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Gin Tama, Volume 1 Paperback – July 3, 2007
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Talk about a high concept that's perfect for the Shonen Jump line of boy's adventure comics: samurais versus aliens. In this book, aliens invaded Edo-era Japan and outlawed the samurai way of life. Centuries later, Gin Tama is a renegade ronin, who does various odd jobs to help his friend Shin get his family dojo back in business. The chapters are actually much more character-based than one would expect from such a far-out idea. The theme of not letting traditions die in the face of changes in society is presented by Gin and Shin holding onto the samurai way while the rest of Edo gives way to alien decadence. Not only is there some food for thought in the book, the adventures can actually be pretty funny. Characters occasionally break the fourth wall. In the first chapter, when Shin asks why Gin held off attackers for only one page, Gin confesses that's still a lot for a manga artist to draw. Sorachi's characters are designed very appealingly, but his line work could be stronger. There are many times when characters would look much better developed, as a book with this much panache demands. (July)
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About the Author
Hideaki Sorachi was born on May 25, 1979 and grew up in Hokkaido, Japan. His ongoing series, GIN TAMA, became a huge hit when it began running in the pages of Japan's Weekly Shonen Jump in 2004. A GIN TAMA animated series followed soon after, premiering on Japanese TV in April 2006. Sorachi made his manga debut with the one-shot story DANDELION, which is included in volume 1 of the GIN TAMA graphic novels.
Top customer reviews
Gintama is also a very extraordinary series. Unlike most mangas where the protagonist becomes stronger and stronger as time passes by and ultimately becomes a hero, in this series, the protagonist, Gintoki, has been through that stage and is now living in poverty, doing all kinds of jobs to live by. It shows us the life of a hero after winning or in Gintoki's case, being defeated in a battle.
Another thing is that there are no special moves that they'd yell before attacking. Just plain, raw strength and awesomeness. I also like how Gintama is being told through mini-chapters. Yes, some of them are just plain hilarious and has no connection to the main story plot but it's still hilarious, so it doesn't bother me. Unlike the big three anime/manga where the quality is awesome, Gintama has a very simple but clean and detailed.