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Posted 8/5/17
The more anime you watch the funnier Gintama gets.
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Gintama is either something you like or you don't. I was hooked when I heard the strawberry milkshake youtube video. it's basically a parody anime and some original stuff, but mostly it's a stab at just about every anime out there, with some rather interesting comedy lines that would seriously be lost if ever dubbed.
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Posted 8/5/17
I wanted to watch Gintama for MAL's Anime Challenge, but it's too long and repetitive for me like typical shounen. So I chose to watch shorter anime for the thread instead. I'm also quite busy right now so I can't dedicate my time with a lot of Gintama any more than the HST or other long-running shounen. It's a great novel or series for teenagers, so just leave it to them.
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Posted 8/5/17
It took me 8 months to finish the first 25 episodes of Gintama.

It then took me 1 month and a half to be up to date.

I don't know what happened, the show just became addicting. One of my fave animes.
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Posted 8/5/17
There really is no anime quite like Gintama. It's got a little of everything too. Even though the show is mostly a comedy, there are some episodes that will tear you up, and some great action.

Pretty sure everyone will agree the first 25 episodes are a slow burn.I had a tough time too. But once I got hooked I binged it like crazy..One of my favorite shows ever.
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Posted 8/5/17 , edited 8/5/17

gunnytuner wrote:

I just don't see what's special about Gintama. I forced my way through and watched season one and it was appalling!

I mean it was funny, yes but I have seen things way funnier.

I just don;t get it, could anyone explain?

(Any spoiler from season 1 is fine but please don't spoil anything out of season 1!)


The first season is the slowest. A lot of shows have that problem, the author didn't know where he was going in the beginning, and most of the time is spent on character introduction and development.

It's at heart a parody series, so the more you know about previous Shonen series, and Japanese culture, the funnier it is. There are parodies of horror movies, other anime (Saint Seiya, Dragon Ball, One Piece).

A lot of the jokes are betrayal of expectation based, and if you don't have expectations to be betrayed, what is said and done may not make any sense.

Until the story arcs start and Hideaki Sorachi (the gorilla author that self-inserts occasionally) really gets a handle on things, it's difficult to watch for a lot of people.

You said season 1, so I'll assume 1-49 by Crunchyroll. I recommend skipping a bit, next watch Episode 58-61, which starts Gintama's first real story arc. Next minor arc is 69-71, then the first really awesome (IMO) is 76-81. Gintama arcs are very tightly contained.

If you still don't care after that point, it's just not for you (at least for now, your profile says you're still only 15).

EDIT: To clarify the betrayal of expectations: Gintama is really heavy on that type of humor. Something seems one way, but turns out another way. It's embodied in the main characters. Gintoki is the "hero" of a Shonen Jump series -- how does his personality compare to the stereotypical Shonen hero though? Shonen Jump series frequently had/still have female characters that are very feminine, principally for love interest or sex appeal, and without much personality. Contrast that stereotype against Kagura and Tae. How do the "police" Shinsengumi act compared to what would be expected?

The other base component of Gintama humor is Japanese manzai. "Straightman and Fool" or Tsukkomi and Boke. Typically the "Fool" says or does something utterly outside normal for (Japanese) society, and the reaction of the "Straightman" stands as a foil, and represents the viewer many times. Initially Shinpachi's role is the Tsukkomi, but it develops to the higher form where everyone alternates at times between Boke and Tsukkomi.
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Posted 8/5/17 , edited 8/5/17
The issues I have with Gintama is that because it's Japanese oriented first and relies heavily on comedy, it likes to implement a lot of Japan exclusive jokes that most westerners just won't get. Which is fine, take care of your core audience first over anyone else when it comes to appealing to the masses. Also, I don't know if there's an English dub of Gintama anywhere, but I find it incredibly tough trying to read the subtitles in time when the characters talk so incredibly fast in most cases. This is the only show out of the countless anime I've watched that I've found myself constantly rewinding scenes just to catch what they said when they're cracking jokes 80% of the time. Hey, maybe it's just me and the other 99.9% of people have no issues at all, but it just loses me completely when there's entire sentences (sometimes with complex Japanese words that are hard to pronounce when seeing it for the first time) disappearing after the first 2 or so seconds. Other than that, I really do like Gintama a lot. The story (yes, it has an actual story) is so enthralling that I find myself craving for more when Gintama starts going through its comedy routine. I just wish Viz didn't drop Gintama, because I would much rather read it at my own pace. Fan translations just don't do it for me (although bless their hearts for putting in so much work for it when we don't have any other option for the manga).
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Posted 8/5/17
Gintama is my favorite anime series. But it's also one of those shows that you either love or hate. Next time don't force yourself to watch an anime.
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Posted 8/5/17
Late af but to be fair the first and second episode was filler. Hopefully you skip them and continue watching. Gintama made me love gag anime.
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Posted 8/6/17 , edited 8/6/17
If you don't like it that much, then everyday shounen isn't right for you. Move on to something else. Gintama could have been episodic and still be Gintama.
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Posted 8/6/17
I didn't watch all of the episodes just watch part of it for fun and relax.
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Posted 8/8/17

gunnytuner wrote:

I just don't see what's special about Gintama. I forced my way through and watched season one and it was appalling!

I mean it was funny, yes but I have seen things way funnier.

I just don;t get it, could anyone explain?

(Any spoiler from season 1 is fine but please don't spoil anything out of season 1!)


There is no real overarching story and most of the 1st 50 episodes was the author trying to figure out what works. My suggestion, just watch episodes 39, 44, and 50. Then go straight to the Benizuka arc (epi 58 or the 1st movie which is the Benizuka arc). Gintama's run of episodes from 58 to around 114 is so amazingly good. 4 great arcs and some incredible stand alone episodes.

The show IMO does hit a rut from about 125-175 where its still decent (which you could still jump around) however from 175-present day it gets back in form in a big way.

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Posted 8/10/17 , edited 8/10/17
I feel you. I first tried the series back in 2009 and couldn't get it at all. I got around 50 episodes in. I found it funny maybe once or twice, I remember, and just didn't think that justified me to keep on watching it.

I decided to try it again earlier this summer just because I needed something to watch while I eat lunch/dinner. Lol. I've tried this with other series but found them super enjoyable and flew right through them (Hunter x Hunter 2011. I thought it would take me forever to get through the 130 or so episodes of that, but it turned out to be amazing - which I 100% did not predict based on how cutesy it looked lol). Anyway, enough of that, I always go off on tangents. >.<

I'm now into the later 200s. I'd say that I've enjoyed it more this time around. Obviously, otherwise I wouldn't be this far in. However, I still don't think of it as highly as a lot of people do. A lot of the gags just don't do anything for me. But then they'll do something random that will have me laughing harder than I have in a very long time.
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Posted 8/11/17
Gintama's not really easy to get into. For the most part, it's basically just dumb humour which means that the less you think about it, the funnier it is. Gintama is very much a gag anime. You're not going to find some great story or some great humour to get. It's funny because it parodies and takes stabs at so many of the anime out there. Unfortunately, if you haven't watched a lot of anime or that kind of comedy just isn't your thing, you're not going to be very likely to be able to get into Gintama.
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Posted 8/13/17 , edited 8/13/17
Like everybody said already , If you don't understand the humor or the source of the humor then you wont get it.

I don't even get some of it myself but the characters is what I care about and they are all ridiculously funny thanks to the seiyuu and depending on the script
there are scenes I go
there are scenes I go
there are scenes I go
there are scenes I go I just laugh so hard even how many times I watched it
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