Hehe, here is one of my favorite manga at this moments. Yup, it is GINTAMA. The anime used to run in one of the TV channel in my country (Indonesia). But unfortunately, it stopped because of sensors policy.
Probably many of you have heard or even read about Gintama. It’s one of the most popular manga right now. Gin Tama (銀魂 Gintama, lit. “Silver Soul”), also known as Gintama, is a Japanese manga written and illustrated by Hideaki Sorachi and serialized, beginning on December 8, 2003, in Shueisha’s Weekly Shōnen Jump. Set in an Edo which has been conquered by aliens named Amanto, the plot follows life from the point of view of samurai Gintoki Sakata, who works as a freelancer alongside his friends Shinpachi Shimura and Kagura in order to pay the monthly rent. – Gintama Wikipedia.
The manga has many funny gag and always play parody on another manga (Dragon Ball, One Piece, Naruto and Bleach) Just like the title above, the characters of this manga are a bunch of crazy people. From the main to the side characters. And for me, that’s the beauty of it. You see, we definitely know a comedic manga just by looking at its characters, right? So, first time seeing Gintama’s , I thought it was gonna be like the others samurai manga – a serious one. But I blown up right after seeing the opening. They were all good-looking, the men are handsome and cool. The women look pretty and some of them quite badass. But their attitude are horrible (not in too bad way, of course). Oh wait, you need a lot knowledge of manga/anime and Japanese culture to understand the manga, but don’t worry, it’ll still funny even if you don’t. But don’t get it wrong, eventhough most of Gintama’s chapter are comedy, some of them are serious too (it’s a shōnen after all). They have good fighting scene too. I recommend the Anime for anime lover, coz it’s even funnier in motion.
First, there were the Yorozuya gang (a.k.a We Do Everything). Just like what they called, this gang mostly will do everything for money (well, sometimes their job ended without being paid at all). There were Sakata Gintoki (the boss), Shinpachi Shimura (The Otaku), and Kagura (the girl with super power strength).
Gintoki is, how should I write it, a retired samurai form the Joi war against the alien (Amanto). Yup, he is a retired veteran that try to support his life by doing odd jobs (he’s not that old even though I said he was a veteran). He has sweet-tooth, the worst one in his case. He is the most lazy shōnen hero, he likes reading Jump and always hope he could become like Luffy or Ichigo (he even dream to have a bankai and use kamehameha). If we talk about Gintoki, most of it will be talk about his bad habit. But hey, people didn’t born with just bad habit, right? So yes, this guy also have good quality. He has great ability in swordmanship, he cares a lot about other people, He’s smart, and behind all those idiocity, he usually deliver a very meaningful words.
The second person in Yorozuya is Shinpachi. Shinpachi follows Gintoki after he saved shinpachi’s sister. He was the epitome of the normal character in manga. He wore glasses that become his trade mark. The third one is Kagura. She joined Yorozuya after Gintoki save him from Yakuza (even though she was capable in defending her self). She is originally an alien from Yato clan (clan with superhuman power). She instantly follow every bit of Gintoki’s bad habit (picking nose, be a lazy girl). Even though, the three of them always bad-mouthed about each other, they definitely care and respect each other.
Then, there is Shinsengumi, a police force at Edo era serve the Bakufu. There are four notable character in shinsengumi. The commander, Isao Kondo. he is a respectful commander. His subordinates are very loyal to him. He is nice and care for other people but most time portrayed as a naïve person to the extent being and idiot. He became a stalker of Tae Shimura (Shinpachi’s big sister), seeing that she was Ok with hairy buttocks (which Kondo has). The next person is the vice commander, Toshiro Hijikata. He is a heavy-smoker (in one chapter, he traveled into many planet just to find a cigarette, read it, it was very funny, it even have parody of Dragon Ball). He is Gintoki’s rival in many thing. He likes mayonnaise so much to the extent put it in his coffee or rice. Then, the best swordsman in Shinsengumi, Sugo Okita. His character depicts him as a sadist. He hate Hijikata for breaking his sister heart and pay high respect for Kondo. there also Sagaru Yamasaki whose speciality in gathering intelligence. Because of his spying duty, he always seeing in a room all alone eating anpan.
Then if there a police it means there is a bad guy, in Gintama’s case, the terrorist. The terrorist mostly the remnant hero of the Joi war, they try to destroy the Bakufu (the bakufu allying themselves with amanto). There are two major terrorist in Gintama, Kotaro Katsura and Shinsuke Takasugi. While Takasugi is the real bad guy (I think, he is the only character in Gintama that never make people laugh), Katsura was the opposite. I like Katsura the most. He has straight long hair. When you see him for the first time, you’ll think he is a serious person, ambitious, strong, and respectful leader (at least, that what I thought). But after few minutes he got his dialogue, you’ll see, he is a complete idiot. His famous catchphrase is “………. ja nai. Katsura da”.
There’s also the Shogun that doing the silliest thing with a serious face, a useless grown men, a female ninja who love SM play, a hemorrhoids ninja that fight for the next Jump issue, and many tsundere female.
There still many character that worth mention in this hilarious manga, but I cannot jolt them all down because my eyes are too sleepy right now, so maybe I will update it next time.
Before I close this poor writing, I’ll give you some link to what-I-thinks are the funniest chapter of Gintama (I choose it f0r the first timer). If it is your first time reading it, I hope you’ll like it as much as I do, and if this your second time, I’ll really glad if I could share the joy of Gintama with you 🙂
And my favorite arc was Gintama 386 – 399. You can read it here
And the last, sorry for the grammatical mistake, I’m not a native speaker and I don’t really like Grammar Subject. I hope the mistakes won’t prevent you to enjoy my writing.
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