Given you are here, either you have already watched Gintama or doing your homework before diving into the world of thjs much talked about anime
In either case, you’re in for a treat.
Gintama is absolutely bonkers. It is a laugh riot but has the potential of making you teary-eyed as well! Once you get into the anime, you’ll be crackling to the point of tears in no time.
First of all, I’d like to applaud Sorachi Hideaki for deferring from the downtrodden path of high school settings and teenage protagonists. It is such a refreshing change from what the industry usually presents in the form of a concoction of its so called winning formula. Especially when it comes to comedy, every risible situation that could tickle the funny bones in the said settings has been stretched too thin by now and there is absolutely nothing left to explore anymore. In the light of the circumstances, Gintama has managed to defy all odds touting itself as one of the best comedy animes of all time.
Set in the historical Edo in Japan, the story follows around Sakata Gintoki, a former samurai who carries around a wooden sword and is accompanied in his shenanigans by Shimura Shinpachi, an average teenage boy and Kagura, an alien with super impressive strength. How they go about their everyday life is worth watching.
The series in essence mocks and parodies almost every anime out there in addition to making various references to different parts of Japanese entertainment culture and their icons. This is one reason why it is almost impossible to dub the anime and so hard to sub it either. Hence, sometimes, the joke may not outright strike you for you might not be familiar with the shows or personalities the references are being made to but the gags make up for the loss here.
Though there was no particular plotline in the beginning, the anime has taken shape in the past few arcs. The fillers, in the meanwhile, are just as amazing as the episodes if you ever do manage to differentiate between them. It is a silly amalgamation of fillers, cannon, serious arcs, random arcs and everything in between!
One of the strongest points of the anime in terms of its comedy is its ability to surprise its viewers. Even though you know something rib tickling is coming your way, you just can’t guess it until it hits you and that in my opinion is what has sustained Gintama for so long.
Though like I mentioned, the plotline has gotten serious over the previous few arcs, there are so many random arcs that have nothing to do with each other but are a part of the underlying big picture.
Some of these arcs, though being serious in nature still manage to evoke a laugh or two which is why Gintama is the greatest. The humour is so consistent throughout the series that it’s hard to get away from it.
Next up is the animation of the series which is top notch. Some of the gags in the anime work because of the visual quality of the anime. I would also like to credit the seiyuus of the show for the delivery of the comic lines. Without the timing the show would have fallen flat on its face.
Another great factor is the character design of the various stars of the show as well as the chemistry between them. From the Gintoki himself to his yaoi partner Hijikata, it is a ball to watch them interact in various situations. Then Hijikata’s tussle with Okita to his chemistry with Kagura, it all adds up to total fun.
All in all, gintama will definitely appeal to the shounen fans. It will get you hooked from the word go and you’ll be addicted to it. So if you are in a bad mood or stressed out from work, do yourself a favor and take a peek at the episodes.