The Amanto, aliens from outer space, have invaded Earth and taken over feudal Japan. As a result, a prohibition on swords has been established, and the samurai of Japan are treated with disregard as a consequence.
However one man, Gintoki Sakata, still possesses the heart of the samurai, although from his love of sweets and work as a yorozuya, one might not expect it. Accompanying him in his jack-of-all-trades line of work are Shinpachi Shimura, a boy with glasses and a strong heart, Kagura with her umbrella and seemingly bottomless stomach, as well as Sadaharu, their oversized pet dog. Of course, these odd jobs are not always simple, as they frequently have run-ins with the police, ragtag rebels, and assassins, oftentimes leading to humorous but unfortunate consequences.
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Based on 16 review scores:
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.
Anime News Network
All and all, Gintama is a genera bending, 4th wall breaking, lough ’till you cry – and sometimes just cry (manly tears!) – good time.
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There are plenty of aspects to the series that possess a broad appeal in terms of humour, and it’s to the credit of everyone involved with the production (from mangaka Sorachi Hideaki on down to the guy/girl who makes the tea), that the show never gets old, stale, or too bogged down in how good it actually is.
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Gintama is nuttier than squirrel shit and quite possibly the most fun you’ll ever have watching anime
The good parts really get better and better, and this trend continues for 100 episodes. I really recommend this series for anyone looking for a good laugh, because this series is just about everything comedies should be outside of compactness. The episodes after 100 are a lot less impressive, though. While they still have a good episode here and there, they just lack the creativity that made the first 100 episodes so awesome.
I mentioned about Gintama being the king of parodies in all of anime- having boldly parodies more than a hundred different titles! Some discreet, and some blunt right up front including Dragon Ball, One Piece, Bleach, Jackie Chan, Rurouni Kenshin, Street Fighter, etc. Not sure how they get away with all that, but whenever they parody something, expect crazy and funny stuff to happen!
I rate this anime the best because it’s a mix of reality and comedy, what I love the most is that most of the references from the show is related to my childhood, and everything will go wrong in this anime, no doubt the best comedy “I” have and will ever watch in this life.
Only the real passionate and patient of anime fans should watch it though. You need to have a good amount of understanding of anime and japanese culture (which you get from watching anime anyway XD), and you have to deal with the fact that the anime goes through a lot of the manga (32 volumes) . A lot of the important stuff is rarely touched on, and mostly nothing major happens in the grand scheme of thing, rather a lot of memorable characters are introduced and smaller but memorable adventures happen. We award Gintama with a B+, even if it is an impressive and very clever series for hardcore anime fans, its just not something for everyone. With a second season now airing, it’ll be worth seeing how Gintama as a whole ends up being.
The Sushi Times
I recommend it highly, but if you want to watch everything, you’d have to watch something like 250 episodes to get to this season. It’s definitely not worth it if you haven’t already…
About three years ago, I started watching Gintama, and in that time, the show kept its amazingly witty and blind-side swiping humour alive. For a series based on a Jump manga, I found it offers a lot more to a mature anime fan than its neighbouring Bleach or Naruto, even though some of the later arcs feature pure, unadulterated shounen. For me, it is this dynamic and unafraid approach to incorporate virtually every genre in anime that gives Gintama such a highly deserved score. In that time, I have laughed, cried, gasped in excitement and then laughed a lot more: the Benizakura movie just cannot come quickly enough.
Serious action mixed with parodies of Japanese/pop culture
This is possibly the best anime ever. Takes a while to get into it, but it’s simply the best one. DBZ, Naruto, One Piece, and Bleach mean nothing to this anime.
(even better than Fullmetal alchemist)
The After Worlds
The strength of Gintama is that I can put it aside when I don’t feel up to it (and when there’s no overall plot to suck me in, I usually don’t feel up to it) and pick it up again when I need a pick-me-up without having to re-watch any of the episodes prior to it.