Gintama or Silver Soul in English, is a Japanese manga written and illustrated by Hideaki Sorachi and serialized in 2003, in Shueisha’s Weekly Shōnen Jump. A TV anime series adaptation of the manga debuted on April 4, 2006, on TV Tokyo and ended March 25, 2010. A sequel titled Gintama’ first premiered in Japan on April 4, 2011 and ended on March 26, 2012, before returning once again for a brief run from October 4, 2012 to March 28, 2013.
A continuation of the TV anime series began airing on April 8, 2015, and ended on March 30, 2016. The series’ final arc began running in July 2016, and carried on till 2017. The Silver Soul Arc, also the 64th and final arc in Gintama series, and also the longest arc in the entire series began airing January 7th, 2018. A live action film adaptation of the same name was released on July 14, 2017 in Japan by Warner Bros. Pictures. The live-action film sequel Gintama 2 released in Japan, 17 August 2018.
Set in Edo which has been conquered by aliens named Amanto, the manga follows samurai Gintoki Sakata, who works as a freelancer alongside his friends Shinpachi Shimura and Kagura in order to pay the monthly rent.