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Post Reply Why do you think Gintama is unpopular?
Posted 9/19/08
well, the first episode isn't good - i didn't watch gintama until around a half year later after watching the first episode. also, it has no plot - shows with no plot have no suspense or excitement. thirdly, i like it this way - shows that get popular get unpopular with me like i seriously hate naruto, bleach and i haven't even tried watching one piece. i never recommend anime that i like to anyone, especially those who have never watched anime, we'd have a noob fanbase like naruto does

lastly, only people with a good knowlegde of anime/manga and the japanese language can fully understand gintama's humour. noobs can't.
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Posted 9/21/08
Hello,

At first, Please forgive me if I make some errors in english since it isn't my native language. I try in my best to make my english understandable.

I am a french reader of Gintama. Nine tomes of Gintama are adready out in French but Gintama anime isn't licensed yet.

Gintama isn't popular in France, neither. I have put the episode 25 in the topic of the forum about Gintama and I say that this episode 25 is very funny. I cannot stop to laugh and the drawing is pretty beautiful and well done. I choose this episode because I think this episode is easy understand since it referred to Death note, naruto and some famous scenes.
But only two forumeurs reply me after see this episode: " Mouais... it isn't really funny" then the topic about Gintama is forget by everyone.
One of them say he prefers an anime (I don't remember the title of this anime) to Gintama. Maybe Excel Saga but I don't like this, too stupid and lack of drawing.

Depite the fact the characters in Gintama are done some shameful things, They always have class like Gintoki, Katsura, Hijikata and Kondo (Yes, I think he is pretty cool man depite he always is in the shameful situations ( ep 76 and ep 79 in restroom xp)

They always seems very serious in apparence but they always face to the improbables situations.

And I like the style of drawing, the style of characters and the girls in this manga/anime aren't the weak ones ( Kagura, Otae, Otose, Kyuubei...)

And I adore their expressions.

It is really a pity that a few of people like it. No only americain but also french...

And, voilà, I give you my thought.

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Posted 9/22/08
There's just too many anime/ japanese pop cult reference for a newbie to anime. But as a veteran (started watching anime since I was 2) I love it XD
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Posted 9/22/08
i think this anime is for everyone
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Posted 9/22/08

xshadowpuffx wrote:

It's pretty popular in Japan. haha

http://www.dannychoo.com/adp/eng/1320/Best+anime+of+2007.html



Wow... I haven't heard of half the animes in there Oo
I guess preferences from Canada all the way to Japan are wayyy different

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Posted 9/22/08
Eh... Well, I'm sure there's a lot of fans out there watching episodes of Gintama because it's hardly anywhere else, but really, reply honestly.... HOW MANY OF YOU ARE ACTUALLY 'CRUNCHING IT'? C'mon everyone, let's try..... to make Gintama the crunchiest anime just once!!! xD (yeah okay, maybe it'll be hard....) But anyways, I think Gintama's great for a good laugh, and the arcs are usually really touching and stuff. There's a BIT of a plot, though not obvious... but many of the jokes and puns and stuff are more for Japanese ppl because it's mostly about there culture and especially for ppl who love anime xD That's why I don't think Gintama's really popular near Canada.... where I live >.>
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Posted 9/22/08
I don't think it is unpopular, but it will appeal to a more specific group of viewers than the general fight-based, heroic figure "boy's" anime. Gintama is pretty random and abstract, so it's not as easy to follow as spoon-fed plots like Bleach. There are also multiple levels of themes, some of which are more adult than many of the other animes, so they may just not appeal or make any sense to some younger viewers. Those things would be my guess as to why Gintama doesn't out-rank something like Naruto or Bleach. I think I like Gintama at least as well as Naruto (which actually does have a pretty good plot if you set aside the filler episodes), and right now I like it much better than Bleach, which has degenerated into not much more than a series of fight scenes and has almost become stunted in character development (again, much due to fillers and waiting for the main story to start again). But, look on the bright side, if Gintama were as popular as shows like Naruto or Bleach, it would probably be taken off Crunchyroll and be difficult for people who can't afford to buy countless animes to watch.
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Posted 9/22/08
let's see, maybe some people can't catch up the jokes? for example, the puchline of every Bad Words
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Posted 9/23/08
Basically..like every had said..the reason why we are all here blabbering is simply because Gintama rocks in a certain way..that we keeps our eyes peeled..mouse ready-ied for the next subbed episode..
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Posted 9/23/08
The series may not seem popular here. But if anyone read the US Shonen Jump a few years back, you'll recall that the manga got so much positive reviews that they released the chapters of the first volume in following issues.

Gintama anime may not be popular here now, but I bet if it ever get licensed here and gets put on [adult swim] or what-not I'd bet it would be a hit!
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Posted 9/28/08
I think gintama isn't popular because it's not very well known. I never knew the anime until my friend recommended it to me~ there also aren't many sites that show this anime either
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Posted 9/28/08
I agree with everybody's post on the first page! I think Gintama doesn't get enough publicity so people are not as willing to check it out or probably don't know about it. GINTAMA OWNS!!!!
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Posted 9/29/08
Like others have said, it is super popular in Japan and I believe it's popular in China and probably some other countries as well. The manga has been in the major bookstores I've checked in Canada and the States, so that means it's at least doing fairly well. The Chapters I went to last only had one shelf of manga and it had Gintama. As for the license issue, I'd love to have it on DVD, and I highly doubt they'd even attempt a dub, but even if they did, nobody says you have to watch it, just ignore it and watch the subbed version. I think the reason it hasn't been licensed yet has very little to do with popularity and much more to do with how difficult it would be to translate all those cultural allusions.
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Posted 10/1/08
Yea y is Gintama so unpopular D=. The best comedy that is ongoing rit now!! I blame naruto and bleach for bein so ongoing =P. TY god its popular in Japan.
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Posted 10/1/08

tiff-tiff86 wrote:

The series may not seem popular here. But if anyone read the US Shonen Jump a few years back, you'll recall that the manga got so much positive reviews that they released the chapters of the first volume in following issues.

Gintama anime may not be popular here now, but I bet if it ever get licensed here and gets put on [adult swim] or what-not I'd bet it would be a hit!


But to be serious I cant tink of ny1 to dub for gintoki, zura, or kyuubi D=.
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