Shonen Jump has announced that Hideaki Sorachi's alt-history, sci-fi, action, comedy manga Gintama has passed the 50 million print copy milestone. The Jump Plus digital manga platform is celebrating with free limited distribution of the series' Jump 2004 issue 2 debut, while a dedicated series manga reader app was also launched for iOS and Android. More after the jump.
Through April 28th, pre-orders are open for the first half of an OAD adaptation of Gintama's "Aizen-kou" Arc, in which Tsukuyo comes under the influence of a drug that causes people to fall in love, regardless of if they originally loved or hated the new object of affection (from chapters 492-496 in the manga). In its latest update, the series site has published a visual for anime. Get a look after the jump.
With March 30th's Gintama° episode 316, or 51 depending on your reckoning, the adaptation of Hideaki Sorachi's manga wrapped up the Farewell Shinsengumi arc, and the anime for the time being. Meanwhile, the manga is in its Rakuyou Arc, launched in August 2015 and so far the series' longest. So, before the anime went away, it hinted the story might be coming to anime in the future.
Tomokazu Sugita (Gintoki), Daisuke Sakaguchi (Shinpachi), Rie Kugimiya (Kagura), Susumu Chiba (Kondo), Kazuya Nakai (Hijikata), Kenichi Suzumura (Okita), Yamazaki Susumu (Yamazaki), Akira Ishida (Katsua) and more gathered on March 6th for Gintama Sunny Festival 2016 (tentative), celebrating the anime's 10th anniversary and the March end of the anime's current run with a cast recording and theme song performance.
Sony Music Labels announced today that a two-day music festival "ANI-ROCK FES." will be held at Makuhari Messe Event Hall on July 16 and 17. The artists who provided theme songs for the Gintama anime franchise will be featured on the first day, then those who worked for the Naruto anime will join on the second. Check the artist lineup after the jump.