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(✿◠‿◠) Anime!!! – Gintama.: Shirogane no Tamashii-hen

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Progress: 51/100Title: Gintama.: Shirogane no Tamashii-hen
Episodes Aired: 26
Year(s): 2018

When I wrote my post for the previous (somewhat out of place) season of Gintama I, like most people, thought that this Silver Soul arc would be the final season. Obviously this has been proven not to be the case – with the final episode of the ‘final season’ ending in a courtroom skit to apologise for leading people on for the last 3 years. It’s a funny way to deal with how the audience (an apparently the anime studio) has been misled.

However, this scene (much like the final few episodes) were really an anti-climactic way to finish an incredibly action packed season. Sure, it stayed true to the core stupid comedic spirit of Gintama that a lot of us have gotten to know and love – but I probably would have enjoyed that scene a lot more if I hadn’t gone into the final run of episodes as being the ending.

Oh well, Gintama lives to fight another day and I am loving the time jump that they have put in following the end of the massive battle. To be honest this did threaten to be a dip in quality, much like with how Bleach continued past the final battle with Aizen, but it would appear that the writer of Gintama has a proper game plan for the continuation.

Now, much like with Bleach I am not entirely sure where Gintama is with regards to there future episodes. I hope that there will be as I am interested to see where things are going (and I would miss the characters if they were never to return), but if it isn’t another season – I guess it would give me a good chance to revisit the series at some point in the future.

(✿◠‿◠) Anime!!! – Gintama.: Porori-hen

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Progress: 48/100Title: Gintama.: Porori-hen
Episodes Aired: 13
Year(s): 2017

The point of the Gintama.: Porori-hen season was to adapt the remaining comedic arcs of Gintama before it bows out with the final Silver Soul arc. As such, these episodes are pretty much a random collection of mini arcs that, in the true spirit of Gintama veer between utterly brilliant and utterly baffling.

Compared to the previous season you would be forgiven for thinking that these were completely different shows. The start of the first episodes of this so-called ‘Slip Arc’ sets the tone and is something that I would not have enjoyed anywhere near as much if I hadn’t been able to get all the references (which I now get thanks to doing this list).

The arcs themselves are mostly comedic (including an Attack on Titan reference filled arc involving Kagura’s new giant boyfriend), but some still contain a lot of heart. One set  of episodes centred around a recurring ramen-shop owning character trying to find a homeless customer is both touching and, at times, stupidly funny.

Since we move between a lot of different stories and arcs (seemingly at random) the quality isn’t as consistent as you’d hope. Then again, this arc is the equivalent of a video completionist fast-travelling to every location to find all the hidden chests in order to 100% a game – ultimately satisfying but, every now and then, a little bit frustrating.

As of writing this, the final seasons of Gintama are both on the list. However, since they cover the same arc (separated by a brief hiatus), I will be watching and writing about both of them in one go. Despite it’s faults, Gintama is a show that I have become incredibly fond of over the years and it’s going to be sad to see it leave the screens. Guess I’ll have to find a way to convince that husband of mine to do a re-watch of it with me at some point.

(✿◠‿◠) Anime!!! – Gintama.

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Progress: 47/100Title: Gintama.
Episodes Aired: 12
Year(s): 2017

Okay so my attempt to watch the rest of Hajime no Ippo ended up with a big fat yawn and a whole bunch of hours wasted – at least for me they were. Since I’m currently trying to finish off series that I’m part way through, I thought it was high time that I went back to an old favourite: Gintama. 

It has been a year since I watched the previous season and I had forgotten just how serious this show had become. True they still take part in stupid word games, make crude puns and have an entire line of jokes around an overweight lookalike of Gintoki – but there are some pretty big moments in this.

In the previous season years of serialisation had started to pay off in a big way, which continues with these 12 episodes (and will continue to do so in the final 2-part season that finished airing in 2018. We learn more about Gintoki and Kagura’s past and end on a cliffhanger which spells the end of the Earth… or at least for now.

Since 12 episodes really isn’t enough I am going to move straight to the next season… which is composed of all the comedy arcs that were skipped in order to tell the more serious story-lines back-to-back. It’ll be great to see Gintama returning to their irreverent roots, even if it’s going to be a bit of a tonal whiplash.

(✿◠‿◠) Anime!!! – Gintama°

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Progress: 28/100Title: Gintama°
Episodes Aired: 51
Year(s): 2015-16

Here we go again with another trip into the madcap world of Gintama. Been a good long time since I saw Gintama: Enchousen and I think this is the most I have enjoyed any instalment in this franchise. It really feels like this is the season where all the previous episodes start to pay off with dividends.

The ever-increasing size of the cast have lent themselves to some of the best comedy arcs of the franchise (including the fantastic fan popularity arc) and Gintama° features two of their best yet: the gender-bending Dekobokko arc and the Soul Switch arc where Gintoki and Toshi finding themselves in each others’ bodies.

In previous editions the humour of the episodes can go a bit too far into the crude for my tastes (such as the alien bathhouse episode that was cringe-worthy). With Gintama°
these comedy episodes were utterly spot-on. I was actually laughing out loud at times as I was sat watching this alone in my Cardiff hotel room. Managed to watch nearly 30 episodes of this in two evenings… that’s how much I was enjoying it.

Then we get to the second half of the season. It feels like we’ve spent nearly 300 episodes building up this world up for the final 20 episodes of this edition putting it in jeopardy. There have been some serious arcs in the series, but with the Shogun Assassination and Farewell Shinsengumi there are some real and far-reaching consequences that have completely changed their world.

With more episodes still to watch I am keen to see the aftermath and how the writers are going to wind everything up as Gintama reaches the eventual endgame.

(✿◠‿◠) Anime!!! – Gintama’: Enchousen

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Progress: 20/100Title: Gintama’: Enchousen
Episodes Aired: 13
Episodes Watched:
13
Year(s): 2008-2009

After watching the previous iteration of Gintama I was beginning to get a bit tired of how hit and miss this series could be. I think that with Gintama’ Enchousen I might have seen the best and most consistent series to date.

I managed to watch all 13 episodes of this on a recent work trip to Wales where I spent two nights in a hotel with weirdly limited wi-fi. By limited I mean that I had to lay in front of the door to the hotel room in order to get a strong enough signal for Crunchyroll to work. So, this was watched in a makeshift nest of pillows and extra blankets. On the floor. Because I am an adult.

Within Gintama’ Enchousen there are three arcs and one standalone episode. The second arc, known as the Courtesan of a Nation arc, was one of the best that I have seen from the franchise so far. Is it because it heavily features Tsukuyo (my favourite side-character) in a serious story about promises and toppling the patriarchy that ended up making me cry? Yes, yes it is.

The thing is, there is no way that you can watch Gintama’ Enchousen without seeing any of the previous seasons. The first arc is extremely meta and only works if you know the characters really well. However, this is a show that’s big enough and far enough in that it doesn’t really need to use a season opener to introduce new viewers.

I say this, but Gintama’ Enchousen actually included some remastered episodes from the previous that could have provided some sort of introduction… but I didn’t see the point of watching repeats when I have so many great animes calling my name.

(✿◠‿◠) Anime!!! – Gintama’

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Progress: 17/100Title: Gintama’
Episodes Aired: 51
Episodes Watched:
51
Year(s): 2011-2012

So here we are again (so soon) in the wacky world of GintamaThis is the odd part of using MyAnimeList as a source for this Top 100 – if a show takes a year or two out they class it as a new separate show rather than a continuation. Good news for shows you like, not so much for those you dislike (not come across any of those yet, but it’ll probably happen at some point)

For a show like Gintama, which has follow through but no serious serialization, the break in seasons is beneficial. The world is weird and inconsistent enough as it is without there being too many anime-only arcs and storylines to muddy up the waters.

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Now, whilst I still found many a laugh out moment in this season of Gintama it felt slightly more inconsistent than previous series. There were some great episodes like the Renho, Glasse, Four Devas and Scandal arcs. On the other hand there were episodes where it went over the top with the idiocy/crudeness (see: the Jugem and Bath House episodes) or the whole Thorny arc which dragged along.

It was most definitely more hit then miss, but the ratio was not as good as the previous season. There were still a lot of laughs and feels though. The episode where the three central characters sit down to eat crab just encapsulates everything I love about this show. It’s wacky, it escalates quickly, it’s overly dramatic at times and it is unpredictable.

Another episode or two worth a mention are episode 23 (with the haunted blu-ray player) and episode 47 (or any episode with Hasegawa as a main character to be honest)

I am in two minds whether I should continue on with Gintama or finish it off. Thoughts on the subject would be greatly appreciated.

(✿◠‿◠) Anime!!! – Gintama

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Progress: 11/100Title: Gintama
Episodes Aired: 201
Episodes Watched:
201
Year(s): 2006-2010

Before I start on this there is something to quickly clarify. In total there are four different series of Gintama on the anime list. For whatever reason the MyAnimeList database counts different seasons of an anime as separate entries (I guess it’s easier that way for people to comment on seasons that that end up being aired years apart). The Gintama I have watched is the first of the four (which is the longest by over 150 episodes).

I started watching Gintama after I finished watching Haikyū!! some two and a half months ago. I took a break early on to fit in Erasedbut since then Gintama has become what I watch between getting home and starting dinner for hub (yes, I know, I sound like a 1950s housewife). It has become an incredibly loyal friend after a day of hitting my head against metaphorical walls.

Now, the reason that I switched to Erased so early on is because Gintama is the ultimate slow burner. I read someone saying online that Gintama is a series that if you give it a lot of patience it will pay off. It’s true.

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I think it was around episodes 30-40 where I started to laugh out loud on a regular basis. I started quoting it at work to blank stares. I started humming the hard boiled detective song for a week solid. I even have fan art of Elizabeth and Sadaharu as one of my rotating desktop backgrounds at work.

By the end of watching this show I fell for Gintama in a big way. The only reason I wasn’t sad when finishing off episode 201 (which was a bizarre Christmas themed episode aired in March 2006) is because I know I still have over 100 episodes left in the whole franchise. At the conclusion of this episode it seems like they know they’ll be back they just need time for the manga to tear ahead again.

For all their fourth-wall breaking jokes about their imminent cancellation this is an incredibly popular franchise. I even remember seeing a lot of Gintama franchise when we went on our trip to Tokyo SkyTree. If I had actually watched this before my honeymoon I probably would have spent a lot of yen on merchandise (lucky escape for my bank account).

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It’s hard to describe why I love this show. On the most basic level it is the absurd sense of humour. I don’t know why, but on the few times that Gintoki (the main character) dresses up as a regret-filled centaur called Makoto I just lose it completely. Sure there are misteps and there are episodes that don’t quite work (such as the episode that spoofed Saw). It’s hard to imagine a show that ran every week for 4 years not having an off episode here and there.

Another reason that it works is that it is not overly serialized. It therefore means they can spend a few episodes in a video game (called Monkey Hunter) as they try to get screwdrivers removed from their bodies as implanted by aliens. Ditto it allows for an episode where they pretend to be barbers.

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However, that doesn’t mean that Gintama can not be serious. I would say there is about a 60/40 split between funny and serious episodes. The actions in these episodes have consequences that remain for the rest of the series (including Tsukuyo (pictured) who quickly became one of my favourites).

Sure, being the type of show it is, there is never any real present day tragedy for the characters to deal with. However the entire show is built on sadness. In this world Japan was invaded by aliens, which included a large amount of bloodshed. There is forced prostitution, poverty, dead parents and so many other sad things that the victories always feel well deserved.

This basically came out as a stream of consciousness instead of having any real structure. Pretty much like this series to be honest. If you are an anime lover who has not seen Gintama then you really need to get yourself over to Crunchyroll right now and start watching. If you are an anime novice – maybe wait a little as you’ll get so many more gags if you start watching other famous anime series.