In the late Edo period, where the Amanto aliens have invaded Japan having won the battle against the Samurai, swords have been banned. There lives Sakata Gintoki, a samurai that leads a quiet life with his wooden sword, and the adventures start when he meets Shinpachi and Kagura.
There are a lot of reason of why I fell in love with this anime, and it’s not because of the good-looking characters; it’s because I’ve never experienced so many emotions such as the ones I’ve felt while watching Gintama.
Gintama holds a lot of not only funny situations, but also lessons about forgiveness and strengths. It’s also a parody, it makes fun of a lot of other mangas, animes, or even real people, so don’t be surprised when you’re watching and hear or see something familiar.
So knuckles cracked, let’s dive a little deep into some bits of Gintama.
At the beginning you’ll notice that Gintoki is a lazy broke samurai for hire, but then as you get into the anime deeper and deeper, you will see his wisdom shining from his words. When he handles cases that have culprits, Gin sure shows how one must deal with others who did wrong along their paths. He shows forgiveness, which brings out the best in people afterwards; how doing a bad thing does not necessarily make you someone bad, but it rather shows that it’s not too late to do the good thing. Which brings me to this, we can all relate to some of the villains featured in the anime.
Even though Gintoki holds a wooden sword, it never gets in his way when he’s fighting to protect what he cares about the most. He’s one powerful samurai that never backs down, and always gets back on his feet when beaten to his knees. Gin is famous for his fighting abilities and being called the silver samurai – referring to his unique silver hair.
Due to the notoriety of his fighting skills, Gintoki is always pleaded by his old mate, Katsura, to continue the fight against the Amanto and lead the revolution on with him. Yet, Katsura is always faced with a rejection from Gin. Over the time, we notice the dark past that Gin and Katsura faced during their first battles, and the pain it has caused Gintoki. Despite rejecting to join the revolution, Gin fought side-by-side to Katsura when a common foe appeared from their past to destroy the city of Edo.
On the other hand, Katsura is not all serious himself. He has his funny moments as well, but his favorite line, that you’ll probably hear every episode he’s in, is “Zura janai, Katsura Da!”. Zura is what Gintoki calls him, and Katsura refusing to be called that in order to look more serious leads to us hearing this sentence every time he comes on screen. But to be fair, he refuses to be called anything other than Katsura.
On to the highlight of the anime, the trio themselves; Sakata Gintoki, Shimura Shinpachi, and Kagura. Gintoki seemed like a magnet that attracted both of them, and even though Gin is the only adult amongst them, Shinpachi is the reasonable one. The three of them go on a lot of adventures where they can be silly, but at the end of the day they’re family to one another, or as Kagura considers them.
Kagura is an amanto herself, she’s from a species that’s called Yato; they look like humans, but with a very pale skin, and extraordinary powers yet on the downside, they’re very sensitive to the sun. The Yato are famous for their blood-thirst, they’re always down to the fight as they will always win. Kagura is considered very brave for wanting to fight her own blood and not lead the same life that has tore her family apart when she was just a kid.
On the bright side, Kagura represents all of us when it comes to food. She’s always hungry and always eating.. and guess who helps her out a bit under the excuse of low blood sugar? That’s right, the mature adult, Gintoki.
Off to Shinpachi then, he’s a 16-year old 4-eyed boy that’s like any other teen raised by his only elder sister, very attached to her and has his own fanclub where he’s the president. He’s a very serious president though. Shinpachi is mostly referred to in the series as pointless four-eyed kid, yet he’s the smartest of them, even if not the wisest. But when it comes to family, his own sister, Gin, and Kagura, he’s always willing to protect them at all costs. He’s viewed as the weakest link of his family, as they’re all strong and powerful, but his willingness to fight is all that he needs to protect his own loved ones.
One of my favorite things in this anime is that it portrays its women in a very powerful form, standing against men when necessary and evil. Otae, Shinpachi’s elder sister, is characterized with a pretty face, yet doesn’t hold back when putting her strength in punching whoever annoys her, and this is why everyone’s careful when dealing with her. You gotta love her!
The amount of features that will make you fall in love with the anime can make me go on forever talking about them, but I’ll add one more at this point; THERE IS A HUGE DOG AND A HUGE DUCK, DO YOU EVEN NEED ANY OTHER REASON?! Well, Sadaharu, the dog, was given away where Gin lives as a gift to them and was adopted by Kagura who doesn’t comprehend his aggressiveness and mistakes it for rough playing. But above all, Kagura tamed Sadaharu over time and now he’s her pet.
On the other hand, Elizabeth, the duck, is Katsura’s company. There’s a weird thing about Elizabeth, like a 40 year old man inside of her kind of weird thing. Elizabeth is the most important one to Katsura though, and they both care about one another nonetheless. Besides, Elizabeth helps him in his revolution thingy.
*whispers to self* and the soundtracks, tell them about the deep and meaningful soundtracks!
The anime openings are quite enjoyable to the point that you needn’t to skip it; reveals the dark past stories with meaningful lyrics.
The talk can go on and on and on as I am not even finished with the main characters yet, I hope I can write another part of this to feature others on it as well, but if you don’t want spoilers, you might start watching Gintama as well!