When comedy and anime clash, it’s probably the funniest thing ever, or just a huge fail. Comedy in anime tends to be repetitive with the jokes and situations sometimes. However, when it comes to Gintama, which is basically every genre you can think of, it’s not like that at all. Though it’s tremendously different between west and east comedy, Gintama never fails to make you laugh until you cry.
It’s a known fact that Japanese anime relies a lot on parody to make the audience laugh. Yet, it’s often hard to figure out the reference or the concept of the joke, and anyone would hate to decipher a joke. In this case, Gintama always provides the viewers with a background or at least the reference.
Gintama first started airing in April 4, 2006 and it finished on March 25, 2010, for the first season, that is. Despite being rather old, the animation and the voice acting couldn’t be any better. Gintama has the best voice actors, as it collected the best of the best to make their lines ten times funnier. The studio held responsible for the amazing art was Sunrise. Now, you might think it’s old and it’s no way near the new animation. However, you’re dead wrong; Gintama’s hilarious faces are the best out there, in addition to the animation of fight scenes.
The series of Gintama is drawn by the Mangaka, which is still ongoing, Sorachi Hideaki. This manga series may be a bit too long, but it’s worth the time since it can make you laugh till you cry. There are several games based on Gintama released on multiple platforms such as Sony PlayStation 2 and Nintendo Ds.
There are two movies of Gintama. The first one is called Gintama Movie: Shinyaku Benizakura-hen, which is if you’re familiar with it, a remake of the arc. They made the animation of the fight scenes a whole lot better, since it was the first most serious arc.
Gintama Movie: Kanketsu-hen – Yorozuya yo Eien Nare is the second movie. It’s fairly considered that this movie is a whole letter better than the remake in the first one. It deals with the story of Gintoki being hurtled in the future, where he strangely disappeared. He left behind two grown up Yorozuya, Shinpachi and Kagura. Shinpachi and Kagura, though, are not like he left them before, as they barely smile or do the same shenanigans.
Gintama’s plot is the hardest to give a proper definition for. So, basically, Gintama starts out with two long episodes, more like a composition of two episodes together. Those two first episodes shouldn’t be the first ones you base your judgment on. While first impressions are important when one starts a new anime, try to hold your horses when it comes to this one.
This anime takes time to hit off in the real story, and for the viewer to understand completely. Gintama is composed of a series of mini arcs that have no real connection to each other. It cannot be called consistent since it jumps quickly between arcs. The main purpose for Gintama is to make the audience laugh. True, but it also has a deeper story to unravel.
The main plot in this anime is all about the three characters of Yorozuya, or Gin’s odd jobs. The whole story is about the hardships they face and what they make of them. Though, the odd things they face are mostly made fun of and taken lightly. The Amanto, aliens from outer space have invaded the earth and taken over Feudal Japan. So, the sword is prohibited; samurais are treated as scum and disgraced. Yet, one man, Gintoki Sakata, still has the heart of the samurai. He works as a yorozuya. Accompanying him in his shenanigans are Shinpachi and Kagura, whom he later on meets.
Gintama is slow paced when it comes to unraveling it. However, it continuously makes the viewer die of laughter during the first 140 episodes. It’s something light and heavy at the same time, so it’s not just comedy. Gintama is action packed, as well, and the fight scenes, drama are very enjoyable. At times, it’d have you crying for the wise words that come from the trio of airheads. Other times, it’ll just make your eyes cry from the comedy pack.
Gintama is known as a parody, anime crack. That description fits well, since they tend to make fun of other anime, or cosplay. Throughout the first episodes, they tend to crack up some dirty jokes. And nearing the 100th episodes, Gintoki and his pack will surely make fun of their mangaka, non-stop. Gintama has plenty of fillers, and most would call it a filler anime. Since it rarely drops off a few bombs of seriousness, it acquired that name. but do not sweat it, those fillers are totally hilarious.
There is one thing the people who watch online or own the DVD have an advantage of. These people are the luckiest because they can pause and laugh to their heart’s content without being worried of missing another funny moment.
Just like Attack on Titan, Gintama has a plenty of characters that cannot be neglected. They all portray a new image, a respectable one, each with their own different pasts. The variety in characters in Gintama never ceases to disappoint. Each of the characters, whether they’re new or not, they surely have a big impact on the plot.
Sakata Gintoki is the main protagonist in Gintama and the center of attention. Gintoki is portrayed as this otaku, who likes to read Jump a lot. Nevertheless, the complete past of Gintoki is not all known by far, but there are glimpses of who he is in serious arcs. Unlike the usual hothead protagonist, Gin is the exact opposite. He can be lazy, active, or just a high school student with a high school crush. Though there might not be any noticeable character development in him, Gin is shown to come off as a caring person. He’s helpful to anyone and everyone who seeks help.
One of the glimpses of Gin’s past was him being a memorable samurai who fought against the aliens. The nickname for him is Shiroyasha, which means White Devil. Gin earned this name due to his crimson eyes and white hair, plus his attire in the war.
the most hilarious character, thanks to the seiyuu. Shinpachi is far from the portrait of a calm, collected character in glasses. Shinpachi is known as the glasses wearing a human. He’s always teased that most of his character is in his glasses. That particular thing is considered a joke in the anime and manga. Shinpachi joins Gin’s odd jobs not by his own will, but by the incident Gintoki made.
His personality may seem nerdy, innocent, but as the anime progresses, we see otherwise. Despite his appearance, Shinpachi is rather skilled using a sword, in fact, he doesn’t know what else to do. That said, Shinpachi is a very caring person, and most of his love goes to Gintoki and Kagura, considering them as his second family.
Kagura is an Amanto from Yato Clan, which is known to be the strongest warrior clan there is. Kagura is portrayed as a nice, young girl with a monstrous strength. She was always left alone by her family to rot, but when her mother died, she went back to earth.
Kagura, then, turned to a gang member, mostly working for them to get better meals. However, all that crumbles apart, and her childish, naïve character cracks open when she meets Gintoki. Kagura looks up to Gintoki, so she joins him and Shinpachi, realizing things about life along the way.
Kagura tries to fight her monstrous and destructive intent when faced with serious situations. So, she opted for a new path. A safer path to enjoy her non-stop meals and protect those around her without any chaos.
In the end, these characters are not just sufficient enough to make the whole plot revolve about them alone. Their supporting character, or mostly considered main ones as well, are not just for show. The Shinsengumi, for example, are not ones to meddle with. Hijikata, Kondou… etc. all have roles in the anime. They make appearances often, causing laughter to erupt here and there. These seemingly supporting characters even have their own arcs, too. They are essential to the anime as any main character.
When it comes to animation, the studio Sunrise did one hell of a great job! Many would ponder that it’s an old anime, but it’s seriously unique when it comes to capturing the emotions. One of the main things in comedy anime is the facial expressions. Sunrise worked hard on that and eventually succeeded big time. Those facial expressions are mainly the strong point in Gintama. While visual quality may not be top notch, it gets progressively a lot better in time with better resolution.
The backgrounds are known to be most essential in any anime. When action arcs come along, the animation gets a lot better in expressions and in backgrounds. The animation is brought back to life a lot more with the voice acting.
However, Gintama gives off the feeling of cheerfulness, colorfulness and visually pleasing styling. The designs of characters give life to it, and they’re very appropriate, somehow, for their personalities.
Gintama has the best opening and endings in any anime. The sound and music are thoroughly considered and particularly well-produced. Gintama’s strong suit would be the voice actors, as they did a pretty good job in giving each emotion its appropriate tone of voice. Whether it’s sulking, seriousness, happiness, or pure astonishment, they voice actors never failed in doing their jobs.
The back tracks and OSTs tend to be very large in Gintama, but they score quite a lot. These tracks, despite being numerous, they totally convey the tones and mood. Also, they blend it effortlessly with the visuals, bringing life to the world of Gintama.
Gintama is still ongoing right now, but that’s good for the fans. They never got to fully comprehend the story of Gintoki and his Joui War friends who’d gone rogue. Till this day, nobody knows all the puzzle pieces to Sakata Gintoki except the mangaka. Yet, this is not a bummer for most people since the element of comedy is always present. It compensates for every downfall in Gintama.
However, this anime is not flawless despite it being so funny and popular. It can get repetitive in jokes or a bit boring in certain arcs. That, though, does not last long, as it quickly as it dropped, it gets back up with the most hilarious episodes.
Every anime certainly has a moral inside the main plot, an aim to convey to the viewers. A hidden purpose is never absent in most anime.
Gintama has many aims behind the laughter and jokes they bestow. It certainly values friendship a lot, whether in words or actions. Though, when it comes to Gintama, most of these values are presented in an action pack. Words are presented on a platter as well, but Gintama is anime of action.
The mangaka when he thought of these characters, which are very different from each other, he did not disappoint in the flaws.
Concerning Gintoki, he’s this mysterious character that we don’t know much about. But what’s very interesting about him is that no matter how hard he tries to act cool, reality hits him and he realizes things. Basically, his past always catches up to him, as well as his name.
Kagura is sure a nice girl, but even she has her own demons. It’s not seen until the latest episodes, where she shows off her monstrous side. Which ends being scary even to Shinpachi who was with her.
Finally, Shinpachi is just a 16-year old, but what he experienced despite being young is certainly horrifying. It would’ve been just another cheerful, troublesome character if the mangaka didn’t give him a proper past.
The best lesson in this anime is that despite all the hardships and bumps thrown at them, they still turned out to be very good people.