Jump Festa 2024 brought forth some interesting announcements for Gintama, such as the spin-off anime “3-nen Z-gumi Ginpachi-sensei” releasing in 2025. As part of Gintama’s 20th anniversary celebration, an official character popularity poll is conducted by Shueisha!
This poll is part of the exhibition project “Hatachi no Tsudoi” which will feature Sorachi’s handwritten manuscripts, a photo spot, and a number of original goods for sale.
For the exhibition’s key visuals, Sorachi will create brand-new drawings of the top 20 characters, as chosen by fans in the poll. The voting period is from December 17th to January 31st, 2024. Voting is only accepted online and you can vote once per day. The top 20 characters will be revealed by fall 2024.
(Gintama character popularity poll announcement)
You can vote for your favorite Gintama characters RIGHT HERE!
In addition, a campaign for the free release of 40 volumes of the series is also running on Shonen Jump+ and Zeblack, with volumes 1 to 20 being free from 18 December at 0:00 until 9 January 2024 at 23:59, and volumes 21 to 40 from 10 January at 0:00 until 31 January at 23:59.
Gintama is a manga series written and illustrated by Hideaki Sorachi. It was serialized in Shueisha’s shōnen manga magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump from December 2003 to September 2018, later in Jump Giga from December 2018 to February 2019, and finished on the Gintama app, where it ran from May to June 2019. Its chapters were collected in 77 tankōbon volumes.
Studio Sunrise converted the series into an original video animation (OVA), which premiered at the Jump Festa 2006 Anime Tour in 2005. This was followed by a complete 367-episode anime television series, which premiered in April 2006 and ended in October 2018.
Three animated films have been created. The first film premiered in April 2010. The second film premiered in July 2013. The third and last film premiered in January 2021.
Crunchyroll describes the overall plot of Gintama as follows:
In a world where aliens have invaded Edo Period Japan, skyscrapers, trains and motor bikes have replaced the simple life of Earth inhabitants. One man however, still carries the soul of a samurai, Gintoki Sakata, otherwise known as Yorozuya Gin-san. As reckless as he is, Gintoki carries his own resolve and is ready to take on any challenge with his fellow companions.
Source: Comic Natalie