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How To Watch Gintama? Easy Watch Order Guide

Gintama is one of the best comedy anime to be ever made. It sort of flips around the general Shonen norm of light-hearted comedic moments between intense battles and makes it work.

Other than comedy, there are serious and life-threatening events in Gintama that are shown with chilling severity and gruesome action, but at the end of the day, you’ll remember Gintama for its iconic jokes and literal comedy.

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There are 8 TV installments, 4 movies, 1 OVA series, and 5 specials in Gintama.

It isn’t a series that you can binge-watch in one go, so take your time to get familiar with the characters and buckle up for a fantastic ride (that gets exponentially better after 50 episodes)!

1. Release Order

I. TV Series

  • Gintama (2006-2010)
    • Season 1 (Episodes 1-49)
    • Season 2 (Episodes 50-99)
    • Season 3 (Episodes 100-150)
    • Season 4 (Episodes 151-201)
  • Gintama’ (2011)
  • Gintama’: Enchousen (2012)
  • Gintama° (2015)
  • Gintama. (2017)
  • Gintama.: Slip Arc (2017)
  • Gintama.: Silver Soul Arc (2018)
  • Gintama.: Silver Soul Arc – Second Half War (2018)

II. Movies

  • Gintama Movie 1: Shinyaku Benizakura-hen (2010)
  • Gintama: Yorinuki Gintama-san on Theater 2D (2012)
  • Gintama Movie 2: Kanketsu-hen – Yorozuya yo Eien Nare (2013)
  • Gintama: The Final (2021) (upcoming)

III. OVAs

  • Gintama°: Aizome Kaori-hen (2016)

IV. Specials

  • Gintama: Nanigoto mo Saiyo ga Kanjin nano de Tasho Senobisuru Kurai ga Choudoyoi (2005)
  • Gintama: Shiroyasha Koutan (2008)
  • Gintama: Dai Hanseikai (2010)
  • Gintama: Shinyaku Benizakura-hen (2010)
  • Gintama’: Futon ni Haitte kara Buki Nokoshi ni Kizuite Neru ni Nerenai Toki mo Aru (2015)
  • Gintama°: Umai-mono wa Atomawashi ni Suru to Yokodorisareru kara Yappari Saki ni Kue (2015)

2. Chronological Order

  • Gintama (Episodes 3-57)
  • Gintama Movie 1: Shinyaku Benizakura-hen (The movie covers Episodes 58-61)
  • Gintama (Episodes 62-201)
  • Gintama’
  • Gintama’: Enchousen
  • Gintama Movie 2: Kanketsu-hen – Yorozuya yo Eien Nare
  • Gintama°
  • Gintama°: Aizome Kaori-hen
  • Gintama.
  • Gintama.: Slip Arc
  • Gintama.: Silver Soul Arc
  • Gintama.: Silver Soul Arc – Second Half War
  • Gintama: The Final (upcoming)

3. Conclusion

The recommended order to watch Gintama is its chronological order.

Specials are side-stories and can be viewed anytime after their respective seasons.

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Official Trailer of Gintama

You can skip Gintama: Yorinuki Gintama-san on Theater 2D as it’s a recap movie.

There are only 22 fillers in Gintama that don’t really hinder the story’s flow, but you can skip them.

4. How much Time Will It Take To Watch?

It will take you 155 hours and 47 minutes to watch all the installments in Gintama.

This includes all the TV series, movies, OVAs, and specials.

If you follow the chronological order, you can complete the series in 150 hours and 52 minutes.

Here’s a quick list of each installment and their run time in order of their release:

  • Gintama: Nanigoto mo Saiyo ga Kanjin nano de Tasho Senobisuru Kurai ga Choudoyoi – 32 minutes
  • Gintama – 4824 minutes
  • Gintama: Shiroyasha Koutan – 10 minutes
  • Gintama: Dai Hanseikai – 14 minutes
  • Gintama Movie 1: Shinyaku Benizakura-hen – 95 minutes
  • Gintama: Shinyaku Benizakura-hen – 11 minutes
  • Gintama’ – 1224 minutes
  • Gintama: Yorinuki Gintama-san on Theater 2D – 192 minutes
  • Gintama’: Enchousen – 312 minutes
  • Gintama Movie 2: Kanketsu-hen – Yorozuya yo Eien Nare – 110 minutes
  • Gintama’: Futon ni Haitte kara Buki Nokoshi ni Kizuite Neru ni Nerenai Toki mo Aru –24 minutes
  • Gintama° – 1224 minutes
  • Gintama°: Umai-mono wa Atomawashi ni Suru to – 12 minutes
  • Gintama°: Aizome Kaori-hen – 52 minutes
  • Gintama. – 288 minutes
  • Gintama.: Slip Arc – 299 minutes
  • Gintama.: Silver Soul Arc – 288 minutes
  • Gintama.: Silver Soul Arc – Second Half War – 336 minutes
  • Gintama: The Final – TBA

5. About Gintama

The story is set in an alternate-history late-Edo period, where humanity is attacked by aliens called “Amanto.”

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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.

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