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During the Edo period, Japan is suddenly invaded by alien creatures known as the "Amanto." Despite the samurai's attempts to combat the extraterrestrial menace, the Shogun soon realizes that their efforts are futile and decides to surrender. This marks the beginning of an uneasy agreement between the Shogunate and Amanto, one that results in a countrywide sword ban and the disappearance of the samurai spirit.

However, there exists one eccentric individual who wields a wooden sword and refuses to let his samurai status die. Now that his kind are no longer needed, Gintoki Sakata performs various odd jobs around town in order to make ends meet. Joined by his self-proclaimed disciple Shinpachi Shimura, the fearsome alien Kagura, and a giant dog named Sadaharu, they run the business known as Yorozuya, often getting caught up in all sorts of crazy and hilarious shenanigans.

Volume 24 contains Bankara (ばんから)
Volume 38 contains 13 (サーティーン)


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Associated Names
Bankara-san ga tooru
Gin Tama
Silver Soul

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Bakana Haven

Latest Release(s)
v.74 c.671 by Hi wa Mata Noboru 21 hours ago
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Status in Country of Origin
71 Volumes (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1
Ends at Vol 34, Chap 292 (Gintama) ; Vol 61, Chap 551 (Gintama°)

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Gintama by Bettum

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Average: 8.9 / 10.0 (984 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.82 / 10.0
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February 4th 2018, 9:24am PST



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Viz (23 Volumes - Dropped)

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Gintama Gets New TV Anime Series about 1 year ago
Gintama Enters Final Arc in 2016 about 1 year ago
Which chapter is this from? over 2 years ago
OkiKagu? over 3 years ago
What's Your Favorite Gintama Character? over 3 years ago

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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 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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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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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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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
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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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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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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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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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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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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