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Posted 9/17/11

CarboKill wrote:

Other - Unpopular because it's average.

If average was this awesome, I wouldn't be running out of good shows to watch.

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Posted 10/2/11
I'd say people don't have enough patience to watch this series.
Let's be honest, it needs a couple episodes before you get into it. I think I had to watch at least 40 episodes until I started to like it and from then on, never looked back. :D

It's probably the lack of plotline and the sporadic episodes that puts people off, thinking this is a shounen show therefore needs a solid story.
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Posted 10/3/11
It would be pretty hard to properly and effectively translate this series, as it has many references to Japanese pop culture and notable people. And it isn't (or wasn't when I collected it about 7-8 years ago) in the U.S. edition of Shounen Jump, like One Piece, Naruto and Bleach were. Sadly, this means that we (the United States) wont bet too much, if any, merchandise. Like we only got 23 volumes.
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Posted 10/24/11
Gintama is pretty popular in Puerto Rico because a lot of people are familiar with the older anime that Gintama is making fun of.

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Posted 10/24/11
I had some friends that have gotten into this series because I give them an "Americanized"explanation.

My "explanation"
Let's imagine that Abe Lincoln wasn't killed by the actor who killed him, but by aliens. Those aliens took over the US, and brought all their technological advances to the country, making guns and cowboys obsolete. So, cowboys had to rely on more "creative" ways to make money. Because guns are now illegal, the main character uses a shotgun that fires paint balls.

I guess I gave someone the idea to make an American version of Gintama,

Then I tell them that if they find that explanation interesting, just imagine it in a Japanese setting; and it works!
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Posted 10/24/11
I started reading the manga some years ago but I just wasn't interested. My tastes were different back then, so I dropped it. I knew it wasn't a bad series but I just wasn't interested because like someone said, some people want something more serious and cool I guess? And a directed plot. Besides, I was heavily invested in another manga.

But years can change a person, and I've recently decided to pick up the first two episodes of Gintama' (where they had the time skip) it amused me to no end and I fell in love right away. Gintama is probably the only series that I prefer animated due to its nature of gags and comedic scenes. Punctuated with swordfighting and drama, it's a lot more enjoyable to see it on screen, too.
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Posted 1/9/12
Ahaha i didn't really liike Gintama when i first saw it when my friend told me to watch it. But once when i was really bored i started to watch the episodes and i got hooked really soon. Watched all the episodes in one month or less ahha.Right now , im still waiting for the real plot to start but the fillers are better than the fillers for naruto :l in my opinion.
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Posted 1/15/12 , edited 1/15/12
i luv gintama but the thing that i dont like is that all most every episode is a filler that all but its funny crazy and i luv it, and it doesnt have plot or goal.plz dont hate for tis i m just saying wat i think why gintama is unpopular.
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Posted 1/29/12
Because people are stupid pure and simple.

lol but for realz i think its cuz they are expecting that cliche save the world kind of plot line then realize there is no plot line in existence within this show. and to me that's what makes it awesome cuz there are no random power-ups or gay villains out to destroy everything for no reason (takasugi doesn't count)

it's like, the world they live in is in a pretty bad situation and where in other shows some random group of heroes would rise up and save it the characters in this show just live with things how they are which is much more realistic.

is freaking hilariousness made into a show! plus when the show does get shounen it's epic! and the villains who do show up get a back story so you know y they are so crazy!

well this turned into a y people should watch gintama rant didn't it? oh well
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Posted 1/30/12
I think that Gintama is an amazing anime. It has comedy, but also gets serious and straight 'to the point' when needed (example:- Benizakura arc, Yoshiwara arc, etc.)

The one thing that pissed me off about Gintama, was that they made fun of the western viewers. (This was when Gintoki talks about the previous members of the Yorozuya (who was a western man), and Kagura quickly comments "all they [western people] say is 'oh my gosh' and 'f*ck you'".)

I may have misinterpreted what she meant to say, but that's my impression. Other than that, this is a great anime. Although there isn't a fixed storyline, the arcs are just truly amazing! It is lighthearted and comical, but gets down to business when needed.
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Posted 1/31/12
The problem is most of people isn't smart enough to get the 'smart' hilarious jokes inside Gintama. almost all of them answered "itu nggak jelas--i think i didn't get the way it flows". and the kids thought it was boring because it doesn't have fighting scene in every episode like naruto or Bleach, even Pretty Cures (of course they only understand the animation and the sound effect, since they haven't get the story yet).

In my country --Indonesia--, the manga publishers don't publish Gintama's manga until now. But I met my first Gintama in anime, which broadcasted by a local tv station every Sunday.

get me have an acute addiction to it..
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Posted 2/2/12
I think some people might not like it due to the lack of storyline, which although it has aspects of, does not have a 'clear path'.

I love Gintama because of that - although some others may dislike this.
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Posted 2/19/12
I didn't like it at first, i didn't like a cowardly samurai, but i grew to love it.
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Posted 3/9/12
This anime isnt as popular as others because of the 'straight man humour'. Straightman humour is stupid and redundant yet this show reeks of it and its enough to make many people overlook it, and rightly so.

Srsly, do we need shinpachi explaining a joke we just saw? Do we need him taking up 10mins altogether of a single episode of him blurting out what we just ****ing saw on the computer screen a second before he opens his stupid mouth?
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Posted 3/9/12

jay_jay26 wrote:

I had some friends that have gotten into this series because I give them an "Americanized"explanation.

My "explanation"
Let's imagine that Abe Lincoln wasn't killed by the actor who killed him, but by aliens. Those aliens took over the US, and brought all their technological advances to the country, making guns and cowboys obsolete. So, cowboys had to rely on more "creative" ways to make money. Because guns are now illegal, the main character uses a shotgun that fires paint balls.

I guess I gave someone the idea to make an American version of Gintama,

Then I tell them that if they find that explanation interesting, just imagine it in a Japanese setting; and it works!



Yeh americans are literally unable to understand things any other way afterall, *sigh* the feeble minded
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