashing apart hordes of aliens to an invasion of an evil race of Yodas \*spoilers\* this anime is my all time favourite. It's made me laugh to tears and even cry for real once or twice.

The anime starts off with some plot as to Gin's past and an enemy they must fight. But as the anime progresses the plot is thrown away and what happened in it is never mentioned again later on except for a few parts to provide reference humor. Nearly every episode after the 'plot' is individual, it is not a continuation of the previous episode or a leader for a following one. It looks pretty bad so far now doesn't it? Just like the anime, throw away everything you just read in the previous 'paragraph' (like the anime throws away the plot) and pay attention to this! It has nearly little to no story, but so incredibly enjoyable that it's ranked so high. The parodies, humor, and jokes it had was ridiculously funny. You need to watch quite a bit of 'things' to understand some of its parodies, but it's still funny even if you don't understand it; Dragon Ball, Bleach, and Saw are one of the many parodies it includes. Almost every episode had me laughing to the point where I just had to re-watch the scene to make sure that my eyes weren't deceiving me, and to laugh again. It's nearly impossible for someone to not laugh while watching this. The characters start off initially good and lovable. There was not much character development throughout the anime, but enough to show that they learn from previous events. Since the anime was created a while back, the animation is not as good as current animes. Although it had pretty good animation compared to other animes that were released around its time. But that doesn't change the fact that it's very much enjoyable. This anime is one that a person shouldn't marathon, the humor would be too much for one to take in at once that it wouldn't be as funny. It's an anime that a person should watch when they need to sit down, relax, and forget about the bad things that happened that day. Or one that a person can watch to for a quick laugh alone (friends) or to just kill time. Gintama is a one-of-a-kind anime that will never be forgotten. \*Hype for a continuation of Gintama: Gintama (Degree)

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