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An animated adaptation of Hideaki Sorachi's manga of the same name, debuted on TV Tokyo on April 4, 2006. Since then, 4 seasons plus a few OVA's have been released.


Sorachi originally planned to do a real manga series based around the exploits of the Shinsengumi with the encouragement of his editor. However, he had trouble keeping any passion for the project until he started adding elements of science fiction and incorporating more fictional elements into his story. After a long process of trial-and-error, Gintama was born.


For audiences outside of Japan, Crunchyroll is legally streaming the anime series.


In Gintama, Japan has been conquered by aliens from outer space called the Amanto. The city of Edo (Tokyo, before 1868) has been transformed into a weird mish-mash of traditional Japanese culture intermixing with futuristic alien technology as the country appears to have mostly accepted the rules of the Amanto. Several samurai rallied to fight them off in a brief rebellion, but in the end they were unsuccessful, and the Amanto ended up banning all swords in public.

Gintama focuses mostly on the "Yorozuya" (the Odd Jobs Trio), consisting largely of the silver-haired ronin Gintoki Sakata, glasses-wearing Shinpachi Shimura, the incredibly strong alien Kagura and her giant pet dog Sadaharu. In this version of Edo, they simply live paycheck to paycheck doing everything from fighting villains to dressing up in costumes, even though some folks occasionally try to use them to rekindle the great war against the Amanto.

However, the story rarely focuses on this, and instead is often filled with one-shot gags and tons of references to other media or Japanese history.

Theme Songs

Opening Themes

  1. "Pray" by Tommy Heavenly6 (Episodes 1-24)
  2. "Tooi Nioi" by YO-KING (Episodes 25-49)
  3. "Gin-iro no Sora" by redballoon (Episodes 50-75)
  4. "Kasanaru Kage" by Hearts Glow (Episodes 76-99)
  5. "DONTEN" by DOES (Episodes 100-125)
  6. "Anata Magic" by Monobright (Episodes 126-150)
  7. "Stairway Generation" by Base Ball Bear (Episodes 151-176)
  8. "Light Infection" by Prague (Episodes 177-201)
  9. "Tōgenkyō Alien" by Serial TV Drama (Episodes 202 -227)
  10. "Dilemma (ジレンマ)" by Ecosystem (Episodes 228- 235, 237-240)
  11. Anagura (アナグラ)" by Kuroneko Chelsea (Episodes 236)
  12. Wonderland by FLiP (Episode 241-252)
  13. Let's Go Out by AMOYAMO (Episodes 253-257)
  14. Sakura Mitsu Tsuki (サクラミツツキ) by SPYAIR (Episodes 258-)

Closing Themes

  1. "Fuusen Gum" by Captain Stridum (Episodes 1-13)
  2. "MR.RAINDROP" by amplified (Episodes 14-24)
  3. "Yuki no Tsubasa" by redballoon (Episodes 25-37)
  4. "Candy Line" by Hitomi Takahashi (Episodes 38-49)
  5. "Shura" by DOES (Episodes 50-62)
  6. "Kiseki" by Snowkel (Episodes 63-75)
  7. "SIGNAL" by KELUN (Episodes 76-87)
  8. "Speed of Flow" by The Rodeo Carburettor (Episodes 88-99)
  9. "Sanagi" by POSSIBILITY (Episodes 100-112)
  10. "This World is yours" by plingmin (Episodes 113-125)
  11. "Ai, Ai, Ai" by GHOSTNOTE (Episodes 126-138)
  12. "Kagayaita" by SHIGI (Episodes 139-150)
  13. "Asa Answer" by PENGIN (Episodes 151-163)
  14. "Wo Ai Ni" by Hitomi Takahashi feat. Beat Crusaders (Episodes 164-176)
  15. "Wonderful Days" by ONE☆DRAFT (Episodes 177-189)
  16. "SAYONARA no Sora" by Qwai (Episodes 190-201)
  17. "Samurai Heart (Some Like it Hot!!)" by SPYAIR (Episodes 202-214)
  18. "Balance Doll" by Prague (Episodes 215-227)
  19. Anagura (アナグラ)" by Kuroneko Chelsea (Episodes 228-235, 237-240)
  20. "Dilemma (ジレンマ)" by Ecosystem (Episodes 236)
  21. "Nakama" (Episodes 241-252)
  22. "Moonwalk" by MONOBRIGHT (Episodes 253-257)
Season/Ep# Name Airdate
4 - 197
Not Losing to the Storm
4 - 196
Not Losing to the Wind
4 - 195
Not Losing to the Rain
4 - 194
Whenever I Hear the Word "Leviathan", Silly Old Me, I Immediately Think About Sazae-san!!
1 - 193
Cooking Is About Guts
4 - 192
Kabuki-chou stray cat blues
4 - 191
Freedom doesn't mean lawlessness, but means living one's life according to one's own rules
4 - 190
When Looking For Something, Try Using Its Perspective
4 - 189
We Know It's Best to Finish Yearly Tasks Before the End Of The Year, But Then You Put It Off Till Next Year For a Fresh Start. That's How The End of the Year Goes / Radio Exercises are Social for Boys and Girls
4 - 188
An Observational Journal Should Be Seen Through To The Very End
4 - 187
It's Goodbye Once a Flag Is Set
4 - 186
Beware of Foreshadows
4 - 185
Hometowns and Boobs Are Meant to be Far Away / The Whole Peeing on a Bee Sting Is a Myth. You'll Get Germs, So Don't Do It!!
4 - 184
Popularity Polls Can...
4 - 183
Popularity Polls Can Burn in Hell
4 - 182
Screw Popularity Polls
4 - 181
Watch Out For A Set of Women and A Drink
1 - 180
The More Precious the Burden, the Heavier and More Difficult It Is to Shoulder It
4 - 179
It's the Irresponsible One Who's Scary When Pissed
4 - 178
Once a Spider's Thread Has Entangled Something it's Hard to Get it Off Again

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Series Credits
Person Name Episode Count
Audio Highs
Hidaeki Sorachi
Shinji Takamatsu

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Name Gintama
Name: 銀魂
Romaji: Gintama
Publisher Sunrise Inc.
Start Year 2006
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