Buy Gin Tama, Volume 1
by Published by Viz Media. 192 pages. 2007 $7.99
Soooooo…. if you are a regular reader of Shonen Jump titles, then this title should have already been on your reading lists already. If not, then what are you waiting for? Are you waiting for aliens to take over the Earth, and then you would even considered reading this title? I wouldn’t..
The anime is done with 201 episodes and a movie. There are currently 19 volumes released by Shonen Jump in English. 35 volumes in Japanese, so if there is a need for speeding up the series to bring out in English, this is the next title that Shonen Jump should tackle, and tackle it fast, just as they did with Naruto or One Piece! Though the manga is not done, this is such a witty series in how many multiple layers parody sequences there is for other Shonen Jump titles – Prince of Tennis, Bleach, One Piece, Kochikame, Death Note etc. You can even complain that the series has some pretty crass topics, such as cockroaches, or Neo Armstrong Cyclone Jet Armstrong Cannon, the Otaku debate of loving either 2-D or 3-D modesl, or even a baka ouji (prince).
I kid you not.. this is a funny series with its ups and down in terms of serious and comic. The mangaka- certainly knows how to pull fans along, from actually running a fan contest to submit a new alien, to the consistent answering of fan questions within a special segment of the show….that is if anyone know what I am talking about 3 nen B gumi Kinpachi Sensei, which is a pretty popular drama series. It is at moments like this I wish that I was able to spend more time at Japan. Monsieur LaMoe, you sure are lucky to live in the land of the rising sun. Even though a lot of things are inflated, limited, and downright expensive – but to live in the land where it is to be drool worthy for any anime fan – I salute/envy you.
Please read the manga before you even watch the Television series, just because the manga is so much more funnier to read through first.
So then to review why you even would want to start reading Gintama.
- Appreciate parodies, satire, or comedy. Want to laugh your head off, even though some of the jokes are downright silly.
- Shonen Jump FTW… (I am thinking of “Shonen Heart” by Homemade Kaizoku as I am typing this line)
- Want to read an alternative version of the samurai – spirit.
- Any other read alikes – for this title, based on friendship – pick up any other shonen title that this title spoofs, just as an FYI. For other aspects such as talking about a manga within a manga, where the characters point to another published work – High School Debut, Otomen. But based on character types- you might want to try Cowboy Bebop, Trigun or Get Backers or even Kodomo no Omacha for the fact that there are silly yet serious moments. For the randomness – Sayonara Zetsubou -sensei is the obvious choice.. (Oh you can’t imagine how I feel every time I hear Sa-chan’s voice – she is voiced by Yu Kobayashi who Kaere’s voice in Sayonara. However this is not an anime reivew.. so don’t even get me started on Kazuya Nakai’s voice….)