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Gintama: Collection 1

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Section 23
  • DVD Release Date: April 27, 2010
  • Run Time: 325 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0035ZZ9OE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,613 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Life isn't easy in feudal Japan... especially since the aliens landed and conquered everything! Oh sure, the new health care is great, but the public ban on the use of swords has left a lot of defeated samurai with a difficult career choice! This is espec

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Since 2003, "Gin Tama" (which means "Silver Soul" has been a manga series that has entertained many "Shonen Jump" fans. Written and illustrated by mangaka Hideaki Sorachi, the popular manga received an anime adaptation and has aired in Japan since 2006 on TV Tokyo and has since surpassed over a 100 episodes. The anime series now makes its debut in the US on DVD courtesy of Sentai Filmworks with the first 13 episodes in "Gintama - Collection 1'.

The series is directed by Shinji Takamatsu ("After War Gundam", "School Rumble" series, "SD Gundam"), series composition by Akatsuki Yamatoya ("Buso Renkin", "Blue Dragon", Soul Eater", "Transformers: Cybertron"), character designs by Shinji Takeuchi ("Geneshaft", "Heat Guy J", "Planetes") and music by Audio HIGHS.

"Gin Tama" is a series that takes place during the Edo Period (Tokyo - 1860's) but in this alternate reality of the Edo Period, aliens known as Amanto have conquered Japan and because of the war against the samurai's, the Amanto have banned swords in public and are now co-existing with the humans (more like humans are forced to co-exist with the Amanto). Also, technology has been shared with the people of Japan allowing space travel, giving them access to cars, mopeds, television and more.

The series focuses on the silver haired Gintoki Sakata and his two freelancers who will perform odd jobs for a fee, but sometimes these odd jobs turn out to be more destructive than realized.

The main characters of "Gin Tama" are:

* Gintoki Sakata - The owner of "Odd Jobs Gin". Often lazy, likes reading manga, picking his nose and is late on his rent payments. Willing to take on odd jobs for a living but is also an excellent swordsman who despises the Amanto and those who co-exist with them.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Animes Ever April 27, 2010
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Gintama will parody anything and everything and every episode is hilarious. Gin and his two associates take on any job to try and keep from being eternally penny-less and make fun of both Japanese and Western culture while doing so. Some arcs have extremely good battles, up there or above any other shonen titles.

The quality on these two DVDs is excellent. Subtitles seem accurate. Note, it only has Japanese audio track, but then again it'd be too hard for anything to really translate over. Another thing is that they have subtitles that explain some of the inside jokes and references, but those do seem to disappear too quickly, so you'll likely have to go back and pause it to read that.

I highly recommend this series. Right now it's taking a break in Japan since it ran too close to the manga material, but it will take a while before these catch up and by then they'll be doing more episodes there.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Action, Comedy,Sexual,&Fighting September 21, 2010
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Gintama is historical show that talks about the samurai story,but with a twisted aliens invades them, then the aliens when and the city become a futuristic place,like in all the other movies we watched.So, its about a guy name Gintoki,who does any job that pays,but except paying his rent!He meet a nerd name Shinpachi who gets beat up by his boss for spilling juice on this alien,which the alien cost the spill in the first place by tripping him.Time to skip to Kagura a alien whos body is much stronger than a human, she can break boulders,and she can move half as fast as sonic the hedgehog or the Flash. Also this show makes fun of every anime we have ever watch, and some times horror movies to day make fun of, overall I give this a 10 out of 10. Best anime ever!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Anachronism in it's finest form April 8, 2012
By Yukari
I loved this show since I first saw it on youtube, before it became popular on Crunchyroll. It makes so much references to older anime shows that many people in the US aren't familiar with. Many people I know had a hard time understanding the show, or trying to get why it had so much anachronism. I made an "Americanized" explanation for those people:

'Let's imagine that Abe Lincoln wasn't killed by the actor who killed him, but by aliens. Those aliens took over the US, and brought all their technological advances to the country, making guns and cowboys obsolete. So, cowboys had to rely on more "creative" ways to make money. Because guns are now illegal, the main character uses a paintball pistol.

Then I tell them that if they find that explanation interesting, just imagine it in a Japanese setting; and it works!'

Makes sense, right?
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5.0 out of 5 stars So Funny! December 12, 2013
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This anime is awesome. I can never get enough of watching it. Anyone who loves comedy should watch this show.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great April 11, 2013
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Came on time, no damage, nice package. All in all I am happy with it, they did what they would said they would do.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gintama March 27, 2013
Just like what mifty said, gin tama means 'silver balls' but the japanese kanji that the author used literally means 'silver soul'. Keep in mind that the Japanese can say a word that homonyms but has a different meaning altogether.

As for my review, when I first saw Gintama 4 years ago, I thought it was about a man who has to fight the evil using his trusty sword along with his companions. I was half right and half wrong. Gintoki already fought the evil guys but failed, so now he's living the life of a lazy bum.

Gintama contains comedy and pure awesomeness, drama and spine-tingling fights. It will make you roll on the floor while laughing but when it comes to drama, it will make cry or shed a tear. I'm pretty sure that some of the heavy parts are not included in this set since the first and second episode are just fillers (or special), which means that it never happened in the manga. The actual canon episode starts at the 3rd episode. It is where Gintoki and Shinpanchi are introduced. 4th is where Kagura is introduced. If you really wanna know just how good and awesome gintama is, I suggest that you just continue on watching Gintama until you get past the 50th episode. Or if you want to see some action, watch the 58th-61st episode or the movie Benizakura.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gintama
Just a correction. Gintama means silver balls, as in testicles, not silver souls as another person euphamistically said. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars What's not to love?
I am not that much of an anime fan, but THIS anime is my favorite TV show of any kind, EVER. GinTama is pure genius from beginning to end; I can stream anime for free all day long... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Eira
3.0 out of 5 stars Too distracting to enjoy to it's fullest potential.
I own many japanese audio anime. With this one however, I found myself rewinding to many times to watch the action after I read the subtitles.
Obviously, I am not a purist. Read more
Published on July 31, 2012 by AnimeAddict
1.0 out of 5 stars Common Courtesy
By this point I would hope that no one would argue that if you really felt like reading every single line of dialogue for a series it would be easy enough to simply buy the manga,... Read more
Published on May 31, 2012 by Hitch
2.0 out of 5 stars This ....saddens me
Gintama is one of my favorite series that was taken to the states, not only did they not dub this series, but charge as much as it would cost to buy a dub, but only add 13 episodes... Read more
Published on November 26, 2011 by Atego
3.0 out of 5 stars It's okay.
With all the praise I've been hearing, I expected more from this anime, but I found that it's just mediocre. Read more
Published on November 19, 2011 by Pavel Zharkikh
5.0 out of 5 stars Consider this the "Robot chicken" of anime
Do you enjoy historical-esque anime? What about comical ones? & action anime? What if i told you this, Gintama, was a combining of all three!? Well it is. Read more
Published on July 15, 2011 by inariokami
2.0 out of 5 stars Good Price Value but in Japanese Audio
I read somewhere that Gintama was a good series so I decided to give it a try. I found it online, and at a very good price, but I didn't notice that it was in Japanese Audio with... Read more
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Dubbed?!
No, this is Sub only and the Dubs that were mentioned were Clannad and Clannad After Story.
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