I’ve started it because of one reason – Parody. I’ve seen some short Gintama scenes on YT parodying various Anime. And as I just love seeing that kind of stuff, I’ve decided to try fighting that Shounen again. The beginning was terrible, last time I tried I’ve dropped it after two episodes, as during that time there was ONE scene that actually made me smile. (Sougo + Bazooka) This time I didn’t give up though, promising myself I’ll get to the parodying. Guess what, I’ve watched 37 episodes and I’m still waiting for some movement in that direction…
Even though I hated first ~20 episodes, suddenly I kinda started enjoying it. Now the question is – Did I get dumb or did it get smarter.. Cause plot in that serie is such a hopeless, dirty bastard. There are so many characters that I had to find some I like, too bad they aren’t the main ones. Even Gintoki isn’t all that great to me, and the only way to change it would be killing Shinpachi or Kagura (Preferrably both).
And here are my favourites! Shinsengumi is in Gintama’s world ‘the Police force’, who are as dumb as the world surrounding them. But they actually have very rich and unique personalities, I especially like Sougo, who’s such a bully trying to finish off Hijikata and take over his spot as a Vice-Commander. He can be childish, but his tricks of all kinds against Hijikata are just fabulous. (Like trying to shoot his back with a bazooka and then when he turns around yelling ‘What the hell are you doing!’ he answers with his usual, bored face ‘Damn, I missed’)
Now while the plot and most characters fail me, all I wait for are parodies of Bleach and other shows, as appearently there’ll be quite a few in the future. Which makes me wonder, why didn’t they bring it much sooner, maybe then it would be atleast a bit compelling early on. Well, for now it stays a bedtime Anime for me, which can actually surprise and make laugh loudly.
Following: Elizabeth, Sadaharu, Katsura, Hijikata, Sougo, Kondo(Aka Gorilla), Sarutobi, Otae are awesome characters, who keep me watching the serie. If there’s anything you’d need to watch it for – It’s not parodies (as appearently there aren’t much for a big part) but the comedy with them included.