Following the grim events of Iga, Kokujou Island, Rakuyou, and multiple fruitless confrontations with the Tenshouin Naraku and Tendoshuu, Gintama.: Porori-hen takes its viewers on a trip down memory lane to when Yorozuya were mostly doing what they did best—odd jobs. The great space hunter Umibouzu has returned to Edo and is livid when he finds out that his daughter Kagura has a boyfriend. He blames Gintoki for being an incompetent guardian, but has the time finally come for him to let go of his daughter?
Back with shameless parodies, risqué humor, and lively camaraderie, Gintoki, Kagura, and Shinpachi are faced with unforeseen situations that manage to be both hilarious and emotionally stirring.
In the world of Gintama, Earth has fallen under the control of alien samurai overlords known as the Amanto. Opposing this invasion, samurai waged brutal war against the alien invaders, but their resistance was ultimately to fail. As a result, a prohibition on swords has been innacted, and the samurai class fallen into literal and metaphorical decline. However, our main protagonist, Gintoki Sakata, is a samurai who hasn’t given up on the way of the sword.
Gintama.: Porori-hen takes us right back into the heart of Edo (former Tokyo), where Gintoki, along with his friends Shinpachi Shimura, and a cute alien girl named Kagura run a “Yorozuya” (Odd Jobs) business. They undertake any job that comes their way and invites a meteor shower of eccentric adventure with the most hilarious implications.
As The Anime Critic, I’ve watched a lot of anime and manga movies. But none have quite impressed me like Gintama.: Porori-hen. It’s a rare gem in the anime world: effortlessly mixing hilarity, adventure and deep moments of poignant truth.
The most obvious thing that stands out in this season is the humour. Gintama’s ability to make you laugh uncontrollably is unrivalled among anime. From ludicrous visual gags to downright absurd, yet brilliantly written conversations, Gintama.: Porori-hen never lets up and never misses a comedic beat. Detailed character designs and colorful animation give the show its unique look, and Sunrise studio does an excellent job of bringing this to life.
But Gintama is so much more than just a comedy – it’s deeply rooted in profound samurai philosophy and courageously tackles serious themes without ever losing its humoristic charm. What’s truly surprising is how seamlessly the show moves between comedy and drama. Each time Gintama.: Porori-hen transitions into a more serious arc, the change feels incredibly natural.
Every character in the show has a unique personality, making it easy for viewers to relate and connect with them. Our lead, Gintoki, is simply unforgettable – a samurai dropout who loves his sweets and takes on any job to pay the rent. His two main sidekicks, Kagura and Shinpachi, round out the core trio with their distinct traits.
The background score of the anime is another highlight. It does an excellent job adding another layer of depth. When it’s time to laugh, the music pulls strings to deliver that and when it’s time to pull on your heartstrings, the music does just that.
In conclusion, Gintama.: Porori-hen is a superb combination of laughter, tears, action, and warmth that will capture your heart before you even realize it. Be it the animation, the background scoring, the character development or simply the comedic timing, every aspect is crafted meticulously and earnestly.
Whether you choose to rent, buy, or stream this anime, it is definitely a worthy addition to your anime collection. If you are a comedy-humor fan who also loves a sprinkling of action and drama, this anime is a must-watch for you! Gintama.: Porori-hen has absolutely something for everyone, and even the most hardened anime veteran will find something to love about it.
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