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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

Related Series

Associated Names
銀魂
Gin Tama
Silver Soul

Groups Scanlating
Anaoj
Bakana Haven
Binktopia
Chuutama
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Latest Release(s)

Status in Country of Origin
55 Volumes (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?
No

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

User Reviews
Gintama by Bettum

Forum
25 topics, 127 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.8 / 10.0 (832 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.72 / 10.0
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Last Updated
August 6th 2014, 8:33pm 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 #460 increased(+44)
Monthly Pos #272 decreased(-32)
3 Month Pos #215 increased(+48)
6 Month Pos #256 increased(+1)

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On 2744 reading lists
On 1233 wish lists
On 199 unfinished lists
On 380 custom lists

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Forum Posts
OkiKagu? 139 days, 20 hours, 13 minutes ago
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Gintama Manga chapter help 663 days, 17 hours, 13 minutes ago

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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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Greatest thing ever.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by witchofwisps
June 21st, 2012, 2:04pm
Gintama is my absolute favourite series of all time! I love this gloriously picaresque series. The hilarious rhapsodizing, the fantastically wacky and lovable cast of characters combines the wonderful style of Japanese manga with the hilarious, physics and logic-defying wackiness of my favourite cartoons: Freakazoid, Animaniacs and the setting reminds me of the beautiful open universe containing endless possibilities for humour and stories of Futurama. It does all of this while being it's own unique series. It also offers more than just humour, there are crowning moments of epic and there are wonderfully serious, thoughtful and even heart-breaking moments that set off the general tone of levity in the series. It's everything I like and I adore all the characters. I can't help but completely gush. Whatever anyone else thinks of this series, I will always find it PERFECT! FLAWLESS! LULZY in the extreme! ^.^ Seriously it is the greatest series ever and I find it genuinely and sincerely PERFECT.

... Last updated on June 21st, 2012, 2:11pm
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Mind-Blowing   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Suou_Tamaki
July 30th, 2008, 6:48pm
Great Storyline? Check. Humor? Check. No limitations? Check. Not one stupid character? Check. Comedy? Check. Favorite manga worthy? Check. Rereadable thousands of times over? Check. Fame worthy? Check. Awesome fights? Check.

Gintama is really... the best.. you won't be able to find anything that can top this.
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rofl   
Rating: N/A
by kasekimizu
June 2nd, 2011, 7:16pm
There are many many shounen series that start off leaning heavily on the comedy crutch before they gain a plot, and then when they try to dabble in comedy again it doesn't work at all. Gintama is not one of them. Instead, Gintama dabbles in plot as a way to set up and bolster comedy. The humor here is subversive, silly, sometimes gross, often breaks the fourth wall, and makes fun of everything indiscriminantly, especially Jump and shounen manga itself. The arcs, what arcs there are, are just short enough so that they don't wear out the reader's patience if they're not the type to enjoy shounen cliches (and there are cliches, this is still Jump). The characters are likeable - this is not the type of manga where the characters evolve in any significant way so you have to like them as they are. However, it's like hanging out with your old friends when they're this familiar. Highly recommended
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INSANELY INCREDIBLY AWESOME - THE BEST   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Mantoki
July 30th, 2008, 2:35pm
This manga is like HILARIOUS to the EXTREME.
Before I read/watched this I didn't even think it was possible to laugh this much, it always manadges to amaze me at how much of a genius the man who created this is.
This is the without a doubt the best anime and manga ever!
Surpasses Bleach, Naruto, and Ouran - by a LANDSLIDE.
If you don't start this your missing out like crazy.
Nothing else even BEGINS to compare to this
I'm going to cry when this ends... probably as much as when my dog died....
Knowing about this manga makes it easy to choose my favorite
I just can't be completely satisfied with anything else after reading this
really the best word to describe this is: Perfect

... Last updated on October 9th, 2008, 2:08pm
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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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BEST BEST BEST BEST MANGA EVER!! > <   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Eternal_rain
April 17th, 2012, 6:55pm
This series is definitely one of my most favorite manga ever! The gag is it is surely one of the best! If possible, I recommend you watch the anime too! It's very well made and the voice actors 's voice acting is really funny and nice to hear. I laugh in every episode!
I mean you should try this out, seriously! You won't regret it! >3<
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Great Manga   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by mizaki2100
October 17th, 2012, 6:45pm
I don't know. I read it because I heard from a friend that it's good. Hell, I read it from the beginning up to the current release non-stop. Now I'm going for the anime. I never watched the anime of the manga I read. This is the first time. The comedy really is painfully funny. I had no regrets reading Gintama instead of studying for my quiz in tomorrow. Awesome manga.
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What make the Silver Soul turned it into MEGA XX PLATINUM   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by silverknightGinryuu
May 13th, 2008, 7:42am
When I saw Gintama on any sites like youtube or crunchyroll, Technically This anime has a catastrophe of laughter and action all in one. The Sublime Satire made by Hideaki Sorachi combining the Historical Settings, Science Fiction, Action and Out-of-this-world comedy with a punch of Parodies and TONS of Stupidities here.

Aside from the looks of the Settings, There is no serious storyline out there. It is Made in Pure Comedy, That is COMEDY rich in gags and all of it were pure exaggerations that made this comedy a haphazardly funny.

The Characters were based on the real people who are involved in Japanese History, well said that these characters are cloud-nine wacky and downright insane.

Also some of the habit of one of the characters with a bazooka-totting Shinsengumi First Captain has the sense of being a deadpan.

Remember the Science Fiction and Japanese Combined, The plot is all about the three guys were doing whatever they want to pay up their rents to save the world. Luckily, Aliens came up to their trouble and Shinsengumi, Joi Faction and Kiheitai came in.

Also some songs from the pop idol Tsuu Terakado gives me an insulting gag about what she said.

What can I say about Gintama?

Gintama is not just a silver soul for nothing, It is a UBER-PLATINUM Grade of Comedy under Shounen category with unadulterated Humor and Guiltless Comedy and Pure Shonen JUMP-like Gags that you will never see it before as well there were TONS of Cosplays in Anime.

End note: Love this anime, Laugh this comedy and make a beautiful sunshine of it ala Gintama Style!

Rating: 10 flat

As for you to say, one of the members of Shinsengumi was cosplaying Ryoma Echizen which does not found at the manga

... Last updated on November 13th, 2008, 9:00pm
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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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