Who would’ve thought Gintama: THE FINAL will follow the footsteps of the Demon Slayer movie? The two blockbuster films have surely taken Japan’s box office statistics to a whole new level and have raised the benchmark for all the upcoming anime.
Gintama: THE FINAL is currently the #1 film in Japan, and that is taking the Japanese box office by a storm even under this COVID19 pandemic situation.
On Wednesday, the official website for Gintama: THE FINAL revealed that the film has sold roughly a million tickets.
The franchise has arranged for two final stage greetings with the film’s voice actors on February 13 at Tokyo’s Shinjuku Wald 9 theater to celebrate this huge milestone.
[“Gintama The Final” film has sold “almost” 1 million tickets, and it’s time to celebrate this breakthrough with two final stage greetings. The final stage greeting tickets are on sale !!!! * Live viewing will be held at screening theaters nationwide (excluding some theaters) on the day of the event.]English Translation, Twitter Translate
Meanwhile, Warner Bros. Japan is streaming a short clip that shows erstwhile friends and enemies Gintoki, Takasugi, and Katsura coming together.
The film is based on the ending of the original manga, the Silver soul arc, combined with some additional story elements. So, even people who have already read the manga will gain something new from it.
It took Gintama: THE FINAL just 16 days to earn over ¥1 billion at the box office, and thereby becoming one of the fastest anime films to reach this mark. As of January 24, the film has collected a total cumulative of 1,061,255,420 yen.
Over the past years, the Gintama franchise has trolled us with quite a few ‘Final Episodes,’ and yet here we are, mourning once again for Gintama’s ending.
We fans are facing a situation similar to ‘The Shepherd Boy & the Wolf’ story, where we hope for it being another prank from the author, but chances are there that he is serious this time.
The story is set in an alternate-history late-Edo period, where humanity is attacked by aliens called “Amanto.” Edo Japan’s samurai fight to defend Earth, but the shōgun cowardly surrenders when he realizes the aliens’ power.
He agrees to an unequal contract with the aliens, placing a ban on carrying swords in public and allowing the invaders to enter the country. The samurai’s swords are confiscated, and the Tokugawa bakufu becomes a puppet government.
The series focuses on an eccentric samurai, Gintoki Sakata, who works as an odd-jobs freelancer. Although the story is mostly episodic, a few story arcs and recurring antagonists develop.