Gintama is perhaps one of the most unique anime of the entire shounen genre both in its approach to developing a narrative to the cast of characters that manage to be hilarious and meaningful all at the same time. Gintama exists in the gray area between your usual anime series and a more episodic creation that is self-contained in each individual episode. If you are looking for an anime with a consistent plot that has a very specific narrative throughout the entire series, Gintama isn’t for you. You shouldn’t, however, assume that Gintama’s silly nature and somewhat episodic feel means this anime has been haphazardly tossed together or that it won’t be engaging enough to pull you deep into its grasps.
In less than 30 minutes, Gintama proves that with the right writing style, a heavy dose of comedy, an outstandingly diverse cast of characters, and a fight over a sukiyaki pot can actually be more entertaining than an ominous plot about how evil doers hope to destroy the world. If you’re looking for an anime that simply has comedy as its main focus but somehow still manages to capture some of the best elements of traditional action anime (while also constantly weaving in great satirical content about samurai-focused series), this is the unique creation you’ve been looking for.