The Weekly Geekout: Gintama

My latest contribution to The Geek Anthropologist blog is about one of my favorite animes!

The Geek Anthropologist

By Marie-Pierre Renaud

In this science-fiction anime, Edo was recently forced to open its borders to the Amanto, alien races which defeated the samurai in battle. As a result, the samurai have been forbidden to wear and use their swords, their class is in decline and Edo’s society is undergoing deep changes. The anime provides a futuristic analogy of the mid 19th century, during which Japan was forced by the USA to re-open its borders to the Western World. The story follows the samurai Gintoki Sakata who runs a freelance odd jobs business with his friends Kagura, an alien from the Yato clan, and a local boy, Shinpachi Shimura.

This anime is epic. It is compelling. It is hilarious. It is a bit meta. It is completely gross.

You normally would not expect these different qualities in the same show. Yet Gintama has it all.

Several episodes and arcs are beautifully written, bittersweet, epic and…

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