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The Gintama manga is authored by Sorachi Hideaki for Shounen Jump, while its anime adaptation was created by Sunrise/Bandai Namco. It is at its core a post-modernist comedy with period drama and science-fiction mixed in. Meaning you not only see historical expires of samurai and ninja but also space monsters and aliens; all wrapped in a bundle that can make you laugh.

Gin Tama (Japanese: 銀魂-ぎんたま-, Hepburn: Gin Tama, “Silver Soul”) 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 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. Sorachi added the science fiction setting to develop characters to his liking after his editor suggested doing a historical series.

The series has been adapted into an original video animation (OVA) by Sunrise and was featured at Jump Festa 2006 Anime Tour in 2005. This was followed by a full anime series, which debuted on April 4, 2006, on TV Tokyo and finished on March 25, 2010. A sequel titled Gintama first premiered in Japan on April 4, 2011 and ended on March 26, 2012, before returning once again for a brief run from October 4, 2012, to March 28, 2013. A continuation of the TV anime series titled Gintama° began airing on April 8, 2015 and ended on March 30, 2016. Two animated films have also been produced. Besides the anime series, there have been various light novels and video games based on Gin Tama. A live-action film adaptation of the same name was released on July 14, 2017, in Japan by Warner Bros. Pictures. A new anime series continuing after the events in the Gintama° anime series, named Gintama. premiered on January 9, 2017.

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