The excitement for fans about the return of Gintama has been palpable since it was announced back in December, and now we’re just a couple of days away from its Japanese premiere. Luckily for fans, Crunchyroll is ready for a third go round with the show as they’ve picked up the simulcast rights for the series. They’ll be debuting it on Wednesday, April 8th at 6:30pm ET for premium members and a week later for free members. It’ll be available to members worldwide excluding Asia.
The series is being overseen by Yoichi Fujita with Chizuru Miyawaki serving as the director and Shinji Takeuchi as the character designer with the it being produced at Sunrise again.
The series comes from the manga by Hideaki Sorachi and began its animated life back in 2006, first with a 201 episode series and then with a new 64 episode series a couple of years ago. Add in numerous specials and a pair of theatrical movies and there is a lot of material for the property and plenty more to adapt as the manga has been ongoing since 2003. There are currently 57 published volumes in Japan as well as five light novels.
Plot concept: The values of the city of Edo suddenly changed when the aliens, called Amanto, invaded. In a world where anything goes, from aliens to motorbikes and even electric trains, a man known as the last samurai clings to his unchanging spirit. His name is Gintoki Sakata, a.k.a. Odd Jobs Gin. He’s reckless and irresponsible, but somehow he does what needs to be done in his own subtle way. The lifestyles of Gin and his companions will make you laugh, make you cry, and warm your heart!