Demonic Vice-Commander of the Shinsengumi, Toushirou Hijikata, acquires a cursed sword—one which completely rewrites his personality, morphing him from a hard-boiled, no-nonsense cop into a hopeless otaku. As he struggles to break the curse, an ambitious new member of the police force, Itou Kamotarou, seizes the opportunity to depose Hijikata in his bid for power within the organization. However, Itou's scheme is revealed to be more devious than anyone imagined, and the very existence of the Shinsengumi is thrown into peril.
In another time and place, the Yorozuya squad is suddenly greeted by a potential new recruit. Before them is a mysterious young woman named Pirako Doromizu who hides a penchant for extreme violence behind her smiling, enthusiastic exterior. However, unbeknownst to Gintoki and the others, Pirako has strong ties to one of the ruling figures of the Kabuki district of Edo, and her arrival sets off a chain reaction that throws the inhabitants of the district into a civil war.
Gintama: Yorinuki Gintama-san on Theater 2D – A Laugh Riot that Strikes a Perfect Balance between Comedy and Seriousness
Gintama: Yorinuki Gintama-san on Theater 2D is a compilation movie that covers some of the most loved arcs from Hideaki Sorachi’s hit series, ‘Gintama’. Sorachi is an artist who can effortlessly blend serious battles, mystery, comedy, and drama making his work a unique genre on its own. The movie incorporates all these elements and brings you on a whirlwind journey through Edo-period Japan, where samurai, aliens and a unique blend of modern and traditional elements coexist.
The movie is divided into two sections, the ‘Benizakura Arc’, which is the main story, and the ‘Gintama Short Festival’, a series of comical acts and parodies. Our favorite trio – Gintoki Sakata, Shinpachi Shimura, and Kagura – are pulled into a deadly conspiracy that revolves around the lethal sword, ‘Benizakura’. Without revealing any spoilers, the ride that ensues is nothing short of an emotional roller coaster. Prepare for a feast of action, drama, and comedy!
Review: Gintama: Yorinuki Gintama-san on Theater 2D is simply Incredible!
This movie confirms once again why Gintama reigns supreme in the realm of comedic anime, taking the humor, clever storytelling, and distinctive characters from the series and packing them all into a little over an hour and a half of pure entertainment.
The ‘Benizakura Arc’, with its remarkable balance of intense battles and underlying humor, is truly a spectacle to watch. Each character’s individuality, whether it be Gintoki’s sugary obsession, Kagura’s monstrous strength disguised in a cute exterior, or Shinpachi’s plain-jane persona, are enhanced in ways that stay true to the original manga.
Bringing full justice to the characters and their larger-than-life presence in the show, the voice actors deliver top-notch performances. Gintoki’s versatility, expressed perfectly through Tomokazu Sugita’s performance, beautifully showcases the layers to his character. The animation quality is superb, with each fight scene meticulously crafted to draw you in. The movie format allows for smoother transitions and refined artwork over the standard episodes, creating breathtaking visuals.
Now, let’s talk about the ‘Gintama Short Festival’. This is where the movie pushes comedy to new heights. Encapsulating Gintama’s trademark wacky sense of humor, the short acts leave you in fits of laughter. But, underneath the hilarity, the writers subtly deliver meaningful messages about life and friendship that hit you right in the feels.
Overall, newcomers might initially feel overwhelmed by the rapid-fire comedic punches and the range of characters. But stick with it, and Gintama: Yorinuki Gintama-san on Theater 2D will reward you with a unique anime experience that’s riotously funny, unexpectedly heartfelt, and packed with thrilling battle scenes.
Whether you’re a long-time Gintama fan or a curious newbie, this movie is definitely worth a watch… and a rewatch… and maybe a few more! Rent it, buy it, stream it – no matter how you choose to watch it, Gintama: Yorinuki Gintama-san on Theater 2D is a masterpiece that will absolutely deliver. Remember: this is a compilation movie, so if it’s your first introduction to Gintama, there could be some inside jokes you might not get. But don’t worry, you’ll probably still be laughing anyway!
On the unique rollercoaster that is Gintama: Yorinuki Gintama-san on Theater 2D, you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll probably consume far more sugar than is considered healthy. An 8.5/10 for this one, folks! Definitely a must-watch!
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