Gintama (2006– )

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The comic adventures of a samurai having to live in an alternate history of Japan occupied by aliens.

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Series cast summary:
Tomokazu Sugita ...
 Sakata Gintoki (35 episodes, 2006-2012)
Rie Kugimiya ...
 Kagura (22 episodes, 2006-2012)
Daisuke Sakaguchi ...
 Shimura Shinpachi (21 episodes, 2006-2012)
Satsuki Yukino ...
 Shimura Tae (19 episodes, 2006-2012)
Kazuya Nakai ...
 Hijikata Toshiro / ... (17 episodes, 2006-2012)


In the early 17th century, Japan adopted strict isolation policies and severed almost all ties with foreign countries. In 1853, the US fleet commanded by Admiral Perry forced the doors open, leading to a modernization of the nation's sociopolitical systems and the eventual fall of the Shogunate. The samurai regime ended its life with the imperial restoration in 1868. That's what history tells, but in Gintama, that's not what happens. Instead of the US fleet, the country is stormed by spaceships coming from four corners of the universe and soon we see it occupied by extraterrestrials. The Shogunate has become a puppet of alien occupation armies. All samurais have been disarmed and reduced to temp workers with no skills who just try to make ends meet. Gintama is a story of a handyman named Gintoki, a samurai with no respect for rules set by the invaders, who's ready to take any job to survive. He and his gang, however, are also among the very few who have not forgotten the morale of a ... Written by

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Gintama jokes/puns are surrounded by all kinds of references to e.g. actors, native language similarities, obscene language, and Hayao Miyazaki films. Because these jokes are recognized as part of Japanese culture, there has been no attempt to translate the anime into a dubbed version, due to its complexity. See more »


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One of the greatest pieces of entertainment ever
19 December 2009 | by (Saudi Arabia) – See all my reviews

Every anime has it's funny, even hilarious moments. But not many are built around these moments. Gintama, for the most part definitely is.

This anime is completely insane. It's full of random hilarity and antics, while still maintaining a storyline (per episode and arcs). You don't even have to worry about fillers, because you won't know when they hit you, as there is no general plot. Plus, the fillers are just as funny and awesome as the other episodes, if not more. There are tons of references to anime and Japanese culture, which is kind of a down side for a person who isn't familiar with either or both. This reason also makes this anime almost impossible to dub and very hard to even sub! However, if you do get the jokes (and not all of them are reference related), you'll be in tears. It's not all just laughter though. There are definitely some heart touching, throat lump forming, beautiful moments in the anime too (though not as much).

All I can say is, if you're an anime fan and haven't watched it, you're doing yourself a big crime by missing this one. As the title says, I not only class this as one of the greatest anime, or even one of the greatest TV shows, but one of the most brilliant pieces of entertainment mankind has ever created.

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