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Old March 1st, 2014, 01:00 PM
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Episodes: 201
Status: Finished Airing
Genres: Action, Comedy, Historical, Parody, Samurai, Sci-Fi, Shounen

Life isn't easy in feudal Japan... especially since the aliens landed and conquered everything! Oh sure, the new health care is great, but the public ban on the use of swords has left a lot of defeated samurai with a difficult decision to make concerning their future career paths! This is especially true if, as in the case of Gintoki Sakata, they're not particularly inclined towards holding a day job, which is why Gintoki's opted for the freelance route, taking any job that's offered to him as long as the financial remuneration sounds right. Unfortunately, in a brave new world filled with stray bug-eyed monsters, upwardly mobile Yakuza and overly ambitious E.T. entrepreneurs, those jobs usually don't pay as well as they should for the pain, suffering and indignities endured!

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So, any of you ever seen this series? Share your thoughts on this ridiculously amazing comedic masterpiece which has enough drama and emotional scenes to have you bawl like a baby and contains action sequences that rival the biggest shounen series and even manage to one up most of them. Easily. While whining about how "these action-heavy arcs are burning a hole in the pockets of the producers".

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Personally, I thought the first few episodes (20. The first 20 episodes) were really weak. I dropped the show multiple times. But I heard people praise it like no tomorrow. And yes, after we get introduced to the main cast in the first 20-something episodes, this slowly becomes really really enjoyable. And it gets better over time. Oh boy does it do that well. I can safely say it is my favorite anime of all time. Yeah, not even preskip One Piece dethrones it. This is THAT good.

Comedy is unlike anything you've ever seen. You'll cry while laughing and have problems while doing so since your stomach hurts. Emotional/Dramatic arcs can have you shedding tears. Action-heavy arcs like Yoshiwara, Red Spider, Four Devas and Courtesan of the Nation are among the top shounen arcs I've seen. Ever. And the characters. They're the real meat. They're just fantastic. And I haven't even talked about the OST. Audio highs did an awesome job at the OST. Also, the openings and EDs deserve a mention. I don't dislike a single OP. Not one. I love them all. And don't skip them. Ever.

Okay, I'm fanboying. BUT IT IS THAT GOOD, DAMN IT. >_>' I know the length is overwhelming to a few, the initial episodes being kinda crappy AND the requirement of the viewer knowing a bit of japanese culture really makes it one of the most difficult anime to recommend. But once you're in, you can't stop yourself from loving it.

Aaaand if you're a comedy fan, this is it. This is the best I've seen in the genre.

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Old March 2nd, 2014, 09:33 PM
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I personally love Gintama, the references to other anime is hilarious especially since every big cloud has Laputa in it. (If you dont get it, you should really watch Laputa: Castle in the Sky, gud movee)
I'm pretty sure its coming back out again after the whole politics fiasco or whatever and I cannot wait!
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Old March 2nd, 2014, 09:44 PM
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It was a picture of a Justaway with Neo Armstrong Cyclone Jet Armstrong attached to it/Neo Armstrong Cyclone Jet Armstrong Canon (poor non Gintama people - this would probably look like gibberish to them haha) lol. :p But it was deleted because the post had no words. Or maybe because it was considered inappropriate? Well yeah, it sort of is, but it isn't really at the same time XD;

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Oh, I know, right? XD; But then there are references to so many shows in it, haha. I just finished watching Evangelion yesterday and realized I got the ending ~spoiled~ (not really since the dialogues were so different) to me by Gintama because the end was exactly the same as it was done in Gintama episode 150 lol. I really do hope that the series comes back this year or the next. I can't wait to see the adventures of our beloved Yorozuya once again. <3;

I shall share some vids here. Cuz they deserve to be shared.

Your favorite arcs? :3
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Old March 2nd, 2014, 11:10 PM
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Oh my... Gintama, I dropped it a few times due to the first episode special being non-canon to anything or everything. The first 10 episodes were a struggle for me, but I persevered till post episode 20 and I finally know why the series is loved so much and so highly rated. I am currently at around 190++ episodes and I can't stop. It can be any type of anime genre due to its setting in a universe and won't be restrained by anything. It can be a gag anime to a serious one to one that can make you cry. I like the arc in about episode 100+ where Hijikata became Toshi the otaku, that arc was good.

I can go on and on and on, however, I just need to take a dump and I will make sure I will take in my toilet paper in!
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Old March 10th, 2014, 12:46 PM
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Mentioning it as a reference kinda ruins it lol. Most who have seen Gintama know the toilet scene lol

also, was watching the rokkaku arc today. I laughed so much at this omg


oh and the one where toshi becomes an otaku? Shinsengumi crisis arc was great, yes. And we finally saw basai face off against gintoki too. Loved it.
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Mentioning it as a reference kinda ruins it lol. Most who have seen Gintama know the toilet scene lol

also, was watching the rokkaku arc today. I laughed so much at this omg


oh and the one where toshi becomes an otaku? Shinsengumi crisis arc was great, yes. And we finally saw basai face off against gintoki too. Loved it.
Yep! That scene! I remember it because it had that Madao song playing, and some epic monologue and with a turn of events! (that move made by Sougo just reminds me of the Kinnuki Buster, that happened in the arc where Hasegawa or Madao gets sued and gintoki becomes a lawyer!)
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Old March 11th, 2014, 12:55 AM
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Hasegawa trial arc, yes. And he ends up performing the move on his wife in the end trolololol

Loved Gintoki as an attorney there. Although, since I havent seen Heidi, the references were kinda meh for me.



the judge was such a pervert. 'objection overruled. Rewind the video to the part where spanking happens according to defense's request. Lmfao.
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Derozio forced me I watched episodes 3 through 9 of Gintama and I quite like it so far! Some of the humor is great and I dig the references to other anime.

My favorite character would be Sougo so far because woohooo firing rocket launchers and being a sadist, so I had watched episodes 86-87 for his backstory. Sougo, Hijikata, and Kondou were all great on-screen. As for the sister and all of the feels, oh man, I think I'm an empty vessel for the rest of the day. :(

Looking above and seeing that video about Sougo's death, I was about to get angry, but that clip was hysterical.
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Old March 17th, 2014, 05:03 PM
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I'm so glad to see you enjoy Gintama, Onee-san. <3 There's plenty more to where the funny and dramatic stuff you saw came from lol.

I'll be honest, though, I'm making you watch this anime mainly so that you can experience the greatness that is the 'Four Devas arc' present the sequel to Gintama titled Gintama' and the arc known as 'Kintama' and 'Courtesan of a nation' present in the sequel to Gintama' called Gintama': Enchousen. And don't worry, the sequels are much, much shorter than the first 201 ep long series lol.
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Episode 10: This one was hysterical! I've been waiting quite a while to see when the huge white dog would join the group. He was so cute. <3 I also like Gintoki's character here as he ended up allowing Sadaharu to stay. Kagura had a nice flashback too. I felt so sorry for her, an animal lover, who's just a tad too strong to raise any normal animal... Fwee~

Episode 11: Hahahaha I can't believe the old man in the hospital once fawned over the landlord lady. XD

Episode 12: I didn't really care for this episode until the near end. I liked the part where main 3 hijacked a car. The passenger lady said, "I'm so scared!" and the guy said, "I'm so turned on!" haha whaaaaat!
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Sadaharu is cute as heck, yes. :D although i dun get why elizabeth is creepy. Weird, yes, but creepy? Shes's so cute. Also katsura loves eli he'll cut you down if you hate on eli!!!

I still remember the old man episode pretty well. The landlady was quite a beauty in her heydays haha. And, as future arcs show, this guy wasn't the only person who fell for her. :p I found it touching, tbh.

Also a few more episodes and you'll meet the wonderful 'M' Sacchan!! You already have an 'S' in the series, Sougo, and now we'll have a M as well XD

speaking of sadists, I saw the thorny arc today. Hijikata's backstory. Introduced Nobume as a character. Dayum. She's on par with Sougo both in skills and in being a sadist. Arc had some great visuals too. Felt like I was watching a high budget movie at times.
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@Dante: Elizabeth is creepy! Them hairy legs... Is she really a girl? I've seen gifs on tumblr suggesting so, whoops. Sachan is one crazy M. Gintoki pushes her away and mistreats her, only adding to her love for him. XD

I just finished up episodes 101-105, the Shinsengumi Crisis tonight.

The first episode was pretty funny where they were comparing the features of their swords; ahaha Sougo’s sword using headphones. Oh, and Hijikata turning into an otaku was hysterical. You'd never expect him to behave like that. He broke his own rules and got suspended, pahaha.

Tons of stellar action and great moments otherwise. I loved Kondo’s emotional scene in the separate train car. I love love love Sougo’s bloodbath on the train. He has great scary facial expressions. The gang looked hot in the Shinsengumi uniforms, especially Gintoki. He was so badass when he pulled the helicopter down. Him using the rocket launcher while on the police car was also pretty hot, kay.

The ending of the arc was fitting, and so I felt kind of sorry for Ito. His mom was terrible towards him during his childhood. What kind of mother would make a comment about how she wishes her second son was never born at all? Oh oh oh, I was sad for badminton guy, but I'm glad to see he's okay.

I had more to say, but I forgot it as I kept watching. 8D;

kay I lied, the first arc I watched out of all the names you suggested was the Scandal arc, and it was scandalous! When all five babes went out with the doppelgangers rather than him, I kinda figured Gintoki was about to get punk'd.
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Just finished watching the entire series and I feel so empty.
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It has been some time when I watched the whole series. It's one of my all time favourites; too bad there hasn't been anything new for a long time.

My favourite arc is the Benizakura arc, mainly because it was the first real arc and as that it changed the whole perspective of the series for me (first it is only some kind of cool and funny parody series, only to hit you into the face with so much drama).
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It would be so difficult for me to pick my favorite arc. I'll try to rank them..

Serious Arcs:
1. Courtesan of a Nations
I can't ever get the image of serious-mode Gintoki out of my mind. Oboro's character was mind-blowing. Tons of character revelations and action, and this was likely the first time the Shogun was not humiliated.
2. Yoshiwaru in Flames/Red Spider
Kamui and a different side of Kagura, what's not to love? The relationship between Gintoki and Tsukuyo and the relations of their teachers had amazing development here.
3. Benizakura
4. Rokkaku/Mitsuba
5. Four Devas


Comedy Arcs:
1. Shinsengumi Crisis
Hijikata as an otaku is THE most hilarious set-up. It has a lot of serious moments too, I know. Yet, this blend of comedy and action got me hooked into the series. ;-; I've already listed my thoughts above. It's one of the first arcs I saw and I still hold it in high regard.
2. Owee
The first bit where they are waiting outside in the cold and try to warm up... hilarious! The two teams in the game were hysterical as well. Hijikata reaching 0 HP after stubbing his toe, Gintoki being poisoned, Sogo hitting the jackpot, and Kagura's fighting skills leading her to fight the end-game boss anyway.
3. Scandal
4. Vacation/Skiing
5. Stray Cat

...Aw man, I liked the Umibozu, Infant, Yagyu, Thorny, Kintama, and Obi-wan arcs too. ;^;
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Up until recently, I hadn't watched any episodes in a while. Right now I'm about halfway through the first series (i.e. the 201 episodes that make up Gintama itself, not counting Gintama', etc.), just finished episode 100.

Of course, though, I had to take a big break last time right before the episodes where Gintoki is an attorney. Those two episodes were very fun.
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Barber Arc was hilarious. An anti-foreigner policeman, anti-foreigner terrorist, and the shogun walk into a barber shop... where Yorozuya are in charge... Hahaha. I couldn't stop smiling, my cheeks hurt so much. The shogun was smiling too, right? B)
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Very excited to start this anime since I've been hearing many good things about it (mostly that's it's pretty hilarious).

Planning to start it once i finished Katekyo Hitman Reborn!
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It's an amazing anime to get into, but you may find it difficult to stick with it when a) the first 20 episodes are weak compared to what Gintama really is, and b) the main characters do not have a clear goal, haha. And yet, this second point gives Gintama an episodic nature. You can enjoy the 150th episode without seeing the 3 episodes before it.

I recommend this streamlined approach that includes the best episodes without gliding over the introductory episodes. You're skipping around, but key plot details are not lost. Dante first suggested this list to me, and after some tweaks here and there, I effectively got hooked on the series. This path will get you right into the action and a taste of the comedy, so here's that:

Episode
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1 - 2
Skip 'em
It's mostly promotional material, not the real story.

3-10
Watch
Introduces the four main characters.

11-17
Watch
Introduces several supporting characters and the main antagonist.

18-21
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Comedy episodes and character development.

22-24
Watch
Introduces three important recurring characters.

25-26
Can skip
Comedy episodes. In 25, they fight over food. In 26, they work part-time.

27
Watch
Introduces a minor character whose story parallels Gintoki's own.

28
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Comedy ep. Kondo has an unlucky day with the director of the police dept., Matsudaira.

29
Can skip
Comedy ep. Part A shows how Gintoki gets his sword. Part B is cockroach infestation.

30
Can skip
Comedy episode. It's about the pop-idol character.

31-33
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Memory Loss arc. Gintoki gets amnesia after an accident, and his pals try to help.

34
Can skip
Comedy episode. Shinpachi falls in love with a girl with cat ears.

35
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Matsudaira tries to sabotage his daughter's date with the help of Hijikata, Sougo, and Kondo.

36
Can skip
Comedy ep. An odd religious group called Dream Faith is deceiving its followers.

37-38
Should watch
Comedy eps. 37 has Santa Claus. 38 has Gintoki building something fun in the snow.

39
Watch
Katsura is on the run from the police and takes refuge in a ramen shop.

40-43
Watch
Umibozu arc. Introduces Kagura's father.

44-45
Watch
44 details Zenzou, a recurring character. 45 is Sadaharu's backstory.

46-47
Can skip
Comedy eps. 46 is Otae vs priestess. 47 introduces frightening Gintoki's neighbor.

48
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Hijikata is targeted by hitmen, but Gintoki keeps running into him. Hilarity ensues.

49
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Comedy ep. They gamble and lose their clothes. Hilarious if you're okay with fanservice.

50
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Comedy ep. Everyone has an idea of what the anime should strive for. Hilarity ensues.

Yahoooo, 30 out of 50 episodes under your belt if you only see the ones indicated by Watch. If you included all of the Should watch, the total is 38. By now, you've been exposed to many of the characters and their personalities.

Onto the interesting arcs then. There's no point in me bolding words when they're all arcs:

Episode
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51-52
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Infant Strife arc. Gintoki finds a baby left outside by his place who looks just like him.

58-61
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Benizakura arc. It's the first epic fight. Try to watch the movie for its superior animation.

69-71
Watch
Fuyo arc. A tale about a professor creating robots in his daughter's image.

76-81
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Yagyu arc. Kondo is forced into arranged marriage, and the Yagyu clan desires Otae.

86-87
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Okita Mitsuba arc. Sougo's sister says she's engaged, but Hijikata realizes the fianceé's corruption.

98-99
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Owee arc. Everyone wants an Owee, which is a parody of the Wii. Hilarity ensues.

101-105
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Shinsengumi Crisis arc. A cursed sword causes Hijikata to act strange, endangering him.

139-146
Watch
Yoshiwara in Flames. One of the best arcs.

177-181
Watch
Red Spider arc. One of the best arcs.

186-187
Watch
Rokkaku Incident arc. Sougo is attacked by a girl who claims her father was wrongfully murdered.

210-215
Watch
Four Devas arc. One of the best arcs.

237-238
Should watch
Vacation / Ski Trip arc. Shinsengumi are stuck with the Yorozuya. Hilarity ensues.

239-240
Should watch
Scandal arc. Gin wakes up with a hangover and finds himself in a strange bedroom...

244-247
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Thorny arc. Shinsengumi and the elite police force, Mimawarigumi, get in an intense dispute.

253-256
Watch
Kintama arc. A blond, straight-hair, charismatic man leads the show. Just what is going on?!

257-261
Watch
Courtesan of a Nation arc. One of the best arcs.

262-264
Watch
Obi-wan arc. Otae reunites with a former instructor who fights using beam swords.




Good good. If you've seen all of the episodes indicated by Watch, you've seen 89 episodes. That's easy to accomplish. 8D If you watched all of the episodes indicated by Should watch, you watched 105 episodes. You're also ready to see the second Gintama movie.

There are plenty of other episodes that are worth your time if you can't get enough of Gintama. Some of the ones I liked that spring to my mind are:

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  • 53 - Gin helps a female firefighter.
  • 72 - Katsura takes the driver's exam.
  • 83 - The Shogun appears at the hostess club Otae works at.
  • 88 - Group date and Katsurap.
  • 94-5 - Hasegawa (Madao) is prosecuted, and Gintoki is his attorney.
  • 109 - Yamazaki tries to infiltrate Katsura's HQ.
  • 110 - Prison Island.
  • 112 - Tama gets a day off. Gin helps show her how to relax.
  • 114 - Hijikata is Mayo 13. See episode 35 first.
  • 119 - Smoking is banned, and Hijikata goes nuts.
  • 126-8 - Shinpachi gets a letter in a bottle at the beach, and the guys help him with the correspondence.
  • 148-9 - Hijikata and Sougo are chained together.
  • 151-2 - The Shogun appears at the barber shop.
  • 153 - Kagura can't fall asleep and bugs Gintoki.
  • 157-163 - Hijikata tries to once and for all put his otaku soul to rest. Pop-idol fanclub war, Shinpachi vs. Hijikata.
  • 166 - Gin and Hijikata are handcuffed together.
  • 167-170 - Tama Quest arc (parody of Dragon Quest).
  • 182-184 - Popularity poll arc.
  • 189 - Part A is about Shiroyasha. Part B has lots of blushing/crying Kagura scenes.
  • 190-192 - Stray cat arc. Gintoki and Katsura are turned into cats. Kondo is turned into a gorilla.
  • 194 - Kamui briefly appears in a Yato clan high school. Hijikata has a strange dream while on the job.
  • 195-199 - Diviner arc. Reveals the backstory of the weathergirl Gin likes.
  • 200-201 - Kagura doesn't believe in Santa anymore, and her daddy and Gintoki try to change this.
  • 202-203 - Two Years Later arc. Everyone looks a little older after spring break.
  • 217 - The Shogun appears at the swimming pool.
  • 224 - Gin exchanges his VCR for a Blu-ray DVD player, but it's haunted.
  • 225-226 - Gin goes to jail.
  • 228-229 - Love Chorris arc. Shinpachi is addicted to a date simulator.
  • 230 - Kagura really wants a cell phone to text with.
  • 232-236 - Elizabeth's backstory.
  • 265 - Sadaharu finds a puppy and takes care of it.
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Or instead... watch all of them in episode order because its the way to go.

Don't forget to watch Haru Matsuri and Sakura Matsuri as well. Its a live appearance from the main voice cast and live performances from the bands who sang the OP and ED.
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Naah, for people who aren't comfortable watching long shows, Lilith's method is perfect. Hell, I streamlined it further and had her skip even more episodes. She later went back and watched them all. Gintama is the only anime, I feel, where the enjoyment increases if you watch it out of order.
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Good good. If you've seen all of the episodes indicated by Watch, you've seen 89 episodes. That's easy to accomplish. 8D If you watched all of the episodes indicated by Should watch, you watched 105 episodes. You're also ready to see the second Gintama movie.
Lel, I watched the second movie after watching 10 episodes and I still find it extremely awesome.

Also I prefer watching the series in order I don't really want to miss any fun of it. :D
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Well, this was my first 'long' show, my previous longest series was the Inuzama Eleven series. And I certainly enjoyed it once I past 10 episodes. Maybe its just me, and partly because I have too much time in my hands.
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It varies from person to person, honestly. A guy I know is following sister Lilith's guide. And he's really liking it. And says he prefers this method over the direct one. :v

Anyway, sales for gintama have always been great. When are we getting the next season, I wonder? ;;
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What makes the relationships in Gintama so unique?

This blurb was a good read. I agree with the parts:
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I think a strong part of Gintama’s message is trying to show us how damaged all of these characters are yet they can still help each other by using each others back to build themselves up from nothing, to live a good life and live it for what they want to live it for. Make no mistake, every character in this show has had some serious damaging at some point and that is crucial to the characters in Gintama.

Another point is that nobody will ever ask for help, even when they desperately need it. This is not the characters being ‘cool’ nor arrogant, this is because it is unnecessary. An example is during the Yoshiwara in flames arc, although the characters had not known each other for that long they all understood what needed to be done and did it.

This is why I appreciate that character and relationships in Gintama so much. They don’t need to spurt out their feeling and become an emotion mess to make the viewer sympathise and feel sad for the character.
Indeed, I wouldn't have so rapidly grown attached to the series if I didn't watch the serious arcs as soon as possible. It provided insight as to why Gin formed the Yorozuya in the first place and why he goes to such lengths to save strangers / his clients. I'm rewatching some of the earlier episodes and viewing the details from a new perspective every time too.

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It varies from person to person, honestly. A guy I know is following sister Lilith's guide. And he's really liking it. And says he prefers this method over the direct one. :v

Anyway, sales for gintama have always been great. When are we getting the next season, I wonder? ;;
Around tumblr, I saw a tease last year that here Gintama will be back in 2014, but then the user recently confirmed that yes, but in the form of merchandise. ;-;
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I have been keeping up with the manga, though. This week's is setting up a hilarious arc. Love potions. Anyone following it? :D
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