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News by GintamaFan23 posted over a year ago
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Revealed at the Jump Festa 2015 event today (Dec. 21 2014)

Sunrise's official website for the anime adaptation of Hideaki Sorachi's action comedy manga Gintama today announced with a brand new key visual that a new TV series is in the works for an April 2015 premiere. The new TV anime project was revealed at the anime's super stage in the Jump Festa 2015 event featuring Tomokazu Sugita (Gintoki Sakata), Daisuke Sakaguchi (Shinpachi Shimura), and Rie Kugimiya (Kagura) today on December 21.

The new series will be aired on TV Tokyo and its affiliates, which aired the past three TV series from April 2006 to March 2010. More details will be followed soon
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News by GintamaFan23 posted over a year ago
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JUMP special anime festa tour to run "Tearful episode" in 6 Japanese cities

This year's 34th issue of "Weekly Shounen JUMP" is announcing on Saturday that the Gintama anime will return for a one episode special. This year's JUMP Special Anime Festa event tour will debut this "tearful episode."

JUMP special anime festa will visit six cities this year: Tokyo on November 9, Sapporo on November 15, Osaka on November 16, Nagoya on November 16 and Fukuoka on November 16. The magazine is holding a random drawing for 6,390 pair or tickets. The Tokyo stop will include stage events with the voice cast members
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News by maix14 posted over a year ago
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With Gintama: The Movie: The Final Chapter: Be Forever Yorozuya slated to debut in Japanese theaters July 6th, a new visual shows older versions of sidekicks Kagura and Shinpachi against what looks like a post apocalyptic version of the series' alien-invaded Tokyo.

Japanese fans are detecting a bit of a Sword Art Online spoof in the new designs.

Given Gintama's habit of trolling fans, it remains to be seen how indicative this may be of what's actually happening in the movie.






Source: Crunchyroll
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News by maix14 posted over a year ago
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It was announced on Thursday that the Japanese rock band SPYAIR will perform the main theme song for this summer's Gekijōban Gintama Kanketsu-hen: Yorozuya yo Eien Nare (Final Gintama: The Movie : Be Forever Yorozuya) movie. This will be the third time the band has contributed to the franchise, with their first contribution being "Samurai Heart (Some Like It Hot!!)" for the revived Gintama' series' first ending theme in 2011. They also performed the series' second opening theme titled “Sakura Mitsutsuki.”

Band leader MOMIKEN made a comment on the new song:

I've had the chance to do the theme songs for Gintama' twice now, and this will make the third. And it's a movie at that! And it's the “final” one! When I'm being given such an amazing stage, I really have no choice but to do it! We're also giving a lot of effort into making the new song. Everyone, look forward to listening to it!

The Gintama' anime adaptation of Hideaki Sorachi's comedy manga has spawned three television series with a total of over 200 episodes. The franchise also received an animated movie adaptation in 2010, which retold the Benizakura arc that was...
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Opinion by ziva posted over a year ago
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Terada Ayano, better known as Otose, is Gintoki's "landlord", or rather the old lady who lets Gintoki and company shack up at the top of her snack shop. She's best recognized as that creepy baba who demands rent from Gintoki every hundred episodes (or whenever he pisses her off) and occasionally complains about the Yorozuya's incessant screaming and trouble-making. Otose is often referred to by our silver samurai as that shitty old woman, if that clues you in on the way in which Gintoki shows respect for his elders. For the most part the relationship between landlord and tennant is comical at best, but it's pretty clear that Gintoki isn't the kind of guy you keep around because he keeps up with his rent or because he's cleans up around the place or anything. So why exactly doesn't Otose throw him out on his ass?

Most Gintama fans would reply that Gintoki and Otose shared a poignant, deep, beautiful moment in their tragic pasts, thus leading their fates to become intertwined. I on the other hand think that it's probably some sketch relationship and Otose is actually something of a cougar. However, when I tried to google search some proof, Google glared at me in disgust...
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Review by ziva posted over a year ago
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When one normally thinks of Jump series they think of 300-chapter-long epic battles with seemingly invincible enemies that have four different forms, or entire spreads dedicated to the hero powering up. After all, there isn't anything manlier than the guts and glory of finally slaying the Big Bad. Though Gintama is pretty much 95% nonsense, by no means is it void of this Shounen Jump staple: Gintoki can certainly rip the enemy a new one when need be. What's interesting about Gintoki as a shounen manga hero, however, is how often he chooses not to. Though I certainly wouldn't call Gintoki a pacifist, he seems to be a character who chooses to avoid violence over petty (or even important) things. During one of his first duels in the series with Kondou Isao, Commander of the Shinsengumi, Gintoki manipulates a sword to "break" after a few swings and then offers it to his opponent in order to cheat his way out of actually having to fight to the death over the heart of hostess Otae. Point being: only stalker gorilla losers fight to the death over the heart of a woman who doesn't even care he exists. And only Gintoki would cheat his way out of a fight.
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Review by ziva posted over a year ago
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The ties that Gintoki has to his former life as Shiroyasha live on mainly through his connections with his three former Joui War veteran comrades: Takasugi Shinsuke, Katsura Kotarou, and Sakamoto Tatsuma. The four of them together were members of the old Jouishishi, a faction of samurai rebels who were fighting to expel the foreign Amanto aliens. Though the war began about 20 years prior to Gintama, the Joui 4 were mostly involved in the later part of the resistance. Gintoki, Takasugi and Katsura have all known each other since their youth--as young boys they trained under the tutelage of Yoshida Shouyou (known affectionately as "Shouyou-sensei") and to this day have all been connected to one another and shaped by his teachings. The teachings of Shouyou-sensei have left a strong impression on all of them, and while both Katsura and Takasugi still hold onto the old textbook which their teacher gave them, Gintoki claims to have thrown his away a long time ago. Much of how they came to meet or what their relationship was like at this age is still unknown, but it's certainly no mystery that at one point all of them were very much involved in each other's lives.
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Review by ziva posted over a year ago
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Undoubtedly one of the most influential people in Gintoki's life, or perhaps the one person who "gave him" the opportunity at life at all, Yoshida Shouyou plays an important, yet mysterious role in Gintama. He is one of the main keys to Gintoki's past outside of his FORMER COMRADES and took Gintoki under his wing at an early age to train him in both swordsmanship and the bushido.

One of the earliest scenes of young Gintoki feature him sitting amongst a pile of corpses and blood in the aftermath of a battlefield. Yoshida Shouyou went to seek out Gintoki in this area and upon finding him, tells him that people had mentioned a "corpse eating demon" who was present there. Even as a young boy, Gintoki appeared defiant and willing to put up a fight despite his hungry and weak body, but Shouyou-sensei approached him with nothing but tenderness and care. He seemed to be impressed with Gintoki's willpower to live, but at the same time was able to sense the burden of fear and hatred which he carried within him. As a gesture of kindess, Shouyou-sensei tossed Gintoki his very own sword and told him that he'd be willing to teach him how to use it properly if he came with him....
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Review by ziva posted over a year ago
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Though most people will recognize Gintoki by his silly perm and disgusting nose-picking habits, behind his nonchalant and seemingly lazy attitude lies a darker, unknown past that has yet to be spoken of in depth. Much of what we currently know about where Gintoki came from has been displayed in short, 2-3 minute flashbacks, mentions from characters who have known him long before the series started, or in spoof trailers made by the trolls at Sunrise which tease fans with titles like The Birth of Shiroyasha. Gintoki's story is being pieced together at a snail's pace, but I think that part of what makes his character so intriguing is that his past is shrouded in mystery. Gintoki himself speaks little of his past. Even when shit goes down Edo most of the talk of Shiroyasha is done by those who knew Gintoki back then or have at least heard the rumors. Though he'll normally roll his eyes or pick his nose when stories about Shiroyasha come up, these memories are ones that haunt Gintoki. He appears to have reoccurring nightmares about things that have taken place back then: Zura brings it up once after Gintoki awakens from a dream, and he also dreams of his former life as Shiroyasha during...
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Review by ziva posted over a year ago
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Super heroes usually have a lot on their plate: anything from saving damsels in distress to keeping the entire world from burning down at the hands of a menace. Granted, Gintoki is no super hero, there are still things a man's gotta protect. Unfortunately for Gin-san, one of those things seems to be his baby-maker. You know, that. If you weren't already aware, the title "Gintama" carries a hilarious and most likely intentional double-meaning. The Japanese word "tama" has two meanings. Depending on the kanji, it can either be read as "soul" or "balls". Which means, yes, when said out loud, Gintama can be humorously misunderstood as Silver Balls instead of Silver Soul. All things considered, it'd be an equally appropriate title.

Gin-chan's stick was useless to begin with anyway. It's much better off rotting and falling off.
--KAGURA

To be completely honest, any Gintama fan should've been aware that Gintoki's baby maker would be in constant jeopardy the second the doctor told him his balls would explode if he didn't cut down on his sugar intake (something virtually impossible for an addict like Gin-san). I guess you could say that if all of the other...
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Review by ziva posted over a year ago
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"From now on, you will swing that sword to protect your very soul." -- These are words that Gintoki has carried with him since he was merely a boy receiving his teacher's very own katana. They're words that he very much lives by. Gintoki operates on his own rules and fights in order to protect his spirit and soul--and is always willing to do so for others whose ideals align with his own. The idea of the "soul" is probably one of the main, overaching themes of Gintama--I mean, it's in the damn title. It may be hard to see between all the poop jokes, mosaic censors, and blow up sex toys, but I swear it's there! Gintama is really all about what's beneath physical appearances or outward personality--Gintoki being a fine example of that. He may come off as one of the laziest, most useless and pathetic heroes to ever grace the pages of Shounen JUMP, but underneath all of that he actually has a shining soul.

Gintoki, more than anyone, has the outstanding ability to see (and often times, bring out) the good buried deep within other people. Whether that's the dirt-covered MADAO or the stalker-creepy gorilla, Gintoki recognizes people's true natures and is willing to help even...
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Review by ziva posted over a year ago
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The concept of a family is something Gintoki admits he isn't familiar with in the "conventional" sense of the term. As far as we've heard in the series so far, Gintoki claims to never have had one, so the closest thing he considers as his family are the residents and workers at Otose's Snack Shop. That being said, Gintoki still seems to understand the importance and value of bonds between family members better than anyone, and is thus willing to take up his sword if it means protecting the idea of a family: whatever that word may mean.

I wish I had one... a family like yours. Ironic, ain't it? How the people who don't have things usually understand them better than the ones who do.
--SAKATA GINTOKI, EPISODE 42

Honestly, maybe it seems a little bit weird and almost intrusive to get involved in familial matters--but when others ask for help, Gintoki is (almost) always there for them no matter the cause. Whether it's as simple as pacifying the rivalry between the swordsmithing brother and sister of the cursed Benizakura sword, to something as large scale as the feuding families of the Onmyouji clans, Gintoki has the ability to mend the broken bonds...
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Review by ziva posted over a year ago
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If there's one rule you can count on Gintama to follow, it's to "fuck the rules" completely. Not unlike the series itself, Gintoki lives by his own code and nobody else's, choosing his own ways of going about life, work and disgusting eating habits without a second thought about what anyone else thinks. He's the kind of guy that will fly down the road at a billion miles per hour without a helmet, and refuse to listen to a cop who tells him he needs one, even if it's for his own safety. Even during his youth Gintoki appeared as the rebellious type--sleeping through his teacher's classes or disregarding any ideas of the "bushido code" which his friends so closely followed. However, while at times this kind of behavior can appear completely self-absorbed and selfish, Gintoki's reasoning for living life the way he does is anything but. (Well... most of the time. The sugar addiction is most definitely an indulgent thing.)

What's the point in following that kind of Bushido? I don't want to lose any more cherished friends because of it. If my life is on the line, then I'll follow my own bushido. I'll live however I want to live and protect whomever I want to protect.
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Review by ziva posted over a year ago
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Despite Gintoki's history of FALL-OUTS with friends, he's a person who manages to find them in every corner of the neighborhood, be it human, kappa or robot. The two most irreplaceable people in his life are the ones who work the Yorozuya alongside him (and never get paid for it): Shimura Shinpachi and Kagura. Not sure how things went down back in the Edo period, but I'm pretty sure these days there are child labor laws against this kind of relationship. Despite that these three main characters are inseparable. They work, live, eat starve, laugh, and sometimes even lose their lunches together. While each one of them are pretty damn hilarious on their own, there's no comedy or dynamic that can replace the stupidity of Kagura and Gintoki while Shinpachi screams in detest from the sidelines--their relationship makes Gintama everything that it is.

Shinpachi and Kagura are an interesting introduction to Gintoki's life prior to Gintama. After the war, Gintoki shuns the idea of making close friends due to the experience of losing people close to him during battle. Unable to save his comrades or keep them from drifting into questionable activities (such as, I dunno, terrorism,...
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Review by ziva posted over a year ago
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Above Otose's Snack Shop lies the Yorozuya, Gintoki's headquarters of operation (that he's totally not paying rent for, by the way). Yorozuya (万事屋) literally translates to "house of 10,000 businesses". In other words, the Yorozuya is the place where Gintoki offers up odd jobs to anyone who needs it. This can be anything as simple as capturing the village panty thief, to stopping terrorists from blowing up the country. Gintoki runs the business alongside his two younger companions, Shinpachi and Kagura, as well as their mascot and giant pet dog, Sadaharu. To say that the three of them do their work "well" is, however, is pretty up in the air. Gintoki works according to his own rules, and if he thinks a job isn't worth his time or disagrees with a customer, he isn't afraid to work conversely to what he's asked to do. This becomes pretty clear in one of the first chapters of the series where Gintoki is asked to help find the lost pet of an Amanto Prince: when it ends up being a man-eating monster that nearly eats Shinpachi for lunch, Gintoki throws caution to the wind and kills the pet in order to save his companion...much to the dismay of his client.
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Review by ziva posted over a year ago
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Every JUMP hero needs a rival. A Vegeta to their Goku. You know, that guy in your life that's not quite Frieza, but not quite Krillin. Some people like to refer to them as frenemies, others OTP, but that kind of deviates into a darker corner of fandom that we won't go into (just yet). For Gintoki, his "Vegeta" comes in the form of a mayonnaise huffing, straight-laced police officer named Hijikata Toshirou: his exact opposite yet identical twin all at the same time: the best kind of rival.

Gintoki and Hijikata are the classic comedic rivalry. They're both so alike that it almost hurts to watch them go at each other knowing they're simply arguing against themselves, but at the same time, they have subtle differences which leave them enough reason to disagree with one another. The ironic thing is that no matter how hard the two try to avoid one another in town, fate just so has it that they're pretty much running into each other all the time. This leads them into constant arguments over extremely petty things, like whether azuki beans or mayo are a better topping for rice (hey guys, try NEITHER) or competing until they're almost dehydrated in order to see who can last...
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Review by ziva posted over a year ago
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If Gintama has taught us anyhting, it's that nothing spouts truth like the cold hard facts of a character popularity poll, and if popularity polls have anything to say about women's horrible taste in men, then Gintoki is a testament to that. Turns out guys, you really don't have to work that hard to impress the ladies. Just be a jobless, naturally-permed, nose-picking freeloader, because according to RECOCHOKU'S ANNUAL POLL, our beloved Gin-san is the #1 anime character girls want to marry (knocking that equally unworthy asshole Hibari from his #1 spot from 2 years ago, what now Hibari, WHAT NOW! You think tonfa or that pet crapping on your head all the time made you special?! GINTOKI'S GOT THOSE TOO!)

1st place Sakata Gintoki from Gintama
2nd place Roronoa Zoro from One Piece
3rd place Kudou Shinichi from Detective Conan
4th place Hijikata Toshirou from Gintama
5th place Hibari Kyouya from Katekyo Hitman Reborn!

But Gin-san isn't someone that only IRL girls are squealing over and beating each other up at cons for. (No personal experience here, I never shoved that cosplayer to get the last Gintama blind box! And it definitely wasn't...
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Review by ziva posted over a year ago
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"You are what you eat". If it's true what they say, then Gintoki is definitely made up of sugar, spice and everything absolutely fattening nice. But mostly sugar. Gintoki's addiction to all things sweet is something that's canon from the very beginning of the manga: his first appearance happens simply because his beloved parfait is knocked over by an Amanto (who grows angry at Shinpachi, a worker there) at the cafe he's eating at. Though his actions appear noble--as if he's trying to help out the young four eyes--he's simply in it to get revenge for the life of his parfait. It seems pretty heartless, but Gintoki openly confesses his love for sugar and claims that he won't be able to make it through the day if he doesn't eat his sweets.

Gintoki's addiction to sweets seems to add a little bit of boyish charm to his usually prickly personality. Considering that things like chocolate releases endorphins and other things that trigger happiness, his addiction to sugar is probably something like a drug to help ease him through what usually ends up as a back-breaking, migraine-inducing kind of day. His former war veteran comrades also associate Gintoki's addiction to sugar as...
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Review by ziva posted over a year ago
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When it comes to describing characters, there are usually a number of defining character traits which really make them who they are. For Monkey D. Luffy, it's his stretchy body and appetite of a starving child. For Frieza, genocide. In the case of Gintoki it pretty much sums itself up into a list of horrible addictions and bad habits, but nobody's perfect. As a matter of fact, one could say that it's Gintoki's imperfections that make him so lovable. He's not god-like or overly glorified in any way which makes him seem more human than most super cool protagonists. (Well, MOST OF THE TIME, anyway.) Don't we normally like characters that are easy to relate to, after all? And what Gintama fan doesn't prefer lazing on the couch, picking their nose and reading Jump to doing anything worthwhile?

The downside is that even though most characters in the series have a deeply hidden respect for Gintoki, nobody would outwardly admit it just based on the stuff listed below. That's right, this is an entire section dedicated to Gintoki's imperfections.
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Opinion by ziva posted over a year ago
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Name: Sakata Gintoki (坂田銀時)
Gender: Male
Birthday: October 10
Age: 20s
Height: 177 cm (5'8")
Weight: 65kg (143 lbs)
Dominant Hand: Right
Species: Human
Occupation: Yorozuya (Odd Jobs)
Seiyuu: SUGITA TOMOKAZU (杉田智和)

Sakata Gintoki is the dead-fish-eyed, naturally permed, borderline diabetic protagonist of Sorachi Hideaki's manga, Gintama. He's lazy, has problems controlling his sugar intake and refuses to miss a single issue of his Weekly Shounen Jump. Unlike Goku whose power level is OVER 9,000 or Luffy whose arms can stretch around the globe five or six times, Gintoki's iconic bokuto (wooden sword) is something he purchases through a TV shopping program whenever it breaks. He freeloads off of an old woman named Otose, lives on the second floor of her snack shop and pretty much never pays his rent. I know that this profile is painting the perfect hero of a Shounen Jump manga for you. As a matter of fact, if you're wondering at this point why this is even a character worth shrining, don't worry--I still wonder about that.
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Fan fiction by ziva posted over a year ago
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Day 1
You stood patiently in the check out line, within the grocery store timidly looking around noticing the line of people form behind you all giving you death glares.
"Hey hurry it up!!"
"Come on I have to get home!"
"I have to feed my kids you bi-"
"I'm sorry, but my friend should be here shortly with my wallet." you eased chuckling nervously.
The cashier only glared letting out an agitated groan.
"can't you just let them go ahead of you till 'your friend' gets here?"
"No way, I've been waiting all day in that line! I'm not moving!"
you shouted. "besides that's what you get for only having 1 check out counter in this huge store."
You folded your arms still waiting for him, your friend that is. It has already been an hour where could he be? Just then a ringing was heard as a man entered the store. When you looked you couldn't help but turn red out of shock and blue out of...shock, making an achy purple cover your face.
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