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Gintama  
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Description
Sakata Gintoki is a samurai living in an era when samurais are no longer needed.

To add to his troubles, oppressive aliens have moved in to invade.

Gintoki lives with Kagura and Shinpachi, taking on odd jobs to make the world a better place... and to pay their rent.

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Manga

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Associated Names
銀魂
Gin Tama
Silver Soul

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Bakana Haven
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Status in Country of Origin
55 Volumes (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?
No

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1

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25 topics, 127 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.8 / 10.0 (849 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.72 / 10.0
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Last Updated
October 4th 2014, 9:55pm PST

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Year
2003

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Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Viz (23 Volumes - Dropped)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #293 increased(+53)
Monthly Pos #283 increased(+1)
3 Month Pos #245 decreased(-19)
6 Month Pos #224 increased(+17)

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I Don't Know Whether to Cry or Laugh   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Got2runnow
December 1st, 2014, 12:46am
Gintama is referred to as gag manga. I mean, I'm all for a great comedy, but to read all 500+ chapters? How long until the gags get old? Until I get bored? Is it really worth all that time just for a GAG manga?

Yes. Holy mother of god YES. Not only have I caught up, but I'm currently finishing up the anime (which is pretty damn faithful to the manga). Gintama ended up being way more than just a few laughs. You will cry. You will feel distressed. And impressed. And just...you will get incredibly emotional. Right after feeling incredibly awkward. Because this is Gintama after all. Penis and poop jokes are abundant. Along with tears.

Man, it's hard to describe.

First off, Gintama is comedy. I've seen it called Japan's version of South Park or It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. It tackles every form of humor including word play (which sometimes gets lost in translation), tongue in cheek humor, toilet humor, parodies, breaking the forth wall (and it does it soooo well) and so forth and just plain absurdity (There is an arc where Gintama's penis is turned into a screwdriver. Everyone is turning into screwdrivers. Those damn aliens). If you're looking for humor, Gintama will serve you more than enough. There is a downfall to this though. If you're not familiar with Japanese culture or even some popular figures, some gags will fly right over your head. But fortunately, this doesn't occur often (and usually translators try there best to give explanations!).

The world Gintama takes place in is pretty silly and insanely genius. The cross of historical and futuristic. Fantasy and science fiction--literally anything is possible in Gintama. There is space travel and demons. Historical figures use bazookas instead of katanas. Gintoki rides a scooter while searching for a fan while carrying a wooden sword and passing citizens dressed in kimonos and yukatas. This pseudo historical fantasy science fiction is the foundation of Gintama and it would be nothing without it.

But here's the thing: Gintama is a comedy with a black heart and a silver soul. As raunchy it may be, deep down there is a something warm and fulfilling. It took about 100 chapters for me to really get and feel the characters. Roughly around 200 chapters I became a blubbering mess (couldn't contain my laughter or my sobs). Through the humor and madness, Gintama is a masterful narrative that flows backwards. Our shounen hero never develops. Ever. But as an audience we change out view of our hero with each bit of information we learn from his past. Bit by bit, piece by piece, we see what our hero has suffered. You look back at things he's said or actions he's done with new understanding of his character, personality and values. Gintoki is a fully developed character from the start. It's you as a reader who develops as the manga progresses.

The vast secondary characters work in similar ways. But unlike Gintoki, occasionally they will get a spot light that allows them to grow a bit. Some of these arcs are just as absurd and hilarious as others, but they carry a soft moral core. In the end, Gintama will always be about making connections and living a content life, even if it includes lying around all day reading manga or having weird sexual kinks or being a female and living your life as a man. As long as your soul is clear and your thoughts happy, you live however the hell you want.

So many dick jokes and so many tears. That's Gintama.

... Last updated on December 1st, 2014, 12:48am
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The Whole Pack   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Dioshurleyel94
October 14th, 2014, 2:26pm
Gintama is gag-manga that has a sci-fi-esque feudal Japan setting. Just with that is enough to see that this manga isn?t even attempting to be serious. This manga is about humor over plot.
The absurd setting is what always Gintama to put the characters in different funny situations. From being stalked by an assassin, working on a sushi restaurant, being captured by a gang of aliens, pursuing a runaway cat, etc. Since it is Japanese comedy is normal to expect some absurd jokes. There?s a lot of toilet humor, dark humor, white humor and puns.

Despite being a gag manga, it has an interesting cast. Gintoki, the protagonist, is actually a very unique character on its own. A veteran of war who has lost many things but still keeps on living. Shinpachi, a boy who is a samurai apprentice. Kagura, an alien girl with super strength that is trying to avoid being consumed by her powers. And the list goes on and on.

The most amazing feat of Gintama is that isn't limited to comedy. Since it is episodic, sometimes there are some heartwarming chapters. There are even serious arc that bring back the plot of story. In these arcs, Gintama is able to touch some dark tone, comparable to that of a common action manga. And being sincere, these arcs have nothing to envy other shonen manga?s arcs. Nothing. Even though they are shorts. In other words, Gintama has everything: action, adventure, comedy, drama, sadness and good lessons to learn.

I would recommend this to those who are fond to Japanese humor, because it is necessary to be used to it. The best way to enjoy it is by watching the anime. Because the manga has much more dialogue than Death Note, which can be tedious, especially since the point is to laugh.

... Last updated on October 14th, 2014, 2:29pm
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Really good episodic, gag manga   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by pyxislynx
February 6th, 2014, 12:21pm
To tell the truth, this series is better to be consumed as an anime rather than manga. Sometimes there's too many panels or too many text balloons filled with text that it's a little tiring to even just look at a page. BUT! If you manage to get used to the presentation, it's quite an interesting read.

Art - the characters are all quite similar-looking and the art style isn't as good as, say, Oda's or Arakawa's or Kishimoto's. Even the mangaka points this out with his omake on how to draw the three main characters. Sorachi's good in drawing funny faces, though.

Characters - I like them all, no matter how crude or vulgar they are. I guess that's their charm. They're all pretty static characters, but with a gag manga that's mostly episodic, it's to be expected.

Story - Some of the stories are so-so, but I've enjoyed most of them. The ones I like the least are probably the parody ones (like the Elizabeth star wars parody arc, though I enjoyed the Saw parody a lot), which Sorachi had said he does when he's sick hahaha But really. This guy is good. When he makes senseless comedy he never fails to make me laugh like an idiot, and when he makes a drama episode/arc man I'm crying and sniffling.

Bonus points for having no 'attack names' hahaha

This is definitely one of the very few (the other being Yotsuba&) manga that I want to go on forever.
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Something outside my comfort zone...   
Rating: 9.7 / 10.0
by moonmystery
January 21st, 2014, 1:16am
Considering how gag manga is not usually my cup of tea, I would say this did a decent job of keeping me as a reader... ((I eventually gave up but I did go through 1/2 of the manga))

Gintama is silly and needs to be viewed with an open mind observing for jokes and hidden innuendos. It's not for anyone who wants a clear plot that makes a lot of sense (me) or someone who honestly wants some character development beyond the length of a few chapters (me).

Gintama is for those who are in the mood to laugh and enjoy episodic manga. I recommend this nonetheless to every one though, since who knows if you might enjoy it or not?

However, if you don't like it at all, don't even leave a review---as it would be clear that you don't even belong in this group of lovers of episodically strange gag

... Last updated on June 29th, 2014, 2:14am
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Hmm...   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by Sami_chan
November 4th, 2013, 4:17pm
Not my cup of tea.

It's funny at first, then after some chapters, the jokes get old (well, at least to me) and I get, kinda bored reading it. There isn't any character that I really like either.
I can understand why people like it though, this is a pretty unique and refreshing manga.

Anyway, a manga that can make people laugh is a good manga, so it's worth trying.

... Last updated on November 4th, 2013, 4:21pm
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One of the best   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by ForteAtrox
October 11th, 2013, 11:58pm
For the longest time I've had a hard time getting into this series, I've tried countless times but I just didn't get it... Then I tried to anime and after watching several episodes it started to grow on me. I soon found myself reading and watching it then regretting not getting into it earlier.
This series is just so unpredictable and if you want to start it, you have to go in there with no expectations and just understand that anything is possible.

I have never laughed so hard and as well shed tragic tears for a series ever. It's amazing... Even though it's mainly a gag series, when it gets to those arcs where it gets serious, it plays out extremely well and you will find how genius this series truly is.
One of the best thing about the series are the characters. I don't have a single character I hate. There isn't a lot of character development because the characters have already been developed. The characters are so... realistic in a way? There's just so much to them beyond what you see like with a real person. They all have their individual quirks and personalities that makes it really easy to fall in love with them all.
I highly recommend this series for anyone to try. I for one, will always follow this series, both anime and manga no matter where it leads.
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How to Read This Manga   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Roronoa Zoro
August 10th, 2013, 9:42am
First off

This series has no noticeable plot. After you read it for a long time there are things that you can kind of say is plot like, but for the most part no. The series is really episodic with some short arcs (3-4 chapters or so) thrown in
Keep that in mind when you start reading so you don't complain that this series has no plot later on.

This series is better to be seen in anime. Trust me on this when i say the anime is REALLY REALLY GOOD. It also has the best voice cast in any anime that I have seen, it's like the all star group of VA in one anime, Zoro's, Gaara's, Kenpachi and a hell lot more (and I seriously mean that) are in here. Also in the anime, it explains a lot of the Japanese jokes much better than those really tiny explanations in manga that you find between the panels.

Another thing you have to remember is that Gintama is to Japan as South Park is to America. Meaning that it is a manga/anime that parodies as it's main form of entertainment.This anime parodies EVERYTHING, including itself, other anime/manga, Japanese, American, Chinese (and I think one time Indian) actors and shows whether they be anime, live action Japanese, American Sweedish and Chinese (from what I can recall) as well as movies. I think I even spotted a Scooby Doo reference once.

This is also a mature read so to get the full read, you have to read with an adult perspective in mind, and by that I don't mean reading everything as a sex joke. I mean you have to try to figure out what the overlying meaning is, or got to try and figure out how the other people are feeling. That being said, sometime the overlying meaning is not as complicated as it seems and it's really just funny. So you shouldn't read it like you are expecting some psychological mystery either.

It's like one of those reads where you just pick up and you know you are gonna get a good satisfying read. I mean satisfying as in you don't feel like you just got cheated off your 20 pages. Every chapter feels like at least 20 pages due to the huge amounts of dialogue involved. Gintama chapters are never depressing (unless you are lookng from Madao's point of view) and will always contain a laugh.

I would recommend to watch the anime first though and start the anime at episode 3 since the first 2 are fillers. The way some of the characters are introduced and then their latter states are pretty hilarious.
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To be honest: Its only appreciated by a few   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Roaku
May 27th, 2013, 12:57am
This isn't a manga for everyone.
If you like solid straight-laced characters, some steamy plot, with seriousness...
Then Gintama is not going to be your cup of tea.
Those of you who are searching for character development, some kind of conclusions, or major resolutions, or even a solid continuous plot, then again, you might wanna look elsewhere.

But for that small few. That fantastic few of you, who are eagerly searching for parody, humour, random nonsense that makes sense only through a strict adherence to madness. Then you will adore Gintama. This manga is unlike any manga you've ever read (or will ever read!). There is nothing predictable about it. It pokes jokes at itself and at every Shounen Jump genre out there. Its quirky and its weird. Its like that post man who comes around wearing his uniform, but asks you if you have a door bell. The plots are active, forceful, tearful, beautiful, and gross. They encompass so much in them, that many could feel overwhelmed.

Gintama is not for the faint-hearted, or the serious types. Its for the adventurous lot, the crazy and ridiculous lot. Its for the cool kids who never got cool at school, but suddenly found themselves the centre of attention in University cause they smartened up about human nature (...what was I saying?) Oh but honestly, its for all of you lazy sods who can relate so much of gintoki in yerselves. biggrin

And as such, to this sorry few, I tell you to hurry up, and go read Gintama. Don't waste another second reading any other review. You've been convinced, now execute it.
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Seriously Overrated   
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by Bleach-No1-Manga
March 26th, 2013, 11:20am
1 year back i used to like Gintama , but now it's come to the point where i just want this to end

i know it's a GAG manga but even this Genre has an expiry date and this Seriously needs to end now, coz all the LAUGHS now only comes from one tickling himself for amusement coz the episode and Chapters are like a blank stare.........it's that DULL seriously END this one

... Last updated on March 26th, 2013, 11:23am
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Hmm   
Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
by sujinj523
March 12th, 2013, 5:03am
I don't really get it. Why's everyone so into Gintama? I read it because there were so many good comments but I can't really agree with what everyone is saying. Characters: funny and interesting. Art: ok. Plot: confused The biggest issue I have with Gintama is that it lacks plot. I read up to 247 and stopped because I just got bored. The stories always seem random and there isn't really any flow from one arc to the next. Oh and there's just too much gag (most of which is stupid?). It makes everything feel a little forced. I like some action, mystery, seriousness in mangas and on my scale, Gintama's just about average. I started reading this because it was about samurai but I realized halfway through that it's not anything like the historical action shounen I like. I can't compare it to Rurouni Kenshin at all. Meh. On hold for me.

... Last updated on March 12th, 2013, 5:05am
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