17
Aug

The Soul of Gintama


Gintama is one of the most bizarre stories
I’ve ever experienced, and it’s simultaneously one that requires a large amount of patience
to understand exactly what the series is all about. At the time of making this video, it has close
to 400 episodes released over the span of thirteen years and multiple movies to boot,
and many of these entries sit at the very top of the most highly rated anime of all
time on websites like MyAnimeList. Yet as undeniable as it is that the show has
quality, it can also be argued that there is an equally undeniable barrier to entry
for the series for people who are curious about it. The first reason for this is the sheer length,
as I mentioned, but the second is that for plenty of new viewers, Gintama is likely to
require a ton of patience. I’m not saying that it is impossible for
someone to be super into it from the start, but the earlier episodes are a very lighthearted,
comedic slow burn, and while that is not a bad thing at all, it is entirely understandable
that someone could watch a few of them and kinda wonder what all the hype is about. The writing is sharp and witty from the start,
but I definitely found my interest wavering early on and kind of drifting through the
comedy a bit as I waited in baited breath for the darker, dramatic and more weighty
stuff to come. This was a mistake on my part. The quality of the show, especially early
on, has a ton of peaks and valleys as it lays foundations and introduces characters and
concepts. It isn’t the most tightly structured or
consistent anime in the world in the first season for me, and enjoyment will likely differ
vastly depending on which arc or episode you’re on. Yet, it must be said that very little, if
ANY of the show is padding or filler due to the type of story this is, and this fact lends
some insight into part of where it finds its identity. Gintama has a very self-referential sort of
style when it comes to all of its aspects – the comedy, the drama, the weight and more
are all dependent on the viewer being introduced to prior elements, and they are constantly
being built upon after the foundation is laid. In my opinion, while you may be tempted, you
cannot skip a bunch of Gintama episodes to get to a really funny or really dramatic arc
and still get the full emotional and narrative impact of what’s happening. This is partly because there is a huge amount
of continuity within the story and minor plot threads and characters turn up later on with
larger roles and impact, but there are structural reasons too. Without getting into specifics, the show banks
on prior viewer knowledge and exposure to the world and its characters to be able to
get optimal enjoyment out of all aspects of the later stuff, whether it be the extremely
dark and heart-pounding sequences, the big moments of emotion, slice of life stuff, or
even just wacky comedy. This may come off nothing special in the way
I describe it here, as something akin to the classic case of building an emotional connection
with characters to allow the big moments to shine as they do in shows like Steins;Gate. But it really isn’t that simple, because
Gintama takes it to another level and integrates this with virtually every element of the story. This gradual start is not a case of “when
do we see the REAL Gintama?” Because Gintama is spinning its web and planting
the seeds from episode 1. It just may take dozens of episodes before
you realize what it’s done. Or at least, that was the case with me. Those who have watched the show will no doubt
know that there is a clear stylistic variation in the type of episodes that Gintama has. I am simplifying it a bit, but by and large,
there is a dichotomy between comedic arcs and arcs that are much more serious. There are also several semi-serious arcs with
more or less equal parts of both styles, but to me there is a clear line drawn between
the lighthearted and the heavy in the series, the common denominator between them being
a very distinct and usually palpable sense of sentiment, heart, emotion and empathy throughout,
due in large part to its themes. What I eventually began wondering as my interest
and engagement slowly grew and I began to learn what the series was about was the following:
which of the two styles is the true identity, heart and soul of Gintama? The light arcs or the heavy, darker stuff? Again, in wondering this, I found that I was
making a mistake. Because the truth is that the story’s identity
is both and everything in between. As is said many times throughout the series,
there is no light without the dark. It is a consistent thematic idea that is communicated
again and again in various ways, and it integrates with the style and structure of the story
to give Gintama a unique sort of duality. It is one of the most impressive allegorical
works I’ve seen in terms of communicating the concept of seeking the light through the
darkness – something that is explored through the themes in each of its arcs, but arguably
more deeply presented through the show’s structure and main character. Gintoki has experienced poverty, war, battles,
death and terrors unimaginable.. he’s lived through it all and seen the horrors of the
world. For any regular person, this would cause them
to crumble and withdraw and avoid and repress these memories and the feelings associated
with them. But as we come to eventually learn, Gintoki
instead confronts them and resolves to use them as his strength. His experiences have shown him what he values,
and as such, they’ve reinforced his will and desire to simply live a life of peace
and happiness with those he cares about, and he has an unshakeable conviction to protect
that, no matter what. Due to his past and the life he seeks to live,
Gintoki is constantly forced to combat threats that plague the lives of both him and those
he cares about. But he does this to have a world where he
and his loved ones can get into stupid hijinks and argue about dumb stuff and laze around
and have fun once more. That sort of life is his salvation. And this is where we circle back to the topic
of this show’s style and dependence on prior investment. As I said, to me, this series is all about
a distinct duality. The fashion in which the narrative style changes
repeatedly from lighthearted to extremely heavy as the show wears on, the way in which
the characters truly deeply care for one another underneath the lighthearted antics, the subtly
impressive world that is slowly crafted as a bi-product of the silliness of the story
– there are layers upon layers here, and a flip side to everything. But this is best exemplified through our protagonist,
Because despite how aloof, sarcastic and detached as GIntoki seems, there is absolutely no one
in this story that values connection and true happiness as much as he does, and no one with
as much hope. There are many visual images that characterize
Gintoki for me – on the humorous side, perhaps one of him picking his nose with those dead
fish eyes. Or for a more serious description, a bloodied
image of him on the battlefield, protecting those he loves. But the most appropriate for me is neither
and both of these. Just like the entire series, the man himself
is a synthesis of both sides and so much more. And for that reason, the most striking image
of GIntoki for me is something that we’re treated to quite often – him looking seemingly
annoyed at the antics of his best friends, perhaps turning away in irritation.. only
for a small but very genuine smile to creep up on his face. It captures everything about the man for me
– his nature, his humour, his pure happiness to be able to share his life with those he
loves, and through this smile, a hint at his desire to do anything to protect that happiness. Ep 304 – Yoshida Shouyo was never someone
to hide his obliviousness and wide-eyed wonder, but he did know what it meant to be a samurai. Simply – to become better. To improve. To become stronger, more knowledgeable, to
be a better person – being a samurai means self-improvement in any aspect of the word. Whether it be a war-torn child who had to
grow up and harden himself faster than any child ever should, or a poor, combative soul
who had no idea what to do with his life, or an intelligent, broad-minded youth just
looking for a place to belong, Shouyou gathered these young people and gave them home and
hearth, a life to live and THIS goal to strive for. They once were lost, and then they were found. He is the reason that Takasugi and Gintoki
were able to live functional lives of value – he was their everything. And he was taken away from them. Not for any good reason, not because he did
something heinous to deserve it – simply because life is unfair. With his life pitted against Katsura’s and
Takasugi’s, there was only ever going to be one answer for Gintoki as to who should
live. Not because he cared any less for SHouyou,
but because he knew what Shouyo would have wanted for him. And so he carried the burden. Consistent with his solitude and earlier behaviour
prior to enrolling in Shouyou’s school, Takasugi views his death as a reinforcement
of the idea that this world is hell, a worthless cesspool of death with no meaning, just there
to be destroyed. He wants to exact vengeance upon the society
and system that took his sensei from him, to leave not a trace of the old world order
behind. And this is where he and Gintoki diverge – because
Gintoki doesn’t take his eyes off of the world that Shouyou tried to bring about. He is devastated beyond belief at the death
of his master, but sees it as reason to reinforce his ideals. Shouyou would not have wanted Takasugi to
go his route – he would have wanted him to persevere and continue and protect, not destroy. In a situation like this, it is so easy to
just give up and submit to hatred. However, as we know, that isn’t the type
of person Gintoki it. Despite what he felt, despite what the world
seemed to be telling him to do, Gintoki grabs hold of SHouyou’s legacy and does him the
greatest respect by carrying it out. Shouyou admitted that he was kind of making
things up as he went along, that he was lost – but I think he found what he was looking
for through the connections he formed with his students. In people. And so did all of his students, in return. They all found a place to belong and solace
with one another, but the key difference here is that when that home was taken away, one
man chose hatred and darkness and destruction, and the other held firm in his conviction
and hope. Takasugi laments his and his comrades’ weakness
and their inability to save their sensei, but whether he realizes it or not, his new
idea of strength is more akin to a flaming, soul-destroying rage. Shouyou looked towards something different
and kinder, a more empowering sort of idea. In spite, and ironically BECAUSE of his past
sorrows, Gintoki epitomizes optimistic spirit, and he values every single connection he makes. And this light and dark dichotomy is what
I believe to be the crux of Gintama’s thematic resonance. Hope or nihilism? Is it really worth it to suffer in the hopes
of a better day, even when all seems lost? Is the duality of the human condition a tragedy
worth persevering through, or is it just better to give up? There’s only ever once answer for Gintoki,
as his experiences have proved to him that the joys of connection and love far overpower
the pain of loss. Takasugi gave up on being a true samurai as
SHouyou would put it, but his rival never stopped trying to be better, never stopped
protecting what he loved. Life is fleeting, but no matter what, there
is always a light and the good times are always worth having. Gintoki’s devotion to this aspect of life
is so incredibly strong that a feral animal seems to come out the instant he sees those
he cares for threatened, and who can blame him? He has learnt that connection, affection and
vulnerability are a human’s greatest strength for how these bonds can bring joy and empower
you. Putting yourself out there and caring for
others sure as hell puts you at risk of being hurt, but it also benefits your life exponentially. So in the dark times, where it is hard to
see the sun, fight with all you can to protect the lives and dreams of those you love, so
you can all reach a better day together, and be able to get on each others nerves again. It’s incredibly sweet, and through the teachings
of SHouyou-sensei, Gintoki has learnt to use his sword to protect and defend this. It’s a philosophy that took hold of him
due to how well his master exemplified and displayed it as he lived his life and how
fiercely he cared for Gintoki, and as a result, he has never lost sight of it and continued
to fight for what Shouyou-sensei stood for even after his cruel death. The world can be brutal and destructive, but
will giving up on it and destroying it in turn truly bring happiness? Is happiness even possible? Gintoki believes that it is so, and never
gives up on it. And It’s not just Gintoki either – all of
these characters have some sort of past tragedies, sins, darknesses or pains that they had to
overcome in order to be where they are by the current point in the series. And yet they all do this for the same reason
– to see those better days. But this sort of meaning extends from the
cast and can be attributed to the series as a whole for me. Earlier, the comedy doesn’t do much emotionally
for a first time watcher. But over time, that tends to change. I found myself much more invested in the lighter
arcs later on due to a combination of the repetition and exposure to the characters
and prior occasions of them being in much more deadly situations. To put it simply, I grew to like these characters
through seeing them in different contexts, and I wanted them to have fun and be happy. I found myself at the edge of my seat in the
dark moments because I had adhered myself so tightly to the characters beforehand and
genuinely wanted them to survive and live peacefully.. and this in turn further strengthened
my investment in later comedic arcs, which subsequently strengthened my investment in
the darker arcs, and so on. As time goes by, you grow to understand Gintoki
through understanding this story’s structure. There will always be dark, serious times,
and there will always be light. The key is to fight through these troubles
and protect what you value so that the light can shine again. And in narrative terms, each style is made
bolder and more effective by the other. It is a risky, double-edged sword of a formula
and it requires very adept writing and presentation so that it doesn’t become stale, but if
pulled off well, good god does it work. Exponentially. It is a quality that is really truly earned,
perhaps in the most organic way I’ve ever seen in a story. The episodes tick by, dozens and dozens, and
you enjoy the off-the-wall comedy and clever dialogue and references as good old fashioned
entertainment.. but eventually, it becomes something more. The connection with these characters and this
weird ass story sneaks up on you until you find yourself unable to let go. Gintama slowly but surely became a huge part
of my life – It is one of the most unique viewing experiences I’ve ever had. The series is far from one of the tightest
stories I’ve seen, the quality definitely wavers as I said, and of course, the comedy
may not work with everyone – But it deceptively taps into something special through a unique
brand of depth and duality that has become it’s novelty, and I’d be lying if I said
that I wasn’t completely attached to it by now. For most who have grown to love the show,
something special and very gradual happens as you watch, and despite my best attempts
here, words cannot do it justice. But I bet that a lot of you know what I’m
talking about. This combination – the theme of reaching the
light, of pursuing happiness and protecting what you love – how it dovetails with the
two-pronged nature of the comedy and weight of the story, and how it is encapsulated with
the past and present journeys of Gintoki – it taps into something truly resonant and indescribable
that makes the journey of Gintama more than worth the investment. Many thanks for watching.

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100 Comments

  • Aleczandxr says:

    Thank you for watching, and please consider pledging to my Patreon if you want this channel to continue running. I don’t usually shill my Patreon but ad revenue hasn’t been great lately and if I want to continue making videos, I need to be making a bit more income than now. Anyways, thanks again!

    *Quick clarification on the video – I stated that Shoyou was killed for “no good reason.” There was indeed reason – primarily because he went against the rules of the Naraku and abandoned them and all that stuff. My point here was that it was all unfair to Yoshida Shoyou the individual and that those rules are arbitrary and stupid, so don’t take my words too literally there.

  • Hypocritee_ says:

    Just off rip seeing Alecz upload a Gintama video gets my back tingly then after seeing the title I proceed to get stiff

  • Enrique Delaye Urrea says:

    I wanted to say thank you for this, Gintama is the anime that has influenced my life the most, probably the one I'm most emotionally attached to, but it is never in my top list because of how episodes differ in quality; so it is really hard to talk about why it means so much to me, and even harder trying to get people to watch it.
    Something I'd like to add is, Gintoki actually avoids life for all that he's lived, that's why he is always reading the Jump magazine, or in the couch, not looking for job and instead waiting for jobs to come, eating candies and constantly drinking at night. But this is in no way a weakness, he needs those moments to get him through the days. But whenever someone close to him is in need, he puts all of that aside and protects them with all of his soul, and that makes him one of the bravest protagonist there are.

  • KseRe says:

    I am so happy that you made this video. Gintama is not highly underrated, but highly under-talked. It truly saddens me that no one actually takes time to analyze it, except for you of course. Thank you!

  • crystalblade13 says:

    This was awesome man.

    Seriously, I don’t haven much to say beyond sharing my approval. You hit the nail on the head and I’ll definitely show this to my friends who are catching up with the series right now. I’ve wanted a full thematical analysis for so long… this deformed scratched that itch 🙂

  • kakashi hatake says:

    Do a video on itachi plizzzzz???

  • Asdayasman says:

    Lmao what it has a story? I've literally only ever seen the skits.

  • Garrick Schultz says:

    It's not every day I cry at a Youtube video. But YOU, sir. You have finally done my favorite anime justice on this god-forsaken platform. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.

  • Ahegao -Chan says:

    Who else wants a new spin off manga about madaos life

  • Donald Trump says:

    Gintama is easily the best shonen jump series

  • Jonathan Flowers says:

    Just finished the manga yesterday. I laughed and cried at the same time. So sad to see it go. sigh i read it mostly at work and would be cackling loudly. I. Love. This. Manga!!!

  • kuroiyasha 13 says:

    Fucking finally

  • Tristen Benedict says:

    Something about Gintama hits all the right spots no matter where you stand in life I don’t think that I have ever met or talked to anyone who has watched or read this series all the way through and thought it was mediocre or bad everyone I talk to always has crazy high praise for it and I understand why this show is such a fantastic series that everyone should experience

  • John Christopher says:

    Oh wow…Uh…I always thought this was some gag series 😡 Now I feel like a fool…This was a nice video. I'll have to check out the series proper some time.

  • Vividly Fuchsia says:

    You know what, i never understood gintama from cultures and the lesson presented. Maybe cause i was young but damn, when i kept watching, i don't need to understand to know this is beatiful.

    So i'mma rewatch gintama (cause i saw it on netflix too)

  • Anca1994 says:

    Thank you for this great analysis! My boyfriend started watching Gintama and urged me to do it myself and I felt just like you. I couldn't grasp the purpose of the comedy and I just waited for the serious arcs, whereas my boyfriend loved the comedy and considered it the essence of the show. Having finished it, I realized that I love every bit of it; the serious arcs would not have been as meaningful and sad without all the character development leading up to that point. During the serious arcs, I couldn't help but wish to return to the more carefree and joyous parts of the anime. I wholeheartedly agree with everything portrayed in your video. Great job! Liked and subscribed.

  • yeo leone says:

    For newbies who feel like want to watch but want to skip a bit of the front part, i suggest to start on the 100th episode. It iwas the start of shinshengumi rebellious arc . I heed this advice from some post and i fell in love with the manga. When iam hooked with the manga then i went back to the earlier chapter

  • Empyreal Denizen says:

    Huh.

  • Empyreal Denizen says:

    Golly.

  • Meleron Nef says:

    Almost caught up now, am I the only one who doesn’t think Silver Soul is that good? At least not compared to the other arcs in the anime.

  • Puta Pets says:

    One of the best anime ever one piece sucks

  • Genesiss200 says:

    After searching for so long, I finally found a nice, long, video about Gintama. Thank you kind sir.

  • Love Phantom says:

    "I fight not for my Grave's offering, but Tomorrow's Breakfast"
    I don't know how to explain how much this quote means to me, and how much it has helped me in my life

  • TitoSilvey says:

    I'm going to miss this series so much

  • Shin says:

    0:48 lmao those tabs

  • Pete Speedwagon says:

    Talk about Gintama and have FFIX soundtrack as background…that has to get a subscription

  • God of Bacon says:

    Gintama + Aleczandxr
    i feel compelled to leave a like and a comment
    good work

  • eyasu fasil says:

    Lol the beginning is tough for newer viewers because it does a lot of world building and while it it worth the wait, a lot of people these days don’t have the patience to wait.That and the fact that the older episodes don’t have bright aesthetic’s of newer anime, which can turn off some other viewers. While it does drastically get better over each season

    But if there’s anyone wondering if you should watch it or not

    Watch it.

  • Kilys says:

    I just wanna say you thanks, i am crying

  • senpai sama says:

    i'm new to gintama. i started and now i'm on episode 100. episode 99 is the most hilarious episode thus far and i'm enjoying every episode of this series. can't wait to get further into the series as i heard, "makes this series even better"

  • Ashutosh Mohapatra says:

    A Gintama analysis video on YouTube? Where have I been transported to? In all seriousness, I have been seeing a very mild resurgence in Gintama's popularity here on YouTube of late. Gintoki, for me, is the best protagonist I can ask for. I have often wondered if it's due to the fact that he is a grown ass adult compared to the teens that I am more accustomed to in shonen. I mean it kinda breaks my suspension when 12 year old kids preach like adults. It just feels right when Gintoki does the same. The man is a smooth mofo.

  • Marsh37 says:

    Fantastic video. Thank you so much!

  • Trinal Data says:

    Finally the goat makes a video on the goat anime

  • guts on the mic says:

    yes!. gintama gets more attention

  • Rohan G says:

    So you want to say it's something like kureyon Shin-chan

  • simon heines says:

    I aprove this video

  • BacoLouco says:

    Finally a good Gintama video

  • Yanela Fabra says:

    This video explained so nicely Gintama 😭😭😭 I started to watch it as a comic relief and I enjoy…however, I don't know in which moment I couldn't stop watching. There is no warning,you just fall smoothly in love with this animé and to be honest…you feel attached to the characters and as the time goes by,you truly suffer along with them. I cried so many times and laugh so many too. It's a rollercoaster. I still cannot get over certain events in the series… The people who thinks Gintama isn't the best animé of all times , hasn't watch it from beginning to end.

  • Joshua Mundia says:

    Want drama?-Watch gintama
    Want action?-Watch gintama
    Want comedy?-Watch gintama
    Want romance?-Watch gintama
    Want to be inspired?-Watch gintama
    Gintama is everything.

  • Aleena Fernandez says:

    Next video on the analysis of and the thematic value of the pivotal character known as Jugemu Jugemu Unko Nageki Ototoi no Shin-chan no Pantsu Shinpachi no Jinsei Barumunku Fezarion Aizakku Shunaidaa Sanbun no Ichi no Junjou na Kanjou no Nokotta Sanbun no Ni wa Sakamuke ga Kininaru Kanjou Uragiri wa Boku no Namae wo Shitteiru you de Shiranai no wo Boku wa Shitteiru Rusu Surume Medaka Kazunoko Koedame Medaka… Kono Medaka wa Sakki to Chigau Yatsu Dakara Ikeno Medaka no Hou Dakara Raayu Yuuteimiyaoukimukou Pepepepepepepepepepepepe Bichiguso Maru

  • Ohio says:

    I think Gintama has one of the best character castings. It's one of the reasons I love the most in this anime.

  • Strong Hold says:

    It's sad that not many anitubers r making video on this great anime.
    I'd like to see more of this Gintama video plzz…

  • Usamah Qureshi says:

    was waiting for this video!! excellent.

  • Brown Bronzel says:

    This reminds me of Etika, and how he could've been the Gintoki of our world man R.I.P

  • M. Zohab Paracha pk says:

    It happened, alec I love you

  • vexys7 says:

    Thank you so much for this video, despite being such a long running and well liked series Gintamas always strangely flown under the radar. I hope this gets more eyes on this series.
    Through comedy and drama, good times and bad Gintamas been a big part of my life, definite 10/10 for me.

  • Island Boy says:

    Gintama is criminally underrated in the west so I'm glad you did a good analysis on it, would've liked it though if you did a more indepth analysis on the
    Neo Armstrong Cyclone Jet Armstrong Cannon, isn't it perfect 😛

  • ActiveAnimals says:

    Strongly disagree with the skipping part. There are a few episodes that you should definitely watch, but MOST of the early episodes can be skipped (and I would recommend doing so if you don't enjoy them). I personally didn't skip anything and tried to just plow through, and while I did like it enough to recommend it to my friend, she skipped a lot, and loved the show a lot more than I did as a result. This is because she only had the funny and exciting parts in her mind when she thought of it, while I also had a lot of the frustratingly boring episodes to dim down my excitement.
    This friend was also perfectly capable of puzzling out most of the parts she missed, even without me having to explain them to her. In the rare cases where you skip and really can't figure something out, you can always just go back and watch that particular episode that's being referenced, without having to put yourself through the torture that is the first 20-50 episodes.
    When recommending Gintama to people, I always tell them to skip the first 2 episodes, as they are anime original/filler AND total garbage at the same time. After that, you just need to watch the episodes that let you get to know the recurring characters, so you can understand later references: Kagura (ep 4), Katsura (ep 5), Shinsengumi (eps 8 + 9), Catherine (ep 12), Elizabeth (ep15), Madao (ep 16), Takasugi and inventor Gengai (ep17).
    Everything inbetween is optional. Of course they help to understand things later on, but not enough to be worth the torture of sitting through them. Even out of the episodes I listed, it's okay to skip a couple if you find them really unbearable; just try to watch as much as you can handle. I'd say 4 episodes is the minimum you really need to watch in order to know most of the characters.
    After that, you can just go ahead and skip skip skip through everything you don't like until you finally get to the juicy bits. I think the earliest episode that I actually enjoyed was episode 35, but that varies depending on personal taste.

  • Matthew Lucas says:

    Was waiting for this video to be made

  • Elmo IsRed says:

    @Aleczandxr you should become a writer or something bc that talent you have is insane

  • Brandon Stephens says:

    This was a great video perfect analysis. But you said it yourself…words cannot describe what Gintama has done to us

  • HopOnTheHype says:

    Well, it starts spinning it's web in episode 3, episode 1 and 2 are stupidly filler and take place after characters are introduced and crap.

    Anyway Shoyo's ideals were literally "everyone should have their own ideals", so Takasugi isn't really contrary to Shoyo.

  • EBK SCORSESE says:

    Wish me well, I’m off to my journey of watching Gintama for the first time.. always heard about it, nothing but praises; but, yet- here I am a beginner to the anime.

    I know many that are quite jealous of my ventures, because they, themselves, wish they can watch it over again completely ignorant to what’s ahead. This is for you all!

  • Steven Peeckford says:

    Just finished binging a rewatch of Shogun Assassination. Wow, even better the second time. One of the top shounen arcs, close to Chimera Ant and Marineford.

  • Contempt Man says:

    Nice.

  • Cute Patrick with a Sweater says:

    This show is just beautiful

  • Gabriel Anacik says:

    One thing about gintama is bothering me. The moment when gintoki defeated Jiraia, he attack gintoki once more with his kunai. Gintoki closed his eyes like he dont care about death and accepting it. I thought its because he knew that Tsukki will help him, but thats not the case since he was suprised by that. What's the meaning behind it? What you guys think? :0

  • StarFire says:

    Okay, so like.. You made me cry??? How dare you.

  • David Timothy P says:

    "very little of the show is filler"

    I gotta pause the video to correct you on that, the show is entirely filler and that's the best part.

  • Pengmaeda says:

    Gintama is probably my favorite anime of all time, right next to Kill La Kill.
    Now I do love Comedies, and Gintama, is by far, the best Comedy Anime out there in my opinion.
    But then Gintama also gets me when it gets into its more series arcs. This series has made me laugh so hard I can almost feel my organs internally implode. But at the same time it has made me feel, so much my organs that imploded are then instantly healed of all injury. Not sure how that works, I might need to see a doctor about it.
    But my point is, the Soul of Gintama to me, the soul is within all of us that have watched or read it, Gintama is within all of us, who laugh, or cry at it. It gives us hope.
    I really, Really, Really fucking love Gintama so goddamn much. No series has come close to what I feel about this series.

  • Sarah Chapman says:

    Something I realized while watching this video… One of the main reasons that Bleach got criticized was that Ichigo's main driving force was to protect those he cared about and therefore that he wasn't proactive and was instead reactive and didn't drive the plot despite being the protagonist. Gintoki is the same way and only really fights after people come to him or those he cares about. However, because the set ups and characters are better handled in Gintama, Gintoki being reactive is less noticeable. I just think it's interesting how something that was a flaw in Bleach is a strength in Gintama.

  • Nefman yes says:

    I thought this was gonna be some awesome long amv for gintama, but I was pleasantly surprised with a great analysis. Good job sir :3

  • Scarlett Brooks says:

    When you started talking about Gintoki, I lost it man, he truly is my favourite character in anime.

  • John Titor says:

    I understand what you mean dude
    God bless Taka-tin

  • windragon379 says:

    Sigh Will there ever be another series that can fill the void now that this one has (apparently) ended? I can't find anything else that compares to this!

  • luchomscyfy says:

    Gintama is like real life. Like some people joke "it's all fun and games until somebody dies". Well, real life tends to be like that. Life it's not all the time a depressing drama, or a sitcom, or an action series, or slice of life. Life is all of that. And the Yorozuya are like real human beings: they are jerks in moments, they are friendly in moments, they are funny, they are serious, and they help each other. Life doesn't have perfect people. Just people.

  • rachel_30 says:

    Man it has been more then a week since gintama ended ( manga wise) and i just watched this video today and it really made me realize how deep this series really goes gintama humor isn’t meant for all and it takes a while to get into but when u give it time it something so dear to you u will have no idea thank you sorachi for a masterpiece us yorozuyas can never forget

  • AniMV Sekai says:

    No better words could have been said! Keep these videos coming as much as you can.

  • Shubham Anand says:

    The Soul of Gintama That Keeps It alive Its The ENDING Scam That Shit Always Get me.

  • Jamari Thompson says:

    gintama the goat

  • Juana La Loca says:

    Mad respect for gorilla-sensei! The guy created a story that gave him all the freedom he wanted, with extended genres and where everything he wanted to insert, was perfectly valid.
    He gave us real characters, believable women, and secondary and third characs. that had their moment to shine and weren't forgettable cuz they were always there!
    Honestly, this show inspired me more than any other shounen, and I'm gonna miss it a lot.
    Great video ♥

  • Best Girl says:

    "Hey Taka-Tin hey!"

  • Sakata Gintoki says:

    Yo Zura !

  • Omar Alrawi says:

    Thank you for making this video. You are a legend.

  • Kamui Da says:

    Thank you so much for this video about my favourite shonen of all time ❤️
    I teared up while watching and hearing those lines again .

    And I totally agree , I have more attachment to all these characters as time go on that I missed those foolish and fun days

  • The Invincible Killer says:

    I don’t care what you say …. GINTAMA is best shonen ever .

  • Putri Damayanti says:

    Gintama is the first and the only time I actually love the MC as the ultimate fave

  • thatoneonfire says:

    I was just thinking how I feel like I never see Gintama analysis videos here. I think the comedy arcs are definitely just as important as all the serious moments, if not more so, like you said. Gintama is really just one big found family, one with weird cousins, uncles, aunts, step-siblings, etc. I think if someone was to only watch the serious arcs it would be akin to knowing a family's history without really knowing, well, the family. I think Gintama made me realize the importance of getting people to laugh with your characters before throwing them into trouble; if I've laughed with someone it's all the more painful when I see them in pain. You tackled those subjects really well!

  • Glorioustigereye says:

    I love that right when I got into it it was announced to end. I think it ends on July 17th. I only watched a couple arks, the beginning, 2015 and everything after. I hope we can enjoy a new series that might come.

  • MJ Talasan says:

    @alexzandxr I need your help. I feel like you're the guy who can dissect and illuminate us with the series "Katanagatari". its a masterpiece. It's as profound as HXH. its not on crunchyroll. its a 12 series "light" novel. limited release. its mind blowing. Please? please I promise its worth 12 hours of your time 😢

  • chabanop says:

    Wow, I realy need to watch gintama now !
    I tried it a few years ago and dropped it after 5 episodes. But you totally convinced me to give it a new try.

  • kee says:

    Damn I really need to get on this.

  • Roro Po says:

    Have I gone crazy from overplaying it or is that Persona 5 music I hear in the background in this Gintama video?

  • Jacob Presley says:

    Held off on watching this video because I wanted to finish watching the anime and pick up the last few chapters of the manga. I just finished it today and I have to say that Gintama is one of my favorites and is definitely underrated

  • TheMindofaGenius1 says:

    Wait, it says "for those who have watched the anime or read the manga" does that mean no no for an anime-only?

  • Ruffy160 says:

    Gintama is my absolute favorite story ever. Just like you said, it has the perfect balance between serious and comedy arcs. And even some that are somewhat a mix of both. At the beginning I really just wanted to get to the "good" stuff but later on I just devoured the episodes whether comedy, action or just episodes when they just talk about nothing at all. I didn't watch the anime because of the plot (tbh I gave up on there ever being a concrete storyline for a time) but i watched it for all of the characters.
    Because with each episode they just grew more and more. Every single one of them no matter how annoying they were

  • Zul Hilmi says:

    Beautiful 😢, brought manly tears on my eyes✨

  • Aliyu Shehu says:

    Gintama is funny they said😭

  • Slyperlic says:

    Can we get a "The Soul of Kintama" video?

  • Yuki Ito says:

    I won't say Gintama is underrated but it's main message (what Gintoki represents) is often times misinterpreted. I am glad this video really focuses on the core value of gintama.

  • Artemii NeedBackup Zakharov says:

    I just wish that more people will get exposed to the masterpiece that Gintama was 🙁 Great vid, said to see the manga end… Forever my favorite show…

  • Vik 2? says:

    New madao : "why is it just filler episode?"
    Vet madao : "just keep watching you shitty brat"

  • Paranoid Hollow says:

    this video was well made, i actually cried
    this show means a lot to me so i feel good when it gets love

  • Mike Scott says:

    Gintama is garbage. Make HxH videos pls

  • X0 Tuffy says:

    Finally someone is touching on this anime

  • Sarada Sreeram says:

    Gintama has been there for me. It's my favorite anime/manga of all time and it's all wrapped in a wonderful bow by name if Gintoki. I love his character with all my heart because we are both sarcastic to boot but both hid our true feelings and history under our sense of humor. I don't want to go to into detail but I love the series with all my heart.

  • Luvish says:

    Words can never truly describe Gintama indeed, but you still did an admirable job.

  • snowhytetan Cold Violet says:

    Damn. I've watched this video 6 times already, it's so well made that every time it made my eyes teary. I can't thank you enough for it 🙂

    But I it would've been a nice plus if you mentioned MADAO(or Ep 188 particularly) I feel like he is the heart of Gintama in some aspects.
    Ep 188 brilliantly captures Sorachi's ability to combine humor with sadness, emotional moments. & he does that smartly by having a child narrate a depressive story(about MADAO). Seeing the story from a child's perspective & how he narrates it is kinda funny but the story is actually sad & depressive one. It's just that all of MADAO's struggles & problems are treated like a joke in Gintama when in reality they could be embodiment of common man struggles. Ep 188 starts of as a comedy with a sad tone(ironic isn't it?) but ends up being an emotional one.
    I wonder what you think about MADAO & if you consider Ep 188 as one of the best episodes of Gintama(or one of the best standalone episodes considering we need little to no context for watching Ep 188)

  • dragonnight22 says:

    Gintoki put it best the best main character is everyone together

  • Nonsense With Jessie says:

    Life is pain
    Death is peace

    Death is not a punishment for a life filled with happniess, it is a reward for a life filled with pain.

    That is why sucide is a sin, beacuse those that give up, and give into to the pain of life will never have peace in death.

    Only through struggling against the pain, fighting for peace in life, can one achive true happiness.

    The strong find peace in pain
    The weak find pain in peace

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