In an era where aliens have invaded and taken over feudal Tokyo, an unemployed samurai finds work however he can.
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Series cast summary:
Tomokazu Sugita ...  Gintoki Sakata / ... 348 episodes, 2006-2018
Daisuke Sakaguchi ...  Shinpachi Shimura / ... 325 episodes, 2006-2018
Rie Kugimiya ...  Kagura / ... 319 episodes, 2006-2018
Kazuya Nakai Kazuya Nakai ...  Toshiro Hijikata / ... 157 episodes, 2006-2018
Susumu Chiba ...  Isao Kondo / ... 149 episodes, 2006-2018


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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Much of the show is based on Japanese culture/history, which made dubbing the show in English near-impossible until around 2016, when people were familiar enough with the show's jokes/references that a dub could work out. See more »


[repeated line used whenever someone says his name wrong]
Kotaro Katsura: It's not Zura, it's Katsura!
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Crazy Credits

Some of the episodes contain (random/deliberate) gags in the opening/closing credits. See more »


Referenced in The King of Fighters All Star (2018) See more »

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Funniest show I've ever seen, super enjoyable!
13 August 2017 | by black-32147See all my reviews

I absolutely 100% recommend everyone to watch it from the very start and please ignore the image quality, before you know it you will love the show so much it won't matter and then the quality gets much better in 2015 and 2017 releases. An anime that suits almost everyone..great comedy, tons of parodies, very likable characters, great action and fights, very heart warming at times...just about everything you could think of!

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4 April 2006 (Japan) See more »

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