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Liff 2010: Gintama The Movie review

21 December 2010 3:08 PM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

When a movie opens with multiple self-referential gags up to and including the cast breaking the fourth wall to crack wise about the production company, it's clearly first and foremost courting an audience who don't care - who expect this, even. The first feature film for the long-running manga Gintama plays to the bleachers from the word go, and while it's genial enough about it - often genuinely funny, in a cheap and cheerful sort of way - the whole thing is created for the fans to the extent the uninitiated will frequently not have a clue what's going on.

Gintama takes place in an alternate Edo-era Tokyo conquered by aliens, a setting dreamt up by creator Hideaki Sorachi as a means to get around his editor's request he do a period piece - which is a good indicator of how throwaway the whole thing sometimes feels for those who »

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