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5.0 out of 5 stars Samurai VS Aliens!?, 17 Mar. 2007
This review is from: Gin Tama, Volume 1 (Paperback)
This is a good start for what looks to be a great series. It's about Gin, an ex-samurai who went broke when the Edo sword ban came into place, and never manages to pay his rent. It's also about the adventures he and his friends, Shinpachi and Kagura, have fighting aliens, thieves and fanatics, such as Katsura, a man who Gin once fought alongside, before the aliens took over. By the way, it's set in ancient Tokyo. Great comedy/action/sci-fi manga. Read it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars gintama-humour for the clinically insane, 29 Jun. 2007
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I've loved this series since I first set eyes on the fansubbed anime back a few months ago. If you can suspend all your regular systems of belief that Peacemaker and Rurouni Kenshin might have taught you about the Edo period, you will undoubtedly have fun with this. The Gintama-fied version of the once fearsome Shinsengumi had me in stitches: Okita is no longer sweet, childish and playful-he's now a crazy person carrying around a rocket launcher trying to off his boss at any oppurtune moment. Kondo is now a complete buffoon (and crazy person) trying to stalk Shinpachi's sister...and failing miserably. And the long suffering Hijikata is now-you guessed it! a crazy person-desperately holding on to what remains of his sanity while keeping his subordinates under control, and kicking the stuffing out of them in the process. Oh yes; and the famous rebel bomber Katsura now has a giant pet duck named 'Elizabeth' who might just be an hairy old man in disuise. Its stupid, its crude, and its crazy, but good grief its funny.

Special mention must also go to our protagonist Gintoki, whose hilariously cynical and philosophical approach to life, even in the most off-the-wall situation, is a breath of fresh air into a genre where most of the heroes are cardboard cut-out sterotypes that spout 'I want to become stronger!' over and over again. And believe it or not, there is a decent storyline hidden in there too; so even if you don't like the 'client of the day' theme, I beg of you to just hang in there and you won't be disappointed!

The only thing I find disappointing with the manga adaptation is that Katsura no longer has his famous line-'Zura ja nai! KATSURA desu!' which is a great shame and an unjustifiable change. Other than that, full marks go to this comedy/action masterpiece, Gintama truly wins the gold (or silver!!) award for the best series to grace Shonen Jump since Naruto. Lets 'pray' for english release of the anime soon! (puns intended)

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5.0 out of 5 stars So so funny, crazy and random. Insane brilliant stupidity!, 23 April 2008
This review is from: Gin Tama, Volume 1 (Paperback)
This series has possibly the most ridiculous premise ever...but boy is it funny!
OK...Aliens invade japan during the age of Samurai and Shinsengumi, take all the jobs and reduce once noble samurai to jobless bums, taxi drivers, alien lackeys and a few terrorists. Aliens are top of society, everyone else is trash. This is Gin's world, where he has to take any job to make ends meet, and even pay rent occasionaly! Gin hooks up with Shinpachi to help save his sister, Otae, from alien nastiness. Then you meet crazed hot alien girl Kagura, who is very strong and kinda dumb. And you get to meet some well known historical Shinshengumi figures too, just as you have never seen them before! Just sit back and enjoy the ride.

This volume also contains Hideki Sorachis first manga story, Dandelion.

Every little thing about this is funny, from the stupid storylines to the silly chapter titles.."Nobody with naturally wavy hair can be that bad." Plus plenty of amusing visual gags. Another hit from Shonen Jump! Read it if you like GTO or Bleach or Cromartie High. Just be careful where you read it, I got lots of hacky looks from people as I sat sniggering loudly on a bus....
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4.0 out of 5 stars Aliens and samurai, 7 Jun. 2009
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E. A Solinas "ea_solinas" (MD USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Gin Tama, Volume 1 (Paperback)
This manga is a lot like "Rurouni Kenshin" on acid. Lots of acid. With aliens and motorcycles.

Fortunately Hideaki Sorachi is apparently up to the task of penning such a tale. The first volume of "Gin Tama" takes readers into a bizarre sci-fi/historical world, where aliens have settled in Japan and the days of the samurai are over. Fortunately it never devolves into preachy melancholy -- it prefers madcap action and comedy.

Shinpachi and his sister Otae are barely scraping by, especially since Otae clings to their late father's dojo. But when Shinpachi loses his job -- courtesy of the violent silver-haired Gintoki -- they're forced to either sell the dojo, or have Otae enter a floating brothel.

Shinpachi has only one way to save his sister's honor: join up with Gintoki and ride to the rescue. On a motorcycle. Unfortunately life with Gintoki is kinda weird -- they're called in to deal with a vast alien "pet," a ridiculously strong alien girl named Kagura, and a mad police chase to capture a thieving employee.

Then things turn nasty when they deliver a package to an embassy... which turns out to be a bomb. Gintoki finds himself dealing with an old friend from his past, who is heading a cabal of terrorists who plan to bomb out the aliens. Unfortunately, Gintoki and his friends have been identified as terrorists too -- and it's going to be messy getting out of all this.

Obviously, the late 19th-century Japan of historical record doesn't have much to do with the setting of "Gin Tama." Sure it has space aliens in place of Western travelers and a police force called the Shinsengumi, but otherwise this version of Meiji-era Japan is pretty much Sorachi's own bizarre, surreal little playground. And boy is it fun.

Along the way, he happily packs it with plenty of clever satire, bizarre aliens (some of them based on mythical creatures) and some wild action sequences (including a car-wrecking chase scene after a thieving cat-girl). And Sorachi never hesitates to have his characters bicker or yell with hilarious results ("I am not going to sell my kidney"), on the occasions when they aren't struggling to make the rent.

Gintoki is a fun anti-hero -- he's a lazy, violent guy with a past as a legendary warrior, and a willingness to savagely beat anyone who gets between him and his sugar fixes. Shinpachi is a bit whiny at first, but the placidly violent, super-hungry Kagura and the level-headed bomber Katsura (mmm, handsome) make good supporting characters.

"Gin Tama Volume 1" makes a solid start to a hilarious series, and adds a little weirdness to historical manga. Definitely a must-read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars hilarious and all around great story, 9 Sept. 2014
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Gin Tama is by far the funniest, most ridicules series that i have ever read. Set in an alternate Japan where aliens have colonised the country, the story revolves around a Freelance company, 'Odd jobs Gin', made up of three people, Gintoki Sakata, a rude, lazy Ronin, Kagura, a dim-witted humanoid with monstrous strength, and Shimpachi Shimura, who is the only sane person out of the three. along with them, the story also follows others that the Three come in contact with, such as the Shinsugami (police), a freedom fighter/terrorist and his creepy penguin thing (vol 3) and countless other weirdoes in this obscene world.
What the series also does well besides comedy is the backstory of the characters, who each have a serious and well thought of which takes the series back to a more serious matter.
overall if would easily recommend Gin Tama to any manga and anime fan
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourite manga series - now in book-form!, 23 Jun. 2007
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Rachel Carman "Ino" (Bristol, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Gin Tama, Volume 1 (Paperback)
I have been a fan of Gintama for a while now, and I am so happy now that the translated manga has now become portable! All in all, the translators have done a very good job at maintaining the humour of the original and making fair alterations as is necessary when going from one language to another. A few things may erk hard-core fans, such as Katsura's nickname being 'Casserole' (in the original, it was 'Zura' - a word for a hair-piece) and Kagura's speech patterns.

To all new fans/anyone thinking of reading it - this first volume does a decent job of introducing many of the main characters, but the best is yet to come! This series goes from strength to strength, and I have never laughed at a manga series as much as this one, i.e. tears streaming down my face. Gintoki is likely to become your hero - he's mine!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Silver Ballz, 14 Aug. 2014
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Syrup cough Syrup?! Its the first of a really good manga series
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5.0 out of 5 stars great, 17 Mar. 2013
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great book . . . . . . . . . . .fun . . . . . .. ..fun fun
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 20 Aug. 2014
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Great product and service
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