フレイザーI'm 20 years old. I'm incredibly lazy. anime and manga pretty much run my life. i play a lot of video games.
Would someone from the Gintama fandom please step up and help me explain? No? Okay here goes nothing:
The description goes somewhat along the lines of “a silver-haired samurai who works an Odd Jobs business, accompanied by the ever-vibrant Kagura and Shimura Shinpachi. In a world where Amanto (aliens) have integrated their lives on Earth with humans, Gintoki is the ‘last of his kind, the true samurai’…”
…or so they say.
WHAT GINTAMA ACTUALLY IS:
GINTAMA IS ABOUT NOTHING AND EVERYTHING. IT IS ABOUT EVERY SINGLE KIND OF FRIENDSHIP, LOVE, SADNESS, KINDNESS, PAIN, GUILT, HUMOR, LONGING, AND HAPPINESS OUT THERE.
The first episode (more like the first through third episodes) is hard to get into precisely because Gintama is about NOTHING unless you’ve experienced enough NOTHING to realize that it is EVERYTHING.
I will admit that when I started Gintama, I was more than a little bit bored, rather lost, and completely turned off. But that’s because it starts sort of “in medias res,” in the middle of things. It’s a random snapshot of Yorozuya life and if you’ve watched all of it and read it and you look back that dumb first episode it brings a smile to your face because it’s so Gintama.
It has that Gintama taste.
Okay at this point, it’s like I’m just avoiding the question. But I’m not, trust me.
I will not tell you that you must watch Gintama or that you will love it to bits like I do…
But I will tell you one thing:
The more you watch, you don’t grow fond of Gintama. The simple mannerisms, from “It’s not Zura, it’s Katsura!” to “neo armstrong cyclone jet armstrong cannon” are absorbed into your skeptical, somewhat baffled and incredulous half-smile. You can’t really take in Gintama; it takes YOU in. You don’t have Gintama fill a void, nor do you let it take a place in your heart.
Gintama kind of just takes it and throws it down the toilet with no regard to your actual feelings because eventually YOU ARE GINTAMA, TOO.
It has comedy — plenty of inappropriate jokes, dick jokes, celebrity jokes, jokes and puns that even Japanese people don’t understand, straight man jokes — the stupidest humor around…
It has plenty of heroic stories, heartbreaking stories, the kind that tug your soul…from true love to war.
It has every kind of friendship and enough adventures (or not enough) to fill the weird mushy sponge-hole space beyond the fourth wall that Gintama manages to fill up unlike any other.
LONG STORY SHORT
GINTAMA IS SO UNLIKE EVERYTHING ELSE THAT EVEN THE MAIN CHARACTERS DON’T KNOW WHAT’S GOING ON
anon || thanks for asking!
-has a canon genderbend arc
-best running gags
-best fourth wall breaker
-movie revamp of an epic battle arc
-Sakata Gintoki himself
-dick jokes beware
-a popularity poll arc
-a serious underlying plot that gives you feelings
-a dumb alien that is like a redhead edward elric
-modern day issues addressed in classic gintama style
-the characters can actually destroy their own show by taking out the creator, the animators, and the directors
-also: this lovable idiot named Zura— I mean, Katsura!
There’s so much more to say, but who actually read this?!